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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8
by Andre Ward
Dodge Charger SRT8

In short: A full-size family sedan meets a full-fledged muscle car.

If Bo and Luke Duke had families of their own but wanted to keep their famed muscle rides, the Charger SRT8 would be their only option. Dodge's 2007 model wants to fuse power and thrills with convenience for everybody, and it succeeds while keeping a mid-range price tag.

Dodge Charger SRT8 dash design is essentially the same as the regular R/T model Dodge Charger SRT8 comes with standard sport seats

The four doors on the SRT8 might not scream hood slide, but listen to the 6.1 liter Hemi V8 growl and you can feel the power of 425 horses. That Hemi is the crucial addition to the SRT8, giving it 25 percent more juice than the Charger R/T. Suspension has also been improved with higher spring rates and Bilstein shock absorbers, and the car rides a half inch lower than the R/T. The SRT8 features a five-speed "AutoStick," essentially an automatic transmission which allows user-friendly gear shifting.

Dodge Charger SRT8 features embroidered logos on the front head rests Dodge Charger SRT8 test car came with the $1,150 rear seat entertainment package

The Charger amps up the style with 20 inch wheels, a hood scoop, rear spoiler, and a front fascia that also helps cool the brakes. Manufacturers have managed to channel the spirit of past Chargers, creating an aggressive, ready for the Hazzard Rally look. Aficionados might find the car to be bulky, especially from the side profile, and may even swear it off when seeing the four doors. But the trade-off is well worth it -- the chance to ride like greased lightning while the kids watch Happy Feet in the backseat. The interior continues the sporty theme, offering racing-style seats with suede inserts and special finishing.

Dodge Charger SRT8 425-horsepower Hemi V8 Dodge Charger SRT8 features 20-inch wheels and huge red brake calipers

The SRT8 guzzles gas at the ungodly rate of 14 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway, an appetite that results in a hefty gas guzzler tax, but drivers will not be looking for fuel economy. Performance will be the crucial element, and every other rider can always buy a Prius.

Read a review of the Dodge Charger R/T.

Dodge Charger SRT8

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty; 3-year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty; towing assistance during warranty.

Base Price: $35,920 /As tested: $45,285

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 6.1-liter V8 Hemi
Horsepower: 425 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,160 lbs
Wheelbase: 120.0 in
200.1/74.5/57.7 in
Turning circle: 38.9 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist

Suspension: independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

Safety: front air bags, optional side curtain air bags

0-60 mph:
5.0 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 165 mph

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg
Gas Guzzler Tax: $2,100

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(Updated: 07/30/08 HC)

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