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2013 Dodge Charger: From Outlaw to the Law

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YeeHaaaawww… From outlaw to the law?   As we all know, the famous Dukes of Hazzard television series set the stage for the iconic Dodge Charger. The customized 1969 General Lee is known worldwide for its signature horn, stunts and wild car chases. It’s bright orange paint job, “01” on the doors and confederate flag on the roof are still recognized to this day.  So, should we all be surprised that the tables have turned?

The once wild child Charger can now be found with the word “Police” posted on its side. It’s all grown up and doing its part to keep the streets clean but can a car really have multiple personalities; be both misfit and angel simultaneously?

The answer is yes, and it can be pretty darn good at it to.  Even if your career choice hasn’t led you down a path of chasing thieves through dark alleys and answering to a higher call of duty, you can still blaze through the night in your very own 470 horse powered set of wheels. No, it’s not the most logical choice of transportation, but who cares. It offers bold looks and performance to match. It’s a modern and more comfortable take on good old American muscle and it comes as no surprise to see that law enforcement has taken a liking to it.

Once seated in the cabin, you’ll quickly find that that what was once the must have muscle car of the late sixties has morphed into one tough looking family sedan. It’s a style that attracts a variety of customers, young and old, both law enforcers and law breakers. We prefer the classic Charger over the newer model and many of you will probably agree. Nevertheless, the new 2013 model does offer some pretty cool features like a touchscreen media center, a USB/iPod user interface, Bluetooth with voice recognition and illuminated cup holders- you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

We could care less about its creature comforts. Power is what interests us and we’re sure that if you are considering the Charger, than you will agree. Well, it doesn’t disappoint. The 470 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 remains standard in the SRT8 and sends a whopping 470 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpms to the rear wheels. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, then we don’t know what will. The SRT8 model also benefits from the new launch control system and three-mode adaptive suspension.

If fuel economy is of a concern to you, then the 300 horsepower 3.6-liter engine found in the base model is right up your alley. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, it offers crisp shifting, decent acceleration and returns an estimated 18 city/27 highway. Those numbers aren’t anything to write home about but it certainly tops the SRT8’s mpg of 14 city/23 highway. The sporty R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 engine that returns approximately 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway

If you are willing to shell out the extra dough then we suggest sticking with the SRT8. It’s a favorite amongst our team members (no surprise there) and will get you standard features like 20-inch wheels, high-performance brakes and a premium Hartman Kardman sound system. Fully loaded with every option available, the SRT8 can set you back in excess of $53 grand so you’d better be sure your wallet can handle the hefty payments.

The available SRT8 Super Bee is essentially a more affordable version of the SRT8 with its own personality. It features a black on yellow paint job that is accented with exclusive Super Bee graphics. It’s less luxurious and deletes several features like the adaptive suspension, xenon headlights and the premium sound system. Regardless, you can save yourself upwards of $10,000 if you choose this trim over the traditional SRT8 without sacrificing any power.

All-in-all, the Dodge Charger remains a sporty option no matter your choice of engine. It’s big inside and out offering plenty of room for five and returns decent fuel economy as long as you stick with the V6. It stands out amongst its competition, the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus, mainly because of its superior performance and distinct personality.

 Bold personality- if you’re into that sort of thing; available HEMI V8 and all-wheel drive; big interior

 Rear seat short on headroom; V8 returns poor mpg- and we’re not surprised

edited by: Christine Butt

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July 4, 2013 |

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