Price: $43,775 ($49,205 as tested)
Engine: 6.4-liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Power: 470 hp & 470 lb-ft of torque
American-made muscle cars will always have a spot in my heart. Something about a bulky body, raw power, and a throaty exhaust system gets my blood flowing. Dodge’s 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 is a perfect example of a modern sports car that has the same effect as it’s original 60’s/70’s model. Like I’ve said before, I am all for this wave of modern muscle cars that are being reimagined because it gives me cars like this Challenger.
The 2013 Challenger SRT8 shows why American muscle cars have such a large following after all of these years.
One look at the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and you know that Dodge’s purpose behind the design was to recreate the original body with modern design cues. The long and flat hood is the most prominent feature of the car, which makes room for the monster of an engine. A straight line runs along the sides of the Challenger, which bumps up once it gets to the rear tire, accentuating the rear-wheel drive layout. This car is a great copy of the 70’s model on the outside, and as you can see, that is most certainly not a bad thing.
On the inside, you find a surprisingly comfortable interior that is full of modern goodies, like a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and an incredible sound system. The bucket seats proved to be comfortable on the longer rides and were great to be pinned to when the car was floored. The driver and front passenger receive plenty of leg and head space, but the rear seats suffer just a tad bit. I wouldn’t suggest seating an average adult in the rear seat. One of the downfalls of the 2013 Challenger is the large pillars which can obstruct the driver’s view. But if you are picking one of these bad boys up, you should know that blind spots are a given, unfortunately.
Under the elongated hood is where the show really starts. At the heart of the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a monstrous 6.4-liter V8 “392” engine. When this engine is put to the test, it passes with flying colors, especially in a straight line. Accompanying this engine is a deep and throaty exhaust note that will have you turning down the audio system just so you can hear it. This car is loud and proud, as it should be. As with any muscle car, don’t expect it to take corners flat. The higher stance and softer suspension create body roll in aggressive cornering, but you won’t find yourself in this situation often – in a straight line is where you want to be.
Was I happy in the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8? You bet yourself I was. Were there some flaws? Of course there were the flaws that come along with any muscle car, but for the most part I was sidetracked by the outstanding power, lush seating and the oh-so joyous exhaust note. The 2013 Challenger SRT8 shows why American muscle cars have such a large following after all of these years.