The Charger may not have badass looks on the same level as the Challenger, but it has the mechanicals to match the two-door and the packaging to beat the coupe as a fun and usable muscle car. Like Phil, I find the Charger's better sightlines and (relatively) smaller feel to be a big advantage in making this Dodge a better car. The additional 20 pounds of a Charger SRT8 over the Challenger SRT8 are imperceptible, and the suspension of the sedan is tuned for both better handling and a ride that's well tuned rather than floaty. As others have complained about the automatic transmission's manual mode, I feel compelled to add that the process of taping the shifter left and right to change gears is unintuitive and just plain annoying. The interior may be characterless, but the important contact points-the seat and steering wheel-are comfortable and natural.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor