Upgrades Abound in the 2016 Dodge Challenger

October 12th, 2015 by

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The 2015 Dodge Challenger was already a top seller for the brand, but the team at Dodge has decided to slightly up the ante for the 2016 model year by enticing consumers with a few upgrades, available now at your Dodge Challenger Miami dealership.

Read on to see the slight changes that set the 2016 Dodge Challenger apart from its 2015 predecessor. No matter which one you choose to lease or purchase, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is an iconic muscle car that makes it thrilling to “Grab Life.”

New Upgrades for the 2016 Challenger: Appearance Enhancements

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In response to requests from Challenger loyalists, Dodge has released new “high impact” exterior colors in B5 Blue, Sublime Green, Go Mango, TorRed, and perhaps most strikingly, Plum Crazy.

According to Mark Trostle, Head of Dodge and SRT Design, FCA US LLC, “From the aggressive and in-your-face styling of the SRT Hellcat models, the reverberating black stripes on our Shaker models, to the nostalgic dual A-line side stripes in satin black or gloss white on the R/T Classic model – Plum Crazy further builds on Dodge brand’s muscle-car roots and adds to the Challenger and Charger’s vibrant legacy.”

These three shades join the eight other existing colors, including Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat, Ivory White Tri-coast Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearlcoat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat, Pitch Black Clearcoat, and Redline Red Tricoat Pearl.

In addition to the color upgrades, the 2016 Dodge Challenger also sports twelve new wheel options, customizable with various rim designs from a range of available packages.

Reminiscent of the 1971 Dodge Challenger, the exterior sports vintage details like a split-grille with projector headlamps surrounded by LED accents. The hood, described as a “power bulge” design, comes in a variety of scoops. The rear of the Challenger is accented with LED taillamps wrapped in a glossy black piano finish.

Expect the same trim levels to carry over from the 2015 model year, including the SXT, SXT+, R/T, R/T+, R/T Scat Package, along with the Shaker packages on the R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat.

For those who opt to drive the new Challenger in either the SXT or R/T trims, the Blacktop Appearance Group is still available, which enhances the Challenger with a host of blacked-out features, including a black rear spoiler, a black strobe stripe, black bezels, black grille, a black fuel door, cloth or leather black seats – depending on which package you choose, black cabin accents, and 20-inch wheels in…you guessed it. Black.

However, expect a slight price increase on the 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat package, thanks to the now standard features of high-end Laguna leather, and top of the line UConnect infotainment system.

Inside the 2016 Dodge Challenger

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As much as the exterior gives a nod to the Challenger’s iconic heritage and vintage style, the interior is all modern, with a wealth of soft-touch details and a contemporary instrument cluster. Central to that is a completely customizable seven-inch Think Film Transistor (TFT) screen, enhanced by an available 8.4-inch touchscreen.

The Dodge Challenger is the only American muscle to offer seating for five passengers, and although it might be a tight fit to squeeze three adults in the back seat, it can be done.

In addition to its larger size and available passenger accommodations, the 2016 Dodge Challenger offers considerable cargo space from its trunk which measures 16.2 cubic feet, a measurement that bests some of the mid-sized sedans on the market today.

Performance Ratings on the 2016 Dodge Challenger

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The Dodge Challenger is all about customization. So it’s no wonder that consumers have a considerable choice to make with respect to muscle and power.

At the base level, represented by the SXT and SCT Plus trims, expect a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque, mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Moving up to the R/T level, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, which is able to produce 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission, those numbers drop slightly to 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

For added power, check out the R/T Scat Pack, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, and the SRT 392, trim levels outfitted with the 6.4-liter “Apache” Hemi, measured at 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard transmission for this drivetrain comes from the six-speed manual, but the eight-speed automatic is an available option.

These three trims also boast better stopping power, thanks to the four-piston Brembo brake calipers featured on the non-SRTs, along with their Bilstein high-performance shocks, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

The SRT 392’s brakes are strengthened by six-piston calipers and Pirelli P Zero Nero all-season tires, supported by adjustable shocks.

But the real muscle comes from the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Under its hood, the Hellcat roars with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, generating a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. With this powertrain, the Hellcat is able to crush the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph.

Despite its heart-stopping power, the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is reportedly a smooth ride, easy to drive with precise handling and responsiveness.

The Safety Situation in the 2016 Dodge Challenger

Not many people necessarily equate a sports car with safety. However, the 2016 Dodge Challenger offers the kind of solid safety and reliability features one would expect from a traditional, tech-savvy sedan.

To start with the standard safety, you’ll find features like anti-lock brakes, front knee airbags, seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax airbags, active head restraints, as well as technology like Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist.

Available safety enhancements include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, ParkSense assist system, and a rearview camera.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2016 Dodge Challenger five stars for overall crash and side impact tests.

With this performance vehicle, you needn’t sacrifice safety for yourself or your passengers.

Fuel Efficiency Ratings from the 2016 Dodge Challenger

Similar to safety, the topic of fuel economy is not one generally celebrated in the sports car segment. However, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is somewhat surprising in that it yields better fuel efficiency than you might otherwise expect from a performance vehicle.

The 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT is rated at 19 city, 30 highway, and 23 mpg combined.

The R/T’s 5.7-liter engine features cylinder deactivation, which utilizes only four cylinders for lighter driving conditions, and so gets 15 city, 23 highway, and 18 mpg combined when paired to the manual transmission, and 16 city, 25 highway, and 19 mpg combined from the automatic transmission.

For the R/T Scat Pack and the SRT 392, expect fuel efficiency returns of 14 city, 23 highway, and 17 mpg combined from the manual transmission, and a slight increase to 15 city, 25 highway, and 18 mpg combined when matched to the automatic transmission.

Not surprisingly, the most powerful of the Challenger’s, the 2016 Hellcat, has the lowest fuel efficiency, rated at 13 city, 21 highway, and 16 mpg combined from the manual transmission, which is nearly matched by the automatic transmission at 13 city, 22 highway, and 16 mpg combined.

Of course, the price of the 2016 Dodge Challenger will be impacted by trim level, options, and packages, but the base MSRP is listed at $26,995.

Call the team at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram to schedule your test drive of the 2016 Dodge Challenger. Whether you want to play it safe or go “high-impact” with your Dodge Challenger, this is one thrill-seeking car for those who want to “Grab Life” behind the wheel. 

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