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Old 01-10-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Drove a friends Challenger RT

A friend of mine recently bought a '10 Challenger RT. It has the 5.7 HEMI and a 6 speed. Initial impressions are wow its sexy from the outside and the back seat and trunk are huge, but the interior looks like a rental car. Plain flat plastic everywhere and odd button placement. Even the base Camaros still have a much more impressive interior. She agreed to let me drive it and I was disappointed. It felt like driving a waterbed! The shifter felt mushy, inaccurate, and it was hard to find the shift gates. The clutch pedal was very light but only engaged in the first 2-3 inches of travel, the rest of the pedal throw was useless. The gas was sensitive but the drive by wire lag was very disappointing after shifts. The steering was light but didn't feel very connected to the road.

Overall: The Challenger sucks! It looks amazing from the outside but sucks from the driver's seat. I don't know maybe I'm just biased towards my camaro... but aren't we all?

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #2
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No. You're right. I drove a new one on a dealer lot. It's just a 2 door Chrysler 300.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:24 AM   #3
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I haven't seen one personally, only through pictures. Going off by the pictures I've seen, I always thought the Challenger had a really nice interior, but I've heard many people say that the Challengers interior is cheap. So I'll take their word for it. I wonder if the SRT8 is any different?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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I found the interior of my 12 SRT8 had a better functional layout, and was much more comfortable to drive than my SS. I find my 5.0 interior about on par with my SS. In regards to shifter and clutch in the RT I have no idea I had an automatic. I do think the clutch and shifter were better in my SS than my 5.0 though.

In regards to the Challenger's interior being cheap, have you taken a look at your SS's interior lately? Other than seats the SS is pretty poor as well.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:08 AM   #5
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I think the Challenger looks like a brick, way too boxy looking.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:15 AM   #6
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my brother has a challenger r/t with borla atak and borla headers it sounds mean as hell the interior is does not matter to me but my zl1 is a lot nicer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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I think the Challenger looks like a brick, way too boxy looking.
Looks nothing like Boxxy



But agree that it is a brick...
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:21 AM   #8
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I think the interior is rated like this to me, and I'll try to include the mustang but didn't shop them too much.

Lower mustang
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I put the srt8 higher an the zl1 because of the seats, otherwise they have about the same amount of suede trim pieces. Oh and the radio in the challenger is better too.

As far as handling yeah the challenger to me is a boulevard cruiser and that is not a bad thing, just not my style.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:19 AM   #9
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Looks nothing like Boxxy



But agree that it is a brick...
WTF

As far as the OT, I agree the challenger interior is cheap and lacking, but I would also argue that the Mustang and Camaro interiors are also lacking unless you get them loaded.

My loaded Camaro is nice, but for what I paid it could be a lot nicer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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I can't speak for the SRT but the RT seemed to have a lot of flat plain plastic. The Camaro at least has some lines and curves and texture on the interior making it more appealing.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:27 PM   #11
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The challenger has a really updated tough but with a little retro look when done that way. Heres my wifes
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #12
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Looks nothing like Boxxy



But agree that it is a brick...
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:28 AM   #13
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Tell ya 1 thing IMO the seats in the srt chally are so much more comfortable than the camaro or stang. We call them throneslove the bolstering.
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I drove the 392, what a boat. Terrible interior too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:41 PM   #15
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:39 PM   #16
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A friend of mine recently bought a '10 Challenger RT. It has the 5.7 HEMI and a 6 speed. Initial impressions are wow its sexy from the outside and the back seat and trunk are huge, but the interior looks like a rental car. Plain flat plastic everywhere and odd button placement. Even the base Camaros still have a much more impressive interior. She agreed to let me drive it and I was disappointed. It felt like driving a waterbed! The shifter felt mushy, inaccurate, and it was hard to find the shift gates. The clutch pedal was very light but only engaged in the first 2-3 inches of travel, the rest of the pedal throw was useless. The gas was sensitive but the drive by wire lag was very disappointing after shifts. The steering was light but didn't feel very connected to the road.

Overall: The Challenger sucks! It looks amazing from the outside but sucks from the driver's seat. I don't know maybe I'm just biased towards my camaro... but aren't we all?

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Actually the interior of the Challenger is soft touch and not plain ole plastic. I find the Challenger the better of all the muscle cars, the leather on the seats is a higher grade and the layout has a real radio.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #17
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Actually the interior of the Challenger is soft touch and not plain ole plastic. I find the Challenger the better of all the muscle cars, the leather on the seats is a higher grade and the layout has a real radio.
Than what made you choose to purchase a Camaro?
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the worse part about challengers is there huge bodys with skinny tires ! haha

but overall the car looks cool when done up, but i they have always been behind in the game.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #19
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A friend of mine recently bought a '10 Challenger RT. It has the 5.7 HEMI and a 6 speed. Initial impressions are wow its sexy from the outside and the back seat and trunk are huge, but the interior looks like a rental car. Plain flat plastic everywhere and odd button placement. Even the base Camaros still have a much more impressive interior. She agreed to let me drive it and I was disappointed. It felt like driving a waterbed! The shifter felt mushy, inaccurate, and it was hard to find the shift gates. The clutch pedal was very light but only engaged in the first 2-3 inches of travel, the rest of the pedal throw was useless. The gas was sensitive but the drive by wire lag was very disappointing after shifts. The steering was light but didn't feel very connected to the road.

Overall: The Challenger sucks! It looks amazing from the outside but sucks from the driver's seat. I don't know maybe I'm just biased towards my camaro... but aren't we all?

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Agreed in all aspects of this post. I had similar thoughts of this vehicle even the seats leather was like ikea couches
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Agreed in all aspects of this post. I had similar thoughts of this vehicle even the seats leather was like ikea couches
Yeah I don't know what the other people are talking about, the gauges and steering wheel looks straight out of the PT Cruiser

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #21
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I drove the 396, what a boat. Terrible interior too.
Was that Chevelle or a Camaro 396?
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Oops my bad, 392

The interior is pretty much the same one in Ram, so can't really say it's a real improvement.
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Than what made you choose to purchase a Camaro?

I have a Challenger as well - satisfied (current Camaro I bought from my daughter)
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the worse part about challengers is there huge bodys with skinny tires ! haha

but overall the car looks cool when done up, but i they have always been behind in the game.

same tire is on my Camaro as is on my Challenger 245/45ZR20s. And All Season not just a summer tire.

470 HP is behind the game?

Come on guys if you are going to slam a car get a clue as to what the specs are before slamming.
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Sounds like some people are just trying to convince themselves
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