3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Dodge Challenger

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The muscle car wars are in full swing for the 2014 model year with the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger in a battle for the American performance car lover. In 2013, the Dodge Challenger had its best sales year since its 2008 re-introduction.

The Challenger is offered in a wide range of models and offers a unique combination of retro styling infused with modern technology. Of the three American muscle cars, the Challenger is the one that makes for the best daily driver with seating for five adults and a generous trunk as well. It doesn't matter if you missed the 60s-70s muscle car era—you will find greater performance, handling and safety features in this new modern age of muscle car glory.

What's New for 2014

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For 2014, the Dodge Challenger is offered in a special Dodge 100th anniversary limited edition model. Every new Challenger is now available with a performance-tuned suspension, performance brake system and 20-inch aluminum wheels with wider all-season performance tires.

The new Sinister Super Sport Group includes Gloss Black 20-inch wheels, performance suspension and brakes, sport-mode and a more responsive 3.07 rear-axle ratio for all-out performance. Also included are new high-performance Nappa leather and suede seats with R/T embroidery on the R/T Classic model.

The return of classic colors like Header Orange and Redline Three Coat joins high-impact paint hues such as Plum Crazy and TorRed. The top-of-the-line SRT 392 and SRT Core models return with slight tweaks in colors and trim.

Resurrecting a heritage feature first seen on its predecessor back in 1970, the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker limited edition will also be offered. In addition, Dodge recently unveiled three "Scat Pack" performance packages to be rolled out during 2014.

Choosing Your Dodge Challenger

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There is a Challenger for every buyer and budget. With an award-winning powertrain lineup ranging from 305 to 470 horsepower, Challengers deliver up to 27 highway miles per gallon (mpg) and reach 60 mph in as little as the high four seconds.

Years ago, the idea of a V6 engine turning out 300 horsepower and delivering good fuel economy was unheard of, but in 2014 the Challenger’s standard Pentastar 3.6 liter V-6 does just that. Rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, and hooked to a state of the art eight-speed automatic, it returns fuel economy numbers like 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

If you want a Hemi in your Challenger, there is a choice of either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 rated at 372 horsepower with and automatic or 375 with a manual; torque ratings are 400 pound-feet with the automatic and 410 pound-feet with a manual. Fuel economy numbers are EPA rated at 15 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with automatic transmission; the highway number drops to 23 mpg with a manual.

Step up to the top of the line SRT 392 and SRT Core Challenger and you get the 6.4 liter Hemi V-8 with a rating of 470-hp and 470lb-ft of torque with either manual or automatic transmission. The fuel economy numbers are equal with either manual or automatic transmissions at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

The Challenger comes in four trim levels:

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SXT

The base $26, 295 SXT includes keyless entry, 18-inch all-season performance tires, automatic climate control, remote start and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input and Chrysler's Uconnect hands-free communication system. The V6 is standard.

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R/T

The $30,495 R/T model has the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, an upgraded sound system with Boston speakers, fog lights and a rear spoiler. Variants include Rallye Redline, R/T Plus and R/T Classic.

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SRT 392 (SRT8)

With the $45,685 SRT 392 models, you get world class performance from 6.4-liter Hemi along with a standard adaptive suspension with three modes—auto, sport and track— tuned specifically for a compliant and comfortable ride on the street that easily switches for on-track conditions.

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SRT Core

The SRT Core models have fewer luxury and convenience features than the top of the line SRT 392 but come with all the performance gear at a cost savings of around $5,000.

Numerous upgrades are available for the 2014 Challenger individually or as parts of packages, depending upon trim level. Among the highlights are high-intensity headlights, a sunroof, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, track suspension, navigation, and 20-inch wheels.

Choose your Dodge Challenger >>

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From base SXT to top-of-the-line SRT, the Challenger is one of the great values of the automotive world. Choose the best you can afford.

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