The venerable Dodge Challenger model line made an indelible mark on muscle car culture in the 1960s and 70s. After decades away, the Challenger was reborn in 2008 as a slick, powerful modern muscle car with enough classic touches to satisfy any fan of the original or newer admirers. The 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi features an exterior that is largely unchanged from the 2008 model with long, sweeping lines and subtly aggressive touches that certainly recall the golden era of American muscle cars.
2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi – Under the Hood
Of course, all the style in the world won’t make a difference if it isn’t backed up under the hood. The 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi packs plenty of raw power, with a 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI engine that cranks out 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The Hemi V-8 is a redesigned model that features improvements such as variable valve timing and reworked cylinder heads that increase flow volume. Power is channeled through a five-speed automatic or optional six-speed manual transmission, and the automatic features Chrysler’s Multi-Displacement System for improved fuel-efficiency under a light load.
Despite a relatively high curb weight, the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi delivers an exciting driving experience for any fan of speed and power. The Hemi does its work admirably well, propelling the Challenger to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds and delivering excellent throttle response. The dual exhaust produces a deeply satisfying growl, rising to a full-throated roar under heavy load without ever becoming unnecessarily loud. Its well-tuned suspension is stiff and responsive, handling well despite the rather substantial weight and large frame. With a quick launch right out of the gate and room for even more growth, the Challenger has also become a popular choice among drag racers in recent years.
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