2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Appeals Across Generations
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 29, 2015
Forget those sniveling, oversharing, irony-as-lifestyle Millenials for whom we've devised this project car — I'm demographically-certified GenX, friend. My generation built this great country! And we did it without Facebook or Instagram, but with mixtapes, Xerox-ed fliers, and a shared CompuServe account. Our hope, optimism and shared love of The Scorpions toppled the Berlin Wall. We made Tom Cruise!
Therefore, I want the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 for myself and my generation.
OK, so it's intended to be some kind of achievable Millenial car. Not a bad car to aspire to. But as we've seen, it requires some aftermarket help to bridge the technology gap that Millenials and cranky GenXers have come to rely on. We added Bluetooth, smartphone connectivity, Android and Apple CarPlay, even sat-radio and a backup cam with a single center console upgrade. Not bad for a car that came out just before the first iPhone.
But even without the contemporary tech, this car appeals across the spectrum. A 6.1-liter V8 with 425 horsepower will do that. The sound and sensation of rapid acceleration is timeless, as is loads of cabin room.
I could do without the exhaust, and will probably continue to do so until we decide to swap it out. The drone at highway cruise is tough to take for any length.
In any older car, you take the good with the bad. In this car, the bad is an interior that reeks of poor Mercedes stewardship. Before our Pioneer head unit swap, that radio/center console reminded me of our old CL65 AMG, with the other controls, stalks and instrument panel recalling that bleak period in Dodge history. You'll have to pay to upgrade to newer models that bring some of that Ram and Grand Cherokee panache to the cabin.
Millenial, Boomer or Generation-Pick-Your-Letter, our Charger appeals to all.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor