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2015 Dodge Challenger Looks the Same, But Isn't

2015 Dodge Challenger Looks the Same, But Isn't

By Jeff Youngs, April 18, 2014
Take a quick look at the new 2015 Dodge Challenger and you might wonder what's different from the 2014 model. Viewed from the outside, the answer is: "Not much." However, a closer look reveals quite a few minor changes. For the 2015 model, Dodge makes styling updates inspired by the 1971 Challenger model, including a split grille design, split taillights, and a more pronounced and functional power bulge hood, while installing new projector headlights with LED halo rings and LED taillights. New colors, new stripes, and nine new wheel designs also debut.

Changes are more dramatic once you swing open the driver's door. Dodge installs a new driver-focused dashboard with a "high-sill" center console design similar to the 1971 Challenger. The redesign supports modern technology, including Uconnect infotainment and connectivity screens up to 8.4 in. across, a 7-in. driver information display nestled within what Dodge calls Tic-Toc-Tach gauges, and the automaker's e-Shift automatic transmission gear selector.

Dodge offers the 2015 Challenger in 14 different interior color schemes and buyers can wrap the redesigned seats in a variety of materials. Houndstooth cloth is new for 2015, and performance seats wrapped in premium leather and Alcantara suede are available as an option. The new Challenger is also available with heated and ventilated front seats, as well as a heated steering wheel.

Additional new features for the 2015 Challenger include 3-D navigation, Uconnect Access with 911 Assist and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, Uconnect Via Mobile app, voice-texting capability, and Dodge Performance Pages technology with configurable drive modes. Rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, and an adaptive cruise control system are also new, along with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection.

When the 2015 Dodge Challenger goes on sale, the lineup will look familiar at first, but then heads into uncharted territory. The Challenger SXT and SXT Plus have a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, now featuring cold-air induction hood scoops that supply 90% of engine torque from 1,800 rpm to 6,400 rpm. A new 8-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode and paddle shifters is standard.

The Challenger R/T and R/T Plus have a 5.7-liter "Hemi" V-8 engine making 372 horsepower with the 8-speed automatic, and 375 horsepower with the 6-speed manual gearbox. That same Hemi is installed in the new R/T Shaker and R/T Plus Shaker Challengers, each equipped with a functional, cold-air induction shaker-style hood.

At the top of the lineup, the Challenger Scat Pack contains a 6.4-liter "Hemi" V-8 good for 475 horsepower, 475 lb.-ft. of torque, and claimed acceleration to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 182 mph. The 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker model is essentially the same car, but with a functional shaker-style hood. Each is equipped with an active exhaust system, Brembo performance brakes, performance suspension, new launch-control system, and 20-in. aluminum wheels wrapped in performance tires. Buyers choose between a manual and an automatic transmission.

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