2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Anonymous Muscle
August 14, 2015
A few days ago I was eavesdropping on coworker Josh Sadlier and head honcho Scott Oldham in the office. Josh was saying how our 1989 Yugo GVL, despite the Balkan Bullet's rarity, was nondescript to other motorists while driving. Scott said the same thing was true of our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.
"Nobody cares," he remarked.
This is no doubt related to our offices being based in Los Angeles, where BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes are mundane and Ferrari sightings are regular.
So where does that leave our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8? Pretty much invisible.
It's not always like this. In isolation, in fact, our Charger is all bravado. Red paint, big hood scoop, big wheels, big brakes, decibel-popping exhaust. It pokes its fingers in your eyeballs and then shouts in your ear. But take it out around town or on the highway and it turns into Joe Sixpack.
Heritage has something to do with it. The "new" Charger has been out since 2006, and Dodge has sold hundreds of thousands of them since. The hype for the Hellcat might be fresh, but general interest for a 2007 SRT8 has long since waned. Few Chargers are SRT8s, true, but aftermarket modifications are popular, so you'll see a lot with similar extras. Chargers are a common choice for California police departments, too.
To the masses, our Charger is just an old red Charger.
There is good news, though. Nobody cares! You can enjoy the Charger's 425-horses worth of bravado in almost complete anonymity.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 69,583 miles