Macho Man Car at the Valet Line - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Macho Man Car at the Valet Line

August 12, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Here's the scene:

I've checked out of a semi-swanky Los Angeles hotel after an event and I'm standing out front after I gave the valet guy my ticket. There were a few people ahead of me though, so I'm waiting as cars belonging to other hotel guests start pulling up.

A scuffed-up Toyota Prius comes first, then a white Chevrolet Impala, no doubt a rental given that the couple piling into is speaking German. Next is a Volvo S60 in fine, anonymous silver. It's a snooze parade.

Then I hear it: Rugga! Lub-lub-lub-lub-lub-lub. Yep, it's our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 pulling up out of the hotel's lower level parking garage. Go America!

In all honesty, I was pretty happy to see the Charger. I wouldn't have expected that from an eight-year-old car. The hype still orbits the new Charger Hellcat, and the new commercials are great, but our car is still very cool.

Our Charger's aftermarket exhaust probably gives the car a bit more of a macho vibe than it otherwise deserves. That said, I could really get into owning one of these. It's a car that is a lot more than just "getting from point A to point B."

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 69,502 miles

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