So I test drove a variant on the dodge charger. Technically this was a trim with 400 or so horsepower, SRT 392 or something with various upgrades. Think these were around 50k loaded
Anyways, I noticed that the throttle response was…not very controllable. Either you creep forward at idle speed or you move the gas a millimeter and the thing surges forward. There seems to be some kind of huge lag between your pedal movements and the car surging forwards.
Similarly it felt difficult to control in traffic, either producing absurd power or none. I found at high speeds it started to smooth out.
Not only did this feel kind of dangerous, but I wondered what’s happening inside. This enormous engine - is it the way they did the throttle mapping? Is there just a half second or so of mechanical lag between the engine beginning to speed up to the new throttle setting and delivering power to the wheels through the automatic transmission?
Did Dodge map the throttle where the first millimeter jumps from idle power to 40% power to make the car feel even more powerful than it actually is?
Have these things always been impractical and dangerous to drive? I know over the last few decades, horsepower values have been greatly increased. The equivalent muscle car from 1995 or 1985 wasn’t 400+ horsepower, was it?