Dodge looks to the past with new Charger, Challenger variants

Let's talk about the good old days
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Aug 22, 2016

Back in the day, Dodge built its reputation around macho products like the Challenger and the Charger. The Challenger, for instance, had a specially-built Trans Am Racing series edition produced back in 1970. With only 2,399 examples ever made, this car gained a following among the muscle car faithful. Today, Dodge hopes to rekindle this passion by linking the past and the modern through the 2017 Challenger T/A.

The Challenger T/A has exterior bits like a satin black hood and front fascia accents, roof, trunk, and side stripes, and a black rear spoiler with the Challenger T/A logo. It even bears the cool Air Catcher headlamps. The NACA ducted hood feeds a Hellcat air box with a conical filter, adding oomph to the 375hp V8 motor under that long front end. And of course, the Super Track Pak chassis mods aid the car with increased traction and stability.

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Those looking for a little extra can opt for the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus. It's essentially the Challenger T/A, but with stuff like heated and ventilated nappa leather seats with tungsten accent stitching, and a host of other creature comforts. The biggest change here, though, is a shortcut button on the UConnect infotainment system screen that allows the driver to access the Super Track Pak chassis upgrades to see how much you’re pushing your performance car.

Ultimate muscle car fans are definitely going to want to go all the way with the Dodge Challenger T/A 392. As the name suggests, this one packs a larger 6.4-liter V8 HEMI that pumps out 485hp and 644Nm. That’s a huge jump over the standard Challenger’s 5.7-liter, 375hp mill. It's good for a 4.5-second century-mark sprint.

Just like its Challenger stablemate, the Charger also has a long history behind it. In 1969, Dodge had a 501-unit run of the NASCAR production series Charger Daytona. For 2017, the legendary nameplate returns as the only four-door muscle car in the industry.

As with the original car, this one improves on the already potent Charger R/T by upping the 5.7-liter, 375hp HEMI V8 with mods like a cold-air induction system and upgraded active exhaust. The Challenger’s Super Track Pak chassis modifications find their way here too, helping to give the best handling possible. The speed is matched by SRT- and R/T-bred Scat Pack front fascia, and a satin black rear spoiler. The look is completed by Daytona graphics painted on the quarter area, as well as cool 20-inch alloy wheels.

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These cars prove that American muscle is still alive and kicking. 

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