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#1 Old 05-31-2008, 05:57 AM
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Why is the Charger so heavy?

Sure, the engine is the heaviest part of the car, but with so much plastic, where is all of this weight?
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Sure, the engine is the heaviest part of the car, but with so much plastic, where is all of this weight?
Structural steel to meet Federal FMVSS requirements and IIHS testing. There's a reason our cars do so well in crashes. Consumers are also demanding quiet, squeak and rattle free cars, this all adds weight. The OEM's take out every last ounce of wt they can to meet performance and fuel economy standards.

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4 doors I would imagine. It just starts to add up. 2 more doors & all the harware for em. That large bench seat. The heavy stock exhaust system. A strong unibody to handle the torque. Everything being just a bit longer.

The Chargers weight doesnt suprise me, what does is that the Challenger weighs the same.

Its a sizable car. A late 90s stang GT parked next to me once when I was at class. That Stang looked tiny. It was dark out and I didnt know it was stang at first. I thought it was some kind of "tuner". teehee.
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The Chargers weight doesnt suprise me, what does is that the Challenger weighs the same.
Challenger is the same platform. Extra doors don't add that much more wt. Mustangs aren't exactly lite wt's either. Consumer has gotten very demanding, and that costs wt.
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4 doors I would imagine. It just starts to add up. 2 more doors & all the harware for em.
Actually, 2 Door cars in the same platform can weight as much or more than the 4 door version ... the same with a convertible...
because of the different reinforcements required in the design.
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Actually, 2 Door cars in the same platform can weight as much or more than the 4 door version ... the same with a convertible...
because of the different reinforcements required in the design.
Yep. in some models convertibles weigh more than the coupes.

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Depends on what your use to driving but the Charger is a big car. My wife drives a Maxima and it seems huge compared to it. Twice the room.

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the thing that impressed me most when i first got in a charger... it felt like a damn tank... solid as hell... i love that and i'll never forget it
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