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TOTD: Which Non-SRT 2015 Dodge Challenger Would you Pick?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/26/2014 Erick Ayapana
2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus

Believe it or not, the SRT Hellcat isn’t the only 2015 Challenger variant that exists. While lots of fun can be had with a supercharged V-8 pumping out 707 hp, the fact is that the Hellcat will be out of reach for most buyers. A bulk of Challenger sales will go to the non-SRT models that include the choice of three engines.

2015 Dodge Challenger RT Plus© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Challenger RT Plus

The big news is the addition of the 6.4-liter V-8 that was previously reserved for the Challenger. This engine makes 485 hp and 475 lb-ft and is priced at around $40,000, putting it toe-to-toe with the Ford Mustang GT and Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter V-8 carries over and its power output is unchanged at 375 hp and 410 lb-ft. This engine is fitted in the Challenger R/T, which starts at $32,490. Also available is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which we’ve praised in most Chrysler products, including the 2015 Challenger SXT, which carries a base price of $27,990. It produces 305 hp and 268 lb-ft and is adequate for the large cruiser. The V-8s come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox that isn’t available on the V-6. A new eight-speed auto is optional on the V-8s and is the sole transmission choice for the V-6. That said, which non-SRT Challenger would best fit your horsepower (and budgetary) needs? Let us know in the comments below.


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