2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Can We Have More Tire, Sir?
June 08, 2009
I enjoy looking at our 2009 Challenger from some angles, but the view from directly behind isn't one of them. It's not the sheet metal that's distracting, it's the tires. Seriously, who secretly fitted our car with skinny tires off a rental Taurus? This is not the way a muscle car is supposed to look.
As Dan pointed out in the latter part of his suspension walkaround, our two-ton Challenger R/T is rolling on Michelin Pilot MXM4 235/55R18s all around. I wasn't just making up the bit about a Taurus, either; my wife is driving a rental 2009 Ford Taurus Limited right now and it's shod with comparable Pirelli P6 225/55R18s. It's not the height of the Challenger's wheels that bothers me (I think they look fine), it's the lack of tire width and compound grip. In testing, our Challenger pulled a modest .83g on the skidpad.
In his suspension post, Dan finished with, ''I figure that a set of focused high-performance tires might make a bigger-than-usual difference on this car. And if I can talk Scott into it, we might just test my theory ourselves." I second that motion.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,001 miles