2014 Dodge Challenger Research Click to hide
In celebration of its 100 year anniversary, Dodge is redesigning two of its iconic muscle cars. The 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger are making their debut in New York this year, and we can expect some significant changes on the inside and out.
The Dodge Charger will feature a complete makeover, as nearly every single body panel has been revised. The front end has a more aggressive shape, and the headlights are low-slung. But it still retains the classic design that will keep it recognizable from the previous generations. For 2015, look for a new R/T Road & Track model that has a unique 3.07 rear axle ratio and high speed engine controller. The Charger receives a HEMI V-8 paired with a smoother eight-speed automatic. But a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 provides the best fuel economy, however, at 31 mpg.
Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger receives a new 1971-inspired theme on the exterior and interior. Throwback elements include a high-sill center console, Houndstooth cloth, and a more pronounced power bulge hood. Under the hood of this classic coupe lies a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a whopping 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or new eight-speed automatic. According to Dodge, expect a 0-60 mph time in the mid 4-second range.
Who It's For
Given their age, we think the Charger and Challenger could use a full overhaul. It looks like the new Charger will stay true to its roots, helping to retain an audience that has been loyal to this car for decades. However, a few sleek touches will keep it fresh and help it compete against the Chevy SS and Ford Mustang.
But perhaps the debut we are most excited about is the new version of the Challenger. Buyers looking for a classic muscle car that delivers incredible power will likely be drawn to this model.
Here is what to expect on both the Charger and Challenger.
- New 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen
- All new safety features including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning
- New colors and interior materials
What We Think
Right now, it is too early to tell. However, we think there are some significant changes in store for these models, which will help keep them fresh in the minds of consumers.
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