2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: OK, Sometimes It Does Embarrass Me
May 14, 2009
Last night I took our 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T out for burgers (at The Counter in Santa Monica). Going out for burgers is pretty much the perfect thing to do with a Challenger. I've now done it twice and hope to do it many more times before the year is up.
But last night I was reminded of the very specific set of circumstances in which driving the Challenger embarrasses me: when parallel-parking. I think it's a combination of the sluggish throttle response at tip-in, the vagueish clutch takeup and the near total lack of rear visibility (combined with no backup sensors), but I have now stalled this car more times than I'm comfortable telling you.
And, darn it, it only happens when I'm reversing, while I'm trying to be careful and squeeeze on the throttle to ease the two-ton coupe into a spot without tapping a 3 Series behind me. And when you're too ginger with the throttle, you're liable to stall a six-speed Challenger R/T. Or maybe only I am. Either way, it's attention I don't want. Burger was good, though.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor