Sticker price: $22,995 base price, $29,995 for the R/T model tested, up to $32,495 for the Daytona version, which comes in a choice of two decidedly unmacho colors: Go ManGo! and Top Banana.
Vital stats: 5.7-liter 340-hp V-8; 0 to 60 in less than six seconds; 390 pounds of torque; 17/25 mpg.
Nice touches: The crisp two-toned look of the interior nicely balances a taut, angular hood that sneers at the flabby competition.
Drawbacks: Although the new Charger could comfortably fit Bo, Luke, Coy, and Vance, purists are howling about the four-door chassis.
Second opinion: "Old-timers who find the new Charger inauthentic should take off their blinders,” says Winston Goodfellow, a writer for Automobile Quarterly. "With distinctive looks, oodles of horsepower, and upgraded underpinnings, the car is a bonafide hit that will add even more luster to the Chargers of yesterday.”