Why the Dodge Challenger?
Exterior styling: The best bar none. This car screams American Muscle, I loved seeing the old ones in movies like Vanishing Point and Death Proof. It lives up to the name.
Powertrain performance: Really good power, underrated at 470hp. RWHP numbers vary between 400 and 430 which is around 500 overall hp. With traction control off the tires will try to break loose up to 3rd gear. A blast to drive everyday. No replacement for Displacement!!!!
Fuel economy: Better than I thought I would get out of a Huge V8. It is my Daily Driver so I do fether the pedal sometimes. If hypermiling I can get 27 to 31 highway and a combination of 23mpg total......if I can get through a tank without opening it up.
Handling: Handles like a small car for being 4400 lbs. The suspension adds to that. Very little body roll. I have read reviews from Motor Trend that state it does not handle as well as an M3, All I know is it take a sharp corner at 70MPH without skipping a beat.
Ride smoothness: This car was worth it to me in part by the Adjustable suspension. This is the first year it has been offered on a Challenger and that was a huge reason why I went with a 12 instead of a tunable 2010. The extra 50HP and TQ are a bonus