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Taking the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat camping on Pikes Peak

Taking the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat camping on Pikes Peak

Because I reside in Colorado, I make a point of covering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb each calendar year, and now I camp to the mountain at the evening before the race. Vehicle camping with a whole lot of race enthusiasts is always enjoyable, and I’ve done on Pikes Peak with vehicles which range from a Lexus GX460 into some completely forgettable 1978 Checker Marathon race auto.)

To your own 2017 occasion, I determined did not matter as far as uplifting amazement one of the race officers and supporters, so I drove from Denver and the mountain up at an Destroyer Gray 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.)

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A minivan could have made much more sense, however, who cares? Photo from Murilee Martin

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I had a friend flying in from California to pay the race to get CarPlus Hong Kong, so I had to bring camping gear for 2. The Challenger, being a rather major automobile, had enough trunk space for a few of those stuff, however a minivan or SUV could have already been made that this region of the experience a little simpler.

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(*********). 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at Pikes Peak Hill Climb pits

No one paid much attention to it on the street, however racers and audiences around the mountain were amazed with the Hellcat. Photo from Murilee Martin

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Driving 70 miles between my home and Pikes Peak, I discovered the Hellcat is a well-behaved, fairly normal– should noisy– automobile if you’re gentle on the throttle. Giving it a toilet too much throttle when turning, though, will liquefy the wheels and ship the back end hanging out just like a ’73 Satellite using a tunnel-rammed 440 doing donuts at a Megadeth-concert parking lot 1985; the distinction is that the mulleted gentleman leaves the Satellite’s tires while “The Conjuring” cranks from his Sparkomatic tape deck had his own foot mashed onto the throttle, although the Hellcat creates that sort of power occur at roughly one-fifth throttle. The Hellcat got no focus on the street, but that changed as it rumbled prior to the race at Pikes Peak.

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(*********). 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at Glen Cove parking area on Pikes Peak

We have the VIP treatment when parking in the campsite. Photo from Murilee Martin

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At the pit place on Saturday, after which from the parking lot in the Glen Cove living place, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb staffers allow me to park the vehicle in the choicest areas, and everyone wanted to peek at the motor. Bike geeks and even the Porsche fanatics were all impressed. I believe something Japanese, classic, also rally-centric, such as a Mazda 323 GTX, could have experienced a much greater approval rating within this setting, although not by far.

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(*********). 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on Pikes Peak

Much well over the treeline, in which individuals and naturally-aspirated engines gasp to oxygen, the more Hellcat has far more energy than you want. Photo from Murilee Martin

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that I was not going to function which idiotic vehicle author that tumbled a fresh Hellcat down the street of a hill while participated in absurd hoonery, so that I kept an extremely mild foot on the throttle when driving to the summit through the afternoon prior to the race. With the absurd power overkill, sticky tires, large ol’ Brembo brakes, along with rigid suspension, I will wager that this car will climb Pikes respectably rapidly using an expert driver in the wheel (sign, tip, FCA).)

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(*********). Camping at Glen Cove, Pikes Peak

Yes, even a Hellcat can take enough camping gear to create a rather luxurious mountain rollercoaster. Photo from Murilee Martin

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that I had been concerned that the Hellcat’s not-so-generous floor clearance could lead to difficulties in the camping place, however this was be asphalt without a issue. After putting up the leftovers and taking all our equipment up the mountain, I ready a supper of gnocchi.

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(*********). 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on Pikes Peak

I came to enjoy the Destroyer Gray paint a whole lot, possibly due to the name. Photo from Murilee Martin

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that I took a great deal of pictures of this race the following day, then combined the hours-long traffic jam of both audiences and competitors departing the mountain as it was over. The Hellcat did believe around yelling while idling within an infinite stop-and-go creep back to the street. We dwell in the Golden Age of Engines, some period where 707-horsepower V8s act docilely in visitors and put well in the triple digits in fuel market.

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(*********). 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with Chevelle SS

The car to the left has roughly half of the horsepower and weighs approximately 1,200 lbs less than the automobile on the rightside. Photo from Murilee Martin

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Afterwards I got to thinking about the stage from this Hellcat, particularly when I struck a Chevelle SS 454 non (also a clone, but using a actual big-block and manual transmission) at a Denver parking lot. The muscle cars of those 1960therefore were much bigger, lighter, and more considerably significantly less strong compared to their 2017 descendants. They managed such as cement pellets, overheated in visitors, reeked of gas and unconsumed hydrocarbons, also endured from complete brake-fade in one difficult deceleration… and the uncivilized and, well, moot character of, say, a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner together 383 motor makes it much more enjoyable. I’d love to view a Pentastar V6 is stuffed by FCA to get a torque-steering, uncontrollable monster which will create the Neon SRT4 look like a econobox in contrast, to some member of this Fiat Compact Platform household.

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As Tested Cost: $71,970(****).

Drivetrain: 6.2-liter supercharged OHV V8, 8-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel-drive(****).

OutputSignal: 707 hp, 650 lb-ft(****).

Curb Weight: 4),448 pounds

Gas Saving: 13/22/16 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Observed Fuel Economy: 17.) 97 mpg(****).

Options: Hellcat Hemi Package 26R ($2),995), Power sunroof ($1, 2995), Double carbon streaks ($995), Pirelli P-Zero tires ($695)

Experts: Ridiculous energy, turns heads, and sounds magnificent

Disadvantages: thick, needs to wreck

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