He's a 2008 Dodge Charger SE, I got him when he was 6 months old, with about 22 thousand miles on him. In his past life, he was a rental car, but has always run great for me, despite some misfortune in the Minnesota weather. He has a little over 55 thousand on him now, rear wheel drive, and gunmetal grey.
There were a few people who wanted to decorate it with car paint, tin cans, and the normal wedding car stuff... I got it detailed instead, and mandated that no one touch it.
But this isn't just about mine, this is about all Charges, old and new. So, here it goes!
A round Charger crest was featured in the center of the convex grille, and the Charger name was spelled in block letters across the full length of the single, full-width tail-light. The rear bucket seats - unusual at the time - folded forward individually - also unusual. The instrument panel was actually unique to the Charger, featuring four large, round pods directly in front of the driver. Both sticks and automatics got a floor shifter in a full-length console between the front seats.
The new release of the Charger arrived in 2006 as a full-size, rear wheel drive sedan. These sporty cars have a ton of spunk, and more cabin space than any other sedan (which was a huge draw for me). From 2006-2010, these came as RWD with a 2.7L V6 as the base engine. While most consumers would think this is nothing to write home about, I love mine. He's not a race car, but he handles great in the snow. The step up was the 3.5L High Output V6, and the highest model (normally paired with AWD) was the 5.7L V8 Hemi.
Starting with the 2011 model year, the engine definitely got an upgrade: available with two engines, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 rocks 293 HP, and the 5.7L V8 Hemi pushes out 406 HP.
Looking into the future: The new 8-Speed transmission is coming for 2012, further improving fuel economy and the overall feel of the ride. The Super Bee might just be coming back, and it may just be with a bigger Hemi V8. Mostly this is speculative, but I can hope.