“I’ve met other Challengers on the road. We rev engines back and forth.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Jonathan
- Car in Question: Green With Envy 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
- Spotted at: The Bishop Arts District, Dallas, TX 75208
- Odometer: Less than 2,000
Q: This is such a cool looking car. Can you tell us about it?
A: It’s a 2011 392 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Less than 2000, I just got this puppy! Testosterone, plain and simple. Testosterone. I’ve dreamt about this car since I first started getting into cars. Back when they first announced the prototype back in 2006, I was hooked. I wanted one ever since. The opportunity finally came around. It’s 470 horsepower, 470 pounds of torque. I’m pretty sure I pulled a G in it, so that’s something impressive, a full gravity.
Q: Would you say this is your absolute dream car?
A: Definitely so. I think Dodge really hit the nail on the head with this one. They did a great job with the Challenger. Sometime hopefully in the next couple years, I want to take this car on the classic American highway, Route 66.
Q: What are you hoping to see on Route 66?
A: I don’t know. What’s it called? Cadillac graveyard? I don’t know. They buried a bunch of Cadillac’s head first up in a place in Amarillo. Aside from that, I’d just like to take the old desert highway. See all the small towns.
Q: Do you use this badboy to drive to work every day?
A: No, definitely not to work. Last car I had got shot with some pellet guns. Chipped the paint. So no, this is not a work car. I take it out on dates with my girlfriend. Any time we have something special planned, anything like that. It’s always good to show off a little.
Q: OK, so it’s a guy’s car, right?
A: A lot of thumbs up from guys. I’ve met other Challengers on the road and we just rev engines back and forth. It’s pretty fun. It’s the only time I’ve ever had that happen with a car.
Q: Any rules for inside your car?
A: No drinking, no smoking, no studded belts, no trash. That’s it. The only drink allowed in there is water.
Q: Why no studded belts?
A: The last Dodge I had, the first time a friend got into it–she had a studded belt–first time she got in, she ripped my seats. I was not happy with her and I’m going to take better care of this car than that.
Q: Are there any places, besides Route 66, that you’d like to take this car?
A: There’s another place I’d like to go, a racetrack, out by Granbury. You pay for the day. I’d like to get it out there by myself and see just how fast I could get it to take a lap. Not against any other cars, while they’re going, but just a timed race.
Q: How fast do you think you could go around that racetrack?
A: I know for a fact you can do the quarter mile in this car under 13 seconds. So it’ll get up there. I know the car can do it. I’m just worried about me. I’m not a big racer and I don’t have much experience with a manual. It’s a manual transmission by the way.
Q: Finally, I have to ask, why lime green?
A: <laughs> Green has always been my favorite color. The Daytona I had was also officially called sublime. This one is called, “Green With Envy.” They got it right. It makes people green with envy. That is the official color by the way. I’d like to put a T/A hood on it and some side stripes on it. Make it look like the original T/As from back in the ’70s. All black hood and side stripes.
Photos and interview by Isabel Morales
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