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This is a tough call....well for me at least :) I like them both equally but the 707HP Hellcat is intoxicating...then again so is the GT350

I'd like to hear peoples thoughts on why they'd choose the GT350 over a Hellcat
 

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Availability is a significant factor. I was completely enthused about the Hellcat ... until I found out that the dealer had made many commitments they could not possibly fulfill. Now I'm re-enthused about the 8250 Voodoo redline. Also, the suspension is much more sophisticated with the GT350. I don't expect delivery until next Spring, but a far cry from the imaginary Challenger I was in line to receive.
 

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I have driven the GT350. Don't think they can compare. The hellcat has it on power but the GT350 is amazing. Our shop will be working on some tuning and performance upgrades. Stay tuned, Leading Edge Tuning
 

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I've never driven a Hellcat (or a GT350 for that matter, which I'll be picking up this week) but I've had a '14 GT500 for 2+ years and can tell you that the brute horsepower & torque (662hp & ~631ft/lbs) are fun initially, without a really good suspension & chassis, HP & Torque are relatively useless on both a road track & street. If you're goal is just straight line drag, then you will likely love the Hellcat, but if you really want a car to DRIVE, then by all means go with the GT 350.
 

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First I want to apologize in advance as this really isn't what I would call a quick post. I tried to do that but it just didn't work. I hope you all won't hold it against me too badly. I'll chock it up as being a newbie on the forum.

OK, here's mine. First excluding the Hellcat in and of itself, I wouldn't own another Chrysler product if they were giving them away. I had a 2014 SRT Jeep, and it was very nice, except for the major safety issues it had, and Chrysler did absolutely nothing to repair it. I won't go into details, but after eight months of dealing with those PR_I_KS I gave it up for an immaculate C63 AMG. I wanted to put it on the track but it was just too nice of a car to abuse like that. So off it went and now I gots me a really bright, kind of ugly Deep Impact Blue GT350. The difference between the car I went for and this car was almost $9K-the only difference being color. So my pocketbook said go with the ugly color. I know. I know. Most people love the Deep Impact Blue. Me, I just wanted a more subdued color so as not to draw quite as much attention. This car doesn't know how to do that. It's all up in your face, but it's a GT350 just the same so I'm living with it. I just wish the dealerships would order the Track Pack option more because I have no need for talking nav or any of that stuff. Anyway...

Now onto the two cars in question. I have been involved with racing, building cars and running a business dealing with Fords and European cars for years. I did the drag racing thing when I was younger, however for me the adult way to race is on a road course. I don't like Nascar and as much as I do enjoy watching professional drag racing, it ain't my thing anymore. I have driven my Boss 302 and the C63 AMG at the Texas Mile, but that gets old quick. I've spent many years living in Europe and attending F1 racing and that boy is about as high as I can get on the Fujita scale. I love that stuff. So road racing is what I enjoy.

So when I see the GT350 being compared to the Hellcat of either flavor, well it just isn't even a comparison. First the Hellcat, heck any Challenger or Charger for that matter are just bricks. So throw in a big powerful motor and that brick is powerful fast-all in a straight line. However that doesn't equate to a good track car. I see kids driving Hellcats here in town and all they know how to do is punch the gas pedal and do burnouts. Plus they are mostly automatics. They have no idea what they have or what they are doing with it. And now Chrysler are allocating even more Hellcats to be built, which to me just means a lot of crashed cars and hurt people. People have no respect for that kind of power.

Now we see the GT350, which is the first Shelby I have ever considered owning. Again that is due to my road handling mindset and previous Shelby's, mostly GT500 cars just don't do that very well. So along comes this new car that handles great on a track and now you have something special. AND it's naturally aspirated. Say WHAT? I thought my Boss 302 was a blast, but I can't wait to get this thing on a road course. I noticed when driving the Boss at the Track Attack it had an issue with brakes giving out after a couple of laps and it was a bit disconcerting. I had to realize though that these cars get abused almost everyday and they wear down. But I was still able to keep it going around the bendy parts quite well and it was just so fun. Plus that track is just a neat place to drive and let loose.

I will do some mods to the car, but a supercharger won't be one of them. I know it will be powerful fast, but that much power on the track in a road car is just too much for me to feel safe with. So for me, as powerful as the Hellcat is, it's pointless to me. I've been a Ford man on and off for most of my life, and the only other cars I have owned were mostly German or British. In the end if I had my choice of car it would either be an Aston Martin or a Porsche GT3, or a Ford GT. I lived across the street from the Aston Martin plant in England and that was pure joy. Even drove a couple. But so far out of my price range so I'm sticking with the GT350 for a bit and will see what happens.

Take care and enjoy your new toy. I realized today that you are never (well almost) too old to have fun, and this car is gonna be tons of that stuff. Cheers...
 

