Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 2008 Dodge Challenger/Quick Drive

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hi I'm Joe wiesenfelder from cars.com cars.com is close to its 10th birthday

and in all these years the winner of the most old car award is 2008 dodge

challenger now it's never been quite as difficult for us to get anywhere in a

car because every time we're on the road people are slowing down to look at it

take pictures of it we can't get out of a parking lot because we're surrounded

by people who want to know what it is

it helps that the car is kind of orange and they're only less than 7,000 made

and there are none on the road yet that'll get attention it's also just so

big and opposing but it looks terrific

now we did a video at the auto show that give you the highlights of the outside

and the inside so what we'll do now is just talk a little bit about the

drawbacks that we've noticed in driving it and a little bit more about the

driving experience both on the road and the track now the only real drawback we

found driving it this week is the pillar back here which we knew was big and

might block vision and actually blocks it quite badly and not just for regular

driving but we particularly found that when pulling out of parking spaces in a

parking lot

you just can't see back there exactly where you need to your kind of at the

mercy of the person coming to see you have to creep out very slowly hoping

that they see you now as we pointed out the other video it's pretty big backseat

considering it's a two-door it's a big car I'm six feet tall I'm alright with

headroom and such but again the pillar because it's so wide and it's pretty far

forward people who are a little sensitive to car sickness who want to be

near a window the windows not exactly close

how do I put this thing is a vomitorium waiting to happen

power is amazing in this car 425 horsepower is extremely responsive and

it's a kind of thrust that you really don't get many cars anymore it's a big

VA and then there's the sound just listen to it

dodge says 0-60 times on this car less than five seconds and i have no reason

to doubt it

now the automatic transmission is a five-speed is actually very good

it's unfortunate that it's an automatic I was actually surprised the Dodge is

coming out with a six-speed manual next year that will be available in the SRT a

person like this one and the regular heavy V8

ride quality is good in this car it's not great though the suspension is nice

and firm which really is good for handling and such but you really do feel

it on the road especially on rough roads more than you doing some more expensive

cars that give you the performance and handling without as much of a sacrifice

in the ride quality

now with this big v8 the acceleration is a lot like the original muscle cars were

and maybe this is a last hurrah given how high gas prices are now but for what

it's worth all the 2008 in the srt8 version are sold out and come the 2009

model year you'll have your choice of a smaller v8 and a v6 so let's not dig the

grave just yet

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