I actually took a drive in an '86 Charger 2.2 today (the high-compression non-turbo that was in the Shelbys before the turbo, 110HP).
Now, my Dad owned an '84 Rampage that he bought brand new when I was a kid (actually, the day he bought it, he had to pick me up from school because I got knocked down the stairs at school and I wouldn’t stop bleeding from both my nose and mouth… so here I am trying to not bleed all over the interior of his not-even-a-day-old car…)
That was one of two cars I learned to drive stick on in the early 90’s. On back roads, with no permit, because I was too young.
I had way too much nostalgia going into the drive of the Charger today. I guess I’m too tall for them now, and it was seriously down on power, despite being rated almost 30HP higher than my dad’s Rampage.
On the other hand, I would LOVE it if manufacturers would start putting more thought into diversifying interiors like they did in the 80’s. That red corduroy? It was awesome and still is today. (How many varieties of beige and black can one possibly stand?)
Which leads me to a less than guilty pleasure: COLORFUL INTERIORS!