This is final piece of my 3-part, 1000 mile review of the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8. Click here for part 1 and click here for part 2.
The parts of the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 that you cannot see at a quick glimpse are what make the car truly special. The Charger SRT8 leaves no mistaking that it is a high performance car with the 6.1L Hemi engine pumping out an awesome 425 horsepower (found to be understated by a handful of sources) and 420 lb-ft of torque. The performance tuned steering and suspension allow the SRT Charger to out handle the other Charger models and most other cars on the road and should you get into a turn that is too much for the SRT8, the massive Brembo brake package stops the 4400lb sedan on a dime.
In playing around a bit on a friend’s large, open parking lot, I was able to achieve a top speed of 129.8mph and the Charger had plenty left. Those same tests yielded an 1/8 mile time of 8.49 which would put the 4400lb sedan awfully near the 12 second range in stock form – on an unprepped parking lot surface. During my testing, I was also able to achieve a 0-60 time of 5.51 seconds and a (roughly) 62-0 braking distance of 158 feet. Again, these are not your typical test numbers where the car has been launched over and over again on a treated surface to find out how well it could do – these are just a couple hard runs in the parking lot of a closed business.
While there are cars sold in this country that will outrun the 2010 Charger SRT8, there aren’t many of them and in my 8 days driving the SRT8, I didn’t come across many folks willing to test the capacities of this nasty sedan. When cruising on the highway the 6.1L is whisper quiet, and even when you roll into the throttle the Hemi remains quiet but when you put the hammer down the SRT-designed exhaust announces the Hemi’s intentions to fly. From a stop, the car rips off the line with minimal wheelspin thanks to the traction control system and the automatic transmission pops from gear to gear, keeping the 6.1L Hemi well within its ideal powerband. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t break your neck when it shifts but the power of the 6.1 sits you back hard in your seats as the car climbs effortlessly towards triple digit speeds – and that happens more quickly than you expect. This is a 4-door sedan, well capable of seating 5 people comfortably and packing a month’s worth of groceries in the trunk but this car is also able to take on pretty much any challenger on the street or track. The car is an incredible drive and the big power combined with the tuned suspension makes the 2010 Charger SRT8 fun for the driver and the passengers.
During my time in the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8, I averaged around 17mpg with a steady flow of highway and stop-and-go driving, an impressive fact considering that my 2009 Charger SE test car struggled to near the 20mpg mark and that car also couldn’t imagine offering the performance of the 2010 Charger SRT8.
The final word
There really aren’t many things that I can complain about with the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8. It is very fast, very roomy and confident in seemingly any situation from a drive to the store to a romp down the track. The world is full of “crossovers” offering bland minivan styling combined with the size of a subcompact but the Dodge Charger SRT8 creates a crossover of its own – combining the power and handling of a modern sports car with the functionality of a family sedan.
The SRT models have made an incredible name for themselves and with a price tag of just over $43,000, my 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 test vehicle is a smoking hot deal compared to any similar car on the market. This car can very easily run stock 12 second quarter mile times with minimal seat time and the minor handling improvements allow this car to pull a lateral G with plenty to spare. The fact that this big “bulky” sedan can keep up with the top muscle cars from Ford or Chevy and still have the room to comfortably seat 5 people makes this car an absolute must-have for any gearhead with a need to haul people and cargo as much as they need to haul ass.
The 2010 Charger SRT8 provides a nice smooth, quiet ride under normal circumstances so it makes for an excellent, user-friendly daily driver but it can also double as a track toy on the weekends whether it be the drag strip or road course… and there is a big aftermarket for this car to take it from a mild mannered, 425hp family car to a fully race-ready sedan and the Charger fits right in, no matter where you take it. This is truly an amazing machine and when time comes to go shopping for my next new car, the Charger SRT8 will be one of the first cars we consider. If I have to pick something to complain about, it would be the fact that the factory exhaust isn’t loud enough but I have a similar complaint with almost every car I drive.
In short, the 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a fantastic car with enough cargo and seating room to make it a very friendly daily driver but when the kids are out of the car, the Charger SRT8 will happily go heads up with pretty much any stock car on the road today. Dollar for dollar, I don’t know of a car in the world that can go head to head with the Charger SRT8 and have more than a good chance against Dodge’s wicked super-sedan.
There are rumors that the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Challenger will receive a 6.4L Hemi making 480 horsepower and if that is the case, we can expect the refreshed Dodge Charger to receive a similar powerplant – helping the Charger to stay atop the leaderboard for the country’s most powerful and fun-to-drive sedans.
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