Dodge Challenger T/A: Then and Now
Dodge must have been feeling nostalgic this year because the brand has brought a few classic Dodge models back to life. So far in 2017, Dodge has recreated and produced two models that were once legendary race classics, the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona, and in April they are preparing to unveil a recreated Dodge Demon, which will be called the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. So before the new Demon comes out, we want to take a closer look at the original Challenger T/A and see how it compares to the models made today to see what could be in store for the Demon.
Dodge Challenger T/A: 1970 and 2017
The Dodge Challenger T/A was created in 1970 and it ruled both the street and track during that time. The ‘70 Challenger T/A was a special Challenger model built for the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans Am racing series and it hard a starting price of about $4,000.
As a car built for the track, the Challenger T/A had some extra performance that other Challenger models didn’t have. The Challenger T/A was equipped with a 340 cubic inch four-barrel V8 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque. The ‘70 Challenger T/A has a top speed around 146 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in about 5.9 seconds. Other features on the Challenger T/A are a hood scoop, a pinned-down matte-black fiberglass hood and low-restriction dual exhausts.
Production on the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A was limited to 2,399 models, so that makes the original models very valuable, typically over $100,000. But as we mentioned, Dodge brought the Challenger T/A back for the 2017 model year and while it has style cues similar to the original model, it is also fairly different.
The 2017 Challenger T/A lineup includes three different models- Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus and Challenger T/A 392. The Challenger T/A and T/A Plus models are equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, which is a great deal more than the original model. The Challenger T/A 392 is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and it increases the vehicle’s horsepower to 485 horses and 475 lb-ft of torque! All of that power gives the Challenger T/A 392 a top speed of 182 mph and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in the low four-second range.
Other equipment on the 2017 Challenger T/A models are “Air Catcher” headlamps, a NACA ducted hood and a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system. However, to make the 2017 Challenger T/A models look like their predecessors they are available with a matte black pinned down hood and some of the same colors that were available on the ‘70 model.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A has a starting price of $37,395 and prices increase for the other T/A models. You can view our available Dodge Challenger inventory, which includes the new Challenger T/A models, online here. Or you can visit us at our store in Kendall. We are one of South Florida’s top Dodge dealers.Photo source: Hemmings