Some cars have a reputation that precedes them, and the iconic Dodge Challenger is one such vehicle. When it comes to American muscle cars, the Challenger is a classic of the genre. Of course, that means high expectations for each new annual edition of the automobile. Fortunately, for both longtime loyalists and brand new fans, the 2017 Dodge Challenger does not disappoint.
2017 Dodge Challenger performance
Performance is where the Challenger traditionally shines and the 2017 model once again rises to the challenge. Powertrain options include the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and the top-of-the-line Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, which boasts an absolutely absurd 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That motor is especially effective when mated to the available TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission, which features exceptionally close fifth- through eight-speed gear ratios along with a lower cruising rpm in top gear.
For even greater performance, the optional Super Track Pak will enhance your Challenger with performance-tuned steering and sport suspension, performance tires, 20-inch hyper black aluminum wheels, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages, ParkView Rear Back Up Camera and Electronic Stability Control, which can be completely deactivated.
2017 Dodge Challenger design
Vintage is in right now, which bodes well for the Dodge Challenger, a car that oozes retro cool. Though the overall look feels thoroughly contemporary, there are old school elements throughout, including the iconic heritage-inspired split grille and aggressive brow designs. Dual rear exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels and projector headlamps with quad LED halo surrounds that light up the night are also essential elements of the new Challengerís classic muscle car look.
The retro exterior is matched by a truly modern interior, which can comfortably seat up to five passengers. A massive 7-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display is standard, while those who want even more high-tech accouterments can opt for the available Uconnect 8.4 NAV system, which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Navigation and 3D graphics. Drivers can also enjoy other perks based on the trim they select, such as the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel found in the SRT 392 or the performance-inspired seats with accent stitching that set the look and feel of the Challenger R/T Plus SHAKER.
Whether you are interested in the base model or the truly insane 707-horsepower Hellcat, you should be able to make your high-performance dreams come true in the 2017 Dodge Challenger.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.