Long known as a serious muscle car, the Dodge Challenger is a performance car enthusiast’s dream. While the 2019 models feature improved form and power, the 2016 models can still win at the races. Regardless of which model year you choose, the Dodge Challenger is packed with power that will get your adrenaline pumping.
The Dodge Challenger design shares the architecture of the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans. Because of this large-car architecture, both the 2016 and 2019 models have more space in the back seat for passengers. The interior is luxurious and sporty, making for a comfortable ride on the road or the racetrack.
The 2016 Challenger is available with four different engines, depending on which model you choose. The SXT and SXT Plus models have V-6 engines and get 305 horsepower. The R/T trim level is powered by a Hemi V-8 and gets 375 horsepower. The R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 feature a supercharged 6.4-liter Hemi and get an impressive 485 horsepower. The top-of-the-line Hellcat trim level roars to life with a 6.2-liter V-8 and cranks out a whopping 708 horsepower.
The 2016 V-6 Challenger models have their engines paired with an eight-speed automatic as standard equipment. The V-8 models are available with a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 models of the Challenger up the ante with five engines available. The SXT and GT each have a 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood and crank out 305 horsepower. The R/T is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi and gets 375 horsepower. The R/T Scat Pack has a 392 V-8 SRT Hemi engine and gets an impressive 485 horsepower. The SRT Hellcat trim level sports a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 and gets 717 horsepower, and the SRT Hellcat Redeye has a 6.2-liter supercharged HO engine and gets an insane 797 horsepower.
The 2019 R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat models all come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The V-6 models and SRT Hellcat Redeye trim level feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Challenger models can get a little extra help with cooling the engine, thanks to the available illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps. The SRT Hellcat reaches maximum performance with a Mopar cold air intake, and the R/T Scat Pack features dual air extractors. Hear the unmistakable muscle car roar in the V-8 models with the available active exhaust system. The performance enthusiast will appreciate the three-mode electronic stability control, which includes a full-off mode.
The 2016 models still have performance features that rival the features in many of their competitors. Three steering assist level settings are available that enable you to customize your driving experience based on the conditions. Quickly and easily select from Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Performance-tuned underpinnings, a revised rear axle, and an upgraded performance suspension handle sharp turns and bumps with grace.
Whether you’re looking for an older model or the newest trim level available, the Challenger won’t disappoint. From insane power to slick performance, the Dodge Challenger is a muscle car that can and always will be a major competitor.