New Dodge 2017 Models: Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona

August 23rd, 2016 by

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There’s a new Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger coming in 2017, the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona. Both of these models are returning models and are Dodge icons and they will be available in four of Dodge’s High-Impact Paint (HIP) colors — Green Go, Yellow Jacket, Go Mango and TorRed. Take a look at what everyone has been talking about.

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Models

Dodge is bringing the Challenger T/A back and it will be available in three track-ready trims, the Challenger T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392. The Challenger T/A hasn’t been seen since it was introduced in 1970 when it was built for Sports Car Club of America’s Trans racing series. Less than 2,400 1970 Challenger T/A models were produced and its limited production has made it one of the most sought after muscle cars.

The Challenger T/A and T/A Plus will be equipped with the same 375-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that is used on the Challenger R/T.  However, the Challenger T/A 392 will be equipped with a bigger 485-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that is used on the Challenger SRT 392 model.

The 5.7-liter engine is paired to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, but buyers have the option of upgrading it to the same TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard with the 6.4-liter engine.

The T/A and T/A Plus will be equipped with performance parts like “Air Catcher” headlamps with the LED T/A logo, a new ducted hood that optimizes cold air intake, and 20-inch black lightweight forged-aluminum wheels and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires,

The Challenger T/A models will have a few chassis upgrades due to the added Super Track Pak. These upgrades include a half-inch lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) calibration with “full off.”

As a throwback to the Challenger T/A heritage and look, the Challenger T/A models will have a bright retro look. The special Challenger T/A will have a satin black painted hood, T/A bodyside stripes; a “Challenger” script grille badge; Satin Black fuel-filler door with heritage “FUEL” lettering and a black deck-lid spoiler with Challenger T/A badge.

The Challenger T/A Plus has the same engine and chassis upgrades as the T/A model, but it will have additional interior upgrades. The T/A Plus will upgrade from the T/A’s  black performance seats with black heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats that have Tungsten accent stitching and are embroidered “T/A” logo. The T/A Plus will also be equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, the all-new 8.4 UConnect system, G-force indicator and track time and six premium speakers.

With a different and more powerful engine, the Challenger T/A 392 has some upgraded parts and different badging. To start with the wheels and brakes, the Challenger T/A 392 will ride on  20-inch forged aluminum wheels in Low Gloss Black, Pirelli three-season performance tires with performance Brembo brakes with vented rotors. It will also have a 392 decals, a 180-mph speedometer, and a unique front suspension and a new exhaust system.

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona Models

Like the Challenger T/A, the Charger Daytona has history in its name. The first Charger Daytona was introduced in 1969 and the driver, Buddy Baker, was the first driver to break 200 mph. In the following couple years the Daytona would go on to win many races and create new records.

The new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona will be available in two trims, the Charger Daytona and Daytona 392. The Charger Daytona will be loaded with features that can easily out-do other performance vehicles in higher trim levels. The Charger Daytona will have a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and it will be equipped with the same performance enhancing Super Track Pack used on the Challenger T/A.

To further improve acceleration and speed, the Charger Daytona will have a rear differential with a 2.62 axle ratio, plus performance engine and transmission calibration with a high-speed engine controller (150 mph, up from 135 mph).

The new Charger Daytona will feature SRT- and R/T Scat Pack-inspired front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills and a one-piece Satin Black performance spoiler. A “HEMI” logo will be on the Satin Black hood and “Daytona” badging will be on the deck-lid and grille.

The Charger Daytona will also be fitted with 20-inch mopar black wheels, all-season Goodyear performance tires, black and aluminum interior stitching and bezels, high projector headlamps, rear-park assist, and much much more.

Also like the Challenger T/A, the Charger Daytona 392 model will have the more powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine for even more performance and speed. The Charger Daytona can reach 60 mph in the mid-four second range, and complete a quarter mile in just about 12-seconds.Other key features to mention for this trim includes six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, a Mopar cold air intake and 392 decals.

Keep an eye out for these vehicles over the next year at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

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