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I know that this is your thread, but you really shouldn't take people's posts so personally. Much of what I stated here is in response to my growing frustration towards a percentage of posters who have been pushing for change and trying to silence those who live in the past, as they see it... not necessarily to you. The Challenger happens to be a refuge vehicle for a core of car enthusiasts who miss the originals and are not so in love with much of what is called progress. I wouldn't be suprised to see some ask for FWD or at least AWD on this vehicle. Not that those are wrong per se either, but they would be for this car and in my book.
This is just another case of being unclear on the concept to me, like those guys who keep clamoring for less weight and more HP to keep up with the 5.0. Why not get a Mustang if you want a track car instead of butchering the only cruiser around? Here we're talking about loading a muscle car with electronics and diluting its heritage instead of encouraging Dodge to nurture it. There's only one Challenger, while if red superimposed gauges and soft shapes are your thing many other vehicles will happily satisfy your taste.
And much of what I said elsewhere can be traced back to your own use of the term 'sportier' in this thread title. Had you stated that the Jeep's interior was nicer, more contemporary, or better equipped... I would've had to consider this a matter of personal taste, not something to argue against. But sport means performance and the changes have nothing to do with that otherwise that mouse, I mean, knob that they use in conjunction with the 8-speed wouldn't exist because it's just another gizmo with little user feedback and control.
Those changes have everything to do with keeping up with the Jones, i.e. satisfy those who want the Challenger to look just like any other car (an Audi, if possible) on the inside. As I said (and have been saying for a while now) there are things that need improvement on this car, and I'm dismayed to see that they are focusing their efforts on what I see as superficial appeal. The fact that it's precisely what many demand is why I don't blame Dodge (they're in the business of selling cars, not to make the best or most timeless product), but fellow owners.