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October 2020 Newsletter

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Manual

So you say you’re in the market for a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us help steer you in the right direction. Because you have a big decision to make, one that could drive you right over the brink if you screw it up. Literally. Your midlife crisis is clearly already serious, so let’s treat the question with appropriate seriousness: Automatic or manual?

Now you’re probably thinking you’ll just go to the dealership and demand to test-drive each of them. And then buy the six-speed manual, because that’s what able-bodied Car and Driver readers do. But we’re not so sure that’s the correct course of action this time.

For starters, that first test-drive is bound to result in the dealer quickly canceling the second. Surely you will misbehave the instant you find yourself behind the wheel—that’s why Fiat-Chrysler builds this car. Even if the poor kid with the business card that only has the dealer’s logo and main number on it hasn’t been entrusted with the Hellcat’s red key, the one that unlocks all 707 of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8’s horses, the black key still gives you 500 horsepower to manhandle. If you can’t scare junior back to his Jimmy John’s delivery job with the black key, well, maybe you’d be happy with the V-6 Challenger, the one with the minivan motor under its hood.

If, however, you are resolute, know that the eight-speed-automatic Hellcat is quicker than the manual. We covered 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds in the manual, three-tenths off the pace of the automatic. And an 11.9-second quarter-mile time makes the manual two-tenths slower than the automatic at the drag strip. If bragging rights are important­ (and how are they not with this car?), the automatic is the one to have.

Source: caranddriver.com


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