2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 — When Dad Goes Badass

Sure, most dads are soft.  Soft around the middle.  Soft in the mind.  The toils of 9-to5 (hell, in this economy, 7-to-7:30), bills, parent-teacher conferences.  You try it, you end up soft.  You end up in a four-door sedan you bought for the warranty.

But there’s always that one dad in the neighborhood.  You know the one.  The one who still lifts.  The one who tells the teacher the homework was too much, and studies show it doesn’t help anyway.  The one who goes to the bus stop in the morning just for a few minutes with all the moms…especially the blonde…
Yeah, that guy.  We found his car.

The new Dodge Charger looks pretty cool, for a four-door. But this?  This thing tells off the teacher.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 boasts a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 laying down 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, and a top speed of 175 mph.  Sixty comes in less than five seconds on gorgeous 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Inside, you get a flat-bottom, race-style steering handle, and a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harmon Kardon system.

Our only complaint?  The five-speed auto.  Ruins the image.  Like the cool dad has skipped the cardio a few times recently, and the blonde mom might not look forward to the bus stop so much.  Seriously, Dodge, give it the stick.  Paddles don’t fool anyone.