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After owning only Ford products, I found myself in need of a car but no longer needing high gas mileage. I retired and no longer drive 68 miles round trip to work and back. My 2010 Ford Focus had 150,000 trouble free miles, but I wanted something bigger and more luxurious and with some power.

Looking to my favorite Ford dealer, the only option for me was the Taurus SHO. There are many things I like about it, but I find the styling not to my liking. The window line is too high for my 6'5" frame and the Performance Package requires tires not factory approved for below 40 degree use and where I live, it gets way below that.

I have liked the Dodge Charger for many years. The current 2018 model looks like a four door Mustang to me (I have a 2015 Mustang GT convertible as a fun summer car). Upon investigation, I found that the Charger Scat Pack, Daytona, and SRT models come with a 485 hp/475 torque 392 cubic inch V8. Wow!

The Scat Pack starts at just $39,999 and the Daytona is $45,000 and the SRT is $51,000. It sure sounded like the Scat Pack is the deal!

I test drove two of them and then ordered my car. I was surprised when the factory sticker price of $45,500 with the options I wanted was more than the dealer wanted for an ordered car. They said they'd have it built for me for just $41,000. Done deal!

It took just over 4 weeks for my Destroyer Grey with Red leather/suede interior to come in.

After a couple months of ownership, I am amazed at the ride quality (it has fixed shocks instead of the adjustable ones on the SRT) and the handling and the power. The ride is excellent. Firm but not jarring over bumps and RR tracks. The power is insane. The torque is crazy. The seats are comfy and I love the cooling feature during the current outside heat.

















I did add a strut tower brace from Richard Petty's Garage (painted by them to match) and an oil catch can.



So far so good with my switch to Dodge from Ford....
 
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That's a sweet ride. A friend of mine splurged for a Black SRT Hellcat, a 2016 IIRC. Insane is the word, for sure.
 
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Big bore, naturally aspirated, Pushrod V8... those have wicked exhaust notes even from the factory.

Enjoy it. I think you optioned it very well!


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Very nice looking new car. I'm sure many fun times ahead.
 
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that should do a hundred





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Thanks everyone!

It is interesting to note that there are only two American four door sedans left with V8 engines. The Charger is one and Cadillac is the other, but the Caddy starts at $88,000.

And to think there was a time when every American four door offered a V8.

When the Charger eventually switches over to the Alfa Romeo chassis, it may not offer a V8.

And when I say American, my Charger is built in Canada with an engine made in Mexico and the company is owned by Fiat in Italy.
 
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That is one fine looking car you have there. That thing looks hot. I’m sure you will enjoy riding that machine. I have been dreaming and looking at the Hellcat version. I hope it will still be available when the time come when I can afford it (If that will ever come) Big Grin

Enjoy your new ride.


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Nice ride!



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Very sharp looking car, love the color combo!
 
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Those are nice rides. Local P.D. took one in on a drug trade Wink.
 
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Beautiful car! I own a 2016 Challenger R/T. Not quite the hp as yours (5.7L and 376 hp) but such a smooth and powerful ride! Dodge really did the modern Charger and Challenger right! Congratulations on an awesome purchase!

 
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Cool!

Looks like fun. The wheels remind me of my buddies SRT-10. I didn't care for them until I realized two things
  • I can check the brake pads without removing the wheel
  • I can get my bear paws between the spokes and clean the inside of the wheels too.

    Well optioned. If you didn't say the tower brace was added, I'd swear it came that way.

    Some newer vehicles (Ford) make it a PITA to swap the radio. The 3 piece radio makes sense because...?

    Okay, So I'd better stop looking or else I'll be heading to the local Dodge dealer... Big Grin



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    Very, very, very nice!!!


     
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    Beautiful car! I own a 2016 Challenger R/T. Not quite the hp as yours (5.7L and 376 hp) but such a smooth and powerful ride! Dodge really did the modern Charger and Challenger right! Congratulations on an awesome purchase!



    That's a handsome and fast looking Challenger you've got there in silver!
     
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    Cool!

    Looks like fun. The wheels remind me of my buddies SRT-10. I didn't care for them until I realized two things
  • I can check the brake pads without removing the wheel
  • I can get my bear paws between the spokes and clean the inside of the wheels too.

    Well optioned. If you didn't say the tower brace was added, I'd swear it came that way.

    Some newer vehicles (Ford) make it a PITA to swap the radio. The 3 piece radio makes sense because...?

    Okay, So I'd better stop looking or else I'll be heading to the local Dodge dealer... Big Grin


  • Head on over! The only problem I had was that the Scat Packs at a nearby dealer were fully optioned and were stickered at almost $50,000.
     
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    Nice ride for sure. I am very fond of that color too. And I also like black rims. Great combination. When we took our current car in for its first service, my wife was drooling over the challenger demon. She is a huge motor/ gear head and loves to drive fast. I could see that gleam in her eye that tells me it may be her next ride
     
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    Hey, I know a guy who bought one of those! Wait...
     
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    That's a handsome and fast looking Challenger you've got there in silver![/QUOTE]

    Thank you! The color is called Billet Metallic.
     
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    Enjoy that beautiful car. You’ve earned it.



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    Nice. Looks comfy and FAST.
     
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