Loving a certain car can sometimes have unintended consequences. What will people think of you if you happily own a diesel Volkswagen in a post-Dieselgate world? Can you be seen driving around in that Ford F-350 you’ve always wanted? Do you love big ol’ Dodge cars, but don’t like the meme they’ve become? Here’s a simple answer to all of these questions.
Earlier today, we got a peek at the bones of Dodge’s next muscle cars. They seem to look pretty good and at least for now in these early stages, look pretty close to the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV concept car.
New Charger, who dis? pic.twitter.com/2HjbZ0U5JK
— Takuro Spirit ???? (@TakuroSpirit) October 17, 2023
Reader Nsane In The MembraNe is in love with Mopar’s American muscle, but is concerned with the potential image of being associated with people who tear up the streets in a Challenger or Charger:
I really wish that these cars somehow existed independently of the type of crowd that they attract. Say what you will about the ancient platform etc, but the current Challenger is a ridiculously good looking car and the new one seems like it is as well. Pulling off a retro/modern design is very difficult, and yet Dodge of all people somehow knows how to do it perfectly.
I’m also excited to see the ICE variants of this, particularly the hurricane 6 which on paper seems to be a really enticing engine…and I love that you can find nice examples of assorted V8 Challengers in the 35-45 range all day every day. That’s cool! V8s are cool! Affordable performance is cool! This will have EV/ICE/maybe hybrid options. That’s cool! And the Challenger has always had a big trunk and usable back seats.
But every time I see a car doing something incredibly dangerous on the road if it isn’t a Nissan it’s usually a Charger/Challenger. If someone pulls up next to me trying to race through a residential area it’s always a Charger/Challenger. Every buy here pay here lot is chock full of them, Dodge will finance anyone with a pulse, and if there’s a car involved in a crime scene or a viral video running from the cops sure enough it’s usually a Challenger.
It’s lame. There were times when I seriously considered buying an RT or Scat Pack in the past but as a mid 30s professional I just don’t think I want to be associated with the image these things have. People are going to make assumptions, and I’m pretty much on the polar opposite side of the equation to the usual crowd who lusts after these.
Can you separate the art from the artist? I don’t know if I can…but we’ll see what the new one is like. With inflation/gouging likely increasing the eventual prices of these by a substantial margin and the inclusion of electrification, there’s a nonzero chance the new one will appeal to a more diverse crowd.
I feel this so much, our Hyundai N-themed friend!
Back when I was 15 and in high school, I discovered and immediately fell in love with the Smart Fortwo. During one lunch period, everyone at my table was talking about their favorite cars. I heard many typical poster vehicles ranging from the McLaren F1 to classic Chevrolet Camaros. Me? I blurted out “2008 Smart Fortwo.”
From that point forward and lasting through pretty much all of high school, I was mocked for liking a “gay car” (the actual word was far worse). I was told I wasn’t a real car person and that I should be ashamed of myself. Even worse, my own parents hated the car so much that they questioned my sexuality. All of that was just because I professed love for one tiny car. It got bad enough that I started to force myself to consider cars I wasn’t even interested in, just so people would leave me alone.
Amusingly, when I did finally get my first Smart in 2012, my former classmates actually congratulated me for sticking to my dream despite what people told me. So, today, I cannot recommend V10omous comment enough:
Man, life is way too short to worry what others think of your car. Drive what makes you happy.
The most notorious drivers of most of the vehicles I own have very little in common with me politically or socially either. That doesn’t bother me a bit when I’m driving them.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Let your freak flag fly, I say! Have a great evening, everyone.