Dodge resurrects famous Charger, Challenger versions – USA TODAY
Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge brand is resurrecting two storied names from its racing history for 2017 — the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.
Both offer heritage-inspired styling and a slight performance boost. Both new trim models are only available on V-8-equipped vehicles and feature some parts off the SRT Hellcat in terms of both styling and performance enhancements, albeit at a price considerably below that of an SRT Hellcat.
The Hellcat, with its 707-horsepower engine, remains the ultimate Challenger.
The T/A model builds off the V-8-powered R/T model, which comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine making 375 horsepower and routed through a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission (an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is optional). Outside, the T/A is distinguished by a satin-black hood with integrated functional NACA air-inlet ducts, feeding a modified SRT Hellcat airbox with a conical high-flow filter. That satin-black paint continues on the front bumper, roof, fuel-filler door, grille script, deck lid spoiler and bodyside tape stripes with T/A logos. It also wears the Hellcat’s air-catcher headlights, illuminated with T/A logos.
Inside, aluminum bezels and gloss-black trim set off the retro Houndstooth seat fabric, while white 1971-era-inspired gauges are set behind the more contoured Dodge performance steering wheel. The footwells have custom embroidered floor mats featuring the Dodge logo.
Performance modifications include new 2.75-inch active performance exhaust with electronic control and 20-inch by 9-inch black wheels that are one inch wider than stock.
The T/A package also includes the Super Track Pak as standard equipment, bringing a lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake pads, a sport-tuned stability control system with three settings, and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
For those looking for more power, the Challenger T/A 392 swaps out the 5.7-liter Hemi for the 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8. This enables the Challenger T/A 392 to hit 60 miles per hour in the mid-four-second range.
Challenger T/A will start at $38,845, including a $1,095 destination fee.
The Dodge Charger Daytona is also something of a performance bargain. Building off the R/T model, it adds the SRT Hellcat cold-air induction system and 2.75-inch electronically controlled exhaust, as well as the Super Track Pak with its suspension modifications, performance brakes, stability control tuning and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. The Daytona also adds a 2.62 rear axle ratio and different calibration for the engine and transmission to improve acceleration.
Visually, the Daytona features front and rear styling inspired by the SRT models, a black spoiler and deeper side skirts. A Hemi logo tape stripe adorns the hood, while Daytona graphics are on the rear fenders. A satin-black roof and black 20-inch wheels add a menacing look, while a special Daytona badge is affixed to the grille.
Black seats with gold stitching are featured inside, with Nappa leather trim and Alcantara faux suede inserts. Daytona graphics are embroidered into the seatbacks, while the gold stitching spreads to the console armrest and doors. It also wears new aluminum and gloss-black trim and floor mats with embroidered Dodge logos. Additionally, Dodge has thrown in content including driver’s seat position and steering column memory, bi-xenon headlights, LED ambient cabin lighting and rear parking sensors.
The new Charger Daytona will start at $40,985 including destination, a mere $3,000 more than the R/T model. Upgrading to the Charger Daytona 392 will cost $46,090.
The Charger Daytona will be orderable at Dodge dealers beginning in September, the Challenger in October.