By Christopher A. Sawyer
“Yeah baby! It’s Mopar or no car!” That was the spontaneous outburst from a New Jersey native when he first caught sight of the new Dodge Challenger during the spring of 2008. We had been to Englishtown Raceway earlier in the day, driving the various flavors of Challenger on the facility’s 1.35-mile road course, as well as on the highways and byways of New York and New Jersey. But the unalloyed joy of the man on the street was the highpoint of the trip.
Fast forward four years, and little has changed. The Challenger still appeals to diehard Mopar fans, and gets—at best—grudging respect from fans of the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. Like those cars, it has a strong family resemblance to an earlier generation, but it bigger and broader; the Challenger being the largest of the new pony car trio.