2014 Dodge Charger SRT Super Bee Test Drive

A man of experience and sophistication, passionate about cars, yet down-to-earth enough to enjoy a pipe as he lives life in the fast lane, even after retirement.

Firing On All Cylinders

To drive a 2014 Dodge Charger SRT Super Bee is to be instantly transported back to ones teen days when a boy's first automobile primal urge is to go fast and to stand out in the crowd.  I had just such an experience over the last few days pimped out in a 'Torred' red, 6.4 L V8 SRT Hemi with MDS.  This 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque powertrain can catapult you to 100kms/hr in 4-something seconds (especially in Sport Mode) and purrs while doing it!

While fuel economy may not be your first concern if you're into the muscle car scene, in today's environmentally conscious milieu it still is an important consideration. Luckily, the engineers behind this feline beauty have succeeded in creating a powerful engine that is still fuel-friendly. While city driving yields 15 L/100 km (19 mpg), highway yields are closer to 8.7 L/100 Km (32 mpg) - amazing considering what these cars used to suck back in the old days.  What makes this V8 engine operate so economically?  It's an innovation called FuelSaver MDS in which 4 cylinders are deactivated when all 8 are not needed.  When that surge of power is called for, the other 4 cylinders kick in.

The interior of the Charger is roomy and surfaces are soft and luxurious.  Instrumentation is clean and subtly arranged.  Most features can be accessed via the UConnect system that is now part of almost all Chrysler/Dodge products.  The vehicle I was driving came equipped with the UConnect 8.4N (with navigation) model that offers a generous monitor and clearly laid out menu.  Large, well thought-out icons make selecting a feature about as easy as it gets.  The only surprise from my perspective is that 'Sport Mode' can only be accessed via the UConnect module; there isn't a dashboard activator as in many other super-charged vehicles.

The feel of the leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel that features a unique satin chrome rim section and palm rests, is exquisite.  So is the firm, tight handling of the steering column.  I also appreciated the option to drive in "standard" mode by using the "slap-stick +/- " feature.  Sometimes you just want to have greater control of the rpms!  The audio system is good with plenty of customizable features.  It is possible to upgrade to the Beats Audio system that makes the audio even livelier and gives you even more bass possibilities.  I have the Beats system in the vehicle that I own and I love every aspect of it.

was sad to have to return this vehicle to the dealership, but at least for a few days I got to re-live my youth, going fast and standing out in the crowd!