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ir3333

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I'm considering modern muscle...but keeping my classic mopar. Anybody else driving modern muscle and
what is your new ride?
 
RAM 1500 Express Regular Cab Short Bed 2WD 5.7 with 2" - 4" IHC lowering kit. Had a new Challenger but traded it for the truck. Now I can haul *** and anything I can fit in the bed!

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I have a 2010 Challenger SRT, I bought new that I ordered, and has PW, AC and pretty maintenance free. Although for a car like this a cheap oil dipstick has broken off and a new one had to be bought. A very common problem with dodge. $30 for a new one and same cheap ****. Beats fixing oil leaks and other problems that arise in 50 year old cars.
 
I have a 2020 Charger Scat Pack Widebody
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I've had a 2011 Camaro SS with a 6.2 and a 6 speed stick, and a 2013 Mustang GT convertible, 5.0 Coyote with an automatic, both were really fun cars, but I preferred the Mustang. My brother recently bought a 2022 Mustang Mach 1, that's a seriously badass car, crazy fast and handles like it's on rails.
 
03’ 5.7 Hemi Ram. Previous owner modded it a bit. With 3.91 gears it really scoots. Scares me a little tbh .I call it my home depot hauler. It wasn’t long after I got it that I sold my Dart.Nuff said.
 
I’ve had several modern Challenger R/T’s & a 6th gen Camaro SS & a STI & after lots of wasted money & depreciation. Since Covid, sold the SS, got a ‘67 C10 swb, built it up to 500+ hp/20mpg & pretty much any local parts store has the parts in stock to keep it going if anything arises. Makes for a great daily.
 
not sure if you'd call it a muscle car, but the wife has a 2015 charger pursuit, basically an R/T with the AWD option
its a fun car for sure
 
New modern muscle seems to be tilted toward turbocharged v6's.
Super power upwards of 650 hp and super mileage! Even the V6 cyclone
at the bottom of the heap runs 13.7 stock and gets 30 mpg. Modern technology!
 
I had a 2012 Challenger SRT8 (392), 6 spd manual, and 3.92 rear end. Definitely the quickest, comfortable and most balanced muscle car I've ever owned! Made all the right sounds and put me back hard into the seat. I chickened out in 4th gear at 140 and it was still pulling hard. This was not a daily driver, it was my "hobby" car. Unfortunately for me, I'm not in a financial position to own multiple hobby cars. I waffle between classic and modern muscle cars. I love the looks of the "classics", but like my comfort. If you're in a position to have both, definitely buy low mile, used (let someone else take the initial depreciation) 392 Challenger/Charger, you won't regret the decision.
 
Yes, at least the Challenger stopped production. There are plenty of low mileage, high performance used Challengers on the market. The SRT8/Hellcat cars are typically not daily driven and are lower mileage. You can easily find an SRT8 the mid-$20K range. Hellcats are higher, of course.
 
OK don't laugh;
I have a 2014 Chevy Orlando/front wheel drive, Compact Utility Vehicle, with a Normally-Aspirated, 11/1 Scr, 2.5liter, DOHC 4cylinder, VVT, Direct-Injected, rated at 167hp@6700.
She's not much to look at, but with the 6 speed, it scoots just fine. The VVT doesn't come on until 4500, and I rarely even need to access that power; only the occasional hiway passing maneuver.
No it doesn't go zero to 60 in 5 seconds, but-um, I'm 71 now and if it did, I might mess my pants.
The automatic is programmed spot on, and in the 4 years that we've had it, I have nothing but good things to say about it, and the great convertor.
For those that have never seen one; here it is
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I had a 2015 Challenger R/T 6M and loved it. Only sold it because of stuff going on at work and the concern that a car payment would make things harder if my job went away.

I wouldn't sleep on the 5.7 stuff. It certainly isn't as fast as the 6.4, but even stock they are fun and they are usually much cheaper than the Scat Packs. But there is a huge range of models that were offered and stuff like the '15+ SRT Challenger with the 6.4 seems to command lower prices than a Scat Pack even though they are effectively a Hellcat without the SC. So probably best to look around.

I might add that if 5.7 might not be fun enough for you then either plan to add a cam or boost, or buy the 6.4 up front. While a 5.7 is fun, it is still a truck motor and runs out of breath at higher RPM, so be honest with yourself and buy accordingly.

Personally, the only drawback to modern muscle is the style and price. They are more comfortable, faster most of the time, better mileage, safer and have some nice features. While a 450hp 340 and 727 would be a ball in a '72 Duster, it won't be a comfortable as a 5.7 Challenger with a 6.4 cam/intake/headers without a bunch more work put into the Duster. Add that the 8HP or 6M will keep the RPM's low on the highway and still pull hard from a dig.

I just think modern muscle is a better all around car for everything outside of going to a show. Not saying you can't incorporate some of those features into an old car, but it's pretty hard to match the level of application in a new car. It certainly has been done, several cars on here have done it, but it isn't easy. I know I am going to try, which is why the '73 Duster I have is going to get a 5.7/T56, AC, cruise and maybe even ABS.
 
My garage is full of late model mopars, in addition to my classics.
My wife has driven hemi chargers since 2015. 130K+ miles with nothing more than a purge valve recall. gets 28 MPG, runs 13's in the quarters, handles/rides great.
have a hemi jeep with 250K miles
a hemi ram with 120K miles
and a new Jeep Rubicon with a 2.0Turbo (only 4 cyl i've ever owned)

all have been great. would buy any of them again.

I've driven a slew of late model GM also, which seems to be how my rental and company cars always land, and i can't say any of them impress me at all vs the Chryslers. The dash rattles, sunroof leaks, and engine lights i've experienced driving 90K escalade rental cars is shocking to me, vs any chrysler i've ever owner.

my buddy just bought a 2024 mustang, and i do admit, it is nice.
 
To me, it makes wayyy more sense to have a modern muscle car vs building a classic into one. I love my ‘67 with its am radio, and 3.91’s with no overdrive. It’s a time capsule. But if I want to drive cross country I wouldn’t even consider the Barracuda.

As far as brand loyalty on the new stuff, Mopar still looks the best but if I was buying NEW I’d have a hard look at the Mustang. It’s a ford so I’d sell it before the warranty runs out, but I’d enjoy the hell out of those couple of years!
 
To me, it makes wayyy more sense to have a modern muscle car vs building a classic into one. I love my ‘67 with its am radio, and 3.91’s with no overdrive. It’s a time capsule. But if I want to drive cross country I wouldn’t even consider the Barracuda.

I wouldn't argue with you. At the same time, for me it comes down to cost and parking space. Plus, I think it would be cool to do a road trip in an old car if I can be as comfortable as I was in my Challenger.

far as brand loyalty on the new stuff, Mopar still looks the best but if I was buying NEW I’d have a hard look at the Mustang. It’s a ford so I’d sell it before the warranty runs out, but I’d enjoy the hell out of those couple of years!

The Mustang is a good option, even the older ones. I wouldn't be opposed to even as far back as a Foxbody. My struggle is, I just like the Challengers so much better.

The reality is, old or new, Mopar or Ford, they all have their drawbacks. Just have to decide which flaws you can live with.
 
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