posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 04:36 PM
Originally posted by paranormal78
reply to post by nh_ee
Good stuff nh_ee. My big bro got to drive the 4th generation 2011 challenger. he said he didn't like the way it handled very much. and it is
the brother of the Plymouth Barracuda. Also I know a dude in my town who owns a 1970 challenger R/T in lime green. Beautiful car if i say so my
Yep, unfortunately Plymouth went the way of the Dodo Bird and Pontiac and Oldsmobile for that matter.
The 'Cuda and the Challenger were essentially the same car. More badge engineering and very similar to the Camaro and Firebird of old.....or the
Mustang and the Cougar.
Yes, from a handling perspective the new Challenger is outhandled hands down by the new Camaro and the Mustang.
I do think that the Challenger looks the best out of the three though and wouldn't be as common as the Mustang or the Camaros.
I could fix the handling...another benefit of the use of modern unibody chassis today .....and of being a car guy.
In the Car & Driver review of the three the Challenger's stability control kicked in at .78 G which is pretty poor but also indicating that it has
sway bars the thickness of coat hangers and it has shock absorbers with Jello inside of them....primarily for ride comfort.
The roads in America suck and the Engineers do try to balance ride and handling and since most people aren't racing their new cars, but are generally
purchased by middle aged males.. the engineers go for softer suspension set ups to preserve the ride and to keep her bitchin' to a minimum when out
on date night with the misses !
But handling can be very easily corrected and the ride preserved by adding thicker sway bars front and rear which is very easy to do with basic tools.
A good place to start would be the Chrysler options catalog and use the same sway bars used in the Police Package equipped Dodge Chargers, which I am
pretty sure share the same suspension components.
I'll price one again...to see what it would set me back..