Life is pretty good when you have a Shelby GT 500 followed up by a Dodge Charger SRT8! I have talked about this car a lot in the past, and in fact, had one personally a year or so ago and loved it.
The Charger SRT8 is a bit of an oddity in this day and age, because it is a full-sized muscle car that drives terrific, has a nice large back seat, and is extremely comfortable. SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology and this vehicle certainly qualifies for both.
Under the hood you’ll find a 6.1 liter, 425-horse V8 that is naturally aspirated, in other words no supercharger, which I really like mainly due to the sound of all that horsepower. It is very reminiscent of the late 1960s Mopar products.
The interior is VERY nice with suede and leather seating surfaces and special SRT8 insignias stitched in. A leather steering wheel complements the leather door handles and completes what looks like the interior of a luxury car.
For added fun, you can play with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center which has performance pages. With that feature, you get instant feedback on 0-60 time, 60-0 time, G-forces, and 1/8 and 1/4 elapsed times. Just so you know, I turned 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, which is terrific considering the weight and size of this car.
Charger SRT8 comes with a 5-speed automatic, functional hood scoop, rear spoiler, and some drop-dead gorgeous 20” wheels. My test car was a beautiful Deep Water blue pearl and appears to have just about every option, including navigation system, Kicker stereo, security system, and Bluetooth.
What I liked most: The ride, drive, and handling of this full-sized sedan.
What I’d change if I could: The radio controls are a little cumbersome.
Price as tested: $43,720
Fuel economy: Don’t ask.
Charger SRT8 in a few words: Full-sized luxury, world-class performance, one of the most fun daily drivers you can buy.