Reviews One Week With: A Rental-Spec Dodge Challenger

02:06  11 november  2017
02:06  11 november  2017 Source:   Automobile

Readers’ Rides: Father-son 1968 Barracuda and 2010 Challenger R/T

  Readers’ Rides: Father-son 1968 Barracuda and 2010 Challenger R/T Like father like son. The history goes back to 1968 when Daryl Sieker bought his Plymouth Barracuda fastback new off the showroom in Oregon City, Oregon (for a cool $2,995). It has been a part of the family to this day. Yes, one owner. Originally a 318 car, it has more than 300,000 miles on it and has been driven all over the country, through national parks, the mountains and campgrounds of Oregon, and out and back to his home state of Kansas.© Jason DeymonazIt became his 16-year-old son's car (Dad of the Year Award!) in the 1990s and now has moved more to the Mopar show circuit and pleasure driver.

HONOLULU, Hawaii — It’s not often when you’re pumped to drive a V-6 Challenger , but when the other options sitting in the rental lot are “Nissan Altima or similar,” the big white Dodge was a welcome sight that turned out to be a fine ride of choice for my Hawaiian vacation.

Research. >2017 dodge challenger > >See Full Specs See Pricing >. That said this was a rental - spec Challenger SXT, so I wasn't too excited. Even the base Challengers come with Bluetooth nowadays and almost all of us have a smartphone with which to stream music through, so

HONOLULU, Hawaii — It's not often when you're pumped to drive a V-6 Challenger, but when the other options sitting in the rental lot are "Nissan Altima or similar," the big white Dodge was a welcome sight that turned out to be a fine ride of choice for my Hawaiian vacation.

How the Demon Uses its A/C to Make More Power

  How the Demon Uses its A/C to Make More Power One of the Demon's most clever tricks is actually pretty simple to understand.In order to make sure the Demon's intake receives air cool enough to make 840 supercharged horsepower, Dodge used the car's air-conditioning system to chill intake temps. How do they do it? It actually pretty simple.

Drive a Dodge Challenger with Sixt rent a car. Plenty of Features: The Challenger rental comes with all of the modern features, including key-less entry, automatic climate control, speed-sensing steering and more.

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That said this was a rental-spec Challenger SXT, so I wasn't too excited. Frills? What frills? The number of option boxes checked was precisely zero. Pretend it's 1997 and its 5.0-inch info screen looks like a double-DIN head unit out of a fourth-gen Camaro. Thankfully, it's 2017. Even the base Challengers come with Bluetooth nowadays and almost all of us have a smartphone with which to stream music through, so you're not limited to the AM/FM radio and that Limp Bizkit CD you swear was a gift from your aunt.

And unlike said Camaro (or similar-vintage Mustang), the base 2017 Challenger's engine can't be derisively described as a "boat anchor." Instead, Chrysler's trusty 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 effortlessly makes as much power as the V-8s of 20 years ago, sending 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque to the coupe's rear wheels. More importantly, it's not held back by its transmission. The eight-speed ZF automatic the V-6 is paired with is smooth and efficient — the opposite of the four-speeds of yore. Speaking of large white vehicles from Auburn Hills, I spent a lot of time with this engine and transmission combo a few years ago while chaperoning Big White, Motor Trend's long-term 2013 Chrysler 300, so I knew exactly what to expect — and the Challenger didn't disappoint.

No One At Dodge Knew About Demon's Development Because Of This

  No One At Dodge Knew About Demon's Development Because Of This Оnly a few dozen people within the company were aware of the project.We’ve stumbled upon a quite interesting information from Autoline Network, regarding the internal codenaming of the Demon project. Trying to keep the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine of the car in secret within the company, Dodge decided to give it the generic code name Benny. Company officials have told the online channel that “it would have been logical to give the Demon engine an old war plane name, like Hellcat, but that would have raised red flags.” A simple yet brilliant solution.

One Week With : A Rental - Spec Dodge Challenger . As you’d expect, the lesser Challengers lose some of the SRT8’s special chassis equipment.

One Week With : A Rental - Spec Dodge Challenger . But looking special is only one part of the Challenger ’s charm for Lago, who says the car just begs to be taken on adventures – whether they be long, just-for-the-heck-of-it highway cruises or spontaneous off-road excursions like the one the editor

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One upside of the smaller engine and lack of content is a reduced curb weight. The Challenger SXT tips the scales at 3,894 lbs — the only variant to come in under the 4,000-lb mark. Hitting 60 mph takes 6.0 seconds, which is good enough to keep up with a V-6 Camry. Of course, straight line performance is almost irrelevant in Hawaii, where everything runs on Island Time and even the freeways have 45 mph speed limits.

