Why the Dodge Challenger SRT deserves the best muscle car farewell party

Gray 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock

Any kind of the cleverness Challenger, be it the Hellcat Redeye, the Wide-body Jailbreak Edition or the Super Stock – is a muscle car bought by hoonigans with a nagging desire to shred their tires carefree. It is one of the last American V8 muscle cars to be retired soon as the world’s most powerful muscle car – and this is going to make a lot of car enthusiasts sad. The iconic 6.2-litre V8 engine has been tuned to produce different horsepower in different versions of the Challenger. We are talking about just one car with multiple personalities here.

The Dodge undoubtedly has rivals in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but they are better off on a track; the Challenger has the muscles it needs for a drag strip. It’s the guy on a high-protein diet. There’s also the basic version of the Challenger, for those who can’t afford the hardcore, but that’s more of an ‘everyday’ car.

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This is why the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is our favorite

The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock may look like any other hardcore Challenger, but it’s the one you buy if you don’t have a chance at a Dodge Demon. It’s the Challenger you buy when your job pays you well; it’s the one that makes you feel like you’re driving the most expensive car in town because you worked your way up for it.

In other words, the Challenger SRT Super Stock is currently the fastest muscle car in the world. The others got as close as they could, but none left the Super Stock in their rearview mirrors. This is Dodge’s baby, especially since it’s derived from the SRT Demon. It may not have as much horsepower as a Demon, but the difference isn’t so much that you’d write it off. High Octane mode is also not present on this one.

Dodge Challenger SRT looks like a muscle car

The squared edges and straight body lines are enough to tell you this is a muscle car – and we’re not complaining. This is what Americans want their muscle cars to look like, and we would endorse them in their taste. All Challengers look identical except for the hood vents, two-tone colors, optional stripes and the added Widebody package.

It looks much cooler than the Dodge muscle cars from the 1970s and has cool details like the flared wheel arches, a lip spoiler, fat tires that would potentially float the car in a flood. At the rear, the horizontal taillights look tough. The future may give us back the Challenger with futuristic touches, but it won’t have an engine anymore; just a powerful electric motor.

Dodge Challenger SRT has a GT car-like interior

Step into the SRT Super Stock and you’ll notice how the cab envelops you. There is room in the back for passengers, but only for those with small legs. It will be a cramp for anyone who is older. The side passenger seat is best taken by someone who doesn’t have motion sickness, because in the Challenger SRT Super Stock you’re going to get pretty restless, and that’s fine for the driver.

The infotainment, controls and air vents face the driver, as if Dodge wanted the driver to feel like the car was his only, and no one else. The sound system would be fantastic, but with the loud exhaust, the Challenger SRT Super Stock is actually trying to tell you to turn off the music.

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Why the Dodge Challenger SRT deserves a goodbye party

The answer is simple: because there will never be a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. An EV Challenger might top those numbers, but the angry rumble will be sorely missed. The ride would be stiff, which means it’s for roads like Route 66. The throbbing V8 puts you in a state of calm; it makes you focus more than anything else; that’s not going to exist in an EV version.

Features that make the Challenger SRT Super Stock desirable include Line Lock: which allows you to spin the rear wheels while locking the front brakes independently, Power Chiller: essentially a sort of air conditioner for the red-hot V8 engine, and Launch Control: which allows you to stop, make a loud noise, get attention, and then shoot away. But above all, we are going to miss that first cold start in the morning!

Source: Dodge, Stellantis