It’s been hotly anticipated and now the 2015 Dodge Challenger has been revealed. The design of the pony car is still decidedly retro, but the look is somewhat changed. According to Dodge, that’s because the 2015 model’s styling is based on the 1971 Challenger, instead of the 1970 model like the previous generation of the modern version of the car. Scholars of Mopar history know that the 1971 Challenger was the most potent version of the old muscle car, and it was the last year the 426 Hemi V8 engine was available.
Among the changes to the look of the 2015 model versus the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a deeper air dam, revised front and rear fascias, quad headlights with LED halos, LED taillights, a thinner front grille, a larger bulge in the hood, and an optional Shaker hood for even more nostalgic fun. Among the mechanical revisions is a new electric power steering system and a cast-aluminum differential cover. The overall character line of the Challenger remains unchanged.
Speaking of nostalgia, Dodge is offering the 2015 Challenger with more retro paint colors. Among them are Tor Red, B5 Blue, and Sublime (green). To add even more flair to the exterior, buyers can also add one of seven stripe options, all of which are inspired by the heritage of the pony car.
Now, for the news everyone has been anxiously waiting for. Three engines will be available. The 3.6-liter V6 engine puts out 305 horsepower. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 kicks out 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque and is the engine for the R/T, when it is outfitted with the manual transmission, low restriction exhaust and the Shaker hood. The top-of-the-line engine is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that puts out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Much to the disappointment of fans, there is no supercharger option, meaning enthusiasts will have to look to the aftermarket before even considering a race with a Camaro Z/28.