It has been 2 years since I last drove a Hemi powered Dodge Challenger around the road course at Pocono Raceway and I still hadn’t gotten around to driving one on the street until a few weeks ago. I was interested to see if the car still turns heads here in Durham region, where its muscle car war rival the Camaro, is built. I was also looking forward to treating the neighbors to a bit of V8 rumble. Especially the GM engineer down the street who drive’s a 6 cylinder Camaro!
A while back we spent some time with a 6 cylinder Challenger SXT and found that the Mopar platform is by far the most family oriented of the 3 traditional domestic muscle car competitors. Unlike the Mustang and Camaro, the Challenger’s back seat comfortably seats 3 kids, even when 1 is a teenager. Likewise, family life is easily accommodated by the Challenger’s massive trunk that easily swallows a couple of hockey bags.
Some might argue that a muscle car isn’t a family car, but not everyone can afford a weekend only toy in the garage, but they still want to have some fun with their daily driver. The Challenger nicely combines the pony car heritage while offering a nice dose of practicality.
As Tom Williams found a few months back, the Challenger still has the power to crane necks, at least in the RT model. Our tester looked stunning in Deep Water Blue Pearl, which was perfectly accented by the classic black full length RT striping. Completing the look was the 20″ chrome wheels that sparkle like jewels beneath the deep blue. The combination did more than turn heads, it drew compliments almost everywhere I parked it.