Never cared to much for the Charger or Road Runner, so I would go with the new Charger.
I was a big fan of the Cuda/Challenger bodies. I had a 72 'cuda that the previous owner installed a 440. That car would move.
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Straight answer I'd go with a new one because of modern features, safety and handling. Trick answer would be a mint 69 daytona, sell it, buy a new charger and keep the extra cash. Not that I don't like the classic chargers, I just prefer the newer one.
I would go for the SRT-8 over the old one.... the classics are great, but they are not as fast as everyone seems to "remember" them to be... and they do not go around corners like new cars.... (whats the skid pad rating for a 69 Charger?)
So awsome performance with luxury comfort to boot? SRT-8 if it were free.....
I would take a new charger, it's hard to give up the modern "perks", ( handling, safety,
radios, brakes etc.).
I think the real question should be if they brought back a smaller, modern, '69 ish dodge charger ( as ford did with the mustang ), would you prefer that over the new design.
I would want the modern retro, especially the daytona version with the nose and wing
in either "Petty blue", "sublime", or "plum crazy".
A little different perspective since I've been driving my pre-production Black Charger R/T with Road Track Performance Group for a while now (8,500 miles) ... I work for Dodge ...
The new Charger is a daily driver and it makes driving an absolute blast. It really does make you want to take the long way home, find cool highway on ramps, etc, etc. ... yet it's good for all the things you need the car to do with a family, friends. etc. That's why we brought the Charger back the way we did ... we focused on a "Modern Muscle" positioning in all our work ... from the car to the catalogs to the marketing, etc ...
But don't get me wrong ... I'd also take a vintage Hemi Charger in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, that one would spend more time in the garage than on the the road ... especially in Michigan.
By the way ... don't under-estimate ESP. It's awesome and the 50/50 weight distribution is way different that the old Chargers. Our engineers did some innovative things to make that happen ... from very complex to simple ... like placeing the battery in the trunk ...