2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat by the Numbers: Customers Prefer the Automatic

In October 2014, we were reporting that the six-speed manual transmission was preferred by Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat customers over the eight-speed ZF automatic by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. As the 2015 model year is galloping toward the end of production, Allpar insider oh20 is reporting that the automatic outpaced the manual transmission by a margin of 60/40 percent. This doesn’t come as a surprise though.
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Driving stick isn’t just the manly thing to do, rowing gears and abusing the clutch to your heart’s content. It’s also the slower option if you happen to own a set of street-legal drag radials and you’re a quarter-mile junkie. There’s one guy that did a 10.71-second run at 129.53 mph (208 km/h) with a standard Challenger SRT Hellcat equipped with drag radials... and an automatic.

According to Dodge’s internal testing and real-world quarter-mile runs, the Pirelli P Zero offered as standard on the SRT Hellcat is good for 11.2 seconds by the time you reach the speed trap. It should be mentioned that the figure is within reach for us mortals only if the Hellcat employs the eight-speed auto.

It remains to be seen how the manual-and-automatic margin will pan out by the end of the model year... Many people have labeled the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as being a muscly piece of lard due to its 4,160 lbs (1,887 kg) unladen weight.

With 707 horsepower, a heavy-duty transmission and strong enough suspension components, you still can’t have it all. But then again, think of the performance you receive from a car that starts from around $60k, the model that’s been labeled king of the muscle cars thanks to that 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 motor.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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