In the end, we do feel that Dodge did a very good job with the Challenger, and the fact that we're seeing more and more of them wherever we go also shows that many other people agree with us.
We suspect the Challenger SRT8 is a deceptive performer. Though it didn't feel fast to our two guys, it may be that its engine delivers power in a smooth and linear manner and that the sound deadening and comfy seats isolate drivers from the ethereal experience they've grown accustomed to in their classic Mopars. Maybe Chrysler engineers should give us a car with solid motor mounts, zero sound deadening, and minus the weight of all the airbags, traction control, and satellite radio stuff. We could take that car back to these guys and see if that changes things.
'09 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Specs
Base price: $41,695
Price as tested: $43,730
Engine: 6.1L Hemi
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Horsepower: 425 at 6,200 rpm
Torque: 420 at 4,800 rpm
Redline: 6,400 rpm
Transmission: Tremec T-6060 six-speed
Curb weight: 4,146 pounds
0 to 60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Quarter-mile: 13.1 seconds at 108.4 mph
Fuel economy: You're reading the wrong magazine
Performance specs from Motor Trend