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Dodge Unveils 2015 Challenger

2015 Challenger.

Dodge Unveils 2015 Challenger
Written by: Brandan Gillogly on April 16 2014

Dodge Unveils 2015 Challenger

Written by:  on April 16 2014 9:01 PM


Dodge is enjoying position the Challenger is holding in the pony car market. It’s third in sales behind Camaro and Mustang, yet its sales climb year after year, not something you’d typically see on a car that’s been in the market for several years. Dodge is also proud of the fact that Challenger has a higher conquest rate, buyers who come to the brand after owning a competitor’s car, than either of its Detroit rivals. Still another bit of Challenger market trivia is that the average buyer is younger than the average Camaro or Mustang buyer. These younger buyers are buying the Challenger not just for its style and performance, which they are, according to Dodge, but because it’s a larger, more comfortable, more grand-touring vehicle than its chief competitors. Of course, there are still those HOT ROD readers among the buyers, those that want power and performance, so Dodge improved the 2015 Challenger for both sets of customers. For the performance fiends, there’s the optional 392 Scat Pack, the first time that a modern 392 has been offered in a Dodge-branded vehicle. With 485hp, it’s more powerful than any SRT vehicle thus far.


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When it was relaunched, the third-gen Challenger was clearly an homage to the ’70 model. It had the grille, the lights, and obviously the sheet metal. For 2011, Dodge refreshed the Challenger by changing the lower grille opening, giving it the “frown” seen in the grille of the ’72-’74 Challenger. The 2015 Challenger gets its most significant styling refresh thus far, with changes inside and out, that reflect the ‘71 Challenger.


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Although most of the sheet metal and chassis stays the same, all Challengers get new front and rear fascia. The front fascia still uses the characteristic quad headlights with halos, but they’re new for ’15 with a shorter main grille opening for a wider look. The new grille has twin elements like the ’71 Challenger, and there’s more depth to the sculpting.



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The hood is new for ’15 as well, with familiar twin scoops, now moved much farther forward. The scoops are functional, adding airflow through the engine bay, but aren’t plumbed into the airbox. However, if that’s your thing, the Shaker option is available on all Hemi models.



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In the rear, the ’71 styling cues consist of split taillights rather than a full-width panel. V6 models feature a diffuser with built-in chrome exhaust tips, while all V8 models will use a rear diffuser that has separate tips to facilitate Mopar or other aftermarket exhaust. Both diffusers are taller than before, so all of the painted details of the car’s rear are compressed, which does help to remove some of the car’s visual mass. On all 2015 Challenger models, the rear uses LED lighting exclusively, including the license plate lamp, with 168 individual LEDs to give a seamless glow around each of the two taillamps



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Inside the Challenger is where you’ll find the most dramatic changes for 2015. The outside has always been striking, while the interior was definitely understated in comparison. There’s a lot more ’71-inspired design going on, from the driver-focused center console and electronic T-shifter for the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic to the floating hub gauges. All Challenger models get the same gauge cluster, with the 7-inch LCD display between analog gauges for the speedometer and tach. The center of each floating gauge can display addition vehicle information, and the LCD display has a host of display options including a dragstrip app with a starting line Christmas tree.



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The center stack uses a 5-inch or optional 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen that included Performance Pages, the performance app previously used on SRT models. The Performance Contol app allows drivers to tailor their experience by adjusting several options, including steering feel, traction control, shift modes, and launch control. Overall, the quality of the interior seems much improved, and more in line with the updated Chrysler 300 interior the HOT ROD staff enjoyed last year.



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The instrument panel surround, upper door panels, and armrests are now soft-touch plastic, while the instrument panel and center console use real stamped aluminum.


Although the 2015 Challenger’s structure and chassis remain largely unchanged, an additional door bar was added for side impact crashworthiness. The weight of the upgrades made to the interior and chassis were mitigated by moving to a cast aluminum differential in place of the previous iron unit. The move to aluminum came with an increase in ring gear diameter, with both the 3.09:1 gears in the 6.4L automatic and the 3.90:1 gears in the manual Hemi cars measuring in at 230mm, just a hair over 9 inches. Nobody at Dodge would give us a solid curb weight or any figures for how much weight was added, the best we got was “it’s about the same”. If the car were lighter, they’d have admitted it, so it’s a safe bet that the heaviest of the pony cars gained weight, likely somewhere in the double digits.

We haven’t driven a 2015 Challenger, yet it looks to be much improved over the 2014 model that was already a solid performer in its segment, offering consumers a lot of power, style, and personalization at all the popular price points. While the Mustang’s redesign made it a bit of a moving target, the Camaro looks like it’s right in the Challenger’s crosshairs. And we haven’t even seen the SRT.

New for 2015 Challenger
All trim levels now have electric power steering with adjustable steering feel.
The 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission is used on all engine options from 3.6L to 6.4L. Dodge claims that the addition of the trans helped the 3.6L 2015 Challenger shave half a second off its 0-60 time.

The Super Track Pak is available on all trim levels, from the Pentastar V6 to the V8s. It includes a performance suspension that’s half an inch lower, Bilstein shocks, Goodyear Eagle F-1 tires, and performance brakes.

Sublime Green, B5 Blue, and Torred colors are back.
There are 7 different stripe options and 9 different wheel options.
Houndstooth is available in SXT and R/T cloth interiors. We dig it.
The Nappa leather seats on the higher trim levels are available with heating and ventilation.

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