So we got a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
The last time we got behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger SRT8 was back in early 2011, driving a 2010 version with the 6.1-litre Hemi and standard bouncy suspension. Even then, it left a mark on our minds, more so than its two other rivals, as the best iteration of a true muscle-car that harks back to the hey-days of the 1960s. And then the 392 version came out in late 2011, with a host of upgrades, including a 6.4-litre Hemi and adaptive suspension. But this is the first time we got to try it out.
The big beefy Challenger is the most retro-looking of the muscle-car trio, and that’s the most appealing thing about it. The SRT8 gets a front chin spoiler, big SRT-engraved wheels and the SRT-badged rear lip spoiler. These 392 versions can be definitively identified only by its fender badges, compared to the pre-2011 model.
Inside, the same old Challenger interior continues, very unimaginative, but still packing better pliable materials than its rivals, as well as some beefy front seats and a useable back seat.
The boot is rendered much less useable though, thanks to a full-size spare tyre that doesn’t exactly fit back there. If we owned one of these cars, we’d take it out and use it as a coffee table.
Beyond the obvious, the Challenger is better to drive than ever before, with its new mechanical hardware. At a time when we feel that almost every car is overpriced, it’s one of the few cars we’d actually pull the trigger on with our own money, if we had the space on our fleet. More in the full review.
Desert photos by Faisal Khatib. Other photos by Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury.