DRIVING ME CRAZY: 2020 Dodge Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack Widebody
By JOHN and LAURIE WILES

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

Listen to John and Laurie Wiles’ review on their Driving Me Crazy radio broadcast that airs Thursday, December 12, 2019. At 10am ET. The broadcast is heard “Live” or “On Demand” by clicking onto this hyperlink.

PINEHURST, NC — December 10, 2019 — This week, we drove an incredibly exciting car—especially exciting for Johnny, because this beauty was right up his alley—a vroom vroom classic muscle car, the 2020 Dodge Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack Widebody. It fit him like a glove (with a little tugging and pulling as he slid behind the wheel.) A tap of the accelerator, and the miles and decades flew by as he recalled his vibrant youth. He will tell you he is a little wider around the girth and a little sparser on the pate now, a half-century later, but that young man still has a burning lust for life on the inside! (It’s only when he stands in front of a mirror, or on a scale, that he has a brief reality check.) Ever the optimist, my wonderful husband rightly believes that age is just a number, and that in your heart, every day should be celebrated like Christmas Day. Johnny delights in the “little things” and among them is the vroom vroom of a classic muscle car like the Dodge Charger.

Here, let him tell you about it himself…

2020 Dodge Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack Widebody – The Angry Bee!

See the image of this car above? It’s setting in our garage – bright fire engine red, four doors, 392 Hemi engine, a pure, unadulterated ‘rocket’ looking for a place to launch. And, yes, I live in Pinehurst with a speed limit of 35 mph, and 25 if you are in a residential area … which most of Pinehurst is. Can you sense my frustration? I have waited 50 years to ‘rocket’ down the road – and I can’t.

But I still have a vivid imagination, so I pull out of our residential area, turn right and envision that I MUST get to Monte Carlo in breakneck speed to meet my English counterpart and stop the evil world mastermind. Then I stop for the railroad crossing and life returns to normal. That took about 12 seconds anyway.

Back to the car. Look at this beast. Raised hood with hood scoop, wide body that give the headlights a fearsome animal like stare. Lower scoops on the front and a styling in the grill that gives the image of a bar that would allow you to burst through the wooden gate on your way to freedom. Considering that it has four doors, you can take some of your close friends with you on the escape passage.

Your magnificent steed has a 392 cu.in. Hemi engine with 485 HP to give it the ‘get up and go’ anyone would expect from just looking at this vehicle, and you really get that feeling when you turn the engine over and hear that wonderful Hemi “Varoom” as the car starts.

Chargers can start at $31K, very reasonable, but with a V6 engine. The 392 four door starts at just under $42K but depending on your engine choice – with V8’s, all the way up to 717 HP – your price tag can run up to just over $75K. That’s a lot of ‘driving’ machine that one would need to really evaluate for purpose and functionality, which would be opposed to ‘looks, sound; just being a ‘show off’’.

I appreciate the four-door set up though, as two friends of ours joined us on a non- eventful ride to one of the local restaurants and grocery stores. We like non- eventful first of all, and there was actually plenty of room for two full grown adult males in the back seat with room to spare. With a true ‘wide body’ the car is 201 inches long, 16 3⁄4 feet, while also being 78.3 inches wide or 6 1⁄2 feet wide. Can you say ‘stability’ and ‘corner hugging’ even under power?

Gas mileage was 13 – 16 for the 392, but again, you don’t buy this kind of vehicle if great gas mileage is your goal. All Chargers have a very smooth 8 speed transmission, and that was certainly true of our car. Because it is designed as a high speed, racing, running machine, you have four choices for Driving Modes – Automatic (probably the one you would leave it in most), Track, Sport and Custom.

2020 Dodge Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack Widebody.

A look at the inside of the vehicle shows a simple, well organized display, with a 8.4” touch screen, which I found to be easy to use. A row of symbols at the bottom of the touch screen takes you to the Radio, Media, Climate, Apps, Navigation, Phone and Settings. Controls for verbal commands, the phone, information on the vehicle, and cruise control set up and speed are located on the steering wheel. The gear shift goes from Park to Reverse to Neutral to Drive, and it doesn’t get any simpler than that.

As good looking and powerful as the Dodge Charger 392 is, the manufacturer didn’t forget the safety factors needed on a car of this ilk. Ours came with Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path monitoring, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Mitigation Operation, and more. Several of the features can be turned off if one is running in Track or Sport mode as racing is not your regular driving situation.

For all the features and looks of the 2020 Dodge Challenger, not just in the 392, but all the various versions available, go to The Dodge Garage for starters, https://www.dodgegarage.com/news/article/product/2019/06/2020-charger- gets-a-widerstance.html . You will like the information there.

Laurie and John Wiles pose with their dog Sir Digby in front of their 2015 Audi Q3 Quattro Crossover Wagon. Photographed in Pinehurst on Friday, December 12, 2014
Photo by Brandi Swarms/The Pilot

That was Johnny giving you a great review. Here am I, Laurie, again. Johnny asked me to mention the heated seats and steering wheel. I, too, enjoyed driving this car, though not as much as Johnny. Muscle cars, to a young girl growing up in the Sixties, was a “guy thing.” I did appreciate the handling, which was as you’d expect in a car like this. Powerful? When I say, “tap” the gas pedal, I mean it. You have to have a soft touch, otherwise the Charger is just like a wild horse and will runaway with you, no kidding!

So, who’s driving this car? Well, it’s Johnny, in his studly days. No, the 2020 Dodge Charger is not a commuter’s car. It’s not a family car. Yes, two people up front and two in the back can ride in comfort and class, but this is not the car you’d put an infant car seat into the back row. This is a Route 66 car, the car you take on a road trip, or to the beach—anywhere that’s flat and that allows you to cruise for miles without traffic or lots of stopping and going. This is the car to give yourself as a reward for working long and hard. Or what you ask Santa for Christmas. Hey, there’s no harm in asking…

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Your Dodge dealer in the Pinehurst, NC area:

Leith Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Aberdeen

https://www.leithchryslerdodgejeepram.com/ 

11049 US Highway 15 501, Aberdeen, NC 28315

Sales: 910-375-5524; Service: 910-706-8196; Parts: 910-319-1285

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Your Dodge dealer in the Yonkers, NY  area:

Central Avenue Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM 

https://www.centralavenuechryslerjeep.com

1015 Saw Mill River Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710

Sales: 914-222-4980; Service: 914-222-4533; Parts: 914-202-3940

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Your Dodge dealer in The Bronx, NY area:

Riverdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM 

https://www.riverdalechryslerjeep.com/

5869 Broadway, The Bronx, NY 10463

Sales – Service – Parts: 718-548-2800

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