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
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
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.