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.