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Howdy fellow C&G forum members. This week with the debates in many different threads it got me to thinking and I decided why wait till 2017 when we are so close, I wanted to start this sooner rather than later.

So please post what you are thankful for in regards to the forum, friends, enemy's family, life in general. Share good and bad of what has made you thankful for in 2016!

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I will start off by saying I am thankful to my Family and friends for the support  and friendship I have had this year. Especially as I joined the ranks of cancer survivors. So I am very happy to be here enjoying my passion for auto's, wine and life.

I want to thank everyone at C&G from @Wings4Life & @FordCosworth who debate with me, to so many others all the way to our awesome writer @William Maley and our fearless leader @Drew Dowdell.

Thank you for letting me be part of this Forum, being friends and departing your knowledge of the industry and take on things.

Diversity is what gives us a rich full life and I am very happy to have had more than my fair share.

I will be out celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my wife and kids from Dec 16th to Jan 1st. I will pop in from time to time, but wishing you all an outstanding holiday season and a amazing start to a new year full of exciting technology from our smartphones to our auto's.

Thank you all for being a very important part of my life.

:metal: 

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3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I will start off by saying I am thankful to my Family and friends for the support  and friendship I have had this year. Especially as I joined the ranks of cancer survivors. So I am very happy to be here enjoying my passion for auto's, wine and life.

I want to thank everyone at C&G from @Wings4Life & @FordCosworth who debate with me, to so many others all the way to our awesome writer @William Maley and our fearless leader @Drew Dowdell.

Thank you for letting me be part of this Forum, being friends and departing your knowledge of the industry and take on things.

Diversity is what gives us a rich full life and I am very happy to have had more than my fair share.

I will be out celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my wife and kids from Dec 16th to Jan 1st. I will pop in from time to time, but wishing you all an outstanding holiday season and a amazing start to a new year full of exciting technology from our smartphones to our auto's.

Thank you all for being a very important part of my life.

:metal: 

You are very welcome!

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11 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I will start off by saying I am thankful to my Family and friends for the support  and friendship I have had this year. Especially as I joined the ranks of cancer survivors. So I am very happy to be here enjoying my passion for auto's, wine and life.

I want to thank everyone at C&G from @Wings4Life & @FordCosworth who debate with me, to so many others all the way to our awesome writer @William Maley and our fearless leader @Drew Dowdell.

Thank you for letting me be part of this Forum, being friends and departing your knowledge of the industry and take on things.

Diversity is what gives us a rich full life and I am very happy to have had more than my fair share.

I will be out celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my wife and kids from Dec 16th to Jan 1st. I will pop in from time to time, but wishing you all an outstanding holiday season and a amazing start to a new year full of exciting technology from our smartphones to our auto's.

Thank you all for being a very important part of my life.

:metal: 

All the same defelt.

God Bless

I am thankful for everyone too. 

Lost two family members this year, it's been rough. I want to appreciate what I have much more going forward.

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      Last fall, I had the chance to drive a Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack for a week and fell in love. It was basically an SRT Charger, minus a few items for just under $40,000. This fall, another high-performance Charger came in a week’s stay and it was packing more heat. 707 horsepower to be exact. Yes, I finally got my hands on a Hellcat. What was it like? It was fast, but you want more information than that.
      That 707 horsepower figure comes courtesy from a 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8. Torque is rated at 650 pound-feet.This is backed up by an eight-speed automatic only. If you want a manual, then you’ll need to get the Challenger Hellcat. Trying to explain just how fast the Charger Hellcat is difficult. This is a car that you need to drive or sit in to experience the ferocity of the V8 engine. The best way I can use to describe the Hellcat’s power delivery is engaging warp drive. Step on the accelerator and the supercharger whirrs into life and the V8 produces a roar very few vehicles can dream. Blink and you’ll be at an illegal speed before you know it. Taking turns in the Hellcat is somewhat difficult because of the accelerator. You need to roll on it if you want to do it smoothly. If you step on the accelerator pedal like you would on a standard vehicle, the back will become very loose and the stability control will kick on to get the vehicle straightened out. This is especially important due to the tires fitted to Hellcat, a set of Pirelli P-Zeros. These tires need to be warmed up before they begin to bite the road. The Hellcat will be a regular at the fuel pump with fuel economy figures of 13 City/22 Highway/16 Combined. I got about 14.3 mpg during my week in mostly city driving. Handling? That’s the surprising part as the Charger Hellcat doesn’t embarrass itself. Fitted with an adaptive suspension system, the Charger Hellcat shows little body roll when put into Sport and provides a smooth ride when in comfort. The steering system provides the right amount of feel and heft you want in a performance vehicle.  Bringing a 707 horsepower vehicle to a stop is no easy task, but a set of massive Brembo brakes is up to the task. It brings the Charger Hellcat to a quick halt. The Charger Hellcat looks like your standard SRT Charger with a new front clip and lowered stance. There are some slight differences such as a new hood, 20-inch wheels finished in a dark bronze color, and the requisite Hellcat emblems on the front fenders. Inside, the Hellcat isn’t that much different from the standard Charger aside from the speedometer going 200 mph. It would have been nice if Dodge could have done some sprucing of the interior to not make it feel so dank and dark. A little bit more color on the dash would not be a bad thing. The front seats have extra bolstering to hold you in when you decide to let loose all 707 horsepower or take a turn a bit too fast. As I mentioned in my Ram 1500 Quick Drive last week, the Charger’s UConnect system is beginning to show its age. The interface is still easy to use but is beginning to show signs of aging. Performance isn’t as snappy either as in previous FCA models. Hopefully, the 2017 model is able to get the updated UConnect system that debuted in the Pacifica. The UConnect system in the Charger Hellcat does come with SRT Pages. This allows you to record 0-60, quarter-mile, and reaction times. It also allows you to change various performance settings such as gear changes, suspension, and whether you want the full 707 horsepower or 500. The last one pertains if you happen to have the red key. In terms of pricing, the Charger Hellcat kicks off at $65,495. With options and a $1,700 gas guzzler tax, our tester came to $72,820. Compared to other high-performance sedans, the Hellcat is quite the steal. If it was my money on the line, I would go for the Charger R/T Scat Pack. I get most of the enjoyment of the Hellcat, minus the supercharger whine. But I would have a fair chunk of change that I could spend on hopping it up. But I understand why someone would go for the Charger Hellcat. It is a four-door sedan that provides explosive acceleration and engine note that no other vehicle can dare match. There’s something magical about stepping on the accelerator, being flung back into the seat due to power on tap, and then laughing like a four-year old after what happened. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Charger Hellcat, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      (Author’s Note: That’s a wrap for the 2016 review season. We’ll be back with the first batch of 2017 model year vehicles after New Years. But I will be picking my favorite vehicles I drove this year. Expect to see that before the year comes to a close.)
      Year: 2016
      Make: Dodge
      Model: Charger
      Trim: SRT Hellcat
      Engine: Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8
      Driveline: Eight-speed automatic, Rear-wheel drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 707 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 650 @ 4,800
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/22/16
      Curb Weight: 4,570 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario
      Base Price: $65,945
      As Tested Price: $72,820 (Includes $995 Destination Charge and $1,700 Gas Guzzler Tax)
      Options:
      Customer Preferred Package 23T - $1,995.00
      20-inch x 9.5-inch Brass Monkey SRT Forged Wheels - $995.00
      275/40ZR20 P Zero Summer Tires - $595.00
      Redline Red Tri-coat Pearl Exterior Paint - $595.00
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