Few vehicles put performance front and center as much as the 2018 Dodge Challenger does with its all-muscle design and ferocious exhaust note. And whether you go for the sub-$30,000 entry model or the expensive SRT® Demon, the one thing you can expect is a smile on your face every time you step on the throttle.
Engines and power
The 2018 Dodge Challenger carries with four different engines across fifteen different models, some in various states of tune. The base model starts with a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, the only Challenger engine with fewer than eight cylinders. Also offered is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI® rated at up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and a 6.4-liter V8 SRT® HEMI® rated at 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful is the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT® engine, which is found in both the SRT® Hellcat and the SRT® Demon, producing 707 horsepower in the former and up to a whopping 840 horsepower in the latter, more than any other road-legal sports car.
Transmission and acceleration
With so much power to contend with, applying it to the road can be tricky. Every 2018 Dodge Challenger but the Demon comes with an available six-speed manual TREMEC transmission for those seeking total control, though the alternative — a TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic — provides even better performance. Everyone already knows about the Demon’s record-breaking 2.3-second zero-to-60 mph acceleration and its sub-10 second quarter-mile, but its more affordable brethren aren’t exactly slow either. Even the base V6-powered SXT has plenty of push, with a zero-to-60 mph time of about six seconds and a quarter-mile time of under 15 seconds.
Suspension and agility
A common misconception likely borne out of the Challenger’s sheer drag racing capability is that if it is so good in a straight line, it must thus be compromised in the corners. But the 2018 Dodge Challenger is exceptional in that area as well, thanks to Bilstein® high-performance suspension and various driving modes that allow you to tune the suspension on the fly to suit the conditions. Meanwhile, Brembo® brakes provide excellent stopping power, ensuring you can brake as late as possible before hitting that apex at speeds that would make most cars topple over.
With its unmistakable exhaust, daring design and unbridled performance, the 2018 Dodge Challenger is the epitome of American muscle.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.