With the recent introduction of its new 2015 Challenger, Dodge is proving that the horsepower wars are alive and kicking. While much has been made lately of the Mustang’s 40th anniversary, and its rivalry with the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge has its own legion of rabid Mopar fans across Western Pennsylvania who will obviously be delighted in seeing the direction the brand is taking with its newest edition of this legendary muscle car.
“For 2015, we’re going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of the Dodge Brand for Chrysler Group LLC. “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with a new best-in-class 485 horsepower 392 HEMI and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension, new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior.”
Inspired by the iconic 1971 Challenger, all 2015 models take on a bold new appearance that draws on the 1971 model’s split-grille and split-tail lamp cues, updated to 2015 with four signature LED headlamp halo surrounds offset by piano black trim. Single projector-beam headlamps at each front corner light the road ahead. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are also available.
In profile, the 2015 Challenger’s signature muscle car proportions and large thruster rear-quarter panels stand out from the crowd, while fender and belt lines tie together at the front and rear of the car to create a sleeker appearance.
A new split tail-lamp design continues the historic 1971 model’s inspiration. For a modern look, the Dodge brand’s signature LED treatment creates a single ribbon of light within each lamp. A redesigned rear valance provides the 2015 Challenger with a widened, more planted appearance.
The 2015 Challenger is available in eight trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.
The story that packs the biggest power punch for Pittsburgh Mopar fans is the 2015 Dodge Challenger’s new Scat Pack 6.4-liter HEMI powertrain. This new Scat Pack car showcases the evolution of the performance brand while staying true to the muscle car’s 45-year heritage, with its roots harking back to Scat Pack performance stage kits offered on 1968-71 Challengers.
Offering 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker models deliver up to 113 more horsepower and 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger models — representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque. The coupe’s best-in-class power enables it to turn mid 4-second zero-to-60 miles per hour times and low 12-second quarter mile times.
For Dodge fans looking for the most affordable V8 muscle car in America, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T lineup features the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, which delivers up to 375 horsepower, and zero to 60 times in the mid-to-high five second range.
The new 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T lineup and high-performance 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker trims offer the choice of a six-speed manual or the ZF 8HP70 electronic eight-speed automatic transmission.
Challenger SXT and SXT Plus models feature the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which delivers 305 track-ready horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. A cold-air induction system and dual exhausts from the headers back to the exhaust tips help to deliver more than 90 percent of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm – all for outstanding drivability and responsiveness. Paired with the new standard eight-speed transmission, the Pentastar V6 delivers improved fuel economy compared with the outgoing model.
For muscle car fans, the 2015 Challenger has styling cues reminiscent of the 1971 Challenger as well as the return of the legendary Shaker package, featuring a functional engine-mounted Shaker hood scoop and a full array of exclusive Shaker content. The all-new Shaker hood and scoop provide cold-air induction, along with a Mopar-branded cold-air intake fitted with a conical air filter, which feeds fresh air to meet the demands of the 6.4-liter V8, as well as the 5.7-liter HEMI.
Shaker chassis upgrades include the standard Super Track Pak, which includes such performance upgrades as suspension, brakes and steering, as well as three-mode electronic stability control, including “full off” mode and Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires, although all-season tires are available. Brembo four-piston caliper front brakes deliver world-class stopping power, enabling a braking distance of 60-to-zero miles per hour in just 117 feet.
To put the icing on the cake, an active electronically controlled exhaust gives the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack a deep, throaty exhaust note in keeping with its heritage and track-bred credentials. It’s all muscle. It’s all Mopar. And it should be in dealerships in the fall.