(Editor’s Note: Due to unpleasant weather, the photos in this particular article are stock photographs from Chrysler. Hopefully we’ll get some better weather for some good photographs before the review goes live.)

In the review garage this week is the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. Scat means fast, in this case, and not the crappy kind. The Scat Pack takes a Challenger R/T, throws out the 5.7L Hemi V8 and replaces it with the 6.4L Hemi V8 from the “base” SRT. For those who still live in the 70s, that’s 392 cu/in of displacement, making 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. The Scat Pack adds a retuned suspension, bigger Brembo brakes, and other goodies that could quite possibly make this THE Challenger to own. Our friend Patrick over at Jalopnik recently waxed poetic about this car, and Benjamin at AutoByTel also believes the Scat Pack is the sweet spot. After a day behind the wheel, do we already have an answer?

(Full Disclosure: FCA provided the vehicle for review, dropping it off at my house with a full tank of gas. I’ve already needed to put more gas in it.)

The Challenger Scat Pack, in my opinion, is the quintessential idea of a muscle car. Take a typical-looking Challenger, and drop in a really big engine. If it weren’t for the Super Bee 6.4L logo on the side, or the Super Bee stripes, nobody really would know that this Challenger is a bit special. Starting at less than $40,000, there really is not less expensive way to get almost 500 hp in your life. Our review unit comes with the TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, which also comes with an obligatory $1,000 gas guzzler tax. But if you’re willing to stay in 6th gear a lot, you can get decent mileage. Over the span of approximately 100 miles, I was about to eek out a bit over 23 mpg. That’s with the climate control on and me driving normally.

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Sixth gear in the Challenger Scat Pack can net acceptable fuel economy.

It’s a quick car for sure, and the sound coming from the tuned exhaust really is great. But on the highway, it settles down into a respectable long-distance cruiser. You can still hear the engine and the tire noise, but it’s minimal and a driver and passenger can have a normal volume conversation.

A Challenger Scat pack in its native habitat.

Expect a full review sometime next week. But in the meantime, if you see a Sublime Challenger Scat Pack roaming around the streets in Northern Ohio, say “hello!”

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