First - no flames please. I'm not looking to make converts of anyone here. Being a GTO and SRT8 owner is a privilige as far as I am concerned.
On to my impressions. Last night we drove home from out of state with our new Magnum SRT8. We traveled over 300 miles to pick up the car. Since we had no trade it was an easy internet transaction going to the dealer with the best price. Our car is absolutely loaded. The only option it does not have is the "kicker" sound system, which I did not feel strongly about anyway. Anyway, navigation, mp3, hands free cell phone, on and on...very nice. Well appointed family hot rod. Final out the door price was $37,879. Less than my previous Denali, and much more fun.
The 300 mile journey home was mostly highway, although I did take some two lane back roads, and we did hit some traffic through towns. I averaged 19.3 mpg on the trip home, which all things considered is pretty good for a new car. I averaged between 65-75 on the highway portion.
Powertrain - Very impresive. Not quite as linear as the LS2. The hemi is a touch soft on the bottom-end, but really comes on as the RPM's build. Shifts are just a bit softer than the GTO as well, but still feels right. The engine has real nice tone to it, and like the GTO, it's too hard to resist dipping into the go-pedal.
Interior - Very nice seats. Interior is nice and roomy - lots of room for our kids and luggage, etc. The dash is fine, but I would have appreciated some softer plastics like the GTO. Otherwise, it's tight as a drum.
Brakes/suspension - Outstanding brakes. The Brembo's are really impressive, although they produce alot of dust I noticed. I think the pad compound may be too aggressive for the street. Suspension is taught. It rides a little harder than the GTO, but it's not abusive at all. In spite of it's size it really handles extremely well.
Anyway -I'd say this. If you want musclecar fun but need the room, this is a nice consideration. Very impressed with it. It does create a dilema when deciding which car we want to take