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My last car was a 2016 Hellcat Manual. I am leaning towards a automatic 2020. Any input will be appreciated.
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Did you like the manual? If so, get another one. If not, get the auto. Remember, you’re the one that has to live with it on a daily basis.

R.K.
 

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A8 always and forever. A8 is faster and smarter at shifting. You'll also like the choice of shifting manually either at the shifter or the paddles if desired (and I do frequently :) )… AND you can order Remote Start with an A8 and that is very nice. You also never have to worry about a slipping manual clutch.

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I have a manual SRT and while it is a blast to drive, if I had to choose now I would 100% get an automatic. Driving in South Florida rush hour traffic is not fun in a 6spd nor is stopping at the plethora of red lights everyday. That being said if it were a weekend car only I would choose the manual.

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Hello,
My last car was a 2016 Hellcat Manual. I am leaning towards a automatic 2020. Any input will be appreciated.
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Been driving manuals for over 50 years. Based on my experience with some of my previous high performance cars in which I came to realize how slow the manual transmission actually shifted and as a result diminished the acceleration experience.

So when it came time to buy a Hellcat I elected for the A8. I figured since I was paying considerable money to get 707hp why hamstring the engine with a slow shifting manual?

And while I didn't have any plans to race the car I felt should I race the car launching a 707hp car with the A8 would be easier on me and easier on the car compared to a manual.

I never test drove the Scat Pack I bought with the A8 nor 2 months later when I bought the Hellcat. I had a couple of mile test ride enough to give me confidence the car was ok. Mainly I relied upon YT vids of reviewers and other others driving the Hellcat and in a variety of conditions, including the track. The A8 really shined at the drag strip. While I had and have no plans to race the car I still enjoy a hard acceleration once in a while and paired with the 707hp engine the A8 delivers this in spades.

Really enjoy the Hellcat with the A8. So much so that my other car, a MINI JCW with a very nice shifting 6-speed manual (with rev matching) and 30mpg vs. 15mpg for the Hellcat is finding itself sitting more and more as I drive the Hellcat more and more. Part of the reason is the A8. Most of the time I have it in M mode to use either the shift lever or the paddles - mainly the +paddle -- to shift the transmission. For downshifting most of the time I let the A8 transmission handle that.

Still you have to decide for yourself which type of transmission you prefer. You have to live with the car.
 

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I have a 2017 HC 6spd, but my 2020 will be A8.
Partially because I broke my clutch foot last year and had to swap cars with the gf for 4 months.
I found the A8 in her Charger SRT to be very good, and I paddle shifted frequently.
I do enjoy the interaction provided by the 6spd, but I am now looking forward to a different driving experience.
$3,000 for an A8 is a rip however.
 

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Another vote for the A8 here. The shifts are lightning quick and you won't miss the stick.
 

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I never drove the auto, but since my other toy car is an auto, I had to have a manual is this car, so I don't know what Im missing in the A8. Since my philosophy has evolved into the “there will always be someone faster” I put more value on my satisfaction in interacting with the car rather than being along for the ride. Same reason I went from a V-twin cruiser to a sport bike. Its working the machine where I get satisfaction, besides, being a “retro” car, I felt paddle shifters were out of place. Good luck either way, Im certain you will be satisfied.
 

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I am an A8 fan but don’t get the A8 if you are really going to miss a clutch. Personally, I do not miss a manual trans.
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Hello,
My last car was a 2016 Hellcat Manual. I am leaning towards a automatic 2020. Any input will be appreciated.
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Hello,
My last car was a 2016 Hellcat Manual. I am leaning towards a automatic 2020. Any input will be appreciated.
Thanks
I like manuals, but since i daily my 17 I like the automiac and its nice to remote start to let the car warm up and what not
 

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If you have a left leg you buy a manual. Simple rules to live by.
 

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A8 love it. owned manuals before like them too, but A8 isnt a joke when it come to performance. The manuals are cheaper, but IF your buying a Hellcat what does that really mean?
 

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A8 love it. owned manuals before like them too, but A8 isnt a joke when it come to performance. The manuals are cheaper, but IF your buying a Hellcat what does that really mean?
The A8 comes standard here in Canada. The manual is actually the upgrade here.

R.K.
 

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Well if you buy a Hellcat Charger you won't have to think about making a Decision;)

I loved driving out Our manual 2009 Challenger but I really love racing the A8.

Are you going to go to the Dragway and enter any type of classes.

Linda :)
 

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Owned a Scat Pack a while back. It was a manual six speed. Now own a Hellcat with the automatic. Agree with most of the comments above; the stick is a more tangibly fun experience, but the auto is so. Friggin. Fast. Plus you get the added benefit of remote start for cold mornings/showing off, and the comfort of just having the brake when you're in stop and go traffic.
 
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