2015 Dodge Challenger | new car review
Extremely well priced, stunning and practical as well.
We don't see as many as we should on the roads!
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 reveal the retro-inspired cabin, which features independent circular gauges and a dashboard that bears quite a stark resemblance to the one found in the Charger. Taking a step in the right direction, the designers have bid farewell to the abundance of hard plastics and welcomed a combination of stitched and perforated leather to give the cabin that slightly more premium aura.
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.
What’s on offer?
You can join the Challenger club with a 3.6 litre V6 engine that whips out 305 horsepower and will set you back AED 115,000. 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 2015 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 115,000 which rises gradually until AED 200,000 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.
|Specifications||2015 Dodge Challenger SE||2015 Dodge Challenger RT||2015 Dodge Challenger SRT|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.6 litre V6||5.7 litre V8||6.4 litre V8|
|Max Power |
|305 hp @ 6,350 RPM||372 hp @ 5,150 RPM||470 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|363 Nm @ 4,800 RPM||542 Nm @ 4,300 RPM||637 Nm @ 4,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||5 speed automatic||5 speed automatic / 6 speed manual|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.0 secs||5.8 secs||4.6 secs|
|Top speed||200 km/h||230 km/h||270 km/h|
|Price||AED 115,000 - 145,000||AED 150,000||AED 200,000|