The 2012 Dodge Challenger is part of the first-gen originally introduced in 2008, and it continues this year with renamed trims and the addition of few new options. The Challenger SXT trim replaces the base SE trim as the entry-level Challenger, alongside the R/T and SRT8 392 trims. These respective trims get three respective engine options – 3.6L V6, 5.7L V8, and 6.4L V8. The 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 is named after its legendary HEMI V8’s cubic capacity, which harks back to the late 1960s.
There’s a lot of historical sentiment attached to the Challenger badge, but it's not the only one. With equal legacy, the American duo, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang have been in the market with similar heritage. And to make things interesting, even Japanese automaker Nissan offers a similar mechanical alternative in the form of the 370Z. So, in these advanced times, is the Dodge Challenger modern and practical enough to be bought over such an exciting competition? Let’s find that out.