We recently tested a Dodge Challenger SRT8 and I was very disappointed with the car. It was big, heavy, difficult to see out of, and felt surprisingly slow. The Charger is just as big and heavy, but it offers better visibility and the automatic transmission's more favorable gear ratios make the car a lot more fun to drive.
Anyone shopping for a Charger should splurge on the HID headlights. It was cold, dark, and rainy this morning and I was not very comfortable behind the wheel because the standard headlights are hardly visible unless you are in the middle of nowhere on a moonless night. More than once I checked to see if I had accidentally turned off the lights and was running on the daytime running lights alone. The pitiful range of the headlights makes a car with this much power unnerving after dark.
Of course you'd much rather be driving this car during the day so you can watch other people stare at it and check out the huge clouds of smoke that are so easy to produce with a stab at the accelerator. Want proof? Check out this old video from when the Charger launched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTXJIj4FhlM
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor