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NickD
NickD UltraDork
3/27/18 12:23 p.m.

In reply to Mndsm :

R/T is always going to be a 5.7L engine. Not a bad engine, and if it's manual trans then it doesn't have cylinder deactivation, which could be a positive or a negative depending how you view it.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
3/27/18 12:40 p.m.

2015+ R/T's still have the 5.7L. The 2015+ Scat Pack, some of the Challenger T/A models, and the SRT 392 have the 6.4L. 2014-Older SRT8's and SRT Core cars (I think) had the 6.1L. And then there's the Hellcat and Demon, but those are another story...

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
3/27/18 12:57 p.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

V8 manual 4 door smoke show. That's what I'm after. 

NickD
NickD UltraDork
3/27/18 1:05 p.m.

In reply to Mndsm :

The Charger is the four door and has never had a manual. So, if you want a 4-door V8 with a manual, you have to shop elsewhere other than Chrysler. GM offered a manual transmission behind the LS3 in the 2015-2016 Chevrolet SS, and there were Pontiac G8 GXP manuals as well

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
3/27/18 1:16 p.m.

Ah berkeley. For whatever reason I thought we were talking about the charger. 

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UltraDork
3/27/18 1:26 p.m.

No to confuse it even more, but IIRC, there was also a "Road and Track" package that was an option on the R/T which gave better seats, better suspension, etc. over the standard R/T. 

-Rob

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
3/27/18 1:38 p.m.

I can get an r/t r/t? Sweet!

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
3/28/18 8:56 a.m.

In reply to rob_lewis :

I completely forgot about the R/T Road & Track package! laugh That was during that small window when Chrysler was naming trim packages weird names, like Citadel, Crew, etc. Now the Charger/Challenger with those options is just the R/T Plus. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
4/11/18 8:10 a.m.

So.....

My wife and I are car shopping right now for a replacement for her aging 2010 Mazda 3. After checking out some cars for her, we went to visit my older sister, who just happens to work at a Dodge dealer right now. While my wife and sister chatted, I took out a 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD with the V6. Not an R/T with a Hemi, I know, but I figured one of these would give me a feeling for the car. It looked like this one:

Some honest thoughts:

-First of all, HOLY CRAP IT'S HUGE. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I haven't piloted something this large in car form in many years. It caught me off guard.

-I had a hard time with getting the seating position where I wanted it. This one had power seats, and all I wanted to do was get it as low as possible and lean it forward a bit. For some reason, I couldn't get it to do that. As a result, I was looking out the top of the windshield instead of through the middle. This was annoying. Could 100% be user error, though. 

-Since this one was AWD with a V6, power was not as impressive as I was hoping, but it was still decent for what it is. The car felt like a giant automatic WRX in a way. That said, I was expecting to handle like a tank. It surprisingly did not! Steering was decent and responsive, and it rode nice. The "GT" in the name was no joke; this is a GT car through and through. It would really make a fantastic daily driver for someone in New England (like me), if you could get over not having the Hemi (which I want). 

-This thing had LOTS of toys, almost to the point of confusion. Paddle shifters, multiple displays that show you all sorts of data, a ginormous 8.4" touchscreen infotainment system, heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and a whole lot more. I tried using the paddle shifters, and I found them confusing. This is not the Mopar of old, where you are lucky to have heat and maybe A/C. 

-I couldn't help but compare the car to my Trans Am. It felt similar inside space-wise, at least up front. There is a lot more rear room than the T/A has, and the car is definitely bigger everywhere else. 

All in all, I think I liked it? The big caveat was the seating position. Since the windshield was so heavily raked and the belt line is so high, and because I couldn't get the seats adjusted the way I wanted them to be, it made outward visibility looking forward a little strange. The C pillars are HUGE too, but any 'Merican muscle coupe will be the same. The 2011 Mustang GT my buddy has is the same, and so is my Trans Am. I could see out the back, and at least it has a backup camera, so that helps. 

I think I'm going to test drive a Camaro, Mustang, and a Charger as well in the near future. 

FuzzWuzzy
FuzzWuzzy Reader
4/11/18 8:16 a.m.

I saw a picture floating around on Facebook with an older Charger with the newer style front end which got me thinking....

 

Since Dodge in all honesty hasn't really changed the Charger/Challenger/Magnum since they first brought them to market, could perhaps the interior of a newer Charger be put in to saayyyy an older Magnum so one could have an American RWD wagon with possibly a V8 and a better interior?

airwerks
airwerks Reader
4/11/18 2:14 p.m.
FuzzWuzzy said:

I saw a picture floating around on Facebook with an older Charger with the newer style front end which got me thinking....

 

Since Dodge in all honesty hasn't really changed the Charger/Challenger/Magnum since they first brought them to market, could perhaps the interior of a newer Charger be put in to saayyyy an older Magnum so one could have an American RWD wagon with possibly a V8 and a better interior?

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