Dodge celebrates Challenger's 1970s roots with the latest incarnation of the iconic muscle car
17 April 2014

Dodge continues to play the retro card with the significantly updated Challenger two-door coupé, shown at the New York motor show. The top-spec model is called the Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, is fitted with a 478bhp, 350lb ft 6.4-litre V8 and features an exposed engine cover that visually shakes with the motor.

The new model features a split grille and taillights as well as a host of 1970s colours, including Sublime Green, B5 Blue, and TorRed. LED running lights, xenon headlights, and 20-inch wheels are also offered. 

The cabin includes a configurable TFT screen and an analogue speedometer and tachometer. Two available versions of Chrysler’s Uconnect touchscreen handle the infotainment duties. The driver-focused centre console houses either the six-speed manual shifter or the selector for a ZF 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Other available features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning with rear path detection, and forward collision warning. 

Dodge claims a 0-60mph of around 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 182mph for the HEMI Scat Pack Shaker model. The Challenger is also offered with Chrysler’s latest 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol V6 with 305bhp or a 5.7-litre V8 with 375bhp.

The Challenger’s LC platform traces its basic chassis components back to the Mercedes-derived Chrysler LX platform, first launched in 2005 with the Chrysler 300C. New for 2015 is electric power steering. Dodge also offers the new Super Track Pak on all models which includes performance suspension, upgraded brakes, steering changes, shorter final drive ratio, and Goodyear F1 summer performance tyres. 

Sales begin in the USA in the third quarter of 2014. Like the new Charger, no UK sales are currently planned.

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17 April 2014
I guess BMW has stopped using those round 5&3/4" units with the 'angel eyes' so it's fine for a product based on a Mercedes to use them.

17 April 2014
If they rate there iconic cars so much,why aren't they engineered for the Global market?

Peter Cavellini.

17 April 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they rate there iconic cars so much,why aren't they engineered for the Global market?

I don't think they'd sell over here as they're too big and like quite a bit of unleaded.

Must say I think they're great and if I was in the US, I'd have one of these over a Mustang or a Camaro. I know the car's a bit of a boat, but in my head it's cool, and that's all that matters to me.

I tried to hire one in the US last year but couldn't get one. Took a Mustang instead, but was always envious everytime I was a Challenger.

18 April 2014
Kierman wrote:

Panamera Turbo S, Mercedes S-class AMG,they are just two BIG cars here,there's no excuse over size,i think it's over confidence in there product,or, really they knowthey should go global.

Peter Cavellini.

17 April 2014
As my moniker may belie I am inclined to prefer the Challenger over the Mustang (not bad especially now that it has a 302 again) or the Camaro (take one 1969 Camaro, stick it in a box maker and sell to those with blind loyalty to the marque) but they need to make a factory convertible. There are some places that do conversions out there but those outfits are considered suspect even when they are the ones usually doing manufacturer-authorized conversions. Give me the 6.4 in Sublime and a ragtop and my child's college fund will become my midlife-crisis fund in swift order!

18 April 2014
We need RHD. A large RWD coupe, with a V8 and a manual box would sell a couple of hundred a year here if the dollar to Sterling ratio were sensible. I doubt it will happen, but i would be very interested if it did. If they offered the pentastar with a manual box that would probably sell pretty well too.

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