2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Feels Like a Bus Around Tight Turns
August 21, 2015
This won't likely be a surprising observation, but our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is not at home on narrow, curvy roads like the one pictured here. This is a big-boned sedan weighing more than two tons, and you notice all of it when you're seated behind the wheel.
There's a lot more car behind you than ahead of you. The steering wheel rim's diameter is big, and the feel is overly light and numb when you enter a turn. Take a few consecutive tight turns on less than smooth pavement and the lack of steering feel and choppy ride (likely related to the past-prime suspension dampers) can make it seem like you're driving a bus.
But it's a party bus, at least. A big red party bus.
Much of that is due to what connects turns: straightaways! Exit a corner and gun it and the big V8 roars and hustles the Charger up to speed with surprising quickness. Or better yet, stop on the straightaway, do a burnout, and then salute all that is great about America. There's so much torque that you don't need to shift much, which is just as well since driver-selected downshifts from the five-speed automatic aren't rev-matched.
To the SRT8's credit, it's happier on medium-speed turns where its liabilities for size and heft aren't nearly as noticeable. Thanks to the SRT8-specific suspension tune, the Charger is stable when it's going around turns. Its steady-state handling seems to be pretty balanced too, and it's easy to make slight adjustments using the throttle.
But if I've got the key to our Charger SRT8, I'm keeping it on roads that stretch out towards the horizon like a ruler.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 69,645 miles