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2010 Dodge Charger - Review

 

2010 Dodge Charger SR8

Once upon a time, as readers of a certain age may recall, large rear-wheel drive family sedans ruled the road. That changed eventually, as sedans downsized and became front-drive; minivans, SUVs, and crossovers began to appear on the roads. Even large sedans started switching to front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the few rear-drive large sedans left seemed to be aimed at the early dinner crowd.

Enter the 2010 Dodge Charger and its sibling, the Chrysler 300. Perhaps the last of a breed, these two sedans offer rear-drive, lots of space, and a mission that appeals to Mom and Dad, not their parents.

Both the Charger and 300 are available with high-performance SRT8 packages, and so it was that I recently found myself spending a few days behind the wheel of a Charger SRT8, which is billed as the"official passenger car of NASCAR." Given this car's size and shape, that seems appropriate.

The SRT8 based at $38,180, including such standard features as a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 425 horsepower, a five-speed automatic transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, side-curtain airbags in the front and rear, keyless entry, ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, a remote start, air conditioning, heated front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and satellite radio.

Options included the "Deep Water Blue Pearl" paint ($295), the SRT Option Group II (uplevel audio, wireless cell phone link, iPod control, alarm, performance display screen, and auto-dimming rearview mirror, $1,890), SRT Option Group III (navigation system with real-time traffic information, $985), a power sunroof ($950), high-intensity discharge headlights ($695), 20-inch performance tires and wheels ($250), a rear-seat video system ($1,460), and a gas-guzzler tax ($1,700). With destination ($750), the total came to $47,155.

The Charger lends its platform to the two-door Challenger pony-car, and the similarities are apparent. Like the Challenger, the Charger rockets forth from a dead stop when the go pedal is pressed hard to the floor. It's not as fast as Challenger--this is a slightly heavier car--but it's still damn quick. Need to pass in a hurry? Do so and watch other driver's eyes widen in a hurry. No one expects a big car to be this fast.


 
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  1. 6.1 ltr pushing out only 425hp.... another Yank tank that is a Prehistoric Dinosaur! This is part of the reason BP is drilling for oil so close to your coast so you can drive cars & trucks that are 20 years out of date. You need to move on out of the 80's because most of the world has.
     
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  2. its all about fun and space to have it, who cares if they might be out of date, enjoy why you can , cause soon you wont have that sound, coz when petrols gone there all gone all brands, to the dinosaurs, i jusr wish i could get one here in oz, we have plenty of space and love our big thumper cars....go muscle cars
     
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  3. UK Dave, what does Uk build other than retards ?
     
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  4. UK builds Range Rovers. The only car company that has 441 problems per 1000 vehicles sold. Dodge isn't far behind but still ahead of Range Rover. When the SRT8 or Mustang 5.0 catches up to the Camaro SS then bragg. Until then keep buying the superchargers and turbos for the SRT8 and 5.0's.
     
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  5. Drove the Charger, Challenger, 300 & Jeep SRT8's @ the SRT experience in Vegas last month. Charger & Challenger handle about the same, very little wheel spin and 102 down the stretch. The 300 is a big, bouncy pig, sliding & skidding all over the place. Still, 98 down the stretch. - The big surprise is the Jeep. OMG wicked fast, no spin, very little lean though it looks like it should and 110 down the stretch. This my friends is the sleeper of the decade and on my very short list for next purchase.
     
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  6. I run a stock GC srt-8 in the U.K. it does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and runs regularly at over 155mph, and 8 miles to the gallon,every time I drive it I laugh out loud,it cost me less then a Mini to buy,we have owned every German make, this car is FUN,one day like the Dinosaur it will be gone,but not only have I seen one I drive it everyday. God Bless America !
     
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  7. I love my SRT8 Charger in all its gas guzzling glory. I only drive eight miles a day back and forth to work so a fill up lasts me about 10 days or so. I looked at the Challenger but made the "grown up" decision to get the Charger due to having four doors. With two kids, one still in a car seat, I get to have all the fun of a muscle car with my kids comfortable in the back seat. It’s kind of fun picking on 90’s Mustangs too and watching them loose to a big heavy four door. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
     
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  8. Tom: "When the SRT8 or Mustang 5.0 catches up to the Camaro SS then bragg. "
    @Tom: Pwnd! I'm bragging now.
     
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