New Cat in Columbus Ohio

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  1. gavm360

    gavm360 Senior Hellcat Member

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    Hi guys, Here is my story.

    Had a 06 300 SRT (Black) owned since new, was planning on waiting out the Challenger Hellcat another year but crashed it in a 50 car pileup on a bridge on way in Buffalo NY on Thanksgiving 2015. Had 106,000 miles, Totaled. Back in 2005 Resumespeed was giving me order updates on it when they were "unicorns" like hellcats are now...

    My only other ride is a 01 Viper GTS Shapphire blue silver stripe (stock other than intake, belanger headers, cats, corsa, ), that i've had since 07, although I have driven it cross country through Vegas and California was not about to start daily driving it. Especially in December.

    So I found a dealer that would order for MSRP and I bought a '15 Scat Pack off their lot that happened to be just the way i wanted (6M, Phantom) and arranged to trade it when the cat arrived.

    Didnt think it would happen this early but yesterday got the call. (Dealer got in 2 cats the same day, other was a billet silver 6M) went from never seeing a cat in person to having 2 in front of me at the same time.

    I think I have a unique base for comparison since I have had the pleasure of owning the 6.1 (300), 6.4 (Scat) , 6.2 (Cat) and 8.0 (Viper) ...

    *Cat and Scat (both phantom, matte black rims) can pass for one another to the non informed, speaks to both how happy i was with the Scat and the understated sleeper of the cat
    *Cat much more composed, less nervous than Scat Pack
    *Scat pack very high strung, 6M and rear end spacing must be quite different, more of a peach around town
    *Scat pack in sport mode dare clearly has exhaust flaps more wide at low speeds and rpm, louder, I want an exhaust upgrade already
    *Drove the Scat through winter with blizzaks (will not be doing that with the cat) It did well
    *Cat clearly covers ground and gains speed far more rapidly
    *Cat's hydraulic steering and nice wheel very noticeable hoping in and out of one another
    *Cats blower whine not as loud as was expecting
    *Cats brakes noticeably more confident
    *Cats adjustable suspension more noticeable than i anticipated
    *Cats laguna (black) worth it
    *Cats 6M is best application of the tremec out of the Scat and viper, beleive it or not they are night and day different
    *Viper still feels like a spaceship compared to both, true apples and oranges. Both beautiful in their own right. I let a girl drive both the Scat and the Viper and she said she liked the scat better. I take that as a compliment on the challengers not a mark against the viper. 15 years of technology does alot. Viper is a special character, its just one of those you get it or you dont type of things.
    *Cats (and challenger) in general appeal is greater to a wider audience, its performance is more readily accessible to and is more universally relatable to average person.

    Let the summer and the modifcations begin!

    Thanks again to everyone who I have learned from and gathered information from on this forum

    Gavin
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    B5 Blue Platinum Member

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  3. Dakman

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    Congrats, very nice comparison list.
     
  4. april77

    april77 Naughty SheDevil Mod Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Hello gavm, and welcome! Enjoyed reading your comparison, and I love your Viper!

    April
     
  5. methaneman

    methaneman Rookie

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    Congrats! Where in Columbus? I grew up in Worthington...
     
  6. F6F-3

    F6F-3 SRT Hellcat Owner Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Welcome and WhooHoo on the new HC. I enjoyed reading your comparison.
     
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    Bucks666 Silver Member

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    Guy in the background looks familiar ......looks better cleaned up though . Congrats on the cat Gavin see you around town !!!

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    Congrats,, really like the viper,,,..enjoy your toys
     
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    MY CHALLENGER Senior Hellcat Member

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    I'm in the Columbus area,. Pitch Black Hellcat...looks like you bought at Performance Dodge
     
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    gavm360 Senior Hellcat Member

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    yup, live in grandview, cat is from performance, see you around!
     
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    live in grandview, great place to be
     

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