2015 Dodge Charger, Challenger Show Face In New York
There hasn’t been much big news to report on from Chrysler’s Dodge brand since the Dart hit the scene for 2013, but that’s about to change with the introduction of the restyled 2015 Dodge Charger and the updated 2015 Dodge Challenger. Both big muscle cars officially debuted today at the New York Auto Show, and Chrysler has already told us all we need to know. The more exciting of the two is definitely the 2015 Challenger. Not only is it the rival to the updated Chevrolet Camaro and all-new Ford Mustang, it’s also getting its most extensive update since it was introduced in 2008. New for 2015, the Challenger gets an even more retro look inspired by the ‘71 Challenger with a split taillight design, and it will add classic colors like Sublime Green and B5 Blue. While the exterior changes are relatively minor, Dodge made some major upgrades inside the 2015 Challenger including an all-new instrument panel and center console design. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge’s big news for the Challenger is the new Scat Pack and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker models, which come with a 6.4.-liter HEMI V8 pumping out 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. It’s important to note that while these models are “powered by SRT,” these aren’t the highest-performing SRT models, which could possibly leave the door open for the balls-out Hellcat model we’ve been hearing about. The 2015 Dodge Challenger will also benefit from launch control, an electric power steering system with three driver-selectable modes EPAS and an updated rear suspension setup.
As for the Charger, it gets an all-new exterior design that has been heavily influenced by the current Dodge Dart with a bigger version of Dodge’s crosshair grille and wraparound “racetrack” taillights. The small, rectangular headlights give the 2015 Charger a more modern appearance as do the LED running lights and fog lights. Inside, the upgrades aren’t as significant, but it does get a sportier steering wheel, gauge cluster and what appears to be an easier-to-use shift lever.
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The 2015 Charger is still offered with the 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8, but all models now come standard with the eight-speed automatic transmissions. Likewise, the 2015 Challenger still uses these engines as well as the non-SRT 6.4-liter HEMI, and it will offer either the six-speed manual (on V8 models) or the eight-speed auto (on all models). Dodge will begin production of the 2015 Challenger in the third quarter of this year, and the 2015 Charger will go online sometime closer to the end of the year.
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Note: For reasons unknown to us, Dodge did not have the new Charger R/T on display. It's at some VIP event, or something.