Originally Posted by Yellow Jacket 2012
For those who are wondering what's coming next, would you really buy a first year production car? I wouldn't based on the misfortune of those who did in past cars. They all said "I should have waited"....
And you know that the manufacturer has probably designed in some room to grow, so that first year model will get more performance and other stuff a year or two down the road.
In the case of the Challenger, I'm feeling like this big old muscle car—perhaps the concept itself—might be nearing the end of the run. Doesn't it feel that way to you guys? I mean, CAFE will begin to tighten, the platform is getting old and (if I remember correctly) is from that brief, dark period in Chrysler's history.
Do we really think it's going to get a blown 6.2 or whatever next year? If that's on tap for other vehicles and drops right in, I could see it. Otherwise, seems like a stretch. We're already out of the marketing sweet spot with the current SRT8. Sure, a few of us would pay even more for more hp, but the majority either can't or won't.
Personally, I usually buy mid-way or so through the production run. Midway through, the styling is still more pure—like it was intended to be originally—but the bugs get worked out and maybe there's more power and other good stuff on tap.
My feeling is to buy the '13. The stuff I might want to see improved a bit isn't that bad right now, but the things I like might be changed later on. I'm not a procrastinator. But I like to buy things I really like and hold onto them for a while. Like, hopefully, this car. I won't be buying it then trading in a year or two later. That's not the plan.
It would be my just for fun/wring it out a bit/non-daily driver/give it another coat of Zaino on a pretty Saturday morning/take a romantic GT road trip kind of car. And for that, I think it's pretty darn good as is.
Originally Posted by raceheart77
wait.. you will have the best challenger in history 'cause the party is over soon for everyone...including the mullet head chevy guys, and ford catapillar hat wearin' guys.
Indeed. I think we may be on the precipice of today's equivalent of the early 1970s. I doubt anyone buying in '70 or '71 would have imagined the changes that the mid/late '70s brought. These big ol' cars with lots of space inside, relatively inefficient packaging, tons of torque and two long, heavy doors are marvelously out of sync with today's market. Which is why I like it so much.
Personally, I'm going out on a limb and saying that there no changes to the '14 Challenger SRT8, with the exception of a front end refresh and different exhaust tips. Sales figures dropped by half from '10-'11, and I suspect they have not rebounded. Why would they spend more money on it, just to please a few of us crazies?