|Reviewed By||Jim Pickering|
|Price as Tested||$49,310|
6.4-L 470-hp Hemi is explosively powerful. 5-speed auto now has paddle shifters, and the ECU has been modified for faster and firmer shifts. Interior is comfortable and quiet, thanks in part to acoustic glass. Huge 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear Brembo brakes offer substantial stopping power and great pedal feel. Chassis is stiffer than the outgoing model and offers a selectable Sport mode, which turns things rock-solid. Precise steering feel. On-board performance meters (0-60, skidpad, ¼-mile timers) are lots of fun, but you’ll likely meet your local law enforcement if you use them too much on the street. Interior is much improved over the outgoing model, with a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation, and optional red leather.
5-speed auto is much improved, but still feels limiting. Really needs the 6-speed manual from the Challenger SRT8 as an option. You pay for the Hemi’s power with poor fuel mileage – it’s rated at 14 city and 23 highway, but I only managed around 11 combined.
I own a similar 2006 Charger SRT8, and switching back and forth between the two really underlined the new car’s improvements. I would’ve given this five stars across the board, but the fuel mileage is a real downside, especially with climbing gas prices. If you don’t mind $60 fill-ups every week, it’s a great 4-door 4-seat muscle car for the modern world – and it’ll likely give high-powered European competitors in the segment a solid run for their money.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Mar 26, 2012