The Muscle Car culture is emblematic and fits perfectly with the American lifestyle. It is impossible to meet a real car enthusiast who doesn’t feel a passion or some kind of attraction towards these cars. It’s normal, muscle cars are awesome in their own way. The power and styling are easily recognizable.
The retro styling in the new Challenger is sexy and reflects its muscles. The competence, composed by the Mustang and the Camaro, reflect purely modernized images of the same concept. That’s exactly the charming trait of the Challenger, a new car with retro essence.
The 2016 Challenger incorporates few things; a new trim, wheel options, and the return of Plum Crazy paint. So in essence, you won’t be capable of see any difference with the 2015 model. A huge engine is mandatory, by the way. The Challenger is strongest and bigger than its competence all the time. Those traits allow this muscle car to have a more exotic look and a substantial road presence. The dimensions make it comfortable with a welcoming cabin, full of space.
Let’s review this emblematic Muscle car.
American Engine and Performance
This American proper car has several engines to satisfy every kind of customers. The base SXT Challenger is dotted with a 3.5 L V6 powerplant producing 305 horsepower at 6350 rpm and peak of 268 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. It’s suitable for those who are concerned with fuel efficiency because the V6 consumes 19 mpg in city and 30 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is exciting, going from standstill to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds
R/T models receive the powerful 5.7 L V8 HEMI delivering 372 horsepower (automatic) or 375 horsepower (manual) and 400 lb-ft of torque (automatic) or 410l b-ft of torque (manual). The fuel efficiency is drastically lowered by the bigger engine and rated with automatic transmission at 16 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway. More power with worse fuel efficiency reported the manual transmission with 15 mpg in city and 23 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is exhilarating at this point while you feel real power, going from standstill to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
The 392 Hemi Scat Pack and Challenger SRT 392 offer a plus in power and speed with a 6.4 L V8 HEMI engine delivering 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is improved drastically, going standstill to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Finally, the fastest and expensive option is the SRT Hellcat, with a 6.2 L V8 HEMI supercharged that crank out 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This beast is incredibly fast and pressing the throttle will deliver an adrenaline rush. The acceleration is rated from standstill to 60 mph in impressive 4.1 seconds.
Design Line and Interior
The retro styling is obvious, highly accentuated with some traits of older Challengers from the past century. The front fascia is a futurist design with an old essence. You feel that those LED headlights are staring at you with a serious and reckless look. The same formula are applied on the sheet metal panels that emanate a sporty and sexy silhouette but the rear view is minimalist and flows with the design of the muscle car.
A huge advantage of the Challenger is the roomy cabin and the capacity of five, making it the only one of the three American muscle coupes to achieve such a thing. Also, the trunk space is comparable to some mid-size sedans space, featuring 16.2 cubic feet. The stylish cockpit is plagued with premium materials and it’s designed aesthetically with some interesting standard features as an 8.4-inch infotainment system. The steering wheel, knobs, and others instruments are sexy and it enjoys a compelling interior design.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Challenger is a powerful muscle car with huge room inside, allowing space for five and an excellent trunk space. The design either outside or inside is compelling enough to attract more than a single view.
Starting price at US$26.995.