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Dodge Challenger SRT8: 600 hp+ Hellcat and more
Dodge released prices for its full 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup on July 16, 2014. Now using eight-speed automatics (or six-speed manuals on V8s) across the board, the Challenger remains within the mainstream of American cars with a base price of $26,995 for the V6 model.
The prices are generally for the manual transmission cars while fuel economy is generally for the automatics.
The previous-generation Challenger scored five solid years of continuous growth, with sales doubling between 2009 and 2013 in a segment that saw just a 10% increase in the same period. In its fifth year in the market, when most cars are on their natural decline curve, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record. The segment as a whole is projected to grow by 42% over the next five years.
The powerful and efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in the SXT and SXT Plus generates 305 horsepower and yields up to 30 mpg (EPA estimate) on the highway, an 11% improvement that came with a substantial acceleration boost. The 5.7 Hemi will yield 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, while a power-boosted 6.4 liter Hemi Scat Pack combines 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque with 25 mpg (EPA highway).
Across the board, a seven inch “multi-view cluster” screen with “tic-toc-tach” gauges is standard, and a 8.4 inch touch-screen stereo is optional.
Dodge confirmed the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (that’s the official name) as starting at $59,995, with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, with the first application of the “TorqueFlite 8HP90” high-performance eight-speed automatic.
The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack start at $38,495. They too have the eight-speed, increasing fuel economy by 8% and avoiding the gas guzzler tax; they also have the 392 Hemi.
Dodge Challenger R/T starts at $31,495; Dodge calls it America’s most affordable V-8 muscle car. The “shaker” hood is late-availability.
New technology (optional) includes upgraded Uconnect, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross path detection.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT comes with LED-illuminated tail lamps, projector headlamps with halo LED surrounds, bright chrome fuel filler door, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, P235/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires, power bulge hood with twin functional intakes, power body-color folding heated mirrors, and two-speed variable intermittent mode wipers.
Inside, it has a new interior with a six-way power driver’s seat, 5-inch touchscreen media hub with SD card, USB and auxiliary inputs, handsfree phone, dual zone automatic temperature control, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, push-button start, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping three-spoke steering wheel with controls, rear 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest and cup holders, center console, front and rear climate control outlets, LED illumination, air filter, and floor mats.
Standard safety features include six airbags, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control system (TCS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, electronic stability control (ESC), and brake override.
SXT Plus adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets and P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires, performance suspension and brakes, fog lamps, deck-lid rear spoiler with rear park assist and backup camera, Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power driver lumbar adjustment, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capable and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with 276-watt digital amplifier, Hectic Mesh aluminum bezels, bright pedals, and universal garage door opener. SXT Plus is bargain-priced at $29,995 plus destination.
The Super Track Pak is available for the first time on the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus; it includes 20-inch black aluminum wheels, high-performance brakes, high-performance steering, performance suspension, Dodge Performance Pages, body-color rear spoiler, ParkView, and ParkSense, for $1,600. Additional options include unique body-side stripes and the Cold Weather Group, which includes heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
Challenger R/T adds the 5.7 Hemi, Tremec six-speed manual transmission (automatic optional), limited-slip rear axle, performance dual exhaust, chromed tips, fog lamps, and standard 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheelswith P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires and bright pedals.
Challenger R/T Plus adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets and P245/45ZR20 BSW three-season performance tires, Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with power four-way lumbar, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/HD radio/SiriusXM Radio/Bluetooth/3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/ Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with subwoofer and 276-watt digital amplifier, rear park assist, backup camera, and universal garage door opener. The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus starts at $34,495 (excludes destination).
The Challenger R/T Classic Package adds heritage “Challenger” script badging, dual ‘R/T’ side stripes, classic-styled five-spoke wheels, HID headlamps, and high-performance Nappa leather seats with Axis II suede inserts. 15” wheels with a “squeak and rattle” package and “periodic bog/stall-out” computer tuning for a true 1970 experience are not available.
Challenger R/T Scat Pack adds the 6.4-liter V-8 engine, 180 mph speedometer, high-performance suspension, active stainless steel dual exhaust, front splitter, satin black decklid spoiler, Brembo four-piston brakes, 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets and three-season performance tires, Dodge Performance Pages, Uconnect 8.4-inch with satellite radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access, 276-watt amplifier, and 220 amp alternator. It starts at (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission). The 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission has a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,895 (excluding $995 destination) and gets up to 25 mpg highway.
The Challenger SRT 392 is powered by a 392 cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, increased by 15 horsepower and 5 lb.-ft. of torque since the 2014 model year. Building off the Scat Pack, the SRT 392 has a Viper-inspired hood with a functional center intake, 20 by 9.5-inch wide “Slingshot” forged black wheels with P275/40ZR-20 Pirelli tires, the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle (15.4-inch front brakes, Brembo 6-piston Calipers with 2-piece slotted and vented rotors), adaptive dampening suspension, rear body-color spoiler, SRT performance pages with launch control, 18-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system, Nappa leather seats with Alcantara inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, flat-bottom three-spoke heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, red push button start and available twin, full body stripes in Black Satin Gloss or Silver High Gloss. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission).With all of the new standard equipment and no gas guzzler tax on models equipped with an automatic, the 2015 SRT 392 includes more than $8,900 of added value.
With the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $46,395 (excluding $995 destination) with up to 25 mpg highway.
Newly available for 2015 are Laguna leather on the seats and door panel inserts, and the ability to customize with Ruby Red seat belts.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque; it comes with two key fobs to control engine output. Drive Modes control horsepower, shift speeds, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction, and suspension. The power-bulge aluminum hood has a center air intake, dual air extractors, and can be finished in body color or Satin Black. The “air catcher” inlet port feeds ram-air directly into the air box through the driver-side parking lamp.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever – with power and performance figures once reserved for exotics, has a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $2,100 gas-guzzler tax; $1,700 gas-guzzler tax on models with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic).
The Dodge Challenger is known for some of the most recognizable paint colors in the automotive world. The 2015 model year brings the Sublime Green and B5 Blue paint hues back into production, joining Bright White Clear Coat, Redline Red, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, TorRed Clear Coat, and Phantom Black Tri-Coat and Ivory White Tri-coat.
Challenger paint choices can be accented by a variety of striping schemes, providing instant customization from the factory. Stripe options include:
Challenger SXT / SXT Plus body-side stripe in Satin BlackChallenger R/T hood stripe with "R/T" logo in Satin BlackChallenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Satin BlackChallenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in WhiteChallenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Gloss RedChallenger R/T Scat Pack rear-quarter Bumble Bee stripe in Satin BlackChallenger R/T & 392 HEMI Shaker graphics in Satin Black with a matching spoiler and Gloss Black fuel doorChallenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Satin BlackChallenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Silver High GlossWheel options include eleven different 20-inch wheels with six lightweight forged aluminum wheels for the hardcore enthusiast.
Also see the 2015 Dodge Charger, 2015 Dodge Challenger, and the Challenger SRT8 with Hellcat engines
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