General Challenger DiscussionThis section contains general discussion about the Dodge Challenger. If it does not fit into a more specific area, it probably belongs in here. (Dodge Challenger General Discussion)
I was tempted to go to the dark side by the new 5.0. The thing that stopped me was the 100 to 1 ratio of mustangs to challengers around the Indy area. And, on street nights here, my 392 hasnt lost to a non-supercharged mustang yet, not even a couple 5.0s that were modded. I do like the new mustangs, but usually, me and my brother are the only challengers on street night vs 30 or more mustangs.
I hear ya, I was looking at 5.0 track pack cars, you can get them for the very low $30s, a lot of car and performance for the money. It was the wife that finally said don't get a Mustang, they are everywhere and it's mostly high school kids driving them(her generalization) but once I knew I could get a Challenger SRT8 for $10k more, and I realized just how much more car it was, it became a no-brainer. This Challenger feels a little faster than the 5.0 Track Pack I drove, but it's pretty close. It definitely feels like a better car, just WAY more substantial and everything about the interior and ride quality seems nicer.
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Dont be too hard on yourself about the soccer mom, the 5.0 is quicker than an R/T stock, but not a 392. I raced a 5.0 with my M10, we both had a rolling start and I stayed right at his rear bumper up to 100 mph before he started to pull away, so I think I did OK considering Im heavier. Mine looks way better than a shitstang any day. Tuning it should make the difference, but remember the 5.0's can do the same. Try ripping out the seats and shave a couple hundred pounds, its the weight to HP that kills you anyway. Put your chally on a road race course and you'll show a 5.0 your grille all the way around; fords still using ancient suspension technology you see.
Slap on a S/C and some headers and walk the mustang home
well Mustang owner could do the same as well and then...well...back to square one
2009 TorRed S/E
9-11-01 nose badge | 3.5L hood badges | CAI | Hood pins | MOPAR hood struts/pedal kit/fuel door | blacked out side mirrors | Under dash ambient light | Jones Full Boar exhaust | Cuda' style MOPAR hockey stick striping | Script grill badge
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