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2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392: Ready to show (pictures)

The powerful Dodge Challenger, featuring a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V-8 looks like it was designed from the ground up to be a show car.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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The Dodge Challenger looks impressive, a retro coupe with high haunches. Dodge launched the Challenger to compete with Chevy's Camaro and Ford's Mustang, all cars heralding to a time of affordable, big power.
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This special edition Challenger gets these 392 Hemi badges on the fenders, adding a little more flair to a car that already announces its presence with a big exhaust burble.
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The cylinders displace 6.4 liters, or 392 cubic inches if you want to measure it that way. This big V-8 uses very little modern technology other than its fuel-injection system. It produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, controlled by the driver with a very sensitive gas pedal.
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Optioned on this car are Goodyear F1 Supercar three-season tires, P245/45ZR20 at the fronts and P255/45ZR20 on the rears. The four-piston Brembo brakes come standard.
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The Challenger still uses a hydraulically-boosted power-steering system but gets an adaptive suspension, the most high-tech element of this car.
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Dodge helpfully labels the fuel filler cap.
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At 16.2 cubic feet, the trunk is not large, but usable.
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Red leather seems a little much, but considering the showiness of the car, there is really no alternative.
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The rear seats are designed as two buckets, although someone's little sister could sit for short times in the middle.
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The Challenger is prone to understeer, but giving it the right amount of throttle in a turn brings it around nicely.
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White gauge faces are a nice touch, while the manual transmission makes the tachometer indispensable.
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The Challenger uses Dodge's older generation of cabin tech, relying on a small touch screen for the interface.
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The destination entry design is not pretty, but it is functional.
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The navigation system does a good job of using its traffic data to proactively find alternate routes.
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Along with a USB port for flash drives or iOS devices, the Challenger also supports Bluetooth streaming.
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An import function lets you copy music to the car's internal hard drive.
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With music on a USB drive, the car's interface shows just a file-and-folder structure. For iOS devices, it shows a full music library, with categories for album, artist, and genre.
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The Challenger includes satellite radio but not HD radio.
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There are two voice-command systems, one for navigation and one for the phone system. Hitting the phone voice-command button brings up this screen, which helpfully shows you what you can say.

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