Introducing the 2015 Challenger
According to Dodge, their new 2015 Challenger will be available in the third quarter of 2014, and everything we’ve heard about the new Challenger so far means that Q3 2014 can’t possibly come soon enough.
The new Challenger’s performance is going to be even more amazing than before. Its standard engine is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower, and if that isn’t enough you can opt for the available 5.7L HEMI V8 with 375 horsepower. However, drivers who truly demand performance will want the 6.4L HEMI V8 with an estimated 485 horsepower. All three of these engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, or Dodge’s eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic (which has a manual mode and optional paddle shifters.)
Beyond its performance, the 2015 Challenger just looks amazing. It takes a number of style cues from the original 1979 Challenger – headlights, grille, taillamps, and available “shaker” hood with functional air intake – and combines those with a refined and wind-tunnel tweaked body. The end result is both sleek and menacing, a look that’s aggressive without becoming bulky.
Despite its huge horsepower and throwback styling, Dodge hasn’t forgotten to give the Challenger some fun gadgets too. The Challenger’s Drive Modes system lets the driver tweak the car’s performance and chassis attributes, or choose from preset modes for different driving scenarios. The same 8.4-inch touchscreen used to access Drive Modes is also used for Dodge’s Uconnect system, which allows for mobile device interfacing, 3-D navigation, and even turning the vehicle into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot. Dodge didn’t forget safety either – the 2015 Challenger has more than 70 available advanced safety and security features, including Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning,and Adaptive Cruise Control.