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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Since the new 6.2L Hellcat supercharged Hemi was introduced a few months back, we have speculated heavily as to what kind of power it would produce under the hood of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT. The estimates over the past year have generally put the numbers in the range of 600-650, but we expected that the company would have the Challenger Hellcat making less power than the mighty SRT Viper that has 640 horsepower. Based on that, I expected that the Hellcat would make around 625 horsepower. I was wrong. Way wrong…and I don’t know that I’ve ever been more excited to be so wrong.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat isn’t just another muscle car – it is now THE muscle car, reports Patrick Rall from TorqueNews.com.
The Dodge Challenger is the Most Powerful American Car Ever
In the world of high performance cars, few vehicles are more well known around the world for featuring pure, brute horsepower than American muscle cars so it is a pretty proud title for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to officially be the most powerful muscle car of all time. Previously, the most powerful American muscle car was the current Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang with 662 horsepower and 631lb-ft of torque – which the Hellcat Challenger crushes. Even among the monster big blocks that were used in the American muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s that were unmolested by emission regulations, none of them offered anywhere close to 707 horsepower… and I’m talking about the real world numbers and not the official numbers that were known to be vastly underrated.
In addition to being the most powerful American muscle car of all time, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is also the most powerful American production car of all time – knocking off the SRT Viper that is currently in showrooms now with “only” 640 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque. Also, the Hellcat is most powerful American V8 ever, beating the LT4 of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which packs 650 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, by a pretty hefty margin.
The Challenger is Among the World’s Best Supercars
With 707 horsepower, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ranks 6th in the world among production cars, trailing only LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918, the Lamborghini Veneno and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – a group of cars which range in price from $319,000 to $4,000,000. Also, with 650lb-ft of torque, the Challenger Hellcat has more twisting power than all of those supercars except for LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is more powerful in terms of both horsepower and torque than the Lamborghini Aventador…a car which costs almost $400,000. I have included the top 11 most powerful cars in the world right now, going with 11 rather than 10 so that I can include the SRT Viper for reference.
Of course, I should point out that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is heavier than any of the cars on the list below, but with such awe-inspiring power outputs 2015 Challenger owners will be able to at least give someone in a new Lamborghini a good race…if not beat the raging bull.
The Most Powerful New Cars in the World Today
1. LaFerrari – 950hp, 664tq, $1,400,000
2. McLaren P1– 903hp, 664tq, $1,150,000
3. Porsche 918 – 795hp, 575tq, $845,000
4. Lamborghini Veneno – 740hp, 590tq, $4,000,000
5. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – 730hp, 508tq, $319,000
6. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – 707hp, 650tq, Price Unavailable
7. Lamborghini Aventador – 690hp, 507tq, $397,500
8. Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang – 662hp, 631tq, $55,110
9. Ferrari FF – 651hp, 504tq $295,000
10. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 650hp, 650tq, Estimated around $125,000
11. SRT Viper – 640hp, 600tq, $102,485
In introducing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, the Chrysler Group is showing that they might not have the bestselling muscle car in America, but they are very capable of making the most powerful muscle car. More so, it will be difficult for General Motors or Ford Motor Company to come up with a street legal engine that will beat the Hellcat so maybe – just maybe – this monster Hemi will serve as the most powerful muscle car engine of all time.
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Brothers John and Horace Dodge founded Dodge Brothers Inc on July 1st 1914 so with the rising of the sun this morning, the Dodge brand of the Chrysler Group has officially turned 100 years old – and they celebrated this monumental event by introducing the most powerful American car of all time with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Originally reported by Patrick Rall of TorqueNews.com and published at Happy 100th Birthday to the Dodge Brand
John and Horace Dodge got their start in the budding automotive industry in 1902 when they were making transmissions for Oldsmobile but shortly after, the Dodge brothers began working for Henry Ford. The Dodge boys manufactured almost every component of the Ford Model T and continued to do so until Ford completed his own manufacturing plant in 1914. Once that happened, Ford no longer needed the Dodge brothers so they went their own way and having been a part of the rise of the Model T – John and Horace knew how to build a car that would compete with the popular Ford.
While attending the 1920 New York Auto Show, Horace Dodge contracted pneumonia and John was quick to tend to his ailing brother. Sadly, John fell ill while watching over Horace and died just ten days after the start of the New York Show. Horace died a few months later after a long, painful battle with the illness. The brothers never got to see the real impact of their efforts on the auto industry, but the Dodge brand has been an innovator across multiple verticals within the industry – including essentially introducing the minivan and the American supercar.
Dodge Becomes a Performance Monster
Through the first 50 years, the Dodge brand was well known for offering a collection of reliable and affordable vehicles, but beginning in the 1960s – the Dodge brand took a new approach. With the introduction of the 426 Hemi in the 1966 Dodge Charger, the brand named after John and Horace asserted itself as one of the top options for those new car buyers who wanted to go very fast. Through the 1960s and early 1970s the Dodge brand’s reputation benefitted from models like the Charger, the Challenger, the Dart, the Demon, the Coronet and many other cars packed with big, powerful V8 engines with the mighty Hemi serving as the grand daddy of all American muscle engines.
The Dodge brand would see the performance capabilities fade through the mid to late 1970s, but in the 1980s the brand took a new approach to high performance with a collection of turbocharged 4-cylinder vehicles based on the Chrysler’s K platform. Cars like the Dodge Daytona, the Dodge Omni and the Dodge Charger offered comparable power to the likes of the Ford Mustang, but those Dodges put the power to the front wheels rather than the rear wheels as the popularity of front drive models boomed in the 80s. Also during the 1980s, the final rear wheel drive Dodge products rolled out of dealerships around the country and it seemed that the high performance Dodge cars of the good ol days were long gone.
Fortunately, Dodge reminded us all that they could build a really fast turbocharged, front wheel drive compact with the introduction of the Dodge Neon SRT4 for the 2003 model year. This was still a far cry from the Dodge muscle cars of the old days, but this spunky little sedan challenged the likes of the Mustang and Camaro just like the turbo Dodge products of the 1980s.
The Rear Wheel Drive and Hemi Return
Although the Dodge Viper introduced power like the American market had rarely seen since the 1970s in the early 1990s, the Dodge brand lacked that performance punch once the turbocharged front wheel drive models disappeared. However, that all changed when the then-new Dodge Charger was introduced for the 2006 model year. Powered by a new 5.7L Hemi V8, the Charger was one of the best performing sedans ever sold in America and when fans complained about the lack of a “proper” muscle car with only two doors – Dodge rolled out the modern Challenger for the 2008 model year with the new 6.1L Hemi. Dodge also had the Magnum sport wagon with the same 5.7L and 6.1L Hemi as the Charger and Challenger, but that high performance family hauler was quickly discontinued while the Charger and Challenger continued on.
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