Just bought this 2009 SRT8 Black Beauty. It is best car I've ever owned, and I've had 2 Mercedes, Porche 911, and 2 corvettes. The Challenger beats them all hands down for quality, power, comfort, and performance. You can drive this car daily as it is extremely livable or save it for weekend jaunts. I am thrilled every time I get in the car and turn it on. I get so many compliments on it from total strangers. This car has a style that will never go out of style. I'm keeping this car forever and a day. If you have the cash, I highly recommend you pick one up if at all possible. It has true collector car value in my opinion.
I bought the 09 SRT8 in December of 09. This car is the best machine I have ever owned. I don't drive it daily usually bring it out on the weekends. It's not ever to cold to drive it in AZ so I can drive it year round. The 6.1 hemi runs like a wild animal. At full open throttle the exhaust sounds like music to my ears.
I previously was forced to sell my 1971 'Cuda. When I saw the Challenger SRT concept car, I thought that my car was reborn! Since I have owned this car, it has not disappointed me. It accelerates, handles, and brakes like no other car that I have owned. Its retro shape and Hemi-orange color turn heads every where I go.
I bought my B5 blue SRT8 in October, 2010 with a 6-speed manual. I have loved putting each and every mile on it since. The transmission shifts are crisp, the engine pulls like a freight train, and what a glorious sound track. The interior is comfortable and practical but no styling frills here. The well bolstered buckets are comfortable on the longest of trips, and even heated for those cold mornings. The back seat is for children or small adults, but nonetheless comfortable. The trunk offers ample space, with a 60/40 rear seat split. If you buy this car, prepare for attention. Even still, I get people craning their necks to have a look. After 2 years, I still wouldn't trade it for anything.
I have waited many a year for this kind of vehicle, and now I have one! I still remember the hemi-cudas, six-pac super bees, etc. but never owned one. When I seen the new Callengers, I just had to have one. And I tell you, if you want a car that gives excitement, this is it! 425 hourses with 420 ft/lb torque is just plain sick! And the looks and the comments are never ending when I am driving "the Beast" around! Everytime I get in her, I can't get rid of that "you know what" eating grin off my face! Especially after a couple Mustang GTs found out what it was like to mess with that 6.1 liter under the hood! Thank you Dodge for bringing back the excitement!
Because the power delivery is so linear and the tires so grippy, it's easy to modulate the wheelspin with the throttle. Yet, this Challenger SRT8's 60-mph time and quarter-mile were both off our previously tested SRT8 with a five-speed automatic. This one didn't seem to have the pop or rush of the other. Perhaps a self-correcting check engine light observed the hour prior had something to do with it. (See note in Slalom comments for more detail.) Pistol-grip shifter feels robust but is easy to operate and accurate, even when rushed. Clutch is neither too heavy nor too light. Tachometer, however, is too slow to react to true engine speed, especially at wide-open throttle at the top of 1st and/or 2nd gear. As a result, it's easy to find the rev limiter prior to seeing the needle go past 6,250 rpm. Compared to 1st, a very quick 2nd and tallish 3rd gear, 4th feels very, very tall and the car lies down noticeably before crossing the finish line in 4th.
Brake pedal travel was unusually long from the get-go, but the system proved powerful and fade-free over six stops. In fact, the best stop occurred on the fourth attempt. Very little dive and no ABS hum or vibration.
If disabled at a standstill, ESP appears to be fully off. Amazingly quick turn-in and yaw response from such a large car, but it's the kind of front-end bite that can be trusted. Good balance right up to the limit, where the Challenger SRT8 pushes on-throttle and oversteers with generous on-throttle application. Nicely done. Steering wheel still feels too light and too large. *Note: Near the end of slalom testing, we heard a "ding" and observed a blinking check-engine light, followed by a rough idle. Condition persisted for about 2 minutes and seemed to remedy itself.