(Lots to say, bare with me...)
First and foremost, I have no brand loyalty - I could give two ****s what the emblem is, it's the performance and the nature of the beast that warrant praise. Having said that I never imagined I'd be in this position, especially so quickly after rolling her off the lot - but the siren song of the 5.0 is beckoning.
Currently sporting a fully loaded Challenger R/T - fantastic car and very comfortable, and it is my first V8. **** - first car, haha! I come from the world of Wranglers, a much different beast.
Anyway, it's a 2012 and as many of you know, very much unmoddable unless you purchase a new ECU from B&G Chrysler, as they have not been able to crack the rolling code per se...so naturally I scooped one up. Impressive gains over stock in terms of drivability; but it has nurtured a need for speed that grows insatiable, and from what I've seen on the web and the street - these 5.0's are f'ing beasts in stock trim, let alone modded.
The things that set the Challenger apart - spacious interior, trunk, usable back seats and ride quality - are becoming trumped by a desire to start tracking...and winning. No kids, either, so I might just ditch the back seat like I did in the Jeep, heh! A few concerns, however.
1) I can't row for **** and pretty much need an auto. A tune is getting loaded up ASAP - apparently that sorts the trans out...I've heard mixed reviews. Thoughts?
2) Not the best roads in some areas - how dicey is the live axle? How is the ride quality vice the Challenger for those of you who've been in both?
3) Any must have options that no GT can do without?
Trying to schedule a test drive and a sit down with their finance guys for the weekend - I put 10 grand down on the R/T so I have some equity to lean on, and with our company discount should be able to get a decent price vs. what I paid for the Dodge - hoping to break even; that'd be enough!
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading and feel free to offer some input!