2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: One-Touch Burnout Access
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 21, 2016
In many ways, our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a simple car. Deactivating stability control is no exception. See that button? Simply tap it for burnouts.
Most modern cars require a multi-step process to completely turn off stability control, if they allow you to do it at all (ahem, Volkswagen). Often it means tapping the off button once to enter a sport mode, and then pressing and holding the button for as long as 15 seconds to deactivate the system. You often have to do this at a complete stop with your foot on the brake.
Hold the button too long and the system will fault, thinking that some freak accident inside the car has culminated with something pressing against this oh-so-dangerous button. When this happens, the ESC light stays illuminated, the system stays on, and the only way to reset it is to turn the car off and on again.
This is an overly complicated process to access something as simple and fun as a burnout. So thank you, Charger, for being of a simpler time.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor