The Dodge Challenger has remained structurally the same since its arrival in 2008, though it has been through significant mechanical, technological, and visual refreshes over the years. When the 2021 Challenger hits showrooms, we expect it to be a carryover model.
On the outside, we expect the 2021 Dodge Challenger to continue with the same muscle-car look it’s had since arriving in 2008. This will include its traditional three-box design with aggressive hood options, a bold chin and rear spoiler, loads of wheel options, and even a Widebody Package.
Inside, the Dodge Challenger has long boasted a straightforward-looking cabin with a simple design and plenty of wide-open black spaces. Some may find its lack of style bland, but it matches its muscle-car roots nicely. Despite its design simplicity, the current Challenger has loads of up-to-date tech, including a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®, dual-zone climate control, and more. Buyers seeking more tech can opt for an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, and more. We expect this to remain the same when the 2021 Challenger arrives.
We expect the same wide range of powertrain options under the 2021 Challenger’s hood. If this is the case, it’ll start with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces up to 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Next up will be the R/T model’s 5.7-liter V8 that pounds out 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The R/T Scat Pack will drop in a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. Buyers seeking massive power will find this in the SRT Hellcat model that’ll boast a 717-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Topping the range will be the SRT Hellcat Redeye that pushes the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 to 797 hp.
The current Dodge Challenger struggled in IIHS safety testing, as it received “Good” ratings in just two of the five crash tests. It also lacks automatic emergency braking, which knocked it further out of contention for a Top Safety Pick rating. It does, however, have optional forward-collision warning. We expect these safety features and ratings to carry over unchanged into the 2021 Challenger.