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Dodge Challenger

Modern muscle with a ’70s look.

The original Challenger was a latecomer to the pony-car party in 1970, and it ducked out early. As a result, it didn’t have the lasting impact of the Ford Mustang or the Chevrolet Camaro, but it still had great appeal to Mopar enthusiasts, and that was enough to encourage Dodge to come out with a modern iteration with plenty of trim levels to choose from. Challenger SXT and SXT Plus models are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that makes 305 hp, the Challenger R/T has a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 375 hp, and the SRT8 model gets a nostalgically named “392” 6.4-liter Hemi that puts out 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. SRT8 models now benefit from standard three-mode adaptive dampers and launch control, both new for 2013. It would, however, be a mistake to call the Challenger a blunt instrument only made to go fast. There’s also an abundance of high-tech features available in the Challenger lineup. All models come with 6.5-inch touch-screen displays, and there are two available navigation systems, the more modest 430N system has been upgraded for 2013 with crisper graphics and more accurate guidance. The Challenger can also be optioned up with a 900-watt, eighteen-speaker premium audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon, which means this modern muscle car can be as functional as it is fast.

COMPETITORS

Chevrolet Camaro

Ford Mustang

Hyundai Genesis

new for 2013

The Challenger Rallye Redline debuted in late spring and returns for 2013 with a 305-hp V-6, 20-inch dark chrome wheels, and red accents. Fresh exterior paint colors include: billet silver metallic, granite crystal pearl, jazz blue pearl, and phantom black tri-coat.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitor are standard.

MPG

CITY 14–18

HWY 23–27

PRO

Power at a reasonable price

Close replica of the classic

Three engine choices

CON

Large blind spots

Big and heavy

Base Price Range: $26,490–$44,420

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Rallye Redline, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Classic, SRT8 392, SRT8 Yellow Jacket

BODY STYLE: Coupe, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 3.6L V-6, 305 hp, 268 lb-ft

5.7L V-8, 375 hp, 410 lb-ft

6.4L V-8, 470 hp, 470 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 91.5 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 16.2 cu ft

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