Swapping Summer Tires for a Summer Showdown - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Swapping Summer Tires for a Summer Showdown

July 13, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 had brand-new, all-season, ultra-high performance Nitto Motivo tires when we bought it. It was one of the main factors that helped swing it in our favor.

And so we took them off.

Let me explain. Our Charger SRT8's limits will be put to the test in an upcoming comparison test. I can't give you more details on the other car, but we felt that putting summer tires on the Charger would make the test more evenly matched. All-season tires are great to have year round, but they don't exceed the performance of good summer tires.

We decided on a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. These max performance summer tires cost us $192 a piece in the front (245/45 ZR20) and $337 each in the rear (255/45 ZR20). Our total cost with tax and installation was $1,165.29.

Was this an unnecessary expense?

Yes, of course. But part of the fun of the Millennial Used Car Project is that it lets us explore "What if?" scenarios of the SRT8 ownership experience. We didn't need new tires, but what if people following this blog were inspired to buy their own Chargers and weren't lucky enough to find one with new tires? This is what they could expect to pay for a good set of summer tires.

Don't worry, the old Motivos won't go to waste. We've bagged them to keep in storage. We'll likely give them to the next owner.

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

In the meantime, feel free to comment on our tire choice or guess which car the Charger will meet in its comparison test.

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 68,206 miles

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