I am not a professional auto journalist, just a regular driver like you. However I have the opportunity on occasion to see and test the latest cars first hand and talk with the manufacturers. The goal here is to give you insight into the cars on the market in order to help you make the best car choice for you at this point in your life.
Muscle Car: definition
“An American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.” A large V8 engine is fitted in a 2-door, rear wheel drive, family-style mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. Sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for street use and occasional drag racing.
If you are the average women looking for your next best car, you probably will not be looking for one of these for your everyday drive. Muscle cars evoke the image of hot rod kids racing on the side streets and making as much noise as possible with revving engines.
Not completely so.
What would you say if you knew that one of the hottest muscle cars, The Dodge Charger, was engineered by a woman.
True. Not only did I drive the 2015 Charger, but my passenger was Alison Rahm, the chief engineer of this iconic car. To say that I was overwhelmed having her sitting next to me while I took her creation through its paces is an understatement. However, that feeling disappeared pretty quickly. Alison is passionate about her work and it was so exciting to hear about car design and engineering from a woman who did not speak in pure technical terms, but in easy-to-get car talk. Besides that, I was driving a car that brandished style, speed and sexiness and all I felt when I was behind that wheel was the pure thrill of driving a strong and powerful machine. I totally understood why the Charger has always been in the muscle car category. On the other hand, I was amazed at how luxurious and comfortable it was. Actually, this car had ‘road trip’ written all over it.
There is a lot of thoughtfulness applied to every aspect of the design and engineering in the Charger. The style is clean, sexy and it definitely capture attention on the road. Alison’s great love is in interiors and it shows in the attention to detail, the electronics, the amenities for comfort – all here. Although safety is a standard concern in any vehicle today, Alison’s team has paid extraordinary attention to refining the safety features of this car. Alison, as a mom who drives her kids around, is also looking ahead to when they would be behind the wheel of one of her cars one day. Having a woman who has Mom-sense lead the engineering team of a muscle car has got to be the ultimate vote for safety.
Driving the Charger gives me the opportunity to have a car that is an extension of my personality, not just an appliance. I revel in the emotional connection it creates, but also the sense of stability and confidence it inspires while driving – especially when I’m with my young family. The Charger is large enough to accommodate my family and all that I need to haul with them. The amenities and creature comforts (heated steering wheel, vented seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Passive Entry/Keyless Go, 8.4” touch screen, etc.) make my lengthy commute a dream.
From Alison Rahm, Chief Engineer of the Dodge Charger
The Charger: a sweet, mid sized every day ride that doubles as a muscle car and road warrior
For a full interview with Alison Rahm, hop on over to automotive journalist, Scotty Reiss’ interview on She Buys Cars.
This trip was sponsored by Heels & Wheels, a group who provides women journalists the opportunity to learn about and drive the latest and greatest in the automotive market.