At long last, Dodge has revealed the updated 2015 Challenger ahead of the model's world premiere at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Heavily inspired by the styling cues of the iconic 1971 model, the all-new Challenger sports a split front grille with chrome accents, separate rear light clusters with Gloss Black trim around them and a power bulge in the hood.
For the 2015MY, Dodge offers the Challenger in eight different variants: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker
The entry-level SXT and SXT Plus are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar six-cylinder engine with the same 305 horsepower as before. Moving on to the R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker and R/T Plus Shaker, these mid-range models are propelled by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 mill rated at 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque.
Until the long-awaited 640+ horsepower supercharged Hellcat V8
comes along with the revamped SRT variant, the most powerful Challengers you can get are the 6.4-liter HEMI Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, churning out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft (644 Nm) of torque. Along with the new eight-speed tranny, these two do the 0-60 mph run in the "mid-4 second range" according to the manufacturer.
Chrysler's TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is a class-exclusive feature that provides improved acceleration times, neater shifts through the gears and better fuel economy thanks to seventh and eight, which are overdrive gears. This gearbox is standard on the SXT and optional on all other trim levels.
As for the interior, the design team carried a few '71 Challenger styling motifs in here as well, such as the polished aluminum gauge bezels and high center console. Between the tach and speedometer you'll find a 7-inch customizable display, while the dashboard is dominated by a big 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Uconnect Access. Keyless Enter'n'Go with push-button start is standard across the range.
On the handling front, the updated Dodge Challenger has all-new adjustable electronic steering, upgraded suspensions and a vehicle dynamics control unit with allows you to customize steering, transmission and throttle response to your liking.
Dodge will start manufacturing the 2015 Challenger at Chrysler's Brampton Assembly Plant in Canada, with sales commencing this fall. For extra specs and info, check out the press release below.