This Week Is Challenger Week at TTAC

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

I have been to the mountaintop! Well, I’ve been to Portland International Raceway, anyway, and I’ve met the 707-horsepower Hellcat. The embargo lifts Tuesday at 12:01 AM, so you’ll get a traditional review of the Hellcat here just the same time you’d get it anywhere else. But I have more, and better, things for you than that.

On Monday we’ll pay tribute to the existing car with a Reader Review of a recently-purchased 2014 Challenger.

On Tuesday we’ll have a traditional Hellcat review.

On Tuesday afternoon we’ll have a detailed analysis of Trackmaster data that I took of the Hellcat, the new 6.4 Scat Pack six-speed, and the surprising V6 Pentastar Challenger Track Pack.

On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll have reviews of those other Challengers for you.

So if you’re interested in the full scoop on the big Chrysler in all its various forms, as well as actual comparative acceleration and cornering data that nobody else will have, this will be the place. See you then!

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  • Billfrombuckhead Billfrombuckhead on Jul 20, 2014

    Wait till you hear this Hellcat roar! I heard at Carlisle last weekend and it was transcendent. BTW, the "halo" effect is already selling Durangos and Chargers Mopar Uber Alles.

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    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Jul 21, 2014

      @danio3834 Danio, Danio,... 'Haterade'? With that comment you couldn't be so far from reality. I'm a car guy, all cars, don't hate any of them, and I don't look at any of them with a jaundiced eye, just a realistic overview. I like the Challenger. It is clearly the best looking of all the Ponies, but it is what it is, so is a Camaro and a Mustang or any car. I would have a lot of fun in the Hellcat for an afternoon, but that would be the extant of it. I again, temporarily own a much faster car, one that has 3.2 pds. per Hp, that is real excitement with a great exhaust sound from the LS376. At around 6_pds per Hp, the Hellcat has twice as many pds. per Hp then that, and weighs 2-1/2 times as much, but we are not talking apples & Oranges here, just reality. Besides, it is fun to poke at the Fans(fanatics) of anything, since regarding their chosen whatever, they are clearly unhinged. As far as exhaust note. I like your use of the term 'visceral', much closer to reality the 'Transcendant'. And visceral, describes any race type High compression engine, or one that sings at an extreme RPM. As far as 'meds'... col! Myself and one other friend are the only people I know at are advanced ages who aren't on any of big Pharma's poisons. But if your suggesting I need some, got it covered, mother nature provides naturally. Regards!

  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Jul 21, 2014

    This is convenient as I pick a '15 Challenger to order this week.

  • Koshchei Koshchei on Jul 21, 2014

    This will be a good week :) Jack plus a porky (albeit very capable) platform plus excessively stupid amounts of power = NASTY automotive porn with literary allusions to Hunter S Thompson, Jack Kerouac, and Walt Whitman.

  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jul 21, 2014

    Yeah, all this is meaningless until we get some 'ring numbers. (/sarcasm)