Off we went. One way his ride, one way back my ride.
I found the handling of the SRT to be far superior to anything we got so far. Even with some of the aftermarket stuff, or anything else out there. I have been in many older challengers and many vets over the years. What comes on the car wins hands down. Its way different now. As you change performance mode moving on the fly!!!! All through the on dash screen and its software. It’s something you notice and can feel change. Not a placebo feel something either. All butt dynos will see and feel it all change according to mode.
You can feel the steering wheel change. It takes more resistance to move it, the suspension goes to a more stiff ride and is very responsive, the trans goes from shifting in 400mlsec to shifting in 250mlsec.
The paddle shifters are awesome, and in a great location. When you hang at 10 and 2 o’clock the steering wheel ergonomics are perfect finger wrap with the paddles in the right place. I never used the T floor shifter again… Period, NO BS. And I’m a hard core old school guy. I have paddles on my wifes MDX and I use the floor shift, never the paddles.
But with the new SRT no way Jose. It was all fingers for FlatTop. I also noticed my shotgun rider and driver he used the paddles 100% of the time,
It’s just so easy to use and get comfortable with using the paddles. The SRT steering wheel ratio and firmness is all adjustable in the tune of the “use” modes tailoring your ride to what you want.
All the goodies like the side early warning system; we tested it using a semi. As soon as you get to the center line and just cross it,Ding Ding,Ding, telling you to move over. And it shows an arrow in the side mirror, neat feature I liked. I didn’t like the rear view mirror. Seemed to always need moved or adjusted. The right rear quarter panel was blind to me more than normal to me. Could have not been used to the set up also. Gas and brake pedal no problems. Seat got to my comfort position easy. There seems to be less room in the front passenger seat side on floor, can’t spread feet out as far as before like in the older models.
This is due to the larger 8 speed transmission tunnel.
The braking system was tested by me, as a driver and as a passenger. Let me tell you guys, this tar at speeds at 80 to 100 mph in the rain and then do a panic stop. Had to see how the car pulled any or not. It didn’t go right or left. Just square to the road. Nose drops some and ass end comes up then starts to squat as it gets to a forward force of just about stopped, then rocks back. The car will stop on a dime, and give back 9 cents!!!! Love that one.
The new 15.4 inch brakes 6 piston 2 piece braking system with all the stability and traction control will bite down and you will kiss the windshield if you’re not strapped in. You will have bloody lips or a fat eye. That freeking car didn’t waiver, slip, break loose, or skid in any way. ZERO!!!! No BS it just stops…..Square and solid. Yes in the rain wet roads and I did mine at 80mph and big Danno ahhh was well over 100 mph. I didn’t say we were smart. We were testing. Oh, let me do say now before I get flamed up. NOBODY was around us to hurt them. It was all us and the car to get hurt. We both agreed if we die it was for a good reason, Right. And we signed a waiver too, So all was good.
Well well, so how does it handle in the corners, now we know how it stops. Let’s see how it turns in the rain. The course chosen was a twisty road like through a conservation area, Yes people are around sightseeing, Screwing up my testing. So, I watched far ahead while he was at the wheel and when I was behind the wheel he watched way ahead for cars. And we beat it and beat it and tore around corners.
The SRT handles again, so much better than anything we have had from our other Challengers. The traction control system works so well it’s kinda hard to get the car to drift.
You have to force it to do so. Really work at it by using more MPH to get it to slide. Course, with more MPH also comes with bad things happening faster. Like the guard rail and the edge of the asphalt comes at you so damn fast at the higher speeds.
We gave the car high marks for holding a line. It would tear around wet corners very well. Very little side tip in the car.
By setting the car up going into the corner we were able to get around it and power throttle out of the corners without pushing the front end. The cars weight really helps here in the wet conditions.
On the highway, I know some of you will frown, Don’t forget, Nobody around us.
We tested at very high speeds in the rain. We were at speeds over 120 plus, big plus. WOT throttle mashed far as you can push it. Buzzing the motor 6300 and fingering another gear. That’s the way it got tested. The car didn’t break the tires loose with 485 hp !!!! Traction Control works very well in the new electronics system. It was at WOT in the rain. The car handled very well. The tires are a great match. The really shed the water, even at high speed. Again the weight made it feel very safe. With the traction and stability control and the brain of the TC system work very well.
At high wet raining speeds the car went around highway curves without slipping at all. We did slip once when the car got on the paint stripe changing lanes, Yes,,it made an ass puckering move.
There was one point on the highway Danno was wheelin and a vet came along side to play. He didnt have the nads or his TC didnt work as well. He was left after 15 18 seconds of pull. Bet nobody did that testing. Id bet I was the only one who tested it in a 360 along the way also. Oh you can 360 it pretty easy if ya wanted to.
Keep it mashed.
Course, our test consisted of checking the 485hp 392 would pull. So we did get a few spots where we had no rain and was semi dry, like when we rolled out. Without using two lanes to keep the car under control it was manageable to drive in most any conditions.
In the rain using the traction control we could mash the gas letting it down shift on its own and then paddle it up at 6200rpm shifts it didn’t slip once. Down shift and pull like a train past 100 mph. The traction control works great.
Power, comes from the 392, Its 485hp and feels like it too. Really a torque motor it is. With the 8 speed trans this is more like a supercar feel. It just stays in the power band. Pow, Pow, Pow, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th that hellish.. The SRT It’s going to be a runner. Course the Cat is 707hp and it even get better..
All the colors all the other specs are already printed all over the net. Im giving you the real details of how it really runs and handles. We did have some dry roads. Not for long. On dry pavement you can roast the tires from a roll with the SRT and the 392 with TC off, right into a Smokey burnout. As I look through my notes the car is rated at 24mpg with the 392 SRT and we were getting 11.2 during the testing in the rain. Tells ya how hard we tested the SRT, hahaha At 60mph the tach yielded 1500rpm. I notice the hood looks smooth as there no squirters on the hood anymore. Really has snappy throttle response unlike my RT when I purchased it. My lawn mower revs better than my RT did.