The third generation Dodge Challenger made a big splash when it entered the scene back in 2008, when it seemed that the sun had set on the American muscle car. It has been 25 years since the 2nd generation model by Mitsubishi went off the market, and a little over 50 years since the original model by Dodge came out in 1958. With head-turning good looks and heart stopping power, this comeback is getting car fans revved up.
With 485 horsepower, eight speed transmission, a roaring 6.4 liter engine, and an acceleration time of zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds, the new R/T Scat Pack Challenger is well endowed. This model clearly packs a lot of heat for a base model car by Dodge. When compared with the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang GT and the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, the new Challenger holds its own in the competition of power, acceleration, and engine size. Of course, if that is still not enough power for you, fear not. The performance model SRT Hellcat Challenger offers more, equipped with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Stylistically, the new model differs from the previous year’s model with a narrower front grille, split LED tail lights, and a new spacious interior design. It also comes standard with rear-view backup camera and parking radar. The Challenger is built like a muscle car should be – big, heavy, and wide, with rear wheel drive and lots of power. Weighing in at 4235 pounds, the Challenger is extremely heavy when compared to the 2015 Mustang (3729 lbs), and Camaro (3908 lbs).
The new Challenger offers a redesigned interior. Contrary to the exterior, the inside of the Challenger is modern in appearance, save for the handsomely retro-inflected gauges. In addition to the modern appearance, the 2015 model allows you to fit adults in the back seat. This significant detail could really set it apart from other vehicle options. It is now a pleasant enough place to be on long drives.