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...