In The CSD Driveway – 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack

Spending the night the Dirty Dodge. The color is as ugly as the weather outside, but I must confess…this is still the BEST family man muscle car out today!

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Good:

– Launch Control!

– Rumble at start-up is incredible.

– Computer allows you to have plenty of fun in Sport mode with an insane menu of adjustments that you can make on the powertrain side.

– Plenty of leg room for the fam. My 8-year old sat behind me and I didn’t have to adjust my seat. That could not have been done in the Camaro or Mustang.

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– Did I mention Launch Control? If not, I’m telling you, Launch Control!

– Pretty smooth ride compared to the Mustang and Camaro as well.

– Real, usable trunk

– Love the HVAC and radio controls. No instruction manual needed to operate and everything was easy to find even while driving.

– The performance measuring menu is top-notch. You can monitor G-force, 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, 1/8th mile and more.

– That Launch Control!

– Dare I say, for $39K, is it a bargain?

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Bad:

– While I appreciate the MDS, you can hear the engine cruising in four-cylinder mode, and it does not sound pretty.

– That color. However, two of the kids did like it…but Boney saw me pulling up and said, “Daddy’s home and he has a new car, and it’s green, and it’s ugly! (Now you see why she has her own segment right?)

 

2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack adds a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 470 horsepower, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, 180 mph speedometer, high-performance suspension, active stainless steel performance dual exhaust system, 220-amp alternator, Scat Pack striping, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, Brembo four-piston high-performance brake package, and new 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels with three-season performance tires. – From Allpar.com:

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CSD What’s In The Driveway Review: Lexus LS 460 F-Sport AWD

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A brother like me is yet to ever live in a house with a garage, but every now and then I at least get to drive some pretty nice and honestly, not so nice cars. Perhaps you’re considering one of the models for you and your family and I hope to help give you a few things to think about when you hit the dealership.

First up: Lexus LS 460 F-Sport AWD

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Competition: Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS S550; BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive Sedan; Audi A8 4.0T Sedan L quattro Tiptronic

Price: MSRP Including Delivery  Charges: $85,945

Engine: 4.6L V8

Transmission: 8-speed AT

Horsepower at RPM: 360@6400

Torque @ RPM: 347@4100

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined): 16/23/18mpg

Loved:

  • Interior room big enough to fit 2-3 of your teenage boys in the back seat
  • Sound system that is so good, those boys will be glad they are riding with dad
  • Smooth ride that is adjustable at the turn of a dial

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Liked:

  • Car is “sneaky-fast”, so it’s scooting pretty well big feels slower because of it’s size
  • Vehicle that’s understated enough not to draw too much attention yet the front grill still lets people know you’re in an expensive Lexus if you want to flaunt like the 1980’s.
  • Almost impossible to be uncomfortable in seats that go every which way and are heated and ventilated. Also, the 2nd row is heated and adjustable as well!

Dislikes:

  • The wheels aren’t bad, but I’d prefer a better look nor would I want to clean them at my local coin car wash
  • While quick, I thought the F-Sport name came with more neck-snapping power instead of parking lot scrubbing ground-effects.

“Look in the driveway rating” (1: Tow it please – 10: I look out the window just to see how beautiful it is):

  • 7: It’s a Lexus, so it’s understated but it looks pretty good in F-Sport trim

Overall rating, is it a/an

  • “I Need An Econ-o-Ride?”
  • “Dad’s Driving What He Has To Drive During The Kid Years”
  • “‘Mid-Life Crisis’-mobile”
  • “Dad Has Hit His Stride”?

Needless-to-say, the Lexus LS 460 F-Sport gets the “Dad Has Hit His Stride” rating. At its price-point, Dave Ramsey would not approve of a dad driving this on credit and to pay cash, you certainly have to be strong in your money-making years and have a retirement account with plenty of zeros showing in your balance.

We’ll see how it stacks up against more competition in 2014!

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