392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker (2016)

1y ago

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So, here i am, fast-approaching problems with my prostate and the daily wearing of thermal underwear, and i still haven't ticked off the bucket-list, the most important of which is owning and driving a V8 muscle car. Enter stage right, the Dodge Challenger and some really helpful people.

My hire car, 2014 3.6L V6 Dodge Charger SXT

Having taken a trip to the Canadian Rockies in 2014, and been paid to drive a 3.6L V6 Dodge Charger with the Torque-Flite 8 speed Automatic (via a complete mix-up by the Hire company), i fell so much in love with the Dodge brand that i considered for about 48 minutes moving to Canada. That was until i read the immigration requirements, which seem to make it easier to get into a prison than move to Canada. Lovely country though, and Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate!! I digress........

Scat Pack Logo

Upon my return, I focused all my savings, future and past, on owning and driving that dream muscle car, not over there, but here, on our tiny, tiny pot-holed roads. Research.... Research.... Research made my head spin. Not only were there a plethora of models in varying colours, but there seemed to be many 'importers' offering services for 'mucho moolah'. From the adverts in glossy monthlies, it seemed like Essex was as good a place to start as any.

The first thing on the agenda before any real purchasing decisions could be made was how much the whole process was going to cost, and for that i needed an OTR price.

Shaker Hood

A weekend trip found me in a very windy Braintree, looking over a Grey 707BHP Challenger Hellcat at the David Boatwright Partnership. My first impressions of the dealership were extremely positive. I wasn't immediately set upon to make an offer, but was left to look over the hellcat, undisturbed. When I was ready to talk numbers, I made my way inside to meet Richard Boatwright and Toni-Anne Wayne.

Sitting down with Toni-Anne, we went through the options of my chosen car, which at that stage was a new Challenger Scat Pack with the 6.4L V8 (485bhp/470lb/ft). I came away within about 15 minutes with an OTR price in Sterling, including shipping, import duties, taxes, registration and IVA testing, totalling around £42k. Well, I left the dealership that day with a renewed sense of vigour. That price (if i sold literally everything!) was achievable and you get an awful lot of car for your money. Where else could i buy a new V8-powered car with a mid-4 second 0-60 time and a top end of 180mph+ for that sort of money? Game on.........

LED Halo Lights (2015+)

Several months went by and many changes on model and options later, I was finally ready to make my order. Now what I liked about the David Boatwright Partnership, was that they understood my endless changes of mind and really 'got' what the car meant to me.

Never being the luckiest of people, I was ready for some gotchas and they were just waiting for me around the corner.......

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