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Up until now I've always been a quarter-mile guy...liking 'em loud, powerful and violent. I was at Hot August Nights last year when I saw a 350 on display and it piqued my interest. After reading the reviews and discovering the limited production number, I decided on the 350. For me, it is a much better looking car and (at 65 yo) I wanted to finally get a car that handles really well. I'm really happy with the 350. If I wanted bigger horsepower and didn't care about the car's appearance, I would wait until the 2017 ZL1 Camaro comes out.
 

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I was just minding my own business in the city and he caught up to me. At a stoplight we decided randomly to go find a safer road to play on. We had a blast and ended up about 45min away from town. Lol

I asked him if he saw me driving and he said "I was on my way to pick up my kids from daycare and heard you."

He had about 30 mins to pick them up when we took pictures.

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While I've always been more of a drag racer than a road racer, I really didn't give the Hellcat any consideration prior to buying by 350. Yes, it is big on power, but none of the rest of the car interested me. I recently took a 30-day trip to New Zealand and Australia, and the only two things I missed while Down Under were driving my 350 and my own coffee! It is just an all-around excellent car! I have a great Lexus but drive my 350 everywhere unless I am hauling something, it is raining, or I'm bound for a tight parking lot. Having had straight-line cars in the past and never having had a road racer, I am in love with driving this thing. Also, I think it looks about 3x better than the Hellcat and about 2x better than the Camero.
 

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They are two entirely different cars. If you want to drag race, the Hellcat is a good choice IF you can find a way to get it to hook up so you can get the power down. It won't perform on a road course. The GT350 is great on a road course, but only so so at drag racing. If you want to do both, and don't have the budget for a mid six figure car, look at the Z06 Corvette.
 

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They are two entirely different cars. If you want to drag race, the Hellcat is a good choice IF you can find a way to get it to hook up so you can get the power down. It won't perform on a road course. The GT350 is great on a road course, but only so so at drag racing. If you want to do both, and don't have the budget for a mid six figure car, look at the Z06 Corvette.
Was about to make a comment and after reading yours didnt need to. You said it all for me !

After trading my 07 GT500 with 664 rwhp and having a straight line go fast car and getting the GT350, there is no comparison how much better the GT350 is.

And yes, the Dodge and Ford where built for two different reasons

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GT350 all the way ...

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Hey guys this is my first post. Was going to start in the introductory section, however this topic immediately caught my interest.
I currently have a 2016 hellcat charger and recently fell in love with the 2018 gt350. I test drove one the other day for the first time and it was instant love. Never been in a car so invigorating.
Anyways I posted here first because I wanted to comment on the compassion of these two beasts.
I truly love my hellcat, it's a straight line beast and doesn't handle all that bad either for a 4500 pound fatty either. Lol...
The gt350 while having about 180 horsepower less really didn't feel that much less powerful. Sure the weight difference had something to do with it. Holy shit though what a drivers car the 350 is. I have never been in such an ultimate driving machine as far as driving experience. Total bliss and gratification. Wow the way it handles, like a train on tracks. The sound is pure sex, the hellcat sounds truly amazing too (after market intake , supercharger amplified 10×)
But it's a different kind of amazing. Hellcat has a mix of deep throaty with a nice explosion of whine, which is awesome obviously but the gt350 sounds like straight muscle car bad ass that demands attention as well (overly in love with it.)
The hellcat while awesome is an automatic, nothing wrong with auto's as they are faster but not a drivers car, more like a put it in gear and hold on for dear life 😂....
I've owned many cars, 11 of them being mustangs and I never thought I would drive a mustang that would blow my mind like the way the gt350 has. The clutch, the transmission, the way it shifts, the 8250 redline ...holy shit is it awesome. Did I mention that redline (my God !!!!)...
Sure you loose out on gobs of low end torque cause of the flat plank but to me it's not all that missed. To tell you the truth my hellcat doesn't really get into significant boost and torque till 3000 plus rpm anyways. The 350 power band isn't much different being what at 4k plus or so ???...Nevertheless I love the car madly and will be purchasing one next spring. Not sure if I will get a brand new 2019 with the new changes (subtle in my opinion ) or a left over 2018. More then likely I will get the 2018 because I'll be able to save at least a few thousand off msrp and I really love the lead foot grey with black stripes which will not carry on to Model year 2019.
Well either way I will have one soon. Now the wait will literally kill me.

To sum it up though the hellcat and the gt350 are awesome awesome cars but like mentioned in this thread just different animals , depends what your goals are and what you want from your machine.
As much as I love my hellcat, the true driver in me urns to drive again and the sure winner of the drivers car is the awesome awesome benchmark unicorn mustang gt350.

Look forward to being a member here and learning from you veterans on these cars... Enjoy!!!!
 

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The Hellcat does have power, heck you can buy a based SC Mustang GT from LFP with around 700 HP for about 40K. For me it was a really tough choice between the ZL1 and the 350, the Hellcat wasn't even in considerations although I love all muscle/sport cars. Looking back at the choice, I am glad I chose the 350. This voodoo sound is just.....orgasmic.
 
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