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2010 Dodge Challenger - Review


2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8

The 2010 Dodge Challenger is many things: Two-door sporty coupe, retro-themed mid-life crisis mobile, one of the last of a dying breed of big cars powered by big muscle. One thing it isn't: Subtle.

When a bright yellow Challenger SRT8 with the 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 (425 horsepower) and a 6-speed manual transmission shows up at your door, it's hard to resist getting some seat time behind the wheel. It's also hard to move throughout the city unnoticed.

Other than the availability of the "Plum Crazy" purple paint job, not much changes for Challenger, which was introduced in 2008 as a 2009 model.

My tester had a base price of $41,230, including standard features such as ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, front-side airbags, curtain-side airbags, 20-inch wheels, air conditioning, heated front seats, satellite radio, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a wireless cell phone link, a spoiler, a functional hood scoop, a dual exhaust, and more.

Options included the yellow paint ($225), the Special Edition package ($275, unclear what it includes), the $695 SRT Option Group (white face gauges, upgraded audio), the 6-speed manual transmission (includes 3.92 axle ratio, hill-start assist, and Track Pak, $695), the $590 Uconnect media center (navigation system with real-time traffic information, 6-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, hard drive, and iPod adapter), and the $1,300 gas-guzzler tax. With the $725 destination fee, the total came to $45,735.

That gas-guzzler tax is well-earned, the EPA mileage numbers are 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. I was unable to measure real-world fuel-economy during my test.

What I was able to measure, at least by the seat of my pants, was acceleration. And no surprise here, it doesn't disappoint. Step on it, and the Hemi raises holy hell as the car leaps forward under the power of 420 lb-ft of torque. Woodward Avenue awaits.

The shifter is on the notchy side, and a skip-shift feature annoys at part throttle, although it's easily defeated with an extra squeeze of the throttle. Brakes are strong and smooth, as I found when an inattentive driver wandered into busy traffic from a cross-street and forced me into a full-on panic stop.

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Comments (5)
  1. AMAZING CAR!!! simply magnificent

  2. Tim, I really want to know what you car critics smoke before you write a column? Mustang held the title of pony cars for 40 years. No argument! However the power and interior were a joke. Dodge brings out the Challenger with some real power and every critic fall in love with this car! One year later all the critics are bashing the same car they previously fawned over. its like you all have media ADD, something shiny drives by and you forget what you were talking about.

  3. My 2010 SRT8 is the best muscle car I've ever owned period. Everyone says "midlife crises" I call it "midlife happiness"! Sure the interior sucks even my 76 Trans Am T/A, 82 5.0 Mustang had nicer interiors but..overall best looking mean machine out there!

  4. I no doubt think that this is the best looking muscle car for the money out there. I am at the point of trading in my 300C which also has a HEMI for this bad boy!

  5. Proud owner of the 2010 RT Classic(Furious Fushia). Guys if your looking for a reliable set of wheels,look no further. For the money I can not be happier. I can drive this car everyday and it wont break the bank. And if I want to drop the hammer this baby will hold its own on the street or the highway, just watch out for the local police.

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