Would You Drive From Texas To Guatemala In A Challenger SRT8?

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While its big brother the Charger has always been at home in Nascar country, the Challenger lives out west. Would you take one on the ultimate Western road trip?

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The Challenger is a little low for the Baja 1000, so why not run it along the old route of La Carrera Panamericana, the most dangerous race in the world. Back in the ‘50s it ran from Ciudad Juárez to El Paso and over 2,000 miles down the recently opened Pan-American Highway to the Guatemalan border.

The Dodge is a perfect road trip car; it's comfortable, it's sturdy, and yeah, it's got a 470 horsepower 6.1-liter V8. That's 370 cubes of Real American Genius. The problem is that you'd suck gas like nothing else and you'd risk getting kidnapped or beheaded. Don't forget you would be driving a drug dealer's car through one of the poorer, rougher corners of the world.

So would you retrace the route of the old Carrera Panamericana in a shiny new Challenger SRT8?


Photo Credit: Mokhtar Chahine

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In a heartbeat. The car is big enough to hold road trip supplies and those SRT seats are amazing for long trip (my buddy has them in his Charger R/T). Throw in Cylinder deactivation (I Think) and a softer ride than its competitors and I don't see why you wouldn't want to drive this car to Guatemala. Add in the 6.1L of Hemi V8 power and it becomes a great choice.