first things first; it's already old news in the GM circle but Dodge has been spotted potentially rolling out a new trim package for the Challenger known to insiders as codename Hellcat. it's a trim level above the 392 with a supercharger from Mopar.
so my father is looking at buying a new second vehicle.
his daily driver is a Range Rover and the trade-in will be the 06 Pontiac GTO. after reading about this thing, he's actually pretty excited about it. I used to try and talk him into buying a used Ferrari 360 but that's really not his style. lately there's been a lot of talk about "how cool it would be" to have one of those 2014/15 Challengers in classic Plum Crazy purple with all the options. like a new collectors/show car.
I'm all for this, more or less.
I drive a Trans Am but I've never owned any Dodge and I don't know anyone who has ever owned/driven one of the new Challengers. we'll probably test drive a 392 over Thanksgiving, but can anyone comment on these things? has anyone driven a Challenger? does anyone own a new Dodge?
of the 'new-retro' muscle cars (Mustang, GTO, Charger, Challenger, Camaro, etc) I've only been behind the wheel of the Goat, Stang, and Maro. and I don't have a high opinion of Dodge generally speaking. ex girlfriend of mine drove a Neon and her dad owned a Ram and both of them were utter sh*te as cars and trucks go. terrible maintenance and performance wise, no longevity. my Pontiac has held up well though it seems to be the exception when it comes to domestic sports cars. I'm sure a Challenger would be great but is it going to fall apart in 6 years?