It's not QUITE as fun and eye-catching as the stick-shift Challenger SRT8 I drove last weekend, but the Charger SRT8 is still more fun and eye-catching than just about every other four-door on the market today. Not that it's particularly nimble to toss through corners, but this super (and super heavy) Charger can still be enjoyable around curves. Where the Dodge really comes into its own, though, is on the highway, during kickdown gearshifts, or tire-squealing wide-open-throttle drag-race launches.
Mike's report doesn't surprise me a bit; I drove the Charger SRT8 on one of the first really nice days of spring, and I overheard one pedestrian say "that's a hot car." Another particularly cool bystander gave me a knowing wave and thoroughly enjoyed it when I revved the 6.1-liter Hemi engine for him at a stoplight. Indeed, the Charger looks badass in SRT8 trim. I'd probably skip the red paint, though. If I owned an SRT8, I'd be in enough trouble with the law as it was, thanks to 425 hp and the egging-you-on onboard telemetry that Mike and Don described. I wouldn't want retina-abusing paint scheme to make me stand out even more.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor