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Last year was a momentous one for Dodge's retro-classic muscle coupe. Redesigned on a new platform, Challenger gained new features, additional models, and even hotter performance.

Heading the excitement was the new Challenger SRT Hellcat, an aptly named screamer destined to enter the auto history books. Based upon the 1971 Challenger, the revived model debuted for 2008 to tease Ford’s Mustang and, two years later, the retro-look Chevrolet Camaro. Neither of those models has a lineup close to the diversity of Dodge’s two-door muscle car.

What's New for 2016

Updates are minor for 2016: most notably, a Blacktop Appearance group that can give SXT and R/T models a blacked-out look. Plum Crazy has been revived as a “heritage” color for 2016 models, while the Hellcat gains Laguna leather upholstery.

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Choosing Your Dodge Challenger

In SXT coupes, the 3.6-liter V6 engine makes 305 horsepower, teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • HEMI-engine fanciers have a choice of two normally aspirated V8s: a 375-horsepower 5.7-liter in the R/T, and a 6.4-liter with 485 horsepower in the R/T ScatPack duo and the SRT 392.
  • The ferocious Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 stirs up a jaw-dropping 707 horsepower, transforming the Challenger into the fastest muscle car ever produced.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard with any V8; the eight-speed automatic is optional.

The Challenger lineup consists of ten trim levels:

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SXT

Gets the V6 engine and automatic transmission, plus a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a full-length center console, keyless entry/ignition, a 5-inch touchscreen display, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with an SD card reader and USB/aux inputs.

SXT Plus

Adds to the SXT upgraded brakes, suspension and 20-inch wheels, along with a batch of interior extras: Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rearview camera, 8.4-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio, 3D navigation capability, and 276-watt audio with Alpine speakers.

R/T

V8 power starts here with the 5.7-liter HEMI and manual or automatic transmission. R/T includes a limited-slip performance rear axle, low-restriction dual exhaust system, foglamps, and 20-inch satin-finish aluminum wheels. Other equipment mirrors the SXT. Fuel-saver technology provides a four-cylinder mode.

R/T Plus

Combines the R/T's performance upgrades with the comfort/convenience features of the SXT Plus. You can add the R/T Classic Package, which mimics the look of the original early-1970s Challenger, including dual striping, HID headlights, leather/suede seating, and forged aluminum 20-inch wheels.

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R/T Shaker

Adds a shaker hood scoop, black stripes, 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets, and equipment from the Super Track Pak.

R/T Plus Shaker

Includes amenities similar to the R/T Plus to the R/T Shaker model.

R/T Scat Pack

Packs the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, along with specially-tuned suspension and active exhaust systems, Brembo brakes, and premium cloth sport seats. Navigation capability and a 276-watt, six-speaker sound system are included. The available Leather Interior Group adds a Nappa leather interior with heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker

Contains the 485-horsepower V8 and a functional shaker hood.

SRT 392

Builds on the Scat Pack with additional performance features such as launch control, larger Brembo brakes, and an adaptive sport suspension. The 392 also gets its own Viper-inspired hood with functional air intakes. Inside are an 18-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon sound system and Nappa leather seating.

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SRT Hellcat

Adds the outrageous supercharged 707-hp 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, plus selectable driving modes and special exterior styling details. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; the optional eight-speed automatic has full manual control and three SRT-unique selectable modes.

Challengers can get several advanced safety features as options, including forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Dodge also offers a dizzying array of appearance packages to customize a Challenger.

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