We achieved our best time in the Charger by turning the ESP (stability control) off, then utilizing a "street start" (flooring the accelerator at launch rather than power braking it). The Hemi V8 provides a broad, even powerband with strong pull from idle through redline. The transmission upshifts at 5,500rpm, even though the redline is marked at 5,750rpm. Manually shifting does not net a faster time, as the trans still shifts when it wants to at 5,500rpm.
The R/T has big disc brakes, and they bring the 4,000 pound sedan to a halt in a hurry. Pedal feel is progressive and firm with minimal ABS vibration. Front end dive is hardly noticeable, and the car exhibited no fade whatsoever. Overall the Charger felt capable and confident.
This is a big heavy car that needs plenty of advance action and turn-in to get throught the slalom. Steering feel and weighting are both excellent for such a large family sedan, but a high dash and narrow windows make it hard to place.