Friends, if you like tire smoke, you’re going to love this one. We came across this great video review of the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 put together by our pals over at Motor Trend, and as much as we hate to compliment a competitor, they did a great job. So great in fact that after watching this video we’re inspired to: 1) Purchase a new Challenger on the way home, and 2) Go to Drifting School.
The new Challenger SRT8 is Dodge’s ante-upper of the regular Challenger R/T, and Dodge is taking it to heart to showcase it. We wrote just recently that Dodge engineers are racing one on the One Lap of America this month, which is a fitting tribute to the white ’72 Challenger that Brock Yates Sr. ran in the original Cannonball Run.
The SRT8 comes as a factory hot rod, and the 6.4L HEMI under the hood equates to exactly 392 cubic inches of Mopar muscle, which is a very special number in the history of Pentastar HEMI engines. It comes with either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed Tremec manual, mono-tube Bilstien dampers, a revised camber setting, and a quicker steering ratio that the stock model. All of that equates to a 13.0 second flat quarter mile time and a blister 0-60 MPH run in 4.6 seconds. It also runs a .89G on the skidpad!
All of this really reminds us of how glad we are that the days of modern muscle are here and seem brighter than ever. Now where is that website for drifting school, again?