The handling of the SRT8 is definitely tuned to high speed driving. Around town, the power steering feels over-boosted and the car lacks transitional response to inputs. The ambiguity is due, probably, to a combination of suspension/frame rigidity/frame mounting – all created a seemingly disconnected feel from the road. However, at speed the car seems to hunker down and inputs to steering seem just right. It’s a night and day difference. Personally, I would trade a bit of the high-speed feel for more at lower speeds since that’s where I spend most of my driving time. Around town, the “soft” suspension did a great job at absorbing bumps and road irregularities. The Charger is even suitable for long trips due to its comfortable ride, but its poor gas mileage isn’t very friendly to the wallet. At high or low speeds, the car remains flat around turns. The Eagle F1′s performed incredibly as the car would not step out no matter what I did.
The front of the Charger is dominated by the cross-hair grill that is large enough to suck in anything in its path. Simple SRT badging within the grill identify this as not your ordinary Charger. The aggressive stance of the car immediately catches your eye along with the bright red Brembo’s staring out from behind the 5-spoke rims. The functional hood scoop leads a modest hood bump, but from above, it looks like the open mouth of a whale shark. There’s no mistaking that this is a large vehicle, but the low roofline makes it look smaller from the side. The Deep Blue color belies its “deep” name as its not a dark blue, but rather an attractive royal blue.
The trunk doesn’t hold much. The Kicker sub envelopes the left wall of the trunk, and with a vacuum cleaner, a large canvas bag, and soft brief case, little room remained. Luckily, if you have longer items, the 60/40 split rear seats fold forward for added usability. I averaged about 14 mpg during my test drive and had to stop at gas stations several times. The sticker price that came with the tester was $44.2k. I priced the vehicle online during my test drive and the price was about $36k with dealer incentives. Now, with the state of the American car industry, the sticker price may be even less with larger incentives.
For the mid-$30′s, you can own a neo-classic American muscle car devoid of the required adjustments and vehicle/engine knowledge needed to support the originals. You can use the Charger for your daily commute to work, whip the SRT8 hard at the drag strip for Wednesday night timeslips, or leisurely cruise with your friends to the wine country for a weekend of wine tasting. Whichever you choose, this car is a great bargain. And if you’ve always wanted an American muscle car, you can’t go wrong with the Charger. With its spacious interior and seating, it easily holds four adults. The body is beautifully sculpted (though large), and its lowered stance precludes the aggressive nature of the SRT8. Open the windows and rev the engine. The sound of the exhaust note will be music to your ears!
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