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STYLING | 9 out of 10
Inside...small detail enhancements such as a brushed-metal-look center console make the ambience less austere
Car and Driver
Unless you happen to bleed Mopar and breathe Hemi, chances are you'll have a hard time telling the 2011 Challenger from its 2010 counterpart.
Though it incorporates the aggressive design cues of the 1970 Challenger...the new Challenger still manages to not look like a rolling anachronism.
the Challenger still pulls a lot of eyeballs, even outfitted as plainly as our test example
Car and Driver
The 2013 Dodge Challenger definitely tries harder to be a loyal interpretation of the original muscle-car designs that inspired it--and appeal to aging Baby Boomers--and its retro-modern look somehow manages to span classy and cartoonish, without seriously alienating any age groups.
Style-wise, the flat sheetmetal, classic long nose, and vivid color palette all channel the muscle cars of the Sixties and Seventies, as do the horizontal grille and very thin, straight-across rear fascia and taillights. A high shoulder line and rather short window openings give the car more of an exaggerated, macho profile, although that strategy takes its toll functionally—in outward visibility, for example.
Otherwise, SRT8 Challenger models cherry-pick some of the best, most aggressive details from muscle-car history and pack them all in, with deeper air dams, functional brake ducts, and options for a Ram air hood and various striping packages. SRT8 models also get special badging, carbon fiber trim, xenon headlamps, and more aggressive aerodynamics.
Inside, the design isn't what you might expect; it's spare and modern (some with a LCD touch screen), and nearly an about-face to the exterior--to the degree that the available pistol-grip shifter can feel a little out of place.
Even compared to other muscle machines, the 2013 Dodge Challenger takes retro to an extreme on the outside; inside it's modern and cohesive, though.