In a way, the lack of excess power makes the Challenger a better around town cruiser. You don't have to worry about doubling the speed limit simply by looking at the throttle wrong like you do in a Hellcat, while the lower levels of engine vibration and large-sidewall all-season tires make for a smoother and quieter ride. There's also something to be said for the simplicity of cloth seats, which are better suited to Hawaii's tropical, salt-water drenched environment than skin-scorching leather. And the V-6 is rated at 19/30 mpg city/highway, making it much easier on the wallet for us mainlanders at least, as it takes a minute to get through a tank of gas on an island half the size of Rhode Island.

Challenger Tucked Away In An Old Body Shop

  Challenger Tucked Away In An Old Body Shop 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T left to sit in old body shop for years. An incredible collection of Mopars tucked away in the hills of Pennsylvania was discovered after the recent Chyslers at Carlisle event. Inside a small, private body shop located behind a family home is an impressive selection of old Dodges, including this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T covered in decades of sanding dust.Though it's a fairly basic car—originally equipped with the 383 Magnum, air conditioning, and power drum brakes—the fact that there are still cars like this to be found sitting in outbuildings is exciting.© Ryan Brutt Body_Shop_Prison_Challenger-2.

One Week With : A Rental - Spec Dodge Challenger . Automobile offers a rich and varied examination of the automotive universe in all its forms - delivered by our stable of first-class editors and freelance contributors and illustrated with vibrant photography.

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In case you think I'm crazy or simply don't have a good frame of reference, I've been behind the wheel of the better part of a dozen Challenger variants over the years, including three that I sampled shortly after I returned from my vacation — the all-wheel-drive GT, road-course-eating Hellcat Widebody, and drag-strip-conquering Demon. The GT comes standard with a performance steering setup and turning the wheel did feel a bit better than in the SXT, but the all-wheel drive system rarely let its presence be known (an unsurprising consequence of perfectly dry summer roads) and its on-road demeanor was not noticeably different. The two fire-breathers, in turn, obviously display far more impressive and aggressive performance characteristics, though they can be just as docile on slow country roads. And while they make much better noises, they also cost more than twice as much.

2017 Dodge Challenger SXT 10© Kirill Ougarov 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT 10

As tempting as the Challenger SXT's base price of $28,090 may be, it's not a bad idea to pony up the extra $3,000 needed to swing a $31,090 SXT Plus. Not only do you get the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen along with satellite radio by upgrading to the Plus, you also get rear park assist, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels with wider tires (245/45R20 Firestone Firehawk GTVs versus 235/55R18 Michelin Primacy MXM4s), and upgraded brakes (13.6-inch discs with two-pot calipers instead of 12.6-inchers with a single-piston clamp up front and vented 12.6-inch discs with a single piston at rear instead of solid ones at rear). There is a potential downside — the leather upholstery. You could also opt for the Challenger GT, which adds configurable drive modes, but it also replaces the 20s fitted to the SXT Plus with 19s and throws the Michelin Primacies back on. Unless you live in the Snow Belt it's not really worth the additional $3,400.

Dodge Demon lightweight by SpeedKore Performance comes to SEMA

  Dodge Demon lightweight by SpeedKore Performance comes to SEMA SpeedKore Performance makes the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon lighter.Last year, SpeedKore brought its carbon fiber-bodied Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to SEMA, and now it has applied the same treatment to the 840-horsepower Demon. The body panels and spoilers will be manufactured using SpeedKore's autoclave in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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One Week With : A Rental - Spec Dodge Challenger . I prefer to receive occasional updates with special offers from carefully selected third party partners.

While buying a base-model Challenger may not be the most prudent course of action, the same cannot be said for renting one — or a Charger or Chrysler 300, for that matter. Unless you've got kids or others to haul in back, there's no reason not to go with the big Dodge coupe. None of the midsize sedans that will be your alternatives will have even half the character of the Challenger, nor will they necessarily be as quiet or comfortable.

2017 Dodge Challenger SXT Specifications

ON SALENow
PRICE$28,090 (base)
ENGINE3.6L DOHC 24-valve-valve V-6/305 hp @ 6,350 rpm, 268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
TRANSMISSIONEight-speed automatic
LAYOUT2-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE19/30 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H197.9 x 75.7 x 57.5 in
WHEELBASE116.2 in
WEIGHT3,894 lb
0-60 MPH6.0 sec
TOP SPEEDN/A

Widebody ANY Challenger With This Kit—Or Just Win This One! #TENSEMA17 .
AVS announces new Challenger Widebody kit, and a 550hp Shaker Scat Pack you can win! Anybody who has longed for the sexy curves of the new Dodge Demon or Widebody Hellcat will be happy to hear that AVS—a leading automotive accessory brand under the respected Lund umbrella—has just introduced a kit that can transform any 2015-up Challenger into a near Widebody/Demon look-alike. The resemblance to a Dodge Demon or Widebody Hellcat is uncanny, with AVS designer Billy Bibb doing a fantastic job amping up the design even further. Demons and Widebody Hellcats after all have unique quarter panels and fenders with attachment points stamped into them.

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