As I mentioned in the Chally U-Drive-It, something came over me one overnight one night and I went driving these LX cars. Possibly I was hypnotized in absentia by George Norry or one of his alien guests:
you will buy a Challenger, you will buy a Challenger, you will buy a Challenger...
Challengers got first drives. Then when assessing needs and uses, the inevitable four-doors entered the equation. Chargers, 300s.
My first complaint with these heirs to the beloved LH Concordes, Intrepids, LHSs, etc. is the instruments are nowhere as clear and easy-viewing as those dearly departed cars' were. So this is progress. At least a digital speed redout is available by monkeying with the little-screen-between (speedo and tach).
OTOH, there is remarkable progress regarding the engine room. My first Intrepid and Concordes had the 3.3 ohv Mopar mill used extensively in Iacoccaland, which put out 163 HP and similar torkies as I recall. A 4A and very good aero, in the neighborhood of .30 Cd, served up 10-11-ish 0-60 times IIRC.
OK, Allpar gives 11.5 for the 3.3 and 8.8 for the 3.5 cammer.
The result was a class-leading car designed and produced in just three and a half years, including a new engine. Acceleration was world class for the time, with automatic-transmission 0-60 of 8.8 seconds (3.5 liter) or 11.5 seconds (3.3 liter).
Original is at Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, Chrysler Concorde, New Yorker, and LHS - the LH cars, 1993-1997 http://www.allpar.com/model/lh2/#ixzz2ad6MJmsB
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Now the poor country cousin base version has 78 more HP than the first-gen 3.5 (@ 214), toting an extra 400-500 lb. And 25% to 75% more gears in the slushbox.
But I digress. I knew I needed back doors. So I drove a few Chargers, then a used 2011 300. All very nice. I started negotiating, here and with dealers on the coast since there are few remaining 300/Charger in my neck of the woods that meet my specs, i.e. V6, base model, RWD. I tried to find tan upholstery but the nearest one was 350+ miles away. While the deal would probably have worked, that means having a driver bring the car here which means zero break-in miles.
At any rate, the local guy had a Charger SE with 8A (early build, Oct 2012, this is the ZF vs. the Kokomo), Connectivity Group, and Uconnect, that was on the lot for a long time. From an initial price when I drove it a couple of months ago, he came down to reasonable level thanks to dough on the hood. His Soul offer was the best solid offer I got by over a grand.
So now in the garage rests a black/black Gibbsmobile. Glad to be back in an Amurrican car.
Here's a little video of my last test drive before purchase: