The Good: The SRTS Dodge Challenger 2013, at the base price of $43775, comes with a huge engine delivering power of a ton and is capable of making a bass track of its own. Along with this, the adaptive suspension makes the tires stay in contact with earth. The Harman Kardon of 900-watt equals this engine that is for bass.
The Bad: Using the Challenger daily is not a very good choice since you cannot economize on fuel and due to the not-so-simple driving characteristics of challenger. The cabin interface makes use of touch screen which is small in size and voice command that is separate for navigation and for phone.
The Bottom Line: The Challenger SRT 2013 is more of a car that could be just showed off than one used for transportation. The cabin electronics have become outdated but the next generation is expected to see an upgrade.
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|Model||2013 Dodge Challenger|
|Power train||6.4-liter V-8, 6-speed manual transmission|
|EPA fuel economy||14 mpg city/23 mpg highway|
|Observed fuel economy||17.3 mpg|
|Navigation||Hard drive-based navigation with traffic data|
|Bluetooth phone support||Standard|
|Audio system||Harman Kardon 900-watt 18-speaker system|
|Driver aids||Sonar parking sensors|
|Digital audio sources||Onboard hard drive, Bluetooth streaming, USB drive, iOS device, auxiliary input, satellite radio|
The car looks good with its massive engine but not the choice to quickly go to the grocery store and be back. These 392 badges that are on fenders make one remember of the time when cubic inches were used instead of the metric litres for measuring the engine displacement. Those badges prove to be perfect for Challenger as the 6.4 liter V-8 is equal to the 392 inches3 in cylinders.
The Car is a bit of retro in cabin electronics and not in any good way. Furnished with hands-free phone, navigation, sources of digital audio, the quirks of head unit don’t acquire the connotations found in profile of Challenger 1970. The voice command buttons for hands-free phone option and for navigation, both are located at not-so-convenient places. Voice command could be associated with the phone system and helps you make calls by just saying out the contact’s name.
Comparing with Camaro and Mustang, Challenger’s design is much preferred as it has the badges as mentioned before toward the front fenders along with broad racing stripes in the middle. All this and 20-in wheels which come with brakes that are red Brembo give it a complete look. Though, high back haunches and the beltline ruin rear visibility. There are only sonar sensors for parking instead of rearview camera, making you rely on much guesswork while parking.
The Noise Associated With Car-Enjoyable For Some
The significant feature of this Challenger edition is the large engine having pushrods for the purpose of valve control and lack of technology. For passengers’ enjoyment, the engine rumbles when idle and roars when being accelerated, using 470 horsepower while turning rear wheels and torque of 470 pound-feet. Controlling such high power with just six-speed transmission, which is manual, takes some care. Gas pedal’s careful modulation is required every time a traffic signal is approached, so that much throttle doesn’t put Challenger into spin or very little doesn’t result in an awkward stall. Throttle tuning also makes one realize the car’s power output since the light touch of gas pedal results in quick response.
As not much technology is made use of for its efficiency, Challenger has EPA rated at 23 mpg for highway and a mere 14 mpg for city.
The Suspension System
Driving is easier on open road and freeway driving during which wide band of power makes it possible to cover much distance with only little shifting involved. Tachometer settles around 1500 rpm when at 65mph, in the sixth gear.
While one a mountainous track, one gets to appreciate the adaptive suspension even with the engine that is low-tech and could be put in Race or Sport mode by touching a button only. One gets to experience some more bouncing when in the Sport mode, as compared to normal suspension setting. However, adaptive suspension doesn’t save the Challenger from under steer. The usual differential that is limited slip does save the car’s handling but with cautious power management.
Audio Features And The Bass Line
The car supports Harman Kardon 900-watt audio system which does deliver good sound. The best thing related to this is the bass, achieved by the two subs of 10-inch which give music the bass line that could be felt more than could be heard.
There car doesn’t have HD radio. A USB drive or iOS device could be plugged in but the place where it could be done is faceplate of stereo which is easier to reach but quite obtrusive. There is also a hard drive too that lets you transfer music from USB drive.
Interface on touch screen has unrefined buttons. It displays music library according to album or artist etc and with USB drive file structure and folder are shown only.
It can provide you with good routing, and also recalculating to prevent traffic jams though the map view becomes quickly cluttered on the interface’s small screen.
There is “Sirius Travel Link” among the other menus and provides with lists of gas price in the local area, sports scores, weather, movie times, all of which are delivered through satellite channel of radio data. These sources of information are linked with navigation system which helps in many ways e.g. choose the appropriate gas station according to price and premium fuel taken by Challenger, then have address programmed as destination by touching a button.
Challenger-Much Of A Show Car
The Challenger SRT8 2013 is a show car really, something you would like to pull out of your garage to take around to some party or barbecue and impress friends. Its drivability and the low economizing on fuel make it inappropriate as a car for daily use, unless you happen to be quite wealthy. One would have to take it to some track day to learn to have its power modulated, in order to enjoy some performance character.
It has functional cabin electronics and audio system’s bass is good. However, it has terrible interface that separates the buttons of voice command with the help of undersized touch screen. All you can do is get the cabin electronics changed with something new or wait for Challenger’s next generation.