2014 Dodge Challenger | new car review
Extremely well priced, stunning and practical as well.
Design set to change for 2015 model.
Unlike the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger has stayed true to its roots; as far as styling goes at least. Design cues that have become synonymous with muscle cars such as a long hood and a wide stance are very much present and the Challenger is definitely the most reminiscent looking muscle car on the market today.
A tug of the long doors reveals the retro-inspired cabin, which features independent circular gauges and a dashboard that is made almost entirely out of hard plastic. Now, although we’d criticize this massively if it were any other car, it isn’t much of an issue in the Challenger for two main reasons; a) the dashboard looks very, very good and b) the youth that will be attracted to this car definitely couldn’t care less if it were premium leather or plastic on the dash.
Rolling in a sick ride is definitely important, but, it’s only half the equation. For teens, the sound system is almost just as important as the car and the guys at Dodge are well aware of this. Fitted with Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port and an auxiliary jack, connecting your desired device is the least of your worries. Depending on how deep you wish to dig into your pockets, however, choices include a six speaker Boston Acoustics set-up, a seven speaker Boston Acoustics system with a subwoofer, or an insane 900 watts 18 speaker Harman Kardon unit.
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You can join the Challenger club with a 3.6 litre V6 engine that whips out 305 horsepower and will set you back AED 120,000. If it’s the grunt of a V8 you’re after however, then the 5.7 litre HEMI V8 found in the R/T variant which puts out 372 horsepower is your next best bet. But to really feel what the Challenger is all about and capable of, it’s the mental 470 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque generating 6.4 litre V8 SRT spec that you’d want to have a look at.
The 2014 Dodge Challenger is stunning, practical with its ability to seat two adults in the rear seats and extremely affordable. With a starting price of just AED 119,000 which rises constantly along with improvements in performance before stopping at AED 205,000 for the top of the line SRT version, it’s no wonder we see so many of these American beauties galloping down Jumeirah beach road on the weekend.