Challenger SRT8 – Manual


I have never been to big a fan of the American sports car, except maybe for the Chevy Corvette for its engineering and quality. Now Dodge has come up with the Challenger, also the more powerful SRT8 version. I can’t keep my eyes off this machine, its beautiful and it exemplifies everything that a muscle car should be. Big, bulky, loud, and the ability to shred it’s tires to bits. For once a manufacturer designed a car unapologetically, not caring about the mileage, or other tid-bits that don’t make a car fun to drive, I got in one a little while back and any man would feel like a kid behind the wheel wanting to slam the gas pedal to the floor with a broad smile on their face. The best part is the manual transmission that it comes with, check out the excerpts from autoblog.

Why Men Love Manuals:

We’ve driven the slushbox-equipped SRT8 on both the street and track. While that variant delivers most of what it promises, the manual gearbox completely transforms this bear from Teddy to Grizzly. Stick-shift junkies will tell you they like manual control – the ability to downshift and engine brake when most automatics simply coast. They like the ability to run the engine to redline, and hold it there, when most automatics simply shift up. As manual transmissions are slowly replaced by quicker (and more efficient) automatics, we welcome Dodge’s generosity to still allow us manual addicts the ability to control a whopping 6.1-liters of gasoline-fed HEMI explosion with the grip of our right hand.

We’ve driven the slushbox-equipped SRT8 on both the street and track. While that variant delivers most of what it promises, the manual gearbox completely transforms this bear from Teddy to Grizzly. Stick-shift junkies will tell you they like manual control – the ability to downshift and engine brake when most automatics simply coast. They like the ability to run the engine to redline, and hold it there, when most automatics simply shift up. As manual transmissions are slowly replaced by quicker (and more efficient) automatics, we welcome Dodge’s generosity to still allow us manual addicts the ability to control a whopping 6.1-liters of gasoline-fed HEMI explosion with the grip of our right hand.

One thing describes this machine perfectly, “It’s an ego car above all else.”

What I like About It:

  • Rational thought was thrown out the window, its dripping in testosterone and its one mean machine.
  • From its big and brawny stature to its angry exhaust note, its what any man wants.
  • There are faster cars in its class but no car can come close to the authenticity of this machine.
  • Don’t expect it to hold corners tightly, or to be the most luxurious, its a muscle bound machine going in a straight which can surprisingly handle when needed.

Link: Autoblog



A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

7 Comments

  1. i like this car,, esp it’s exterior look, wouldn’t mind having one for a spin.

    i have the muscle car fever now a days,, been looking at them in the internet all day long,, esp the corvette,, love this car

  2. chrissy

    i LOVE IT even though its not really a girls car but it looks amazing and probbly even feels good specially since its manual

  3. I think from the exterior, this car looks fantastic!

    It’s the interior that really sold it short. They could have gone with some nice retro touches to match the exterior theme. Instead, we get a 300C interior to look at.

    I guess cost-cutting was a must at the time.

  4. I agree with elwehbi, the engine, transmission, power/torque levels and the numerous modification available make this car genuinely epic. Then when you get inside, have a look at the interior and have a touch of the build quality, you realize that you’ve just bought a $40’000 bucket to throw up in.

    But to tell you the truth, it’s badass exterior physical form and 6.1L of power trump its shit build quality and ugly interior every time i see one and hear it roar past. I would just never think of owning one.

  5. TAM

    SRT8 Challengers have just arrived at the local dealer. Only automatics are available for now. Manual transmission can be ordered though. Available colors: silver, black, red, and blue, all come with stripes.

  6. Kuwaity

    I like the American muscles when it comes to looks, noise and big engines, but once I open the door, it feels cheap. Sit down, it feels terrible. Drive, even worse! With Auto in Kuwait!?? Come on guys..
    Sorry muscle lovers, but that is the truth.

  7. Breathtaking! Although am not fond of the rear design, but its still eye catching

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