Ever since the Challenger's 2009 reincarnation as a retro-modern muscle car, Dodge has made a series of civilizing upgrades to the interior, improved the handling, and given it the latest version of Chrysler's accomplished touch-screen infotainment system. Rest assured, the brazen attitude remains.
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Dodge Challenger Road Test

Ever since the Challenger's 2009 reincarnation as a retro-modern muscle car, Dodge has made a series of civilizing upgrades to the interior, improved the handling, and given it the latest version of Chrysler's accomplished touch-screen infotainment system. Rest assured, the brazen attitude remains.

The Challenger lineup includes various cosmetic changes, performance-oriented features, and a choice of V6 and V8 engines spread over a bewildering number of different trim lines, culminating in the outrageous 797-hp "SRT Hellcat Redeye" version.

The car we tested was a loaded mid-trim R/T Plus with a 375-hp, 5.7-liter "Hemi" V8 and six-speed manual. We also added heated seats and steering wheel; navigation; a sport-oriented tire, brake, and suspension package; and active safety gear.

Best Version to Get
If you're going to get a Challenger, go for the full experience and spring for the Hemi V8. The 5.7-liter packs plenty of punch and sounds good doing it. You don't need the extreme Hellcat, or even the 6.4-liter-motivated Scat Pack or SRT 392 versions to savor the muscle-car experience. Options we...
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