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Challenger R/T... not fast?!

I hear that the 5.7 R/T isn't considered a fast car by quite a few auto enthusiasts. While there are many performance vehicles that are much faster, the argument is pretty much subjective at best. In your own opinion, is the Challenger R/T 5.7 a fast car or not? And what constitutes a car to be considered 'fast'?

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At its introduction the R/T definitely had a respectable performance with the 5.7L. However a decade later most competing engines have been overhauled or replaced giving them substantial performance gains while the 5.7L has remained largely unchanged. It is still a solid engine that has great potential with certain mods or forced induction but compared to today's lighter and more powerful performance cars it can come up short in stock form.


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Just compare 0-60 times, and the autos will be slightly quicker with the 2015 and up 8-speed. I like the 5.7, it's about quicker than 70% of the vehicles I daily commute with, but that's commute with...Not a lot of folks drive their performance sedans to work. In fact, I don't either in the winter months, I drive a slow but sturdy Honda CRV. When I jump into the Challenger on the weekend after driving the CRV I feel like I am driving a very fast car lol!!! It's all in the point-of-view for me.

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Define "fast"?
I suppose its both a matter of perspective and relativity. As an R/T owner, I can say;
Drive a 120hp prius and then get in an R/T, and it will certainly not disappoint.
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Drive a 755hp ZR1 that hauls the mail and hugs the road like its on rails and the R/T is probably not going to impress you at all.
Its not a fair comparision in either example, but you get the point.
The stock R/T is no slouch and its lines and heritage to me, more than make up for what it may now be considered lacking in, but it's not really viewed as 'fast' by modern performance standards.
Even Dodge now puts thier 'entry level performance package' at the 485hp scatpack level.

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Seems faster than a lot of the old muscle cars. I have had mine to 140 mph, a guy in an older Camaro could not keep up at highway cruising speeds. At about 120 mph he started getting real small in my mirror. It's fast enough to get you thrown in jail, and all the other "catch phrases" go along with it except one, "It will pass anything except a gas station", that is not true, while not great gas mileage, my driving habits get my about 14 mpg per fill up, which beats my old car which gets 10 to 12.

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If you are comparing it to cars in general, then yes, the R/T is fast. Compared to "performance" cars, then it is mid-pack. It is the second-slowest Challenger model but even the 3.6 models are far quicker than most cars on the road today. If you are not tracking it and use it as a daily driver then the R/T is certainly fast enough.

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A 5.7L R/T was the first Challenger I owned. Having gone from old 4x4 trucks to that, the 5.7L R/T will always be fast in my book. It's just that there are things that are faster.


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Fast is somewhat subjective and depends on what you are comparing it to. That said my first modern Challenger was a 2010 R/T and I ran a 13.6 on street tires at it's first outing to the track. Over the next couple years with minor bolt on mods a tune and drag radials I got that down to a 12.8. Now while that might not set the world on fire it was fast enough to beat all the stock Camaro's I raced when the magazines were claiming they were much faster than the Challenger. In the real world of the drag strip that I frequented the Camaro's seemed to be running mid 13's and I was plenty competitive with them. Their trap speed was generally a shade higher but I won the head to head races. I realize I had a few bolt on's giving me an advantage but the 5.7 doesn't take a lot of modding to be right with those 5th generation Camaro's. So is it fast? I think it's fairly fast and is a true muscle car, are their faster cars out there including a bunch in the Challenger line up? Well yes but there's almost always something else faster out there.

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Quick yes. Not fast.
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If you can accidentally spin the tires , general rule is its pretty quick.

For me to call a car “fast” its got to 0-60 around 4 sec
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