Take an exciting ride on a 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on the M1 Concourse circuit.
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No one will tell how many red buttons there are in the world.
It is something of a mystery.
But thousands of people have brought their red-keyed Dodge muscle cars home releasing more than 700 horsepower – a feat that Silicon Valley called "Wired" bat-exercise. ** crazy engineering.
Val Saph, 34, of Armada uses only the red key, including his wife Victoria.
Loyd Overstreet, 58, of Shreveport, Louisiana, does not have his wife Stacy use a red key.
"My wife Only the black key, "he said." She can not handle all this performance. "
For the cautious driver, the frightened driver, or the youthful driver, the black key fob limited the ride to just 500 horsepower Context That's 105 hp more than the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup with a Hemi V8 that can haul real horses.)  More: Dodge Challenger ousted Chevy Camaro as Sport No. 2 car
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. [Photo: FCA US LLC]
From nurses to financial analysts to military veterans: the men and women driving these crazy vehicles , l They have engines that are so powerful that they can reach speeds of 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds.
These cars "provide acceleration that will take your breath away," said John McElroy, longtime industry watcher and "Autoline After Hours" host. "Most people who have never experienced it will gasp or scream as fast as they accelerate."
The last slide models named "Demon" and "Hellcat" have inspired more than 5.2 million followers on Facebook. A muscle car group member rates the potential romance based on the key color. Black? Boring. Red? Call me.
This is not your father's car – unless your father is Mario Andretti.
These hot red keychains launch the engines of just four vehicles:
- Charger SRT Hellcat – 707 horsepower
- Challenger SRT Hellcat – 717 horsepower
- Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye – 797 horsepower
- Challenger SRT Demon – 808 horsepower, and only sold in 2018
& # 39; Worry off & # 39;
"If you just want to relax and get away" jump into the car and get a tear. I call the therapy procedure, "said Saph, 35, who owns a Challenger Hellcat in 2016." All the pressures in life are easily tempered by this menacing exhaust note. "
In the last five years since the first Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat Models on the road continue to deliver unprecedented performance.
Val Saph can be seen outside his home in Armada next to his beloved Challenger Hellcat on April 23. The financial analyst working for Fiat Chrysler , the Muscle Car drives to work every day in spring and summer The Challenger Hellcat washes away the stress, said the competitor. (Photo: Victoria Saph)  The two keys allow someone to live two different personalities, said Hagerty spokesman Jonathan Klinger, the Traverse City-based collector car insurance and valuation company. "The black key allows you to peacefully exist on public roads, but the red key encourages you to test your limits."
Patrick Rall, 40, of Milford and his wife Amanda, 38, met online Dodge Forum.
"The only time we use the black key is when the car goes to the dealer for warranty work," said Rall, a journalist who owns a Go Mango-Orange 2017 Challenger Hellcat.
Sublime passion  "Dodge is doing so well because it stays simple, but provides power," said Paul Arseneau, 49, of Mansfield, Texas, vice president of engineering at Dynocom Industries. "I really believe that in 25 years it will be one of the big classic cars."
He liked the Ford Mustang, but bought a black 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye widebody because he preferred the larger interior because he allowed the car to be used as a daily driver.
Steve Beahm, head of car brands for Fiat Chrysler North America, said Muscle car buyers are extremely passionate.
"This passion ranges from sublime to subtle" Easter eggs "," he said, "like a special red key fob that has the full power potential of their Dodge SRT Hellcat during the & # 39; normal & # 39; unlocks "black keychain limits the power." He found that the output can be further limited by holding the controls on the screen in the middle to keep "the overzealous valet" in check.
The Auburn Hills-based company does not disrupt sales for special packages, so this is not possible to tell how many people actually own the mighty Hellcats.
Consumers purchased 66,716 two-door Challenger vehicles in 2018, compared to 66,377 in 2015. And since the Hellcat debut in March 2019, buyers have received a total of 275,494 Challengers.  "Normally you run through town in 500 mode, but you can change it at the red light in about 15 seconds if a Corvette stops next to you," said Overstreet, the guy who does not give his wife the red one Key and the owner of a Sublime Green 2015 Challenger Hellcat.
The drivers do not even have to wait 15 seconds. In fact, you can only push a button and instantly increase performance.
Overstreet, who also owns a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, is a registered nurse specializing in liver and kidney transplants. He points out that his wife, a RN working in a batting unit, is usually behind the wheel of a three-row Toyota Sequoia. "Daddy drives a hot rod and Momma drives a school bus."
Brian Lee, 51, of Shelby Township, runs a do-it-yourself business during the day and asks questions about his red key and black key at motor shows at toddlers.
"You ask Use the red key?" And I answer, "Is there anything left?" Lee said laughing.
69-year-old Bill Golling, washing his car in his father's car business in Bloomfield Hills Vehicles and Floors has two Challenger, including a Plum Crazy (Purple) 2018 Limited Edition Dodge Demon.
"It's something when they say the red key is for 707 hp and the black key is" only " 500 is like that would not cause you enough trouble, "he said," It's so cool this car when you start it. Absolutely exciting. They only made 3,300 Demons. All were sold out very quickly. "
The prices for these four Dodge / SRT charged models vary with the charger at $ 65,545, while the Challenger ranges from $ 58,995 to $ 96,000.
Christmas in April
Andrew Matika, 31, of Shelby Township said to his Charger Hellcat from 2016: "Black keys are on for the winter time when you have the snow tires on. Red buttons are for the rest of the year for hurtful feelings.
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Todd Rogers, 57, of Washington, DC, will not forget what happened after he bought his first Challenger Hellcat in January 2015.
" A Virginia soldier dressed me. My immediate answer, as he approached my window, was, "That should be better." He said, "I just want to know, does this thing really have two keys?"
Rogers replied, "You put on me just to ask that question?
As it turns out, the police officer was a car enthusiast, and Rogers bought a second Hellcat in August 2016. Then, in March 2018, he picked up his demon. "I swap cars at whim, but I never wear them black key. It is a waste of money spent by the manufacturer.
Rogers, a retired Navy retiree who now works as a director of commercial accounts for a private security firm, said he owned a Corvette in Long Beach, California, at the age of 22, but Dodge is in one own league.
"When I bought my first Hellcat, I thought I was a celebrity," he said, "people stop in the middle of the street to take pictures. And now people are screaming: Is this a demon? Omigod! A demon! & # 39;
Hugh Mullaney joins in his 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody near his house The former Navy SEAL said the mighty car feels like it's going into battle. (Photo: Hugh Mullaney)
Hugh Mullaney, 45, from Edmond , Oklahoma, is a former Navy SEAL who can not stop talking about his 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody.
"I was impressed. I could not believe it, "he said. Basically, you could just roll off the field with a race car. I use it to relax. I ran it. The red key and the black key make me smile. When I see the red key, I feel like a kid at Christmas. "
Mullaney paused." When you apply the 707 horsepower, you feel the car change its attitude. It gets louder. And it feels like you're going into battle. "
And what else is in his garage?
" I have a second car, "he said. It is unimaginable. It's just not cool.
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