The horsepower wars were a thing of past, well we thought they were. American muscle in recent years is making a resurgence of sorts, which is predicated on a modern horsepower war. Bring it on I say! Any man alive does appreciate the word horsepower. The word alone or the sound of a finely tuned exhaust in most situations will make your hair stand at attention. The norm of 300-400 ponies is now played out. 600, 700 plus is beginning of the new norm. And this isn’t all focused on sport and supercars. One manufacturer that has embraced this theme is Dodge with its new Challenger SRT 6.2L Supercharged Hellcat! Powered by the classic HEMI V8, this monster produces no less than 707 brake horsepower. The same car is the bases for our review today.
In the spotlight this week is the recently released GT Spirit 1:18, resin, Dodge Challenger SRT 6.2L Supercharged Hellcat! The exterior is a perfect choice of colours. We have the Sublime Green Pearl Coat with optimal painted Black Satin hood. The paint work here is absolutely flawless. It brings me back to the earlier gems from the brand.
Exterior lines closely mimic the original car. If there was one issue I’d point out is the relatively flat roof. Note the optional powered sunroof option is presented in our example. Shutlines and panel gaps are on point as well.
I love the front end of the Hellcat. Quad beams and aggressive upper and lower chin mean all business. GT Spirit execution here is very solid. Incorporating perforated grilles in the upper and lower grille sections is beautifully executed. Headlight materials are quality pieces too.
As mentioned earlier GT Spirit went with the optional Black Stain hood. Paint work is flawless. I love the integration of perforated grilles into the upper cooling openings left and right and the centre intake. Well done guys!
The rear is on par with the front. All Black Stain bits are nicely executed. Taillight detail and materials are very good too. Other than a slightly off centre licence plate the overall results are on point.
I don’t have any images on the undercarriage to share. Because of the massive weight of this piece I was too afraid I would damage the exterior mirrors or more. That being the case, I will elaborate that the exhaust system is highlighted in chrome/silver paint from the engine to rear side. The rest is your typical Black finish.
The wheels on the Hellcat are the optional 20″ Brass Monkey SRT Forged rollers. They are just beautiful to view. The above photo will speak for itself. Style and colour are well matched to the original manufacturer spec. Rotors are massive and slotted in appearance. If I had one element of the package that required some improvement it would be the calipers. Overall depth falls a little too flat.
From a stance perspective, the model sits a little lower than OEM. No issue with that at all. Lower is always better than higher in my opinion.
The exterior windows are tinted on our sample. Inside the Hellcat interior is well representative of the original. Dash, centre console, and door cards are admirable in execution. Front and rear do feature fabric seat-belts, that is a nice plus!
On the flip side, there is no interior flocking. The Hellcat does come various seat options, one option is the Nappa/Alcantara seats. Our example does include SRT logo in the upper seat area, though the overall seat structure is completed in plastic with no additional texture or paint.
I’m very impressed with GT Spirit’s version of the Dodge Challenger SRT 6.2L Supercharged Hellcat. Paint on this piece is fantastic from the Green to Black exterior elements. It may not be everyone’s piece of cake, but I love the Green! Overall design other than the slightly flat roof line is translated well. Wheels are some of the best we’ve seen from the brand to date. The only negative is the lack of access to the HEMI under the hood, but hey this is static resin model in the end.
This model comes fully recommend, a 9 out of 10. I’m sure it will show well in all your collections. On a side note, if you enjoy variants, there is also the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coming from GT Spirit arriving soon. Enjoy the pics!
Why this when the Demon is coming? But as the engine is the main thing on this car, why sealed? Kinda miss the point…
Why not? The Demon takes this car to another level. Yes, I agree, have a first-hand view of the Hemi engine would be nice. But these sealed, resin replicas do serve the needs of a lower price point model.
I am not sure anymore about the lower price point of resin, the new ZL1 Camaro is selling for about US 155$ which is as today 204$ in canadian funds :/ Add 6$ and you have yourself an opening composite Autoart with engine, carpets and all. This resin thing is getting ridiculous. But I agree that it looks beautiful.
Thanks for the review! Now, I don’t know why GMP Acme went thie route when they have the Challenger dies from Highway 61. Couldn’t these be modified or some new parts added to make the Hellcat and Demon? Closed models… I have one of the first C7 Corvettes and a Camqaro ZL1 and, well… No thanks, not anymore.
Do you know if the wheels on the GT Spirit models roll or not????
They can, but some production pieces are more challenging to rotate than others. If this is a concern, simply open the model and slight clean the areas where the axle is mounted.
Its not a big deal to me…thanks for the information