Recognized for its retro-styled sheetmetal, the Dodge Challenger is a large 2-door coupe offered with 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. The top-of-the-line variant is the SRT8, with its 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter, HEMI V-8 engine and appropriate performance upgrades. New for 2010, stability control is now standard on the base SE model and there are several minor equipment changes. Later in 2010, Dodge will introduce the Super Track Pack with 20-inch wheels, upgraded suspension, larger brakes and a performance rear axle.
- Stability control standard on SE model
- Automatic headlights now standard on the R/T model
- New multimedia package with steering wheel controls
- New Super Track Pack targets enthusiasts with performance upgrades
- New Plum Crazy exterior color
The Dodge Challenger took its initial bow in the 1970 model year as a \"pony car\" in the tradition of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Plymouth Barracuda. During the economic doldrums of the late 1970s, it was downgraded to a subcompact, but now has returned to its original status as a \"muscle car\". For 2010, the Dodge Challenger adds two classic colors from its early years: Detonator Yellow and Plum Crazy.
The base-level SE trim of the 2010 Challenger features a five-speed automatic transmission and stability control, in addition to full power accessories, an eight-way power driver seat, and basic amenities. The R/T has 18-inch alloy wheels, sport steering and suspension, and upgraded interior and exterior lights. The SRT8 trim level includes black stripes and dual scoops on the hood to go along with 20-inch wheels, an even sportier level of steering and suspension upgrades, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded sound system, and many other amenities, most of which can be had as options on lower trim levels. The optional Track Pack is available on the R/T. It features a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, hill start assist, and other features, with a Super Track Pack adding even more upgrades.
The SE trim receives a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine. The R/T is powered by a 372-hp, 5.7-liter V8. The SRT8 has a 425-hp, 6.1-liter V8 engine with a choice of a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. According to the EPA, fuel efficiency ranges from 14 to 17 mpg in the city, and 22 to 25 mpg on the highway.
Safety features include stability control and side curtain airbags, with antilock disc brakes optional on the SE and standard on the R/T and SRT8. NHTSA gave the 2010 Dodge Challenger five stars in all categories.
Starting MSRP for the 2010 Dodge Challenger ranges from $22,735 to $41,230.