5. Dec 2017 02:38, auautelblog
I have always dreamt of owning a powerful and completely unashamedly over the top American Muscle car. What is interesting is that this dream covers cars from the 60s right through to the modern creations of today, suggesting that the central theme and general approach to the design is what I like, rather than the designs specifics. A need elongated vintage Mustang looks as good to me as the new chunkier models of today, and I respect each ere for the approaches and priorities that they really stood for.
One of my favourite American muscles cars, aside from the obvious (but darn sexy) Ford Mustang, is actually the Dodge Challenger. Whilst the Dodge brand in the UK is much more restrained and consequently much less exciting, the American brand continues to produce cars like the challenger - ostentation, dramatic, and totally in your face! This is why I love it Autel MaxiCOM MK808, and one day I hope to organise importing one over from the US no matter what the price.
So, let's start with the looks. You have probably seen a Challenger on TV before, as they are used all over the shop in films and television to portray the American spirit in a car - a feat which I think they do very well! You have that typical muscled shape in this car - with a chunky low down stance, aggressive front grill and elongated hood, all of which lead back to a small but perfectly situated windscreen and drivers seat. The shape is so traditional for this type of car that I almost expect to see flames coming out of the back like in some Grease-esque moment from the 60's - and the backwards leaning shape makes me expect it to rear up and whinny at any moment!
Those looks are great, although critics do like to comment on the similarity to the equally gorgeous Ford Mustang, the new version of which was also released at around about the same time. If you aren't particularly precious about design features, however, then you should be able to appreciate this for the beautiful and beasty car that this one is.
The specs of this car thankfully manage to live up to the expectations that were unavoidably raised when we saw the beautiful styling. Under the hood is an astonishing (and possibly slightly unnecessary) 6.1 litre V8 engine, which not only looks obviously impressive if you are into showing off your engine, but has the performance to match all the expectations Autel MaxiPRO MP808TS. This delivers a significant 425 Horsepower, and I doubt anyone is going to be disappointed with those figures. Of course, as will all muscle cars like this, the drive isn't exactly smooth - but to get the max out of this type of engine you need to expect a wild and hard to tame beast that needs the expert touch to make it deliver. This isn't for the faint hearted!
Hopefully you can see why this car is one of my favourites. Not only is it beautiful, but it has specs that can make people wince!
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Dodge cars.