I had a 1971'Cuda with the standard instrumentation. If you took that cheap black plastic dash and plastic shift handle and installed them in any 2008 car, it would be ridiculed by everyone. The dash and guages in the 2008 Challenger are attractive looking and are night and day better than the ones in the original Challenger- even the optional dash with the fake wood grain. I think that the criticism comes from the fact that the concept car's guages (i.e., "cylinder bores") were so unique and perfect for the car. The transplanted Charger guages are just a let-down for most. That being said, I will be buying a 2009 SRT as soon as I can find one at MSRP or lower.