American Muscle. There isn’t much more that needs to be said, but I’ll go on. Reaching back into the 60’s and 70’s to pay homage to our country’s big beefy automobiles is a trend that I hope never fades. It’s one thing to see a fully restored vintage car rolling (or whizzing) by, but an entirely different sensation when it’s a brand new car availing its self of all the advances we’ve come to expect in fine automobiles. Red-blooded American men and women will probably admit that if they could possess a stable of vehicles, a Charger or Challenger would fit in nicely, even if they like Ford or Chevy as well.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger continues the trend, but moves up a year to 1971. Under the hood and inside is 100% modern though. Joining the V6-powered SXT and 5.7-liter Hemi-powered R/T are the new Challenger 6.4 Scat Pack and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker models. As their names indicate, they get the big V8 that, in the current 2014 lineup, is the top offering, available only in the Challenger SRT. That engine now dishes out 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 15 hp and 5 lb-ft over the current SRT Challenger spec. The Scat Pack cars also get better brake cooling, an upgraded suspension, and new 20-inch lightweight alloys. Drivers can shift themselves via a Tremec 6-speed stick or a new 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic. The latter includes cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy, even with the monster Hemi.
Modern materials, driver-focused cockpit and safety features top an impressive list to match the cars looks and performance. It’s going to be a beast. But then again, it always was.