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New 2015 Dodge Challenger review. Part II Interior

Jul 29, 2014 - 9:47 AM - by MagnumClub
Attention current Challenger owners! You are going to be green with envy when you sit in the 2015 model. The greatest change over on the new model is the interior. The 2008 – 2014 Challenger cabin was very dated in its configuration. As the model years progressed, the design team upgraded the materials but the layout still hailed from the Daimler days. The ‘15 finally catches up to and surpasses their Brampton brethren the Charger and 300. The driver centric cockpit surrounds the driver in soft touch materials, high quality, milled aluminum controls and the latest technology. The driver has literally hundreds of customizable configurations at their fingertips so the driving experience can be precisely tuned from mild mannered to track ready. The interior is also loaded with design “Easter eggs” but we’ll let you discover those on your own. After all that’s half the fun.


You see Dan Zimmerman in this video who was the lead designer on the interior of the vehicle. He is a huge enthusiast himself and has a '73 Chally that he drives regularly.




I got to drive the 6 speed (Viper tranny) 392 Scat Pack Challenger. Nice tight, throw that was loads of fun to zip along the Columbia River. Note my hands securely locked on at 10 and 2.



The asymmetrical layout of the center console is functional and looks great. For those that opt for the 6 speed there is a cup holder in the door so you don't spill your coffee slamming your Challenger into second.



Here you get a glimpse of the red key fob (it was raining pretty hard at the track)

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New 2015 Dodge Challenger review. Part I Exterior

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:55 PM - by MagnumClub
First in a series of articles from our first drive in the new 2015 Challenger. Huge "thank you" to Dodge for hosting us out in Portland.

The folks from Dodge and Chrysler’s PR department were kind enough to include us in their launch efforts for the newly remodeled Dodge Challenger. From 50 ft the car looks nearly identical to the new gen LC model first released in 2008. But upon closer review you can immediately tell the design has changed.



The car, often criticized for its girth, looks like it’s been hitting the gym and watching that carb intake. I know the wheel base and overall mass of the car has not changed but the lines, especially at the front and rear, have been tailored in such a way to visually slim down the fattest of the muscle cars. The front grill is now split vertically in a deliberate shout out to the ’71 Challenger which acts to break up the large gap between the headlamps. The front air dam is now larger and wider and has been visually flipped from the ’14 model so that the trapezoidal shape is widest at the grill and narrows as it reaches the ground. The fogs lamps have also been pushed out to the outer edges of the front fascia. This all combines to give the car a wider, more horizontal feel and less visually massive by replacing body colored sheet metal with negative (black) space. The sinister hood brow also reaches down just a little bit further over the headlamps accentuating the horizontal and narrow look of the grill. The Hellcat’s angry hood reaches down even lower than the other models in the lineup really adding to that menacing pissed off look. The Viper inspired hood vents on the Hellcat allow maximum air flow for the supercharged beast.






The ass end of the 2008-14 Challenger looked…well…huge. Let’s just say its massive bumper put Kim Kardashian to shame with its breadth and depth. The designers beautifully solved this problem by reaching into their ’71 design toolkit with a modern twist on the split tail lamp design in place of the large, rectangular swath of tail lights. They also brought the black rear diffuser up considerably and added narrow reflectors just above the exhaust pipes. Similar to the front air dam these changes act to remove body colored sheet metal and make the car look more horizontal and svelte. (none of the Dodge marketing photos show the 2014 Chalyl directly from behind to try and hind the rump…sort of like wearing a sweater around your waste)






The crease that runs the length of the Chally is slightly more pronounced and more gracefully transitions into the front and rear facias. Sorry Ms. Kardashian but this has a further slimming effect. Rather than sitting on its rear hunches it makes the car look like its moving forward while standing still.






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The 2015 Dodge Challenger V8 Lineup Carries Bargain Pricing

Jul 21, 2014 - 10:01 AM - by armtorque
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While everyone (including me) was busy focusing on the incredibly low price of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, many failed to look at the pricing for the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup – with pricing for the other V8 models that make them great bargain buyers relative to the competition.

This story is written by Patrick Rall of TorqueNews.com and published at The 2015 Dodge Challenger V8 Lineup Carries Bargain Pricing


The biggest news from the Chrysler Group lately is that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat carries a shockingly low starting price of $59,995, making it similarly priced to the midlevel Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT and while it is a bit pricier than the Camaro ZL1 or Mustang GT500 – it is also substantially more powerful so that price difference is more than justified. What many people didn’t pay much attention to is the pricing for the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup, with pricing for the two other Hemi V8 packages that make them relative bargains compared to the Chevrolet Camaro.

“The Dodge Challenger has been on a tear – setting an all-time sales record in 2013 – its fifth year on sale,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “For 2015, the new Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever, the fastest muscle car ever, and now our icon is also the most capable and technologically advanced ever, with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $26,995.”

2015 Dodge Challenger SXT
For the 2015 model year, the base model Dodge Challenger wears SXT badges and derives its power from the 3.6L Pentastar V6. This engine sends 305 horsepower to the rear wheels by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission and it does so with a starting price of $26,995. For comparison, to get an automatic transmission in the base Chevrolet Camaro, you have to opt for the 2LS package that starts at $25,750…making the base model Challenger a touch pricier than the base Camaro (and quite a bit more than the base model 2015 Ford Mustang with an automatic transmission at $24,795).

The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T is powered by a 5.7L Hemi V8 that delivers 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed manual transmission with a starting price of $31,495. That is just $1,445 more expensive than the V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro 2LT while being almost $3,000 less than the cheapest V8 Camaro (1SS). This price is also less expensive than the 2015 Ford Mustang GT which starts at $32,100 – although I have to point out that the 2015 Mustang GT packs 435 horsepower to justify that difference in price. I should also point out that the Challenger R/T has an advantage in torque over the Mustang GT.

In any case, those prospective buyers who want to get into an American muscle car with a V8 engine for as little money as possible; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T is the answer.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack (shown above in bright Sublime green) is new for the 2015 model year, taking many cues from the 2014 Challenger SRT Core model and applying them to the non-SRT Challenger Scat Pack. That begins with the 6.4L, 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque – making it far more powerful than the Camaro SS or the Mustang GT. The Challenger Scat Pack also comes with a higher performance Brembo braking system and a high performance suspension system that ensures that this Mopar muscle car will corner as well as it accelerates. This package comes with a starting price of just $38,495, making it just a couple hundred dollars more than the Camaro 2SS which “only” has 426 horsepower and around $2,000 more than the 2015 Mustang GT Premium with 435 horsepower.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack also packs 25 more horsepower and 10 more lb-ft of torque than the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fastback that has a starting price of $53,000. The Corvette and Challenger Scat Pack are two very different performance cars, but the comparison between the two illustrates just how much of a bargain this new 392 Hemi package will be when it arrives later this year.

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