Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Test drove Magnum R/T
The other day I had my Intrepid R/T in for service. While I was waiting, I test drove the new Dodge Magnum R/T.
My first impression of the car in person was excitement. The magnum is awesome in black! The looks and styling are a high-tech retro fusion. The fit and finish were awesome and flawless.
Once inside, I loved the telescoping steering wheel. The seats, although encased in high grade leather, felt a bit "blocky," but the sales rep said that would soon change.
I started her up and listened to the V8 power through the duals. Not very loud, like on the commercials, but the promise of power there, nonetheless.
I put it in reverse to back off the grassy patch they'd had her displayed on, touched the gas slightly, and spun the tires. Whoa! I'm gonna have to watch that!
Off we go. Smoother ride than my Intrepid on the slow bumpies. Nice smooth powerful acceleration. There's that nice growl again from the Hemi. Right turn. Handles well in traffic. Good visibility in spite of low profile windows.
On to the freeway on-ramp. Time to check out the auto-stick. Hmmm, slightly different set-up. No autostcik notch. Just start shifting. Okay, got it. Whoa! Hit 90-95 by the end of the ramp! Sales guy is still smiling - that's a good sign!
I exit the freeway and get to a curvey stretch I know of. Not quite as stiff and tight through the corners as the 'Trep. I can REALLY tell I've been driving front wheel drive for awhile. That old feeling of powering through corners felt odd at first. Smile check on sales guy - uh oh, maybe we better head back.
One last speed run on the freeway and we're back at the dealership. Again, the acceleration is just awesome. Nothing I've seen has eroded my decision to buy one of these the first opportunity I have.
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