Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Review

The SRT8 was first introduced to the market in 2008 as a tribute to retro muscle cars of the 70s. Unfortunately, the 2008 version is not "manly enough" because it did come with automatic transmission. It's like a car that looks strong but needs extra push from behind. Dodge has slightly learned its lesson by releasing a six-speed manual transmission version in 2009. Compared to the 2008 and 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 automatic, the manual transmission is a beast.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 manual transmission looks exactly like a muscle car. This version does not have any extra wings or designs. Its standard color red (or according to Dodge TorRed), and the shape is truly a nostalgic vision of the retro muscle vehicles. The interior of the vehicle still emulates the image outside. The dark gray finish and levers instead of digits will tell the driver how strong the car is on real time. The only real digital system in the car is the audio system.

Dodge didn't hesitate to provide a strong engine to make the car truly a muscle car. Featuring V8, 6.1-Liter engine, the 2009 SRT8 manual transmission can go from 0-60 in just five seconds. It's a power vehicle that comes in small package. Maneuverability of the vehicle is not stellar but will never place you in danger. The "Hill Start Assist" or HSA is a pretty neat addition since it will provide a 3-second automatic break if the vehicle is moving uphill.

Ultimately the 2009 Dodge Challenger manual transmission can have its shortcomings in speed and maneuverability, but it's a dream car come true for many muscle car enthusiasts.


Good review.

I think this and possibly the new Audi TT RS coupe are my favourite cars at the moment. Both hit 0-60 in about 5 seconds, and both are firmly in the dream car category!

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