By Patrick Rall
In addition to having a bone chilling 707 horsepower, one of the key features that allows the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to stand apart from the Dodge Viper or the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. When you look at the most powerful American cars in the past, including the 640hp Viper, the 662hp GT500 and the 638hp Corvette ZR1 (C6), none of those models are offered with a self shifting transmission but with advancements in automatic transmission technology – the 2015 Hellcat Challenger offers incredible performance with this new 8-speed gearbox.
Our newest question of the week asks you – if you were purchasing a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, would you pick the 6-speed manual or the 8-speed automatic?
I have driven the Hellcat Challenger with both transmission options and while each has its own advantages, it is hard to say which is definitively better in terms of drivability and performance. Some people believe that performance cars should always have a manual transmission while other appreciate the accurate shifts and the reduced effort that comes with a high performance vehicle with an automatic transmission.