I had the pleasure of driving somewhere in the area of 60-70 new cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles during 2015, but none left the lasting impact on me like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
It was a stormy day in West Texas in the outskirts of Odessa and I was driving around in my 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Normally I would catch myself driving around for fun always capturing great pictures of my car with beautiful sunset's in the background.
Well this day happened to be very cloudy and dark with no sunset visible but there was a big storm rolling in so I knew I had to capture a few pictures with those dark mean clouds.
As an active member of the Mopar enthusiast world, I have made a handful of online friends who live in Australia who love Dodge muscle cars as much as any American gearhead.
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro both moved more units than the Dodge Challenger in 2015, just like they have every other year since the Challenger was reintroduced for the 2008 model year.
Before 2015, the Chevrolet Camaro had beaten the Ford Mustang in the annual muscle car sales race each of the past 5 years, staring with the arrival of the 5th gen Camaro late in 2009.
In 1969 I graduated from an Engineering College. A lot us purchased a new car upon graduation and Muscle Cars were flying off dealer lots. I saw a bright blue '69 Roadrunner, 383, white interior and Hurst 4 speed. I test drove it and had to have it. I paid around $2500 for it and the wife didn't drive at all. We have had Mopars for the last 30 consecutive years.
I bought my first car from Shively Motors in 2010 and got a great deal on a beautiful black Dodge Charger for my son. While I was there, I scoped out the Challengers, but wasn’t quite ready to buy then. In February of 2013 I found myself looking for a muscle car. Checked out several lots and was getting serious about a 5.0 liter Mustang when I decided to stop by Shively on a whim.
Do you need something that you can haul the kids and cargo around in without having to drive a minivan or a “Mom Car?” Why not check out the Dodge Challenger SXT? You may not think of the Challenger as a family car but you might be pleasantly surprise.
Most Americans are familiar with the Back to the Future movie series, which features a specially modified DeLorean that can travel through time when it hits 88 miles per hour.
Dodge does a fantastic job at styling their vehicles. After several attempts to get me to own something other than a Dodge my husband finally gave up. He would offer to buy me a new Chevy or GMC and I would refuse them because I loved my truck. When Dodge brought the Challenger back we both fell in love with the design. I remember standing in a parking lot when I seen my 1st one in person. It was a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. It was black on black and absolutely stunning! I remember standing there saying, “Lord, I would love to have a black on black Challenger.”
Being a GM fanatic for many years I had put Mopar aside. My '99 TA was my baby and I swore I would keep it forever. In 2007 I had seen my first headline of Chrysler bringing the Challenger back with focus on the retro styling. It grabbed my attention from the start, but I kept my hard headed mind on my TA.
In March of 2014 I finally decided to take a closer upfront look at the Dodge Challenger and styles they provide.
Camaraderie Among Dodge Challenger Owners Is Amazing Shown in This 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker Delivery
In October 2013 I stopped into a local Dodge dealer to find out more information. Fortunately for me, they didn’t know much about this pending vehicle. The sales reps took a look at my current car, an 09 R/T Challenger, to determine its trade in value. I was completely taken by surprise at how much they were offering and went ahead with my plans to order the Shaker Edition. November went by, December went by and finally in January, the order banks opened for a very short time. My car was ordered exactly the way I wanted it.