On the road: 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
On the road: 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
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On the road: 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack

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[MUSIC] Join the Dodge Rebellion with The Dodge Boys. [MUSIC] Now the whole Scat Pack moniker harkens back to the old days 68- 71. They literally had a Scat Pack club all around the cars that wore that badge. Charger. Today it means a Challenger with a six point four Hemi, billstein high performance suspension, and Brembo four pock calibers all around. And if you tick the right option box, cool graphics with an angry bumble bee. They used to have a lot of low par fun with the names of colors, in those days. This car for example is a throw-back called TorRed. Get it? They also just brought back plum crazy. And I'd pay any amount of money to check the option box to get a houndstooth check interior. And we are not looking at king of the hill on challengers here Above this you've got SRT and above that of course you've got the Hellcat but those are both above 50 Grand base. This is the ultimate challenger for working man's money. [NOISE] Now hopping in a Scat Pack Challenger you're greeted right away by a little Scat Pack bumblebee embroidery and a special animation that wakes up when you key the thing on. Now Scat Pack cars come with the uprated screen. The 8.4 inch you connect head unit. People run hot and cold on this, there is an awful lot of powerful stuff going on here, I mean everything is configured as an App as they call it. The problem is too literally like a tablet that's not really what you want on a car, it can become kind of multi layered mess pretty quickly. Navigation by the way they are really clean, great looking things. Including the fact that its got this nice garmen layout that's as easy as anything on the road to use. I mean, where to, that's the way to enter a destination. Give me an address. Voice command is hit and miss like every car. But that navigation's not standard, by the way, even on this upgraded car, it's another 800 bucks. Now the coolest differentiator on a scott factor high performance challenger is performance control and performance setting. This is where you will set up things like the Launch Mode trigger 3,000 rpm or higher or lower wherever you want that. And that's where we go on this side which of the four parameters you want set what way, noticed you got three ways to set your steering feel. for both sport and standard mode. On this car, you do not have the option though of an adjustable suspension. You've got to up to SRT to get that. Your other cool screen is performance pages. In here, you've got everything for track day. You can hit your timers, various kinds of lap timers that build a history. You've got two different sets of auxiliary video gauges. A G-Force meter and a nice little nested gauge that shows instantaneous torque and horsepower delivery. Now more is the pity that I've got nice red sheet metal here. I'd rather see a big old hole. That would mean I have the shaker option with a cold air intake peaking up through the hole, shaking back and forth as you rev the engine. It makes no difference in terms of the numbers, but it sure does look good. Now as to those numbers this is a six point four liter push rod no direct injection. It's got sequential multi port instead like we've had since what the early 90s? Four hundred and eighty five horse power four hundred and seventy five pound speed of torque. Two transmission possibilities a six speed manual that all you purists are going yeah And then there's the smart choice. An eight-speed automatic. You heard me. It's a beautiful ZF automatic. The HP 70, found in recent BMW seven series, Maserati Quatros, and several Aston Martins. It brings more than just two more cogs to the car. It rolls up with it, the multi-displacement engine. Which idles unused cylinders when cruising. That means 25 MPG average vs 23 with a stick. [NOISE] This automatic is a really good gear box. It's not that slushy mess you think it is. Crisp shifts under its own control. It's also very nice under the paddles. [NOISE] And the stability control gets dialed back just right to save you, but not be overly intrusive. [NOISE] You get this car on the track, your gonna find it's actually a very Possible, handleable, big old chunk of 4,200 pounds of [INAUDIBLE] It cuts and darts a lot better than it's weight and look would suggest. It's still a lot of car. I want to autocross this thing in the worst way. You'd to get a bunch of little Porsche's and Miata's. [BLANK_AUDIO] Now launch mode, of course, sure is handy in a car like this and even it has Its full getting all that to the ground and a little fish tail. Little break loose, but now we are getting our grip as we approach three digits. I think 120 is good enough for me to do. And by the way 60, comes up in about 4.5 seconds. The high performance suspension by Bilstein, and 14.2 inch disks with 4 [INAUDIBLE] all around, gives you a street personality that follows the road. On nice pavement this is a really comfortable daily car, added by that adjustable steering effort. But when the pavement goes to hell the ride quality goes with it. And you wished you drove you [UNKNOWN] today. Okay. Decisions, decisions, decisions. This [UNKNOWN] challenger is going to run you about 39,000. Four thousand more for the shaker hood car because that rolls in a leather interior and a whole bunch of other [UNKNOWN] in the cabin. I'm a little torn because I want to keep this price down per our thesis so I'm going to stay with the none shaker car Then I'm gonna load up some options to get seen at style. Including the Convenience Group, The Harman Kart Audio that requires leather anyway, The Technology Group that all the cart navigation I talked about and the more controversy is giving all the automatic transmission I say yes. That's an incredible high tech eight-speed gearbox that is no slouch. It also brings with it a multi-displacement cylinder deactivation version of that same 6-4 hemi. That's going to save you fuel all the time and a $1000 gas-guzzler tax up front. It's a sweet package. And it's the faster car, unless your a race driver. And you're not. Finally there's that sun roof. That's gonna be controversial. Some are gonna say it dilutes the track purpose of this car. I say live a little. This is not a light weight car to begin with. A little more apparatus up high is not gonna do anything meaningful to your center of gravity. All in we're at about $47,000 the way I would do it. You've got a good flow of cash going out of your pocket versus testosterone coming your way from Detroit. This is the sweet spot. [SOUND] [MUSIC] More cars driven CNET style. Streaming by now at www.CNETOnCars.com. Click on the road. [MUSIC]

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