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A $60,000 2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 Or A Choice Pre-Owned Car?

A new Dodge Challenger or a pre-owned sports car for the same price?


  • The Dodge Challenger remains one of our favorite cars to drive.

  • We occasionally like to cross-shop based on price.


Obviously, this isn’t a comparison in value, technology, or even performance. A brand new 2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 is one hell of a car that makes all the right noises, will be reliable and relatively trouble-free for years to come. But given that it is more or less a “toy”, should you hold out on a fully-warrantied new car and explore what’s available on the used car market?

We’ve recently driven a new 2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 and have once more fallen under its spell. The 485-horsepower naturally-aspirated 6.4-litre V8 is still as intoxicating as ever and the optional shaker hood gives the car an even greater sense of occasion. At just over $62,000 Canadian, this car is priced to please. But, what if you’re curious about “options” for the same money?

2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 | Photo: Matt-St-Pierre

If you’re like us, you spend far too much time on used car listings. A $60,000-$65,000 budget is considerable for a new vehicle but opens up a world of possibilities when shopping for hopefully gently-used and well-cared for pre-owned cars. For this game, we’ve limited the maximum model year to 2017 and the search to the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

Within seconds, well over 100 results popped up, and immediately, six different and extremely interesting cars land within the first five scrolls:

  • 2016 BMW M4 convertible with 46,500 km for $61,500.
  • 1965 Chevrolet Corvette street/drag car for $60,000.
  • 1973 Jaguar E-Type, Series lll, V12, 2+2, manual, with 43,000 km for $65,000.
  • 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, manual, with 94,000 km for $65,000.
  • 1998 Dodge Viper GTS with 41,400 km for $65,000.
  • 2001 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, automatic, 50,000 km for $65,000.

The selection is even more varied and interesting than we imagined. Now, with the possible exception of the Corvette, all other cars are stock without any declared modifications. We’d be extremely tempted by the E-Type for all the right reasons including the fact that the ad asserts that it’s a one-owner car!

Bottom line though, we’d consider the 911 or the Viper as our top choices. In a scenario where the budget is spent on a daily driver, the Porsche wins, no contest. However, as a pure toy and means of distraction, a silver Viper GTS and its massive V10 would be pure unadulterated pleasure.

Granted, a new car has the undeniable advantage of that new-car smell. In fact, FCA’s cars have a very distinct and pleasant odor. It will be long gone in the Viper, and the 911…

2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 | Photo: Matt-St-Pierre

2020 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 | Photo: Matt-St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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