2016 Dodge Challenger Review
After a 2015 refresh, the 2016 Challenger adds a new Blacktop Appearance group with black accents, accessible Plum Crazy paint, and, for the Uconnect infotainment system, a drag and drop menu, Siri Eyes Free, and a “Do Not Disturb” feature.
2016 Dodge Challenger Redesign
The Challenger has consistently been the largest and blockiest of the muscle cars, giving it substantial road presence. Looked at through a different lens, the Challenger has been somewhat more of a touring coupe— comfortable and big, with a supple ride. But the Challenger additionally offers an array of even more powerful, rip-up-the-track versions at the top end for buyers who desire to keep pace with the most powerful vehicles in the lines of the contest.
2016 Dodge Challenger Exterior
Brawny and fearless, the Challenger might even be branded beautiful, depending on whose eyes are doing the gazing. The essential body shape has a long nose, level decklid, and the 1970s variants were inspired by thick roof pillars. Broad and huge, Challenger is more connected than Mustang or Camaro to its automotive ancestors.
With projector headlamps circled by LED rings, a split grille sits within a slim front opening. The practical “power bulge” hood may be fitted with various scoops. LED taillamps have a glossy black environment.
2016 Dodge Challenger Interior
Inside, the Challenger has a modern dash with soft-touch surfaces and an up to date device cluster with a totally customizable 7.0-inch display screen. The available 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard controls the common sound functions and navigation system, as well as programs through the Uconnect Access system.
The center console has the dash, instruments, and a higher border on the passenger side, inspired by the 1971 Challenger, and console has aluminum accents. Among the 14 alternatives for interior color and trim is a classic Houndstooth superior material that Dodge calls a “throwback” to the 1970s and premium leather and Alcantara suede high-performance seats.
2016 Dodge Challenger Engine
At the base level, Challenger SXT and SXT Plus versions get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, making 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It’s just offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the blend offers up both enough away-the-line pet to feel like a muscle car and high-revving passing ability to never feel short on steam.
In R/T versions, you get a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 making up to 375 hp and 410 lb-feet of torque. (R/T versions with the automatic transmission make 372 hp and 400 lb-feet of torque.) Otherwise, the R/T is not weaker than the V-6 versions, notably during passing, and it makes all the right sounds—but it’s no rival for the V-8s in the Camaro and Mustang.
If you want to stick to the affordable SXT or R/T versions but desire the better handling of the more powerful versions, there is a Super Track Pak alternative that gets you a lowered ride height, bigger sway bars, Bilstein shocks, high-performance brakes, and a three-style stability control system.
Above that, there’s the R/T Scat Pack model, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, and the SRT 392, all of which have a higher output 6.4-liter “Apache” version of the HEMI that makes 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard here, and the 8-speed automatic is available as well. These models feel far quicker than the R/T. Stopping power is updated, too, with four-piston Brembo brake calipers, for now, SRTs and six-piston calipers for the SRT 392. The on SRTs also get Bilstein high-performance shocks and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, while the SRT 392 has Pirelli P Zero Nero all-season tires and adjustable shocks.
The Hellcat—the most powerful muscle car ever—is fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 making 707 hp and 650 lb-feet of torque, will run a quarter mile in 11.2 seconds, at 125 mph. That’s on the optional Pirelli P Zero Y -rated performance tires, which have plenty of grips. When fitted with full on drag radials, the Hellcat will do a 10.8-second run at 126 mph. Power is produced through a 6-speed manual gearbox. As much as we adore guides, we believe the heavy duty 8-speed automatic might be a shrewder company when you have more than 700 horses in the stable.
2016 Dodge Challenger Trim
The 2016 Dodge Challenger comes in 10 trim levels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Challenger SXT ($26,995) comes with the V6 and automatic, a 7-inch display screen, 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, Bluetooth, power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and automatic headlights.
Plus version is upgraded with leather seating, a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, 8.4-inch Connect touchscreen, rear parking sensors, and the rearview camera.
Challenger R/T ($31,995) gets the 5.7-liter V8, performance brakes, and 20-inch wheels. R/T and SXT models can be purchased with the Blacktop Appearance package that is new. A Super Track Pak alternative brings more, Bilstein shocks, larger sway bars, and lowered ride height. R/T Shaker ($35,795) adds a shaker hood scoop, black stripes, black grille surround, and 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets. In addition, it contains equipment from the Super Track Pak.
Challenger R/T Scat Pack ($38,995) gets the 485-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V8, plus operation suspension and steering wheel, four-piston Brembo brakes, cloth seats, large aero splitter, rearview camera, and Performance Pages. Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker ($43,595) has the 485-hp V8, with a functional shaker hood. SRT 392 ($49,195) also gets the 485-hp Hemi, plus Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers, a Viper-inspired hood, adaptive-damping suspension, special Nappa leather seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, and 900-watt Harman Kardon sound.
Challenger SRT Hellcat ($59,995) packages a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8, along with a 6-speed manual gearbox and plenty of operation goodies to complement Dodge’s flagship coupe.
Safety features include seat-mounted side pelvic- thorax airbags and front knee airbags. Adaptive cruise control is available, in addition to blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear cross-route discovery, and a rearview camera.
2016 Dodge Challenger Video
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