"Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge all build modern muscle cars based upon designs from the golden age of muscle cars (late 60's to early 70's). Only Chrysler got it right. Of the big 3, only the Dodge Challenger so closely resembles it's 1970's namesake that I've had people come up and compliment me on the "restoration" I've done on my modern Challenger!
I chose the R/T Classic, the top of the line trim level of the mid range engine offering. 375 horsepower and 400 foot pounds of torque are more than enough to get me into all the trouble I can afford! The 470/470 HP-to-torque ratio of the SRT model is tempting, but unless you plan to track race the car, the R/T will more than suffice.
The straight line acceleration of the stock Challenger R/T is downright, grin-inducing satisfying. 0-60 times are consistently in the sub 6 second times, and if you take your unaltered R/T to the track, mid to high 13 second 1/4 mile times are the norm. Slap on performance tires and tweak the ECU with an aftermarket tuner, and 1/4 mile times will dip into the 12 second range.
The R/T Hemi (5.7L, or 348 CID) actually adapts to the ultimate aftermarket performance upgrade (supercharger) slightly better than it's SRT brother, the 6.4L Hemi (392 CID). For whatever reason, the stock OEM internals of the 5.7L Hemi hold up better to 6-8 lb supercharger boost than the pistons and camshaft of the 6.4L.
This car is fun to modify, regardless of trim level. But modifications (mods) can quickly run into thousands of dollars for the Challenger enthusiast. Since the Challenger's inception in the 2008 model year, scores of manufacturers and vendors of aftermarket performance parts and exterior and interior appearance packages have proliferated across the web. Owners have thousand of options to customize or personalize the appearance of their Challenger to suit their own tastes.
And the Challenger is a head turner, and it will draw attention no matter where you drive it. So be prepared to have total strangers walk up to you and ask you questions about it, admire it, or even ask to take pictures of it!"
Pros: "Great price - $7400 below MSRP. Best car owned."
Cons: "Interior could be nicer, compared to 2015 models."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had my 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy Purple for almost two years. After adding a K&N filter kit and tuning it with a Diablo Sport inTune unit, it puts out 400 HP and 435 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 in under 5 seconds. It has the dark strips on the sides and the classic (Crager-style) wheels. I got it with all options except the top audio unit and the track pack. Everywhere I go people notice it, especially the color; it's phenomenal, probably the best color Chrysler has come up with. I've taken it to car shows with outstanding comments by people of all ages, men and women alike. Driving it is an unbelievable blast! I've wanted to get the '70 or '71 model when they came out but I was working my way through college with three kids and could afford one. When the new models came out in '08, I made up my mind to get one and finally my wife said in 2013, "Get one." If you want the best muscle/pony car you can get, forget the Camaro or Mustang -they're too ubiquitous, get the Challenger!"
"When I test drove this car it was like I was back in the 70's driving a muscle car of the past with all the power & feel of that car from my yester-years but all the conveniences and comfort of a new car full of gadgets and style. In four years not one day has gone by I haven't loved driving this baby, especially when I get the chance to really put my foot into it. The look is so retro heads constantly turn and the powerful feel and sound still puts butterflies in my stomach. I absolutely love this car."
Pros: "Great car for the price ,,handles great on highw"
Cons: "Can't think of any. Love the car."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My 2012 sxt plus in blackberry pearl turns heads , I put a silver metallic thick strip on both sides of car an tinted the windows., it may only be a v6' but it has some get up an go. Believe it or not, the 1971 challenger with a 383 runs the exact 0-60 times . An quarter mile stock of course. Paid under well under 30'000 .this car has a lot more room inside an trunk space then it's competitors. It's no hemi but average 22 miles to the gallon combined , an 27 highway.,it's a great daily driver an fun to drive."