Dodge Challenger R/T Plus
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger

Pros: Classic muscle-car attitude; large size means a relatively spacious trunk and back seat; broad range of special appearance options; amazing acceleration of Hellcat and Super Stock models; available all-wheel drive

Cons: Too large and heavy to feel as agile as it looks; fuel economy in V8 models; low roofline and high door sills cause a closed-in feel

CG Says: The 2021 Dodge Challenger adds a new high-performance Super Stock model packing an 807-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8—10 more than the Hellcat Redeye. Dodge says the Super Stock can accelerated 0-60 mph in 3.25 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. The Super Stock is a successor to the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon and is geared for drag racing with sticky, street-legal drag radial tires. Memory driver seat/steering wheel/mirrors/radio presets is now available for all models and 20-inch wheels are now standard on the AWD GT. Challenger is an interesting player in the sporty/performance car segment. The big coupe is too big and heavy to be truly agile, but this is still a more-than-capable performance machine. That size does pay dividends in the form of a surprisingly smooth ride and excellent passenger and cargo room. Admittedly, these might not be the first things buyers of these cars put on their wish lists, but this is a good choice if you want something fun that you can also take on a cross-country road trip. Safety features include forward-collision warning, blind-spot alert, and adaptive cruise control. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is the next step up. A 6.4-liter V8 is standard on the R/T Scat Pack. The ferocious Hellcat model has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that puts out a jaw-dropping 717 horsepower. There is also a 797-hp Hellcat Redeye and an 807-hp Super Stock. The 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter V8s, along with Hellcat offer a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions. The V6 models, along with Hellcat Redeye and Super Stock, are only offered with the 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with the V6. The Hellcat, Hellcat Redeye, and Super Stock aren’t cheap, but they’re actually bargains when measured against other ultra-performance cars. There are plenty of sporty coupes that feel more modern and nimble than the Challenger lineup, but few that can match its retro-muscle-car attitude and broad range of performance and appearance options.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Dodge
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices SXT: $30,040
AWD SXT: $33,040
GT: $33,040
AWD GT: $36,040
R/T: $36,740
R/T Scat Pack: $42,815
R/T Scat Pack Widebody: $48,810
SRT Hellcat: $62,440
SRT Hellcat Widebody: $68,440
SRT Hellcat Redeye: $74,040
SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody: $80,440
SRT Super  Stock: $83,440

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6 (SXT, GT)
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-30

Optional Engine
5.7-liter V8 (R/T)
Horsepower
375
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
6.4-liter (R/T Scat Pack)
Horsepower
485
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Redeye, Super Stock)
Horsepower
717 (797 Hellcat Redeye, 807 Super Stock)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody
2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody
Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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