Baltimore Auto Show 700+ HP Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Many of you follow motortrends and their car show if you’re lucky enough to see it in Baltimore, yearly. Well here we have an extra-nice, under $60k, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT “hellcat” that is just an amazingly beautiful car. The black on black package makes it even more attractive in my honest opinion.
Check out the hellcat logo and srt which are all over the car, on the side, the wheels, the back even the gas cap. This beast is the fastest production car of it’s time (well, maybe the McLaren has more hp, but you can’t find that for this price). It’s 6.2L engine can go 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and do an 11 second quarter mile. That’s what you get from the 707 h.p. supercharged Dodge engine.
The 20″ tires match having black rims and a black interior to boot. Nice, right? Very nice. So, do you think it’s worth it? You can get the basic models of these type of muscle cars for around half that price, so (assuming money isn’t a big issue), should you double the investment and go all out? I say yes, and here’s why.
First, is exclusivity. If you’re going after value as an investment, you will want to have the rarest car possible. I have a friend who actually considers good ol’ American made steel (i.e. muscle and collector cars) as the best investment in METAL you can make. And that includes silver, gold and platinum being in the mix. So, with the top of the line there are even fewer of these challengers being made, making it more rare, and therefore more valuable.
Secondly, let’s talk enjoyment. What sounds more fun if you’re a muscle car enthusiast? Driving around in a regular challenger? Or the top of the line hellcat SRT that can go 0-60 (and still stay legal) in 3.6 seconds? Which do you think will turn more heads? The regular one or the one with the black on black package, deluxe rims and with a sound that will make your heart beat faster? The hellcat, of course. So if we’re talking ego (and if we’re honest, don’t we always?), then the hellcat is the way to go.
So far, it’s worth more because it’s more rare, and it’s more fun because it outlooks and outperforms it’s standard little brothers. But what else? What about driving? Ok, if this is going to be a daily driver and you’re going to decrease the value with a ton of miles, you may not want to go all out on this one. Unless you don’t care about resale value and just want pure enjoyment. I’m thinking since money doesn’t grow on trees, maybe this would be a Sunday driver, something you’d pass on to the kids when they get old enough (i.e. they turn 50, lol).
So there you have it. Now just which muscle car to get, right? A camaro, mustang, or mopar. This one definitely will turn heads and is on my favorite list. I tend to like the challenger over the charger, but that’s strictly my personal opinion. The mustangs are almost too common for me (but the new ones look VERY nice from the front, not sure about the back too much). And growing up camaro’s were always the family favorite (we had a white ’69 called “marshmallow”).