I totally get diehard manual tranny fans. I have a garage full of manual Mustangs, but the DCT converted me. It’s not just a speed thing. I actually have more fun with the DCT than I do with my manual Mustangs! When these cars were announced, the internet was full of comments from the diehard manual guys scoffing at the new setup. You see some of these people softening their hardline stance over time. The car tends to convert… as it did me.I agree Goose, but for those who love to row the gears (and you know there are a lot of them out there just look at how manual cars bring that much more money/demand) a stick shift tans. would have been a gas in this car, and although the DCT would destroy it in every type of race or timed event for many folks you just can't beat the fun factor of rowing your own gears. I think Ford should have offered this car as an option with a 6 speed manual tremec trans. (similar to what our Gen 4 Vipers came with), as many would have loved to have that choice. That all being said I would have gone for the the DCT all the way because I am into having the fastest possible car, and the fact that my left knee is shot is a secondary factor. Lol.
Good assessment Gary! The GT500 is a race car. It was not designed with comfort in mind. Regarding the hood/fender alignment, have your dealer adjust the panel fitment. Regarding the low seating height, you can raise your seat… both base and Recaro seats raise higher. For a harder launch, find a good road… concrete is best and old asphalt is worst. Regarding the handling, the car handles very well. Trust the stability control. Track Mode will allow the ass end to hang out more than Normal mode.If I am being honest I would have to say I enjoy my Challenger Hellcat more. Now, having said that there are things I really like about the GT500 but, since I don't go to the drag strip or ripping through mountains I probably don't get the full effect all the GT500 owners rave about. The style is amazing and clearly has many race options my 2017 Hellcat does not. If I had to compare one important feature (important to me) the Hellcat is way more predictable, easier to real in if you get out of shape, and all around more comfortable to drive. Let's not even talk about fuel consumption because their not on the same planet but, we didn't buy these cars to worry fuel economy. For the last two and a half months I have been living with the kids while our home is being completed so I keep one of my rides in storage but trade them out every two weeks. Every time I pick up the Hellcat and head home I just feel comfort and confidence. Living here in Las Vegas with slippery roads the drag race is useless because both spin like crazy and I have DR on the Hellcat.... So which one wins out? No idea. However, when I trade out the Hellcat for the GT500, I do get a smile on my face, love the roar, the down shifting with the DCT, adjustable exhaust note and the ease of switching the drive modes. I have had a few uncomfortable out of shape moments that I feel catch you by surprise and for that reason I think I should have bought a Redeye Charger.
I don't regret buying the GT 500 because had I not I would have been wondering all the time why I didn't...
Love it / don't love it comparisons.
2017 Hellcat Challenger
Great power from the bottom all the way through
Predictable and very stable
Great looks and looks more similar to the old Challenger / Chargers
5 - spoke wheels - Easy to clean
Mileage is amazing for a 700HP + car on the highway
Easier to find drag radials that you can get matching tread design for the front
Alcantera leather seats and door trim
Harmon Karden Stereo system is amazing for production
Gets all the looks
Power and shifting through the gears feels and sounds amazing
Amazing Exhaust sound and control
Drive modes and ease of changing
Brakes are amazing
Styling - Hood louvers and pins
Rear Spoiler with the wicker
Great handling but don't completely trust it
Carbon fiber dash trim is amazing
The dash in general is vey nice and gives a bit of the older Mach 1 look and feel
The younger crowd loves it and gets a lot of attention
Don't love it
2017 Hellcat Challenger
It's heavy and feels heavy, maybe why it's more stable
Braking power is great until I drove the GT500
Carbon fiber over the top stripes are poor quality and peeling after 4 years. It's always garaged...
They made Hellcats them to readily available
Stock tires are junk and stock wheels were too narrow for the HP. Mine isn't a wide Body
Unstable and steps out too easy
Power delivery off the line lags then comes on very hard
Sitting position is a bit low for me
Bang & Olfson stereo system is very weak
Hood alignment it not acceptable. Maybe because of the fiberglass fenders / Aluminum Hood combo
When you close the doors it sounds cheap
I really like the GT 500 but love the Hellcat.
I can't imagine we will soon live in a world without the sounds, energy and fun these cars offer. We will have something faster in EV but, everyone will have the same power and sound....
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That’s a good look’n ride!I agree with everything you said. My gt500 was incredibly amazing but for my type of driving and our roads here in Washington I sold my gt500 and got back into another hellcat. Few pics with the drag pack wheels. Love the car. 2021 superstock.