2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Speed Test
March 26, 2009
The Autobahn is too far away. In order to conduct the test I had in mind, then, I would have tosummon all ofmy skills as a professional driver and wait for a break in traffic on a public road.
I wheeled our jet black2009 Dodge Challenger R/T out ontothe 405 freewayand bided my time, waiting for the opportune moment.
Then the traffic parted. I dabbed the throttle, grabbed a gear andwas off to see what this5.7-liter Hemi V8could do...
At the incredible speed ofone-thousand five-hundred revolutions per minute, an enginespeedat which each of this Hemi V8's pistons cycles up and down a mind-boggling twenty-five times per second, the Challenger reached a speed of sixty-five miles per hour in sixth gear.
I know, I know.
I never thoughttraffic conditions would allow the Challengerto reach the speed limit on an LA freeway at 4:30 pm, either.
But next time I'll stick with fourth gear to help me better maneuver in traffic. At this heady speed, the R/T is a slug in sixth. So much so, in fact, that I don't think I could tolerate driving insixthat this speed for a whole tank, some 350+ miles,to see what the best-case mpg and range could be. That test, my friends, takes a real professional -- areally bored professional.
Or cruise control and an open road to Oregon, or something.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,563 miles