2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is the new model after the Dodge Challenger already too familiar to us because since 1960 this car already exists and for celebrating its 100th anniversary, the way Dodge to welcome this special day in 2014 is different because they decide to make some of their cars to be redesigned. It is good to see the new Challenger with the more powerful performance and classic appearance as speculated. To meet every buyer’s expectation, Dodge works hard to present some more improvement but not with the façade of the next Dodge Challenger, this part is not going to be changed by Dodge.
The Styling and Features 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8
The concept of the car’s styling must be questioned a lot and the facelift that is chosen by Dodge here is the 1971’s styling in which the power bulge hood is made more pronounced, the taillights coming in separate, as well as the split front grille that they are all included. The exterior seems promising with the LED halo headlamps that flanks the grille’s chrome accent for the up front part, while the mounted-upside-down trapezoidal intake designed in a larger size is featured by the bumper compared to the past models. The black-bezeled fog lamps and the turn signals that come longer and thinner are included in the other revisions of this new Challenger.
Not only the front part of the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 car that can grab your attention, but the back of this car will also be able to catch your eyes with the trunklid spoiler comes in a slightly larger size, the bumper that has been reshaped, as well as the gloss black background’s fresh separate taillights which are all included in the highlights. The overall design is actually better when it comes to the finish and fit in which the more sophisticated visual of the car’s muscle is rounded off by them.
The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is offered in eight trim levels that are different one with another; you will be able to find the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker or even the SXT with V6 power. There are also stripe options that come in seven different choices along with the nine wheel designs available in 20 inches of size. Moreover, with the two additional high-impact colors, Sublime Green and B5 Blue, that are brand new enhancing the customization possibilities. After the colors like Bright White, Pitch Black, Billet Silver, and TorRed, the two finally join them.
2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 interior makes people curious as well but the good news is that the inside has stepped a new level which is a good decision made by Dodge with the instrument panel with driver focus being reshaped and makes the fresh center console adapted from 1971’s model join it. The more upscale interior is what makes the car is more selling with the cabin provided with the more high technologies, like TFT instrument cluster screen with 7 inches of size in scene, and an infotainment system with 8.4 inches of size. Aside from these features, Dodge does not forget to offer surfaces with the leather wrapping it and the aluminum inserts with a polished look.
The other new stuff is its steering wheel if you look at the inside carefully and fortunately, Dodge makes its grips much better so the drivers will find it more comfortable for their hands. While the front seats are also redesigned with the cushioning that has some improvement as well as the side bolsters. The Nappa leather combo that is ventilated and heated are allowed by the Alcantara-suede Nappa leather coming with some option that is newly-introduced.
Another interior styling that will catch our eyes once we look inside is the TFT display, you will see the new bee logo there attached by Dodge. For the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 body, it is mentioned that Dodge plans to make it shorter with the wheels that come a bit heavier. The crash prediction protector, rear camera, adaptive cruise, and forward sensors are supported by the touchscreen dashboard system coming with 8.4 inches of size and its Uconnect2 which both are included on the dashboard technology. It seems more amazing if the car is also completed with the parking assistance technology so driving can be more easily and comfortably.
The Powertrain and Performance
It is similar to the previous model in which Dodge uses the Pentastar V6, 3.6-liter engine to motivate the SXT Plus and SXT trims making the car can produce up to 305 horses. While the same Hemi 5.7-liter engine is got by the all four R/T variants by going into V8 territory meaning the torque of 410 pound-feet along with 375 horses can be made by this engine. While the same torque of 475 pound-feet together with 485 horsepower are produced by the Hemi V8, 6.4-liter engine into the topping range 392 Scat Pack Shaker and Scat Pack models.
The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is indeed the one powered by the 6.4-liter engine to make those movements in which the path for the Hellcat engine is cleared. For some