2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack: It Doesn’t Buzz—it Roars!

29 Aug 2016 | 714 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Guess hell's a-poppin' at Dodge  these days. That's the only thing I can make out of the huge performance explosion at FCA's big time fun division. After all, the company is making cars that are giving nothing but sheer hell to the competition--the Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat. And now if that's not enough, Dodge has another permutation of its Challenger, the R/T Scat Pack, which is sure to bring the sulphur of Hades to all but the most powerful of sporting cars made in the Old US of A. This is one awesome automobile, and everybody who saw mine were absolutely losing their last living mind over this honey. Jaws dropped. So did drool! Men, women, every demographic group around me just love the Challenger, no matter what version you drive. [caption id="attachment_8364" align="alignnone" width="638"]2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392[/caption]     But then again, so do I . I've loved the Challenger and its erstwhile sib, the Plymouth Cuda, ever since the 1970 duo came out.  I have every book written on them, every sales catalog ever printed on them--and no I won't sell them. They are worth too much money.  I have about two dozen scale models of them, in 1:24 and 1:25 scale, all in glass cabinets. Where my kids can't each them. Because if they did, I might kill them. (Just kidding! LOL) I also have four Challengers in 1:18 scale  and countless Hot Wheel versions in every color of the Rainbow. For fun, I recently built a small scale Chrysler/Dodge /Jeep dealer, populated by Hot Wheels and Greenlight and Johnny Lightning models. I even designed a service department for them.  Wanna buy one? I got a stock of 50 little ones on my  sales floor. And in one corner of my showroom I have several gorgeous classic and current Hot Wheels Challenger models! Yep, I'm crazy! Anyway, back to the real car. The R/T Superbee looks for all the world like a Challenger Hellcat, with identical wheels, a kickass interior, and an exhaust sound brutal and boffo that it could probably wake the dead.  The only thing probably louder is the Hellcat. Under the hood is---wait for it!--a Hemi V-8. What....did you think it would be a Slant Six back from the day?  Uh...I don't think so. When you turn it on, it literally roars to life.  That gorgeous, gorgeous burble in the exhaust rocks your world--until things smooth out. It just swaggers and rocks its way down the road--just the way any good old fashioned--or new-fashioned, for that matter--American car would do. And yeah, you will feel the whole experience--Hallelujah! I for one don't want to be isolated from one millisecond of experience I get from this car. If you find yourself thinking of Motown, 'Fros, dashikis, mood rings,  street drag racing and knocking the doors down at the fall introduction of new cars back in the old days, this is the one for you.  There simply are very few cars left that can do that these days--Camaro, Mustang---and Challenger. Oh--and of course, Charger. Ours was a fire engine red (TorRed clearcoat in Dodge-ese) Challenger R/T Scat Pack, selling for the base price of $37,995. It was equipped with a 485 horsepower,475 pound-feet of torque-driving, 6.4 literrockin' and rollin' Hemi V-8. And may God have mercy on anything except a Hellcat that crosses its tire tracks. You get a prodigious amount of standard equipment for that price: Active Exhaust; Brembo 4 Piston high performance brakes; SRT tuned Bilstein three mode high performance suspension; Dodge Performance Pages; Sport Mode; All-Speed traction control; Hill Start Assist, Rain Brake Support, Keyless Enter 'N Go, Ready Alert Braking, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System; seven inch Reconfigurable Display; Uconnect 8.4;  Uconnect Access six month trial subscription--registration required; Sirius XM; six premium speakers; 276-Watt Amplifier, integrated voice Command with Bluetooth; Media Hub (SD, UB, and Aux Ports), 180 miles per hour primary speedometer, leather steering wheel, tilt/telescope steering column; and Dual-Zone automatic Temperature Control. Safety equipment includes advanced Multi-stage front airbags, supplemental front seat mounted side airbags; and supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags. By the way, in spite of the R/T Scat Pack's fire and brimstone image and on-the-street performance, it is also s as safe as can be.  it got the government's five star rating for overall vehicle core based on the combined ratings of frontal, side and rollover performance. Wait--there's more standard stuff: Power six way driver's seat, power four way driver lumbar adjust; bright metal trimmed pedals; 20 inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets; All-Season Performance tires; Automatic Projector headlamps; projector fog lamps; LED split taillights; daytime running lamps; Scat Pack 6.4 liter fender badge; dual rear exhaust with Bright Chrome Tips; Satin Chrome Grille; and Bright Fuel filler door. Optional equipment included an eight speed automatic transmission; paddle shifters, UConnect 8/.4 with Nav, GPS Nav, HD radio, SiriusXM Traffic/five year traffic subscription, and five year Travel Link Subscription. The options brought the final price to $41,085. A five year warranty of 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty and three year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty is standard on the car. Driving this car, as I said, is an unforgettable--and informative experience. Why informative?  Dodge provides more information than you will ever want to know about your car as you are driving it.  Through graphs, colorful colorful graphics and what-not, there will not be a single thing that you won't know about the car. But to me--that's part of the experience. What makes Dodge Challenger stand out from the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang? Challenger is, I suspect, a much easier car to live with on a daily basis. First, it is a lot roomier, with two good-sized adults fitting in the back seat with good legroom and even a vent to channel air and heat back there. And there is plenty of legroom up front for passengers, too. Also Challenger with its generous trunk room--16.2 cubic feet--also provides enough space for your luggage. Sure, Challenger is a larger car than both, and that shows up when you compare the sharper handling and cornering of the Camaro and Mustang.  But neither of those cars can top the nostalgic feeling you get with Challenger behind the wheel, it's an indescribable something that you can find hard to put into words. But we sure have one word for our experience with Dodge's hellfire baby: Terrific!  

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