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2015 Dodge Challenger

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/23/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

For 2015, the Dodge Challenger receives a major refresh, with a revised exterior, more powerful 6.4-liter V-8 on the SRT model, updated chassis and suspension, Dodge Performance Pages data, electric power steering, and new eight-speed automatic transmission on all trims to replace the older five-speed unit. New safety aids include blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross traffic alert. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is the newest and most powerful addition to the lineup and is touted by Dodge as the most powerful muscle car ever.

UPDATE: A new performance model called the Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker has been added. This model comes equipped with a 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8 from the SRT 392 trim and is available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Additional performance features include Brembo high performance brakes, and Super Track Pak suspension. A Scat Pack Appearance group package is also available and adds hood-to-tail Satin Black Shaker graphic stripes, Scat Pack logo embroidery on the seats, a “Scat Pack” Bumble Bee splash screen, and 20-inch aluminum wheels in matte black.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Dodge Challenger is a two-door rear-drive coupe sold with four engines.

Overview

The 2015 Dodge Challenger's four engines are paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 -- eight-speed automatic
Power: 305 hp/268 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/30 mpg city/highway

Engine: 5.7-liter V-8 -- six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power: 372 hp/400 lb-ft (automatic), 375 hp/ 410 lb-ft (manual)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/25 mpg (automatic), 15/23 mpg (manual)

Engine: 6.4-liter V-8
Power: 485 hp/475 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/25 mpg (automatic), 14/23 mpg (manual)

Engine: Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8
Power: 707 hp/650 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 13/22 mpg (automatic), 13/21 mpg (manual)

Acceleration is good on V-6 models, and impressive in V-8 variants with their wall of horsepower and torque. While the 2015 Challenger possesses good handling, the car is more of a grand tourer than a sports car, but can easily take on a twisty winding road in SRT guise. In a straight line, however, the 2015 Challenger, especially the SRT Hellcat, is unrivaled among its fellow muscle cars with powerful acceleration that allow it to rival some of the fastest performance cars in the world. Ride quality is another strong point with the chassis and suspension smoothing out rough patches.

Space inside the car is good for four adults with roomy rear seats and an updated cabin with high-grade materials and soft-touch plastics. Trunk space is also generous with 16.2 cubic-feet cargo volume. The available Nappa leather sport seats make the car's interior feel more upscale and provide good support for all types of driving. The car's infotainment system with the optional UConnect interface with an 8.1-inch touchscreen is user-friendly and is laid out logically.

UPDATE: The NHTSA gave the 2015 Dodge Challenger a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars).

A new performance model called the Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker has been added. This model comes equipped with a 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8 from the SRT 392 trim and is available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Additional performance features include Brembo high performance brakes, and Super Track Pak suspension. A Scat Pack Appearance group package is also available and adds hood-to-tail Satin Black Shaker graphic stripes, Scat Pack logo embroidery on the seats, a “Scat Pack” Bumble Bee splash screen, and 20-inch aluminum wheels in matte black.

What We Think

When viewed as a muscle car, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is an excellent choice with strong engines and impressive straight-line acceleration. In a First Test review of the Challenger SRT Hellcat, we recorded a 0-60 time of 3.7-seconds while the quarter mile was dispatched in 11.7 seconds at 125.4 mph. While the car handles well, in a First Test of a V-6 model, we noted that the car's two-ton curb weight showed "its muscle car roots" because it didn't take corners as well as some of its competitors.

Additionally, we said in a First Test of a 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack variant that the brakes and cooling systems "didn't feel entirely up to task" with aggressive driving on twisty canyon roads with the former suffering from excessive fade after one run. The 2015 Challenger's well-appointed, upscale-feeling interior was also impressive with user-friendly controls for the infotainment system and high-quality materials used throughout the cabin. Despite its impressive performance, the car's ride quality is also a strong point with high levels of comfort thanks to a chassis that's tuned softer than its competitors, making the 2015 Challenger an excellent long-distance cruiser.

You'll Like

  • Powerful acceleration in SRT variants
  • Comfortable ride
  • Luxuriously appointed interior

You Won't Like

  • Heavy curb weight
  • Brakes aren't up to task with aggressive canyon driving
  • Handling isn't on the same level as competitors

Key Competitors

  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

Rating

4 star

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