Dodge’s new Charger SRT8 storms car market

MATTHEW CORSO
STAFF WRITER

Dodge is responsible for making its newest charger the best to date. The Charger SRT8 is designed and produced by Dodge’s special in-house tuning crew the SRT team. SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology; this is the team that makes all of Dodge’s SRT vehicles so rewarding and pleasant to drive.

The base price of the newest Charger SRT8 starts at $47,500 and can stretch to $51,000 if one is not careful with the option boxes. Truth is that it just does not get any more American than the Dodge Charger.

The Charger goes hand in hand with apple pie, cheeseburgers and Budweiser as some of the most American traditions ever. The first Charger went on sale back in 1966 as a two-door coupe when the American muscle car and horsepower wars first began.

The Charger has such a devout following because of the longevity of its production and the pure the thrill one gets from mashing the throttle with a HEMI V8 under the hood. One burnout and you will probably never get back into a normal sedan, even if you need to work longer hours.

The Chargers personality from behind the wheel is of a pure-bred sports sedan; quite honestly, that is what is to be expected when you hop behind the wheel of any SRT vehicle. They all pack a special punch, making them truly enjoyable drivers’ vehicles.

The Charger SRT8 has a massive 6.4l HEMI V8 that churns out a staggering 470 HP and 470 LB-Ft of torque. This engine being a HEMI means that it offers a hemispherical combustion chamber design as opposed to a normal engines wedge-head design.

Thanks to the HEMI design, it is possible for total valve diameter size to exceed the bore size within an overhead valve configuration. What this simply does is increase maximum engine power at higher rpm’s (revolutions per minute) because of an increased flow of air and exhaust in and out of the engine.

Due to all of this clever engine technology, the Charger tears from a standstill to 60 mph in a brief 4.3 seconds, putting the Charger in the ranks of sport coupes like the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track and the Camaro SS. The Charger tops out at a top speed of 175 mph, assuming, of course, that you have enough pavement to get there.

When it comes to handling, the Charger is no slouch. The Charger pulls an impressive 0.89 average later around a skidpad. Most drivers will not ever access this amount of grip unless they bring their Charger to a track, but on the street it can handle any bend the road throws at it.

It is also surprisingly agile for such a big sedan, coming to a complete stop from 60 mph in a mere 112 ft. It stops 60 from the distance as the Camaro SS and just seven feet further than BMW’s M3 sedan.

“This massive sedan takes to corners with composure, response, and communication that rivals perhaps even bests some notable German performance sedans” said Carlos Lago, associate road test editor at Motor Trend.

No one can say it better than Carlos Lago that this Charger is on par and perhaps in some categories outperforms some of Germany’s pure- bred sport sedans.

The Charger is better than ever and makes a strong argument for itself in the sports sedan category.

The new upgrades to the Charger really make it the perfect combination of a weekday commuter and a thrilling.

Contact the writer:
matthew.corso@scranton.edu

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