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2009 Dodge Charger SRT8: Four Door Muscle

Posted in Dodge, Fast Cars, muscle cars by Geoff | March 29th, 2009 | 4 Responses |


For muscle car purists, the four-door Charger in Hemi-less form is a disgrace to the legacy of the cars heritage.  However, even the most traditional mopar lovers have to bow down to the power that is the Charger SRT8.

The already sharp looking Charger sedan receives an AutoStick five-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, sport suspension, dual chrome exhaust pipes, plus aerodynamic body kit with hood scoop and rear spoiler.  But all the extra accoutrements that may accompany the SRT8 are secondary to the 6.1 liter SRT Hemi V8 engine that is at the heart of this beast.  Producing an enormous 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, it is almost an overwhelming powerplant in this car.  Same thing could be said for the sound and exhaust which effectively communicates to anyone who dares approach what is under the hood.  The payoff for owning the SRT8 is a top speed of 165 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time under five seconds.  No small feat givn its weight of nearly 4000 lbs.  The cost, beyond the price tag, is 14 and 20 mpg in city and highway driving.  Speaking of cost, at $44,000 the Charger SRT8 is not cheap, but in terms of performance there are very few real competitors, especially in brute force.  The Charger comes equipped with brake assist, an Electronic Stability Program, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and fog lights.  However, as with many American interiors, inside the cabin is where the Charger is still trying to play catch-up with the competition. 

2009 Charger Interior

2009 Charger Interior

Actual comfort and convenience items are nicely packaged and include leather seats, a six-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, cruise control, air conditioning, plus full power windows, door locks, heated mirrors and front seats.  Other features include a back-seat SIRIUS satellite video system, 20-gigabyte MyGIG infotainment system, plus illuminated cupholders and map pockets.  If Dodge could completely perform an exorcism on the ultimately devil that is cheap plastic, the Charger would be an even bigger success and silence all critics.  Instead, it is hard not to be critical of the cheap quality of things inside.

In the end, potential suitors of the Charger SRT8 will have to be content with the ability to spin their tires at 30 mph.  Not a bad tradeoff.

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4 Responses

  1. Butch Deadlift says:

    There are also the minor details that it wallows like a pregnant sow, has a driving feel like it’s being transmitted to you by remote control, sucks back gas like it’s going out of style, and is so horrendously ugly it needs to be sterilized with fire.

    Other than that, it’s great!

  2. Mr. King says:

    Obviously you have never driven one. You could not be more wrong. Apparently, you must be a rice burner guy. Most likely a 4 banger or possibly even a hybrid guy. I would love to destroy you on the road with my 06 Dodge Charger SRT8.

  3. budo says:

    Who is this Deadlift and apparently he knows very little. Wallows, remote control effects, ugly! Surely unknowledgable and very obviously in the minority.

    Check the facts, sport, and find that the SRT8 hangs with the best of them–350Z, 370 coupes, Jags, Benz, BMW, etc. in slalom and road course tests and is a blast to drive. Ugly–that’s your opinion. It makes one pause as to what you think is beautiful. Scary thought!

  4. roger moore (not) says:

    ugly as sin. i wonder what you defending guys think is beautiful, probably your sister! i don’t question it’s road going skills as i have never driven one, but why are all recent american cars looking like roseanne barr’s ass crack when she is bending over in a chocolate thong? don’t worry though, BMW’s look like awkward turds as well… people LOVE BMW’s.