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I am sure some owners have both, or had both, and just curious if any found that driving the Hellcat was just more fun.

I have always owned something fast, relative for it's time, and or something that was good handling. My 2013 GTS Viper pretty much ticks every box in those areas but there are some drawbacks.

1. Replacement parts are hard to find. Window switch took me 6 months.

2. In the event of an accident finding quality repair parts are hard and expensive.

3. Dealer network is garbage. I am lucky that I have a good Viper Tech in my area but he is often swamped.

4. I can't take my family with me in the Viper.

So.....when I had the opportunity to order a 23 Hellcat with a manual, I jumped on it. I know it won't really be any faster on the street, surely won't handle as well, and is everything the Viper isn't from all other performance metrics, but I'm curious if I'll enjoy it more because of what else it offers. I'll be able to take it bowling, longer work trips, and especially able to take my daughter places with me.

In no way shape or form do I need to sell the Viper but after 3.5 years of ownership I have put barely 4k miles on it. Just trying to see if it's worth it to keep 3 performance fun cars in the garage when I have maybe a total of 6k miles on both in the last 5 years.
 

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The Viper is so much more fun to drive. The hellcat is such a big car and I do have the 6 speed as well. Both are fun but I would keep the Viper over the Hellcat anyway. Just me
 
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You have a manual Hellcat? Any issues with it or has it been pretty reliable? If I keep it I m planning to DD it.
 

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Hi guys, I too am a happy owner of a Viper and a redeye. I am on my fourth Viber so obviously I’ve been very happy with the car. I have had all generations except for GEN five. Two years ago I bought a hellcat redeye. Just two days ago I made the hard decision to sell the Viper. I am up in years and getting in and out of that car presents its own special challenges. So it’s with regret that it is going into Autotrader in the next few days.There is no question that the Viper is more fun and the Challenger is a super performer in a straight line. It’s also a car that you definitely want to be ahead of it. If you fall under the handling curve it will bite you hard.
I have been thinking of keeping the viper and just appreciate it in the garage as it certainly isn’t going to lose any value. I even bought the hellcat in the same color as the snake. How cool is that.
there will be tears shed.
 
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Interesting. I'm not sure if I would be ok with kicking Halle Berry out of bed and rolling Lizzo in right after. Both have their merits but does one outweigh the other? I mean that figuratively. Haha
 

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I am sure some owners have both, or had both, and just curious if any found that driving the Hellcat was just more fun.

I have always owned something fast, relative for it's time, and or something that was good handling. My 2013 GTS Viper pretty much ticks every box in those areas but there are some drawbacks.

1. Replacement parts are hard to find. Window switch took me 6 months.

2. In the event of an accident finding quality repair parts are hard and expensive.

3. Dealer network is garbage. I am lucky that I have a good Viper Tech in my area but he is often swamped.

4. I can't take my family with me in the Viper.

So.....when I had the opportunity to order a 23 Hellcat with a manual, I jumped on it. I know it won't really be any faster on the street, surely won't handle as well, and is everything the Viper isn't from all other performance metrics, but I'm curious if I'll enjoy it more because of what else it offers. I'll be able to take it bowling, longer work trips, and especially able to take my daughter places with me.

In no way shape or form do I need to sell the Viper but after 3.5 years of ownership I have put barely 4k miles on it. Just trying to see if it's worth it to keep 3 performance fun cars in the garage when I have maybe a total of 6k miles on both in the last 5 years.
 

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Have both viper best on track and wide body challenge best on street
 

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Sold my Charger Hellcat for a Gen IV Viper. Both awesome cars. They are very similar yet so different. Hellcat felt like it had more torque at a lower RPM, but the Viper pulls harder and longer, especially in the upper RPM’s. Viper feels much much more exclusive. Everyone thought my Hellcat was a 392 ScatPack.
 

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IMO, the only way to go is a Viper & Trackhawk. They compliment each other, and have very little overlap aside from both being stupid fast in their own right.

I would never, ever line a Viper up against a hawk unless its a well prepped and sorted not-stock car on a perfect road. The highway would of course be another story, but for light-to-light and 0-100, a Trackhawk is going to eat damn near any Viper and without requiring much skill to do so. The tech in the Hawk is outstanding, and the platform is well sorted.

I hate to say it, and Vipers have been my life for decades... but I cant imagine my garage being devoid of either at this point.
 

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Really comes down to personal decision (i.e. your work commute, family needs, etc.) Until about a year ago, I had both. I actually had an '11 Grand Caravan R/T too. (Mopar Garage for sure.) It was a '15 Bright White Charger Hellcat. (Loved the car, family man with 2 girls, 14 and 18 years old now.). Drove the Hellcat as a daily for 6 years, put about 50K miles on it.) As 1 daughter entered a private school and 1 college at the same time.....well.....like Clint said "A Man's got to know his limitations." LOL.

I am the only living person to trade in a hellcat on a Honda Accord:) Honestly after owning 3 Chargers, ('08 SRT8, '13 Daytona and a '15 Hellcat)--- they are all great, all-around family musclecars. That said, after years of driving the hellcat, it was awesome, but really was 'an amped up/steroid" Charger that was pretty thirsty and expensive to operate. My '03 Viper, I've owned for 12 years now (2nd owner) and it is the ONLY car I've owned, that just never gets old/dated (and fun) to drive. I love it as much as the day I brought it home. Just something unique about them, the older they get, the more classic they are. The end of these types of ICE cars. I have 47K miles on it and drive it every weekend. At the time, I traded in my hellcat on the Accord, Honda gave me top-dollar for it, insurance now about 1/2 as much, gas (twice the mileage), Maintenance much cheaper, etc. It was just time for me to get a more 'practical' daily driver. (If some of you are hedge-fund managers, 2 doctors in the house, well, then by all means--Keep them both:) More power to you baby!)

......I will just have to continue to suffer on weekends, driving my US Made, hand-built, low volume production 20 year old SRT10, passing the tesla's and priuses 'in style':) Man, 10 years ago, not a lot of attention, now, it's get TOO MUCH attention, when I take it out.
 

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If I go SUV with Hellcat power it will be the Durango for the added space. Love the Trackhawk though.

Thr Chargers are fine but I'm looking at it from the fun standpoint and how the Challenger has a manual. I know manuals are slower, don't care. If I absolutely needed to have a vehicle where the girl would drive it then I'd get a Charger or auto Challenger. But she wouldn't drive the car anyway so no need to go that route.

Getting one is not predicated on selling the other. I just rarely drive it now so I'm hoping I don't drive it even less.
 

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The Viper-Trackhawk combo is a hard one to beat. I have the 2018 Hawk that was purchased new and 2013 GTS also purchased new. Several times I've had people approach me to purchase the Trackhawk and of course I declined. As Dan pointed out both are great and have their own way of using the power.
 

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