The Dodge Challenger is a two-door sports car with enough seats for up to five people. It is targeted towards those who wish to experience high-performance thrills without losing quality of life. While Dodge has employed its name Challenger on numerous other cars before, this latest generation of the Challenger was launched in Model year 2008.
The Dodge Challenger provides an excellent opportunity for anyone to experience the thrills of performance in a muscle car every day. In contrast to rivals The Challenger’s suspension is comfortable enough that it doesn’t slam your vehicle on bumpy roads. However, the downside is that it isn’t as precise in sharp turns. The Challenger has a plain, retro-styled interior even the fact that it’s sufficient in terms of comfort. Overall the Challenger is a great value at the price, however, some buyers might find the rival models with their retro-style and performance too appealing.
Trims and Pricing
Dodge provides the Challenger with 16 unique trim levels. The entry-level SXT costs about $28,000, and includes standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels cruise control with power, power accessories, ignition and keyless entry air conditioning vents located in the rear of the seating area as well as a leather-wrapped steering as well as a driver’s seat with power and a six-speaker audio system.
R/T models start at around $35,000. They also get the rear spoiler, shiftpads attached on the steering wheel tuning the steering and suspension the fog light, heated mirrors on the side satellite radio, and an the ability to connect an auxiliary stereo.
A variety of packages and options are available for the Challenger with features such as retro-styled wheels Mopar trimming pieces as well as modernized suspension and steering components.
The SRT trims start around $59,000. They come with 20-inch SRT wheels and sport front seats. the latest performance information that is updated in real-time on the trip computer with hydraulic power steering, and an opportunity to drive for free in SRT Track Experience. SRT Track Experience.
Engine and Performance
SXT versions from the Dodge Challenger come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 268 lbs-feet of torque. An eight-speed automated motor is the sole choice which allows the car to get around 19mpg in city driving and 30 miles per gallon when driving on highways. The GT features the same style and efficiency of SXT and offers the benefit of all-wheel-drive.
Challenger R/T models are equipped with an even more powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces 376 horsepower along with 410 pounds-feet of torque when coupled with the manual six-speed transmission. If you opt for the optional eight-speed auto engine, the engine produces 400 pounds of torque. According to the EPA estimates fuel efficiency at 16 mpg within the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway when using the automatic transmission. On the other hand, the manual can get you 16 mpg in city, and 23 mpg on the highway.
The SRT 392 has a 6.4-liter V8 engine that generates 477 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Six-speed manual transmissions are as standard, however there is an 8-speed automatic option available. The fuel efficiency is 14 mpg when in the city, and 23 mpg on the highway.
For those looking for more power for their car, the Challenger Hellcat produces as staggering 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes it among the strongest production vehicles available today. The Hellcat comes with the manual six-speed and an optionally, an 8-speed auto.
Whatever exterior paint you choose for your Challenger the interior is an unassuming slate grey. In all the retro styling of the Challenger the interior design is straightforward. There are various vintage-looking shifter knobs to select and an angled dashboard, but this is the point where nostalgia ends. The rest of the interior of the Challenger is good quality and well constructed. The controls and gauges are simple to comprehend, however the infotainment centre can be difficult to navigate initially.
SXT or R/T variants feature nice, flat seats that will not be able to hold you down during sharp turns, but are suitable for longer rides. The back seat is spacious enough to accommodate three passengers (if you’re that is in the middle is smaller) This is an exceptional feature in the class. Instead of being squeezed into a small space the adults are able to fit comfortably into the back of the Challenger. You can use this Dodge Challenger on a long road trip with relative ease, while in other vehicles, everyone would be feeling the pinch after an hour or more.
SRT models feature seats with sides bolsters to keep the driver in place when throwing the car around. The floor mats and seats include SRT8 customized stitching.
The Challenger has a spacious trunk that is an additional great benefit as compared to rival models. The trunk is huge, with 16.2 cubic feet of space for storage and the back seats fold into 60/40 to create extra space should you need it.