The New 2015 Dodge Challenger Is Even More Of A Blast From The Past

Chrysler's reborn muscle car, the Dodge Challenger, is all about performance both on the road and on the sales charts: calendar-year sales have tripled since its 2008 introduction. With Ford set to roll out the restyled 50th anniversary Ford Mustang, however, the Pentastar people dipped even deeper into the nostalgia well to create an even more muscular Challenger for 2015.

That's exactly what Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC is telling us, in fact. “For 2015, we're going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” states Kuniskis.

The changes go beyond skin deep, as Kuniskis explains: “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal.” Hold it right there, Tim, while we note the Challenger is evolving along the lines of the original car that debuted as a 1970 model in the fall of '69.

The 2015 edition sports a number of styling cues hat debuted on the '71 Challenger, most notably the split front grill and twin taillights; 2008 through 2014 Challengers featured a single rear light bar with a single central back-up lens much like that of the original car.   

All show and no go makes the Challenger a dull car, however, and although the reborn Mopar machine wasn't sluggish in any respect, things get even better under the hood for 2015. The big news is the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker model pumping out an estimated 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.

Drivers can choose from a six-speed manual or a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with the latter enabling 0-60 mph sprints in the mid-4 second range, quarter mile times in the low 12 seconds and a top speed of 182 miles per hour. Brembo four-piston high-performance brakes and 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels are charged with bringing this next-gen pony car to heel.

Superlative performance notwithstanding, Dodge knows the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker won't appeal to everyone. The 2015 Challenger will therefore be casting a wider net with eight trim levels beginning with SXT and rising through SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, and 6.4-liter Scat Pack. Seven different stripe options and bold retro colors like Sublime Green help make the 2015 Challenger a truly eye-popping blast from the past.

Production of the 2015 Dodge Challenger will begin in the third quarter of 2014 at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario, Canada assembly plant. For more information on the car's many standard, optional and all-new features, please peruse Chrysler Corporation's online press release.