The 2016 Dodge Charge is Still a Classic American Muscle Car
The Dodge Challenger is back for 2016, and it’s better than ever. The Challenger has been upgraded in terms of performance, and it’s still the type of performance you’d expect from a muscle car. But, its design has remained the same over the years. The Challenger has retained that classic muscle car shape enthusiasts know and love, and after all these years it can still be easily identified as a muscle car on car lots Dodge in Miami dealers. This makes it one of the few muscle cars on the road today that still retains that original design and recognizes its roots.
It’s Got the Looks
As far as modern muscle cars go, the Challenger still has the looks of a classic one. Where most of them have leaned more towards a sports car look, the Challenger stands out defiantly against the new norm. It still has the same type of front-end the classic muscle cars had: bold and intimidating. The split-grille only adds to the large and threatening figure of the Challengers front end, confidently grinning with the knowledge of the power it holds under the hood. On certain trims, the front end becomes even more classic with a subtle hood scoop. The hood scoop coupled with available classic paint designs provide the proper amount of appealing flair expected from a muscle car.
The Challenger is still sporting the same idea for wheels as well, and they are set as far forward and backward as possible. Not only does this create the classic muscle car stance, but it also helps with performance on the road. The sides, roof, and hood are of relatively simple design; square, chiseled, and strong, just like the front-end. Classically, the design is focused more heavily on the front and back of the muscle car for obvious reasons: the front and rear are the first and last things you’ll see on this car as it speeds by you.
The rear-end of the Challenger is really something Dodge should be proud of. It’s just as bold and intimidating as the front end. The tail-lights, license plate, exhaust, and spoiler are all configured to be as symmetrical as possible; and it shows. The tail-lights are the same shape as the upper grille on the front, and the exhaust is sitting tucked away underneath. Only revealing a small but handsome percentage of itself. Sitting squarely in the middle of the tail-lights is the DODGE lettering, the spoiler sitting strong and stout on top. As a final touch, the bottom of the rear-end swoops downward, tucking in the back down towards the tires. Providing a masterful ending to that well-known and loved muscle car design.
It’s Got the Performance
Balancing the torque with horsepower to provide tire squealing action with sustained speeds is what classic muscle cars do best, and the new Challenger does it even better. Across the many trim levels offered, the challenger has 4 engine options: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter Hemi V8, 6.4-liter Hemi V8, and the 6.2-liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8. With a sound that justifies its name, the Hellcat gives a terrifying and unearthly scream as it pounds the Challenger down the road.
Thanks to the Hellcat engine, the Challenger SRT Hellcat model is ranked the most powerful muscle car ever. Not now, or in the past 10 years; ever. This Hellcat has some insane specs, and it can generate up to a crushing 707 horsepower that’s accompanied by 650 pound-feet of torque. Just like a classic muscle car, this high torque and horsepower combination provides enough tire-spinning acceleration at the start line, and enough power to reach top speed quickly.
The zero to 60 times of this challenger is so fast, it’s almost unnecessary to have this type of power at your disposal. Keep your hats on, I said almost. It’s definitely necessary to have an all-American made, heavy duty steel-framed, muscle car that’s capable of doing 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds. It can reach in at an overall top speed of 199 miles per hour. Its completely rational to have a car like that. This Challenger SRT Hellcat can really scream, and it truly does carry the official title of fastest production muscle car of all time.
The transmission is an important piece of performance on any vehicle, and it’s no different for muscle cars. There are two transmission types available: the TORQUEFLITE eight-speed automatic and the TREMEC six-speed manual. The automatic comes standard with the first two trims, and optional with all trims. Whereas the classic manual is standard on the R/T performance trims. The automatic performs a little faster than the manual in a 0-60 test, but it’s a negligible difference. Besides, a stick-shift is a staple for a classic muscle car; Dodge couldn’t have left that feature out.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with a performance-tuned suspension option that provides a smooth and comfortable ride. It also provides stellar handling, which is an extremely important aspect of effectively driving a hot-rod like the Hellcat. The front suspension ball joint knuckles, “A” arm, coil springs, shock absorbers, links, and stabilizer bar have all been upgraded to make the wild Hellcat’s powerful engine seem tame when sitting on the inside of the vehicle. A class-exclusive rear five-link independent suspension has also been added in order to provide the technology required to properly handle this beast.
SRT-Tuned Three-Mode Adaptive Dampening System
Further developing this idea of handling this classic muscle car’s new massive amount of power is a system that allows you to select modes depending on the driving conditions. Street Mode is for cruising around in a sporty but restrained manner, Sport Mode is for better handling, and Track Mode is for the best handling possible with increased performance shifting and gear holding.
It’s Got the Appeal
As you can see, this 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a classic muscle car and has a few new additions to help handle its earth-shattering horsepower. It still has that classic muscle car design, with a superior performance you can only expect to see from a muscle car. The SRT Hellcat comes in at an expected and costly $64,195, and the base Challenger SXT starting at $29,995 is for those whose pavement-tearing days are over, but still, want to reminisce by having an upgraded vehicle with a classic muscle car design.
The 2016 Challenger has that muscle car appeal that’s hard to ignore and is one of the few muscle-cars today that still pays homage to the legendary classic design it was built upon.