Ernest Hemingway would certainly have actually approved of the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, once he got over the fear that would definitely engulf your man after very first experiencing the brutally quick acceleration, of course. For a man obsessed along with pursuing the reality in all of facets of life, it would certainly have actually been the perfect vehicle, save for the heated seats, and infotainment system perhaps. I can’t imagine Hemingway being a fan of turn by turn directions, or a vehicle functioning as a WiFi hotspot either.
‘The Hellcat,’ as it shall be referred to for the remainder of this article, is a car free of pretense—a rarity in today’s automotive marketplace. It is not fashionable, it is not trendy, and it is most undoubtedly not a bold vision of points to come. It’s a hulking piece of old-school hardware, a vehicle that stirs the emotions of everyone in its vicinity, positive or negative, people feel something as soon as the Hellcat comes around.
Environmentalists lose a single sustainably-sourced tear as soon as the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 roars to life, and no doubt they scoff, and roll their eyes as soon as reading the EPA fuel economy ratings of 13 city/ 22 highway. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t already know where they’re coming from on some level. To already know it, I had to ask myself one basic question: why, in this day and age, does a vehicle enjoy the Hellcat exist?
The simplest answer comes down to one word: freedom. The Hellcat roams our streets…merely due to the fact that it can. Dodge built it due to the fact that they felt enjoy it, and people, buy it due to the fact that they want it. We’re free to do these points in America, and the Hellcat pushes the boundaries of those freedoms, which in and of itself is a quintessentially American thing to do. Common sense dictates that placing a 707-horsepower engine in a family sedan is a foolish endeavor, however Dodge ain’t attempting to hear that noise.
Common sense got thrown out the window years ago, probably about the same time the Viper was green-lit, and say just what you will certainly regarding FCA., however it does offer several of the most straightforward vehicles available. The Fiat 500 Abarth, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Grand Caravan, these are no B.S. modes of transportation. FCA does just what it does, nothing more, nothing less, and in a marketplace flooded along with vehicles that claim to can enjoyable all of your needs, I discover the ones along with a singular purpose to be refreshing.
The Hellcat exists due to the fact that not everyone aspires to own a vehicle that can easily blow the doors off most supercars in a 0-60 sprint free of making a sound, then go park itself while you chow down on a macrobiotic bowl of mush. Some people still want a vehicle that will certainly scare them a little bit, that will certainly make them feel alive by reminding them that death could be merely about one poorly judged corner.
During my time along with the Hellcat I volunteered to drive at every opportunity. Dinners along with friends, runs to Whole Foods, choosing up clothes from the tailor, all of the mundane about town trips that you can easily either turn to Uber or a deliver service for, I offered up the services of Hellcat. It came as no surprise to me that the vehicle is a terrific everyday driver, especially in a city enjoy Los Angeles. After all, at it’s core, just what a lot more is the Charger compared to a rental fleet special built to comfortably seat 5 people, and haul all of their crap in the 16.5 cu-ft trunk? And enjoy any type of good contemporary family sedan, the Hellcat has actually a quality infotainment system in UConnect, and two USB plugs for the rear seat passengers. Oh, your family sedan doesn’t have actually rear seat USB plugs? Once again, advantage Hellcat.
When you’re at the wheel of the Hellcat, traffic magically appears to part, whether or not that’s as a result of its bellowing exhaust note, or its imposing figure filling rearview mirrors, I can’t say for sure, however various other drivers are certainly aware of you. Between the road clearing presence, and 650 lb-ft of torque that backs it up, moving through a city in the Hellcat is actually quite enjoyable, even if you’re reckless enough to pick monitor mode while on your means to the farmers market.
The TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic has actually rather possibly the hardest task of any type of transmission not found in a job truck, and the good news is for every one of us, it excels at doing its bidding. In Eco or Street mode, the transmission shifts smoothly, and free of occasion, thus taming the wild machine, making it downright docile. pick Sport or monitor mode, and shifts become seriously snappy, jerking you spine in your seat along with every gear change. To some people that probably sounds awful, however I found it to be the quickest means to put a smile on the face of everyone in the car.
Further making the case that the Hellcat is even more compared to a star spangled smoke machine are the superb Brembo brakes. Up front, 6 piston calipers clamp down on massive 15.4″ discs, while four piston calipers get hold of 13,8″ discs out back. Months prior to I had the Hellcat in my garage for a week, I’d spent a day hustling the 2 a Charger, and Challenger about Willow Springs Raceway, and as terrific as the whine of the supercharger is under hard acceleration, at the end of the day it was the stopping power that impressed me the most.
At the track, bleeding off speed while preserving the chassis composed is a must, and the Hellcat manages to accomplish this along with shocking ease. On city streets, repeated quick, hard stops are the norm, and the Hellcat’s Brembos were a lot more compared to up to the task, never ever losing pedal feel, never ever feeling overly grabby. Provided that lots of of my fellow auto scribes had gotten their hands on the vehicle prior to I did, there wasn’t much left of the 275/40R Pirellis, so the top notch brakes were extra welcome.
The automotive journalist community has actually had a lot to say regarding the Hellcat, several of it good, several of it bad, most of it somewhere in between. For each review that waxes poetic regarding big ‘ol burnouts, there’s one that labels the car as nothing a lot more compared to an overpriced toy, which is dumb, due to the fact that in the end, isn’t that just what any type of car various other compared to an sub-compact is? The Hellcat doesn’t do anything particularly different compared to a Toyota Camry, it merely goes regarding doing its business in spectacular fashion, whereas the Camry is mostly a snooze-fest start to finish. The Hellcat can easily be docile if that’s just what the driver wants, however 99% of the time, it’s the exact opposite. The majority of the people That buy this vehicle want it due to the fact that they want every little thing along with a lot more on top.
In that sense, the Hellcat is the most American car you can easily buy. From the outside it is loud, brash, and unapologetic regarding its demeanor, however inside it’s comfortable and you could not understand why, however you enjoy the means points work. Unlike so lots of of its operators, the Hellcat is not a vehicle desperate for your approval, or your attention, due to the fact that it’ll constantly get hold of the latter, and has actually no reason for the former. enjoy it or not, at least the Hellcat is honest.
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