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What are the limits in making the Challenger a raw handling car?
I really dig the Scat Packs and what they have to offer but, I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle in planing out tire and suspension upgrades to curtail the weight problems. I do a lot of driving up around the NC/TN mountains and up there, weight and numb steering inputs are killer. Because of the nature of the environment, I've been looking at the WRX STI, Audi S3/S4, and even some super lights like the BRZ/GT86. If I could make the Challenger carve up a mountain pass and have good road feedback, I'd be really happy because I like it to most out of everything I've seen. I'm not looking to make a Challenger handle like a Porsche Cayman, but I'm worried it's too numb to fix.
It seems easy in theory to slap on some 295/335 summer tires with coilovers and strut tower bracing, but I have a nagging thought in the back of my brain that a Challenger is going to have the same handling as my grandma's Buick Lacrosse. In most of the reviews I've read they sum up the driving experience as good......for the size. No reviewers seem to like how it drives compared to the new Mustang, 1le, m3 etc.. We could talk interior qualities and other nuances all day, but in terms of a raw driving feel, I'm not sure what to expect.
One of my big questions to you guys is how much to these reviews carry over into the real world vs armchair message board bickering?