2015 Dodge Challenger

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What's New for 2015:
  • Upgraded chassis
  • R/T Scat Pack
  • Hemi engines deliver more power
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Updated styling
  • 392 Scat Pack Shaker
  • Available 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 8.4-in. touch-screen infotainment system
  • Push-button start
  • SRT Hellcat model

The 2015 Dodge Challenger is a large 2-door, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) coupe with seating for up to 5 occupants. Like its 4-door partner, the Dodge Charger, the Challenger can be packaged with 6 or 8 cylinders under its hood and is offered in a variety of trim levels ranging from the relatively basic SXT to the new-for-2015 SRT Hellcat. As has been the case for decades, the Challenger's most direct competitors are the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

Models and Features
Considered the lineup's entry-level model, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT features a generous assortment of standard items, highlights of which include push-button start, heated mirrors, 18-in. alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, reconfigurable gauge cluster, 5.0-in. touch-screen infotainment system, power driver's seat with 6-way adjustment, and a V-6 engine. The SXT Plus goes a couple steps farther with its rearview camera, fog lights, 8.4-in. touch screen, 20-in. alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, and leather upholstery.

Following the SXTs are a collection of R/T variants, starting with the base Challenger R/T. This is where buyers will find a standard 5.7-liter V-8 engine as well as a limited-slip rear differential and performance-tuned exhaust. Those mechanical bits are also included on the Challenger R/T Shaker, as are functional hood vents, black rear spoiler, upgraded black cloth upholstery, upgraded brakes, and a beefier rear axle. R/T Plus and R/T Plus Shaker models add the extra amenities featured on the Challenger SXT Plus.

Next among the 2015 Challengers is the Scat Pack, which boasts a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, Brembo brakes, retuned suspension, and standard amenities in line with other non-Plus trim levels. A Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker model utilizes the same engine but ups the ante with the vented hood, larger touch-screen display, heated and cooled bucket seats, and leather upholstery.

Rounding out the Challenger family are the SRTs, the lesser of which is the SRT 392. Like the Scat Packs, this SRT draws power from the 6.4-liter Hemi, though it ventures farther down the performance road with its front splitter, unique 20-in. alloy wheels, launch-control system, rack-and-pinion steering with selectable modes, and fully upgraded suspension. And, lastly, positioned atop all other Challengers is the new-for-2015 SRT Hellcat, which serves as host to a supercharged V-8 that produces power beyond many enthusiasts' wildest dreams.

Under the Hood
In its entry-level SXT form, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque. A sport mode is standard, as is an 8-speed automatic transmission that pushes output to the rear wheels. For all Challenger R/T models Dodge uses a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. When paired with the 8-speed automatic, the engine produces 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque; swap in a 6-speed manual and those ratings climb to 375 and 410, respectively.

A Hemi is also found under the hood of Challenger Scat Pack and base SRT variants, though in this case it's a 6.4-liter V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. That motor is outgunned by the SRT Hellcat's supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8, which Dodge claims puts out a lofty 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. In both cases, there's the option of a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and driver-selectable modes (street, sport, and track).

Fuel Economy
As one could safely assume, the SRT's 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 does not deliver hybrid levels of efficiency, though drivers may be surprised to learn that, despite its tremendous output, that engine delivers an EPA-rated 25 mpg on the highway when paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission (equal to the 5.7-liter Hemi and 8-speed automatic). Even in mixed driving that combo is estimated to deliver up to 18 mpg. Of course, results may vary...especially for those with a heavy right foot.

For the best-possible fuel economy, buyers will want to focus on the standard V-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. Together, they offer an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

Safety and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Dodge Challenger received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

While talk about the Challenger usually centers on performance, the car does feature a number of safety systems worthy of mention, such as 7 air bags and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. And, among the 2015 Challenger's many options are HID headlights, blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, intelligent cruise control, forward-collision warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Those features are accompanied by a considerable variety of convenience upgrades as well, including a 900-watt premium sound package, heated steering wheel, and a remote-start system.


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