2014 Dodge Charger SRT8
I’m almost 47 years old and right now nothing seems faster than father time. It seems I’ve been racing that scrappy bastard for years and have yet to gain a car length on him.
Maybe, if I bought the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 that was just left for me by the fine folks from Mopar I might actually give Mr. Time a run for his money.
The Charger is fast, really fast, 470 being the operative number for both horsepower and torque. What I wasn’t prepared for was how well the engineers translate that power to the ground. The car is a complete “fun box”. I remember driving the 2014 Jeep SRT8 and being disappointed by the limits placed on the car thru electronics. Someone at SRT must have noticed that. The 2014 Charger is as loose as honeymooning couples, on a deserted beach , in Maui.
Keep your foot out of the rev zone and it feels like you’re in your father’s well matured sedan. Actually, you are. This one just happens to have an extra 270 horsepower. The moment you plant the right toes though, you can do any number of things. You can quickly spin the tires and pitch the car ever so gently to the left and continue gently on your way. You can switch the driving mode to a competition mode and prepare for a 0-60 or a quarter mile blast, in just under 13 seconds. The charger will let you know how well you’ve mastered the car…of course I did very well. Or, finally, you can just play with the throttle. The throttle response is nothing short of amazing.
Maybe the best part of the power-plant however, is the ECO mode. This allows you to save enough fuel to roast the rear tires even more. The power of the 6.4 liter allows you to move the car from A to B with almost zero effort. I can’t tell you how much fun I had driving around town trying to stay in ECO mode. I know that that is in stark contrast to the ‘Power” talk, but, it’s challenging! And if there is anything that a fast car should be, it is a challenge to master.
Of course, all that power has to be harnessed in some way. That’s where the huge Brembo brakes on all four corners; seem to harness this water buffalo of a sports car into quiet submission.
Keeping you in command of the beast is a heated (nice) fat steering wheel that feels in perfect scale to the car, although, it does block much of the gauge cluster. But, really who cares about the gauge cluster when part of the SRT package is a set of gauges appearing in the center of the 4.3 touch screen mounted front and center that displays oil temp, water temp, and voltage.
The seats are more comfortable than you can imagine and my ten year old tells me there is tons of room in the rear seat.
So, why go and purchase a 470HP, four door, and well matured sedan for $44,435.00? Go test drive one and find out. Hey Fiat, don’t kill the SRT program.