Ford and Chevrolet are once again engaged in muscle car wars -- but Dodge seems to be playing the role of conscientious objector. While the Mustang and Camaro are continually refined in an attempt to beat the other car, Dodge simply rolls out new retro graphics or retina-scorching paint.
That's a pity -- even though the Challenger is saddled with a substantial curb weight and an aging platform, there's still more potential. I'd really love to see engineers first address the suspension tuning. Even as a full-bore SRT model with the "track pack" option, this feels nearly identical to the R/T I drove last year -- which is to say substantially soft. The ride is perfect for boulevard cruising and brief blitzes down the quarter-mile straightaway, but the soft dampening -- to say nothing of the Challenger's portly heft -- don't help in switchbacks.
Then again, that's exactly how the original Challengers handled -- so those looking to recreate memories from decades ago won't be disappointed. Those looking for yesterday's styling enhanced by today's technology, however, will be.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer