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The 2015 Dodge Challenger is here, with 707 horsepower.
The second generation Dodge Challenger hid major powertrain upgrades under a similar exterior, with electric power steering, a new V6, and a new SRT V8. Engineers worked on the brake feel, retuned shocks and bushings, upgraded tire options, and used a new steering wheel with audio controls.
Retail sales for Challenger rose 43% in 2010, 9% in 2011, 8% in 2012, and 7% in 2013.
The Pentastar V6 was 55 horsepower stronger than the outgoing 3.5 V6, bringing it up to 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque; yet, it is rated at achieve 27 mpg on the highway [We had predicted 26-28].
The standard Hemi V8 was been bumped up to 379 hp and 410 lb-ft (manual), and rated at 17 mpg city, 25 highway (automatic). The 392 Hemi (6.4 liters), unlike its 6.1-liter predecessor, had cylinder deactivation — as the smaller Hemi did — and was rated at 470 hp with 470 lb-ft.
The Challenger SE had 13 horsepower more than other Pentastar engines at the time, due to “a more aggressively designed intake air system,” which increased airflow from 214 to 220 g/s. The cam was identical.
All cars had a standard five speed; the V8s had an optional six-speed manual transmission. A Challenger 392 model with white seats with blue stripes was made early in the run.
The regular models were, starting with the base V6 cars:
An antispin rear differential, electronics convenience group, HID headlamps, 730N media center with navigation, Exterior Appearance Group, power sunroof, Sound Group II, and Super Track Pak were optional on the R/T, R/T Classic, and the SRT8. The Mopar Interior Appearance Group was available as an option on all models.
JackRatchett correcty predicted that the styling would remain almost identical, except the lower opening was flipped upside down and made taller; the Ram emblem was removed; the door handles matched the Charger; and there was a switch to pop the trunk open.
The interior had major upgrades, moving to Garmin navigation, adding whatever safety and A/V options were de rigeur, etc. The dashboard was upgraded with better materials. For 2012, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six-way driver seat with four way lumbar adjust, and easier-sliding passenger seat were added to the interior.
Revised suspension geometry (including new shocks and struts) improved the balance, cornering, and steering responsiveness, while electro-hydraulic power steering cut weight and added reliability.
The Challenger R/T Track Pak had a six-speed manual transmission, Hill Start Assist, anti-spin differential
(3.73 w/18-inch, 3.92 w/20-inch wheels), and ESP full-off switch.
The SXT Plus included Nappa (a full-grain, unsplit leather) faced seats, fog lamps and automatic headlamps, heated front seats, six Boston Acoustic speakers, Sirius satellite radio, and a sun visor with illuminated vanity mirrors.
The 2011 Dodge Challenger’s gas mileage and power rose with the Pentastar V6 engines and the new 6.4 liter V8 with cylinder deactivation. The Challenger SRT8 was the first car to get the new 392 cubic inch engine.
2010-2012 Challengers (possibly just 2010-2011) let owners lower the windows remotely, using the key fob. “ImperialCrown” added, “There is a 'pinch limit' feature for safety. If the glass encounters an object it will stop and reverse 200 mm. The door modules can store fault codes for the dealer if there is a control defect. Excessive friction in the glass linkage, guides, or weatherstrips can trigger the pinch-limit feature when it shouldn't.”
The Challenger dropped down the windows around half an inch, automatically, when the doors are opened, to make it easier to open and close the doors. To recalibrated the system, put the ignition to Run (with the engine off), shut the door and window, and hold press the Window Down switch. After the window reaches the bottom, keep holding the button for another two to four seconds. Then raise the window all the way up, again hold the button for another two to four seconds after the window closes.
For 2013, Challenger got rear park assist available on all models, radar red leather on more models, and an optional UConnect 430N navigation system. The Redline Rallye Challenger added red accents, a red leather interior, Black Chrome 20" wheels, performance suspension, and 3.06 axle ratio with the 305-horsepower V6. A Dodge Challenger R/T Redline was also launched and color changes were made. Midyear, a new Challenger SRT8 Core edition was released, taking away some of the frills but keeping the performance gear.
For 2014, a performance-tuned suspension and brake system with 20-inch aluminum wheels was optional on all models. R/T Blacktop included the Super Track Pak and blacked-out appearance, and R/T Classic got Nappa leather and suede seats.
There were three new special editions; all have a 3.06:1 or 3.07:1 axle ratio with 215mm rear axle, 300 horsepower V6 (except on R/T which is still V8), paddle shifters, and wider performance tires.
2014 Dodge Challenger colors were Header Orange, Redline 3 Coat, Plum Crazy, and TorRed, along with new Ivory Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.
On SRT Challenger, Launch Control system was new for 2014. SRT Challenger Core continued as a lower-priced way to get SRT power. SXT Plus and higher had optional HID headlamps.
For more details, see our Dodge Challenger specifications page.
Also see ...
Dodge Challenger SE review • Dodge Challenger SRT8 review
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