2015 Dodge Challenger cars: muscle is back
The 2011-14 Dodge Challenger kept the looks of its predecessor, but added a new V6 and 6.4 liter SRT V8, with a retuned suspension and interior upgrades. For 2015, expect eight-speed automatics with all engines, and a 6.2 liter supercharged Hemi (along with the existing 6.4) on the SRT8. The 6.2 V8 may break a record for the most powerful factory V8 ever produced.
Spy photographer Chris Doane believes he’s spotted a HellCat-powered, 2015 Dodge Challenger mule running on the streets of the greater Detroit area (one source has already said that he’s right about the Hellcat, but that it’s in a 2013 body).
Allpar has previously reported that the car would have an eight-speed automatic behind a supercharged 6.2 Hemi, good for 580-660 horsepower (and up to 640 lb-ft of torque). Direct competitors would be the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1/Z28. Mr Doane claimed as support the exhaust note, “nothing short of thunder!.” and the larger brake calipers and cross-drilled brake rotors; the current Challenger SRT8 uses smaller calipers and smaller, solid/slotted rotors. The front end has been modified very moderately, unlike a past shot of what was believed to be a Barracuda prototype, the camouflage hides extra air intakes.
“Danno” wrote that fog lights on the supercharged cars will be sacrificed in favor of a “wind tunnel,” which will take incoming air past oil and coolant coolers (one on each side) and eject it through openings in the wheel-wells. Engine air will enter through the front, go into the blower, then be sent up through runners to heat exchangers, moving down into the intake ports.
This car appears to be a mule with an altered front fascia for added cooling; that said, it does provide clues as to what the production front might look. Still, one can always hope that Chrysler will be keeping the classic look of the Challenger for another generation, while improving its mechanicals.
The 6.2 Hemi is, according to our sources, not ready for driving around town; it’s still in the preliminary tuning process, with problems to overcome.
A comprehensive interior upgrade is also expected, along with an electronics update to UConnect 2 with all the gadgets ’n’ gizmos that brings; the option list should grow to match 300C’s, including forward sensors, rear camera, adaptive cruise, and predictive crash protection. It’s possible, though we have no reason to believe it, that the car will have Cherokee’s comprehensive parking assistance as well.
oh20 wrote, “Outer lamps halo DRL, inner lamps also halo; weight close to current model; iron block; split grille; split rear LED taillamps; new fenders and quarter panels. On a minor note, Challenger will finally get a backup camera....Tires being tested are 275/ and 285/40/20s. Weight-wise I was told no reduction from current model. Interior is all new, with new seats, door panels, 8.4" radios, dash layout like Charger but with user programmable display like the new Dart/Viper.” [The 2015 Charger is expected to get this display, too.]
The SRT 392 will be differentiated from the 6.2 by wheels, badges, and perhaps a different hood. Introduction is slated for March and April 2014 (first to enthusiasts, then to the media), with production starting around July 2014 (we figure it'll be delayed to September).
The supercharged 6.2 will be positioned against similar GM and Ford cars, which run to over $70,000, but will have more interior space and better amenities, and possibly better performance despite its larger size. Pricing is unknown, but we don’t expect it to run under $65,000.