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New cars: What the critics say

Dodge Challenger SRT8 Price: $40,158

Road & Track
The limited edition SRT8, son of the 1970s Dodge Challenger muscle car, still delivers “clouds of tire smoke on demand.” The 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V8 engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto-Stick. Color choices are limited to black, silver, or Hemi orange.

Popular Mechanics
“The Challenger is an important vehicle.” Retro design cues have been paired with an updated drive train and chassis to take this storied icon into the modern age. Probable buyers are “older guys with fond memories of the original,” but that doesn’t mean a soft, squishy ride. Impressive 14-inch brake rotors and four-piston Brembo calipers are more than a match for
the “brawny Hemi.”

Car and Driver
The new Challenger is “infinitely more competent” than its ancient ancestor—and much better timed. The original was a response to the Ford Mustang—three years too late. This version is appearing in showrooms well before the new Chevy Camaro. The “compelling car” isn’t cheap, but it should be able to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 173 mph.

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