The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic: Reminding Us What Muscle Cars are All About

The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T is the most affordable V8 powered rear wheel drive sports car sold in America today but with 375 horsepower and a standard 6-speed manual transmission – the Challenger R/T Classic offers the excitement of the American muscle car without the gigantic price of the more powerful cars on the market today.

Back in the 1970s, the Hemi Challenger was the top of the line option with a price to match and what the previous generation of muscle car lovers knew as the “Hemi Challenger” back in 1970 would translate to the Challenger SRT today. Big power…and a big price. Fortunately, the availability of the “entry level” 5.7L Hemi below the monster 6.4L (and before it the 6.1L) Hemi in the SRT models has brought about a Hemi that is far more affordable relative to the rest of the market whereas the 1970 Hemi Challenger was not. The modern Challenger R/T with the 5.7L Hemi is not the most powerful muscle car on the market; in fact with “only” 375 horsepower it is one of the least powerful V8 models but it is also the least expensive V8 muscle car available today. More importantly, the 2013 Challenger R/T packs all of the tire shredding, gear banging, high performance fun that a buyer expects with a price that puts it in a far more approachable price range than the Street and Racing Technology models or many of the more powerful models from the competition.


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Great article. I think you summed up the RT in the performance landscape of today quite well.
Thank you!