2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack DETAILED Review and Road Test in 4K

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Designing “retro” always sounds easy to me. You pull out a picture of ye olde Challenger from 1971, put it next to a picture of your largest sedan and make the shapes fit. Tack on some 5MPH inspired bumpers, spray it with lime-green paint and hey-presto, you have a modern Challenger. You also have one enormous coupé. Sure, Chrysler says the “LC” platform Challenger is shorter than their “LX” platform sedans, but you’d be hard pressed to say where inches were excised. The result is a heavyweight muscle car that is nearly a foot longer than a Mustang.

Parked next to the Camaro and Mustang, the Challenger dwarfs them both like the Jolly Green Giant next to Little Pea. This means comparisons between the three muscle cars is difficult. It doesn’t make rational sense to me either because they’re just not the same kind of car. While the Challenger’s dimensions are likely to turn off some shoppers, I was strangely intrigued.

Thanks to the proportions and long wheelbase, rear accommodations are large, comfortable and “normally” shaped. What do I mean by that? Sit in a Mustang, Camaro, or most other two-door four-seat coupés and you’ll notice the seat backs are set at an odd angle to “improve” the headroom and legroom numbers in an otherwise small rear compartment. Despite having (on paper) only three inches more legroom and two more inches of headroom than the Mustang or Camaro, the rear cabin feels cavernous. It’s even possible to squeeze a third adult in the rear of the Challenger, something you can’t do in the four-seat Camaro or Mustang. What else can you do? Drop three child seats in the back.

Rather than trying to be the American 4-Series, the Challenger is more like the American BMW 6-Series or Mercedes CL. The bigger, softer Challenger is a more practical car, a more comfortable car, and with power figures that start at 300HP and go to Lamborghini territory with the 707HP Hellcat, this is a very different beast. Marching to its own drummer the Challenger is an easy win for me. The 485HP 6.4L V8 is also an easy win because you can justify it as being the practical alternative to the 707HP monster. There’s just one problem: you can get the same engine in the nearly identically handling Charger SRT…
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