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Dodge Hellcat at full roar at Woodward Dream Cruise

Henry Payne
The Detroit News

Royal Oak – "WAAUUUURRRGH!!" What better way to start Dream Cruise Saturday than at full opposite lock in a bellowing 707 hp Dodge Hellcat?

I climbed aboard the Detroit's premier muscle car for the first-ever "Dodge Rock City Thrill Rides" in the middle of the Dodge display in the Kroger parking lot at 13 Mile and Woodward.

Then driver Chris Ferraro – an SCCA national Trans Am champion – unleashed the 707 ponies. Kroger parking lot will never be the same. Laying black tire marks for 100 feet, we torched the mini-autocross course that Dodge has set up behind a phalanx of police barriers. Ferraro and his "Driving Experience" buddies will be here all day giving rides.

Macomb County high school pals Chris Noel, 17, Joseph Pizzo, 18, and Dominic Gyn, 16, began waiting at 5 a.m. to be the first in line (after your Detroit News speed addict, of course) for the Hellcat ride.

"Dodge Rock City Thrill Rides" was a popular attraction in the middle of the Dodge display in the Kroger parking lot at 13 Mile and Woodward.

Dodge Vipers are also available for a hot lap, but these boys wanted a taste of Hellcat. After his earth-shaking, tire-shrieking ride, Noel emerged with an ear-to-ear grin. He says he's ready to trade in his 2011 Buick Regal Turbo.

"Though it's a bit of a price gap," to the $60K Hellcat, he says.