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.
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.