When it comes to reinterpreted pony cars, Ford has its Mustang, Chevy has its Camaro and Dodge has its Challenger. Of the three, the Dodge Challenger
is probably the most faithful to the original, all the way down to a choice of two different HEMI V-8 engines. While the Mustang and the Camaro have proven to be remarkably competent on a race track, the super-sized Challenger carries a bit too much mass for track-day fun.
Unlike the Mustang and Camaro, which quickly start to feel cramped on the open road, the big Challenger is a near-ideal touring car for two. It’s got ample room inside for the driver and front seat passenger, and either of the HEMI V-8 engines willingly soak up highway miles. Passing slower traffic is a non-issue with V-8 Challengers; press on the accelerator, and forward thrust builds in an impressive manner. While the suspension can be on the stiff side (especially on SRT8 models), the ride quality is never objectionable.
Those old enough to remember the...