Wednesday, June 10, 2015
First Look: Hot Wheels '15 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat...
Yeah, it's a Hellcat. But it is highly unlikely that the word "Hellcat" will ever find its way to a Hot Wheels car and cardbacks.
So with that out of the way, let's move on to the model. I say Hellcat, you say 700 hp. That is all you need to know. But you already know that too. You think about that like you would a ghost pepper. Complete intrigue, and definitely a little fear. The car is a monster. Inside and out.
So of course Hot Wheels was going to make it. (We assume the Charger will arrive one of these days too.) And considering that, the next question was whether or not it would sport the large rear wheels. Collectors have a love/hate relationship with those backside behemoths. Sometimes they make a good model great, other times a great model bad. Other times you wish they weren't there, and others you just live with them.
But in the case of the Hot Wheels Challenger, from the Concept in 2007, to the SRT a year later, through the Drift version, I have not been a fan of the rear wheels at all. The Challenger just doesn't look like the Challenger. They are not an enhancement at all. They make the car look like something completely different.
So we were very curious to see what would appear. We now know:
Yeah, they are still there. It is really too bad. Seeing the rear sit level with the front would make this model darn near perfect.
But I will confess something. I still really like it. A lot of love was clearly put into this one. The front grill area is fantastic. The body is super clean, and the choice of red with black wheels gives it that Hellcat look. And look, that front chin is perfect.
But as much as I like it, I will always look at with that "what could have been" sigh. Thankfully, my recently acquired Holy Grail from Matchbox more than scratches that itch:
Too much of a difference, eh? I would show that the Hellcat is an improvement over the last few Challengers, but I don't have any to compare it with. I just have never been a fan. I will keep this one though.
(Find the Hellcat at Wheel Collectors)
Hot Wheels '15 Dodge Challenger Hellcat (2015 New Models):