By on November 27, 2015

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8

This isn’t the first SRT product to wear the Digestible Collectible title, but it is certainly the oddest. Ever since our news editor Aaron Cole sent this to me earlier this week, I’ve been looking over the ad in bewilderment.

Perhaps that’s the point. I can’t see any other reason why one would take a limited-production, low-slung, high-powered, long-wheelbase pony car and lift it a couple inches other than to make people point and stare. It certainly isn’t going to be of any use off-road beyond well-groomed trails.

To top things off, this 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 has been fitted with an Edelbrock supercharger, making this a proto-Hellcat.

A proto-Hellcat with light truck off-road tires.

I just don’t get it. This used, modified Chally is priced at $59,000. I can walk into a dealer and buy a new SRT 392 for around ten thousand less. (Well, I can’t. Someone without orthodontist bills can.) In theory, a Hellcat can be had for around $65,000.

I can’t seem to find any details on the lift kit used. The rather poor undercarriage photos show some red-painted control arms, but I haven’t been underneath a Challenger in a few years, and those were all salt-crusted. The metal fenders have been cut for clearance, leaving the inner fender liners as a hokey flare to cover the tires.

From what I can tell, someone spent a bunch of money and made their car worse. The lifted handling will be sloppy, made bad by the big tread blocks on the off-road tires. The road noise will be awful as well. Someone had a dream, and was lucky enough to get a used car dealer to bail him out by paying too much.

Bewildered is the only word that fits this thing. More power to whomever decides to buy it.

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