In that moment, it was a bit hard to tell who was more excited. That was one of the first instances where I realized that the Challenger reaches in and draws out the child within us all. It could be the red war paint or the way it growled when starting up on a cold morning, or even the way its retro design unabashedly magnetized eyeballs to it, but there was no question that it felt completely badass behind the wheel. I’ve been lucky enough to drive some pretty special cars in 2016
, but none had me feeling quite as good as the Challenger. Some cars, like the Lexus RC-F
, were amazing to drive on the edge, dispensing mid-corner throttle-blipping downshifts with all of the violence you’d expect in a sports car but reserving good behavior for the road.