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I finally saw a Challenger SRT8 yesterday at Freedom Dodge in Lexington, KY. They actually had two of them. There was a Hemi Orange one that was marked "SOLD" and a black one.

I checked the sticker on the black one and observed that Freedom Dodge had tacked on a $20,000 mark-up. :screwy: I imagine somebody will still buy it, but I can't imagine having to have a new model so badly that I'd be willing to pay a 50% surcharge for the privilege. Some people have more money than sense, I guess.

Good looking car, and a little smaller than I expected it to be. That's a good thing. Still can't wait for the Camaro.
 

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A 20,000 dollar markup!? Ridiculous. I guess they have to make their money somewhere, since they're selling fewer cars and struggling to stay afloat.
 

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Well, I was going to start a thread titled "First Contact: A Challenger Road Meeting", but this is as good as anywhere to tell you about the new boat I saw on the road today.

I was taking a short trip in my '68 when out of nowhere what should appear behind me....yep, a new red Challenger. I must admit, it looks pretty nice in the rear view mirror......and that's exactly where it should be. I tried to show a little muscle car camaraderie (forgive spelling on that one) by waving and giving a thumbs up but got nothing back. Now, I don't know if he was trying to draft me and conserve gas or if he was just pissed off about his possible mark-up he paid or if he really needed to get to a bathroom, but all this guy new was to have his foot in the pedal. Thankfully, we didn't have to find out how good Hagerty insurance is since he finally found a passing point that he could go around. Since I never got a wave back or anything from my gestures of good will, I really wanted to make him work for his pass, but I also wanted to hear that Hemi and see how the car looked all-around. OMG.......when he pulled over, I thought the sun would be eclipsed. This thing has got a bigger ass than Kim Kardashian. Just google her if you haven't seen it lately. I digress. Anyway, the rear window is lost by the what looks like a 6 foot tall bumper, spoiler, and tailight area. At one point, I thought it was a Durango. I really didn't expect it be so one-dimensional. It literally looked flat. Anyway, he got on the next cars ass and never got off it until the guy turned. One thing is for sure, this guy is gonna be spending a lot on gas and brakes with his new toy.

I'd be curious to hear some of your encounter stories as well.

Have a Happy 4th everyone.
 

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It really seemed tall looking at the rear.....almost top heavy. If you look at the pics of them side by side, the Camaro seems to be smaller and more of what I expect. I'm sure the flat nose and tall roofline are just adding to the Challengers mileage woes.

I guess this is another example of people talking about how you have to see all of the new cars in person to really "see" them.

They did get a push-button start though. DANGIT!
 

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Oh, I have no problem with the dealers getting what the market will bear. I just can't imagine being one of the people willing to pay half again what the car is worth just to get one before everybody else.
 

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last thursday i saw 2 orange SRT8's while driving to Santa Barbara. one got on the freeway and i tried to get in front of it, but too much traffic. then about an hour later, i saw the other on a car carrier. nice cars, but waiting impatiently for the Camaro!
 

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Saw this one tonight at one of our monthly cruise-ins. Interest was high right when it got there, but quickly waned.










 

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I was coming home from seaside today in my 1995 Prelude Si (black) and on the parkway one passed me. Natually I followed the guy for about 1/2 a mile until we were both going about 90, then he punched it...haha it sounded great and took off pretty **** strong, especially starting at 90 mph. I think they are a little high on price for what they are (basically a 2 door charger) but are still very cool cars. And to back up what everybody else is saying, the car is huge. It takes up a whole lane and looks like an suv next to my little honda
 

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They are nice looking cars, the scumbag idiot dealership down the road from me (NY) has the red and silver one inside, so I stopped an checked'em out. And as I said they are nice looking cars but I'm not intrested in paying over forty grand plus the gass guzzler tax on it. Plus if I were buy some horrible accident to buy a Challenger it wouldn't be from that [email protected]
 
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