Dodge decided to treat us with all new version of muscle car that follows the recognized muscle path that created incredible hype in the second half of the previous century. Namely, we are talking about the new Challenger variant. It is reminiscent of the legendary model, especially in terms of looks, but it is also packed with loads of modern features that make it more than competitive with other modern beasts.
Now, the first version of the Challenger that marked the Dodge’s return to muscle cars came out in 2008 and it received no major updates since then. However, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is very different – new looks, newish engines and transmission options and, thank god, completely new interior.
Yes, the Challenger has finally got a respectable new interior. Well, not completely new, since it has been pretty much seen in the new Charger, but it is a lot better than the previous Challenger. The materials are of a lot better quality and there is a great 7-inch IP display, along with an expansive UConnect system of 8.4 inches. The steering wheel is packed with buttons and behind it you can see the instrument cluster with two wonderfully retro dials and the mentioned display between them. This setup once again showed that it is more than possible to blend retro and modern in one without them seeming distastefully glued together. The instrument cluster is just wonderful. The central console is slightly angled towards the driver, as is everything else in the new Dodge Challenger.
On the outside the Challenger has the new front end. It still has that retro feel, but it also packs LED lights and new grille inserts, while the hood on the V8 version sports a scoop that adds a lot to the muscle nature of the car. The back has retro designed split LED taillights. The side window is really narrow and the rear wheel arch rises high all of which make this a real muscle beast.
There are three engine options. The 3.6l V6, and two V8s, one 5.7l Hemi and the other 6.4l SRT-spec the latter of which provides 470hp that propel the Challenger to 60mph in a bit over 4 seconds and give the top speed of 182mph. Dodge even gave the option of an all-wheel-drive on some models. The engines are paired up with a 6-speed manual transmission or new 8-speed automatic.
As its availability date in the second half of 2014 approaches, we should have more information, including pricing. However, from the first look, the Challenger is definitely well on its way of reclaiming the leading position in the modern retro muscle cars. And, once again, the new interior will be a major plus for the Challenger. [via]
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