I really like the Challenger SRT8 for what it is: a big-bodied, retro-styled, Hemi-powered muscle car. For someone like me who didn't experience the 1960s and '70s muscle-car era as it happened, it's fun to climb behind the wheel of a car like this and see the reaction from forty- and fifty-year-olds.
Switchbacks and mountain roads shouldn't even be mentioned with a car like this. It's meant for straight-line cruising and getting attention, the latter helped by the bright yellow paint on our tester. You won't find this car at an SCCA event. It was interesting to see that the manual transmission is a $695 option rather than standard equipment. The six-speed manual can be sloppy at times, and I had a few anxious moments trying to find gears, but overall it has good feel. Clutch takeup is a little numb, which is OK in a mid-size sedan but for a 6.1-liter Challenger SRT8, I'd like a little feel and vibration coming through.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator