Dodge has built this year’s Challenger with a singular focus on heritage. This machine descends from a 48-year lineage of muscle cars that has always been about power and performance. Multiple engine packages and lean body options bulge at the seams with Dodge DNA. The 2018 Challenger flexes on the competition in all the categories: power, style, comfort, safety, and best of all, price. Starting at just $26,995 MSRP,1 this American muscle is as affordable as it is athletic.
The Perfect Ride for…
Those that want a precision-crafted performance machine like no other on the road. Dodge offers several different powertrain options with dozens of performance-enhancing add-ons, including electric power steering, stability control, performance tuned steering and sport suspension, performance tires, 20-inch granite crystal aluminum wheels, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, active launch control, premium racing-grade transmission, high-performance shock absorbers, advanced brake systems, high flow air intake, active exhaust, and the list goes on and on. Bottom line: buckle up and prepare to experience decades of automotive engineering evolution.
Drive & Handling
Dodge offers four engine options for the 2018 Challenger, each using the latest in technology to increase power while maintaining desirable fuel-efficiency. The adventure begins with a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine capable of 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque, yet still managing a stellar 30 mpg highway.2
Beyond this, the legendary HEMI® takes over. The 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology can produce up to 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. It also uses a built-in computer to deactivate up to four cylinders in the engine when power is not needed, thus saving in fuel costs with up to 25 mpg highway.3 Next, the 392 HEMI® V8 can launch the Challenger from 0 to 60 in the low 4-second range with 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque; it can even do a quarter-mile in less than 13 seconds. Finally, for a real beast under the hood, consider the monstrosity that is the Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8, which can produce as much as 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. (Be sure to pack a clean pair of shorts for new passengers.)
The 2018 Challenger features multiple Performance Pages that can be selected from the available 8.4-inch high-definition full-color touchscreen in the dashboard. Drivers can select preset modes or custom modes to fit different driving needs. For example, switch from Normal to Sport Mode to simultaneously reduce shift times, increase steering sensitivity and traction control, as well as activate the available paddle shifters. Or switch from Normal to Comfort mode to revert these settings to make driving easier, like increased power steering for a smoother ride.
The Challenger’s onboard computer can detect and analyze various data points to help achieve the most-efficient launch from a starting line. Activate Launch Control from the center touchscreen, and it will analyze external factors like track and temperature conditions to find the ideal RPM for launch and calculate precision grip to minimize wheel slips.
Active safety features
As always, the need for speed comes standard with a respect for safety, and Dodge has you covered. The 2018 Challenger is built with a high-strength steel frame, including crumple zones specifically designed to absorb impact away from the passenger area. Inside, passengers can rest easy with extensive safety features, including active head restraints and advanced multistage driver and front passenger airbags, supplemental front and rear side-curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted side airbags, (all standard, of course). Finally, Dodge offers smart passive safety features like automatic high-beams and rain-sensing wipers, which both adjust intensity on their own.
While the Challenger is Dodge's answer for those who need speed, if you're in need of power to climb mountains, we recommend the versatile and adaptable Dodge Journey. If you're in need of more seating for an entire crew of Dodge fans, however, then you can fit them all in the spacious and comfortable Dodge Grand Caravan.
1 MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
2 EPA estimated mpg with 3.6L engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.
3 EPA estimated 25 hwy mpg with 5.7L engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.
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