Congrats on the trade. Awesome BSP Challenger. I can't decide if BSP is my first or second favorite color, competing against Redline. Header Orange is my third favorite, after the other two. What options does yours have?
Though I haven't had time to make a post, I did the exact same thing as you; traded out of a 6.1, 6-speed (TorRed even) car into a 6.4 auto car.
I have to say, I really like the 2012. The improvements are truly apparent all around. The ride, handling and power are the most prominent, of course. But, in my case I really miss the 6-speed. The sole reason I have the auto is because of the deal I got. I almost bought a '12 from Baxter, as they are really great folks to deal with, but I think I just caught them at a busy time, or something, as communication became difficult. Regardless, a local dealer made me an offer $1000 less then the best offer I received from any dealer, so I jumped on it. If it wasn't for the paddles, I don't think I would have accepted an auto for any price, but I figured "the paddles should be fun, so why not?". I will say, though, like you I don't miss the wheel hop. Or, the gear whine, for that matter, either. lol I still have my GTO if I want to row gears for now, too. My Challenger is a true and complete daily driver, as have been all my past SRT8s. So, maybe I'll learn to love the auto, who knows.
Let me ask you, since you're an apples-to-apples comparison, what do you think of the seats, and how they feel? I find the '12 seats much firmer, and not as "deep" if you will as my '09 seats. I kind feel like I'm sitting on top of the seat, rather than in it. Also, the upper portion of the seat feels like there's a bulge, or balloon at the top (not the lower, adjustable lumbar support), almost between the lower portion of the shoulder blades. I assume it has something to do with the side air bags, as my '09 (and your '10 for that matter) didn't have side bags. Do you feel a difference in the seats?
Here's a pic of my two together like yours, before my '09 was given in...
Also, have to agree with you on the height difference as well. In fact, when I was taking the pics, (including the one I posted) a guy came over and was asking about the cars. He asked if the Red one was lowered, compared to the Orange one. It wasn't. The suspension was completely stock. My '09 had 32k miles on it, though. I'm wondering if it had settled as well..
2016 Redline Hellcat Challenger packin' a 6-speed
1971 Lucerne Blue GTO. It was Limekist Green, with a 400 & M21 4-speed, but now packs a "built" 455HO & M22 "Rockcrusher".
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Last edited by Perfracer; 07-28-2012 at 11:10 PM.