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June 11, 2010

Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Review: What's Not to Love?

by Martha Hindes

Dodge challenger "Got the heavy foot to go with that?" questioned the bubba, with his vehicle window rolled down. "Gorgeous," said another. "Arrest me red!" offered a friend ogling the paint and bright chrome. Soon I stopped explaining its test car status and just enjoyed the attention.
Why the passionate interest? It's the new 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, with monster 6.1-liter, 425-HP engine and enough heavy metal attitude to emulate, say, Hollywood's bad boy Jesse James. 

Anti-guilt comes from fuel deceleration and the hunky Hemi engine that can glide on half of eight cylinders at high speed for 13/19-rated lower cruising fuel use. Thrill is catapulting from a standstill with rumbling roar in legendary muscle car spirit in this $45K retro revival.

Any negatives about this new Dodge? A serious "C pillar" blind spot. (Careful when backing up.) More aggressive low fuel warnings would help, for those in the boom box, power performance moment. I learned that as I ran out of gas on a high-speed parkway -- thinking I had a quarter tank to spare. Guess it's not just bubbas who do that these days, a testament to the Challenger's magnetic hold on sensibility.

For more info on the new 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, click here.

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