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Is that another Hellcat in the garage? Wowsa.

I really like the blacked out tail lights on your GT500, what did you use?

No Sir, that is not another Hellcat in the garage. That is a Scat Pack Charger that my wife was driving. The tail lights on the 500 we done by 3D Graphics in Corona, Ca. I bought the pre-cut ones and they were terrible so I took it to this guy and he hand cut them from Expel dark film. He is a master at his work. He also wrapped the black on the hood behind the louvers and the roof.
 

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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.

Love it
2017 Hellcat Challenger

Comfortable
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

2020 GT500
Power and shifting through the gears feels and sounds amazing
Amazing Exhaust sound and control
Drive modes and ease of changing
Transmission
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


2020 GT500
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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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.
 

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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.
That’s a good look’n ride!
 

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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.
I agree with @Goose17, that is a good looking Hellcat. I’ve never seen one in blue?!?! Too bad it’s not fast enough though….
JK!! Just joshing ya…
 

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I agree with @Goose17, that is a good looking Hellcat. I’ve never seen one in blue?!?! Too bad it’s not fast enough though….
JK!! Just joshing ya…
Lol. Stock for stock the hellcat is quicker to 120 or so and then a gt500 will pull on it. My gt500 with a tune and pulley was a animal on the highway. This superstock is getting a e85 tune and more boost. The most impressive part about the hellcat is this car has a very very nice factory paint job. It's the only car I've owned new that needs zero paint correction before I ceramic coat it. I'm blown away.
 

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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.
That is one bad ass frost bite Superstock Challenger you have there my friend. You car is Identical to the Demon with it being built specificaly for 1/4 mile performance including the exact same suspension and drag radials that the Demon comes with. The ONLY differenece really is that your bad boy toy does not come with slighlty extra 40 extra HP with the race gas tune, other than that it is a a Demon. I LOVE the redeye challengers and it was a REALLY tuff decision for me to go with my 2021 GT500, especially since it was $18,000 more than a BRAND new Redeye that I could have built for me by Dodge and receive 4 month later. The deal breaker for me is the more sleek body on of the Shelby and that the SHelby excels in both road racing and drag racing, where the superstock and regular redeye only excels on drag racing, and since I believe since I will own this car for at lest 5 or 7 years, in the long run since it is a Shelby which is WAY more rare than a Redeye, it will hold its value much better over those years than the Redeye. That all being said I am confused about your desicion about the road in Washington prompting your decsion, are the roads much more straight line drag race type of roads than other states? Because if there are twisties involved on the roads your on clearly the Shelby out performs the super stock or redeye, but if drag racing and straight line performance is your main objective then that makes sense as you will excel in that department, since your car is esentially a 2018 Dodge Demon, without the extra 40 measly HP with the race gas tune.
 

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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.

Love it
2017 Hellcat Challenger

Comfortable
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

2020 GT500
Power and shifting through the gears feels and sounds amazing
Amazing Exhaust sound and control
Drive modes and ease of changing
Transmission
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


2020 GT500
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....
I have a Go Mango hellcat red eye challenger on order (maybe one day it will actually get built…) but when and hopefully if does come in I know I’ll fall back in love with the HC. I’ve owned the 5.7, 392, 717hpHC, and now the RedEye. My wife gave me the thumbs up to keep both the Gt500 and the Redeye.
 

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I have a Go Mango hellcat red eye challenger on order (maybe one day it will actually get built…) but when and hopefully if does come in I know I’ll fall back in love with the HC. I’ve owned the 5.7, 392, 717hpHC, and now the RedEye. My wife gave me the thumbs up to keep both the Gt500 and the Redeye.
Awesome bro, when did you order the Redeye? I was going to do the same thing but went with the GT 500 but love the Redeyes. I was quoted about 4 to 5 months realistically to get it once it was ordered?
 

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I ordered it back in October. I know the wait is going to take forever :(. They said 3-4 months but I know it’s gonna be longer most likely.
 
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