Should we? Yes, I think we should definitely file this under our Funny Friday for today. Don’t get us wrong, we’re really impressed with the Dodge Challenger SRT8; it’s a great car. With power coming from a 6.1 liter HEMI V8 producing 425hp giving it the ability to do 0-60 in the low 5 second range, who wouldn’t be impressed by this retro muscle car.
But we can’t get enough of basic auto makers comparing themselves to ultimate luxuries like Porsche or BMW, or even classic cars like the Ford Mustang.
“We’d rather run like a thoroughbred than ride like a pony,” Frank Klegon, Chrysler vice president of product development, said at the unveiling of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, taking a cheap shot at the Ford Mustang.
He also pointed out that the Challenger SRT8 has a top speed of 170mph, which is faster than the 500hp BMW M5 and that the 6.1 liter HEMI V8 produces more torque than a $126,200 Porsche 911 turbo. Now is that supposed to make us pick the Challenger over the M5 or the 911 turbo?
“When you sit inside, it makes you feel younger and richer than you are,” Jim Press said. Nope, still not working Press.
Can’t wait until the day Hyundai starts comparing itself to Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Gallery:
Source: Detroit Free Press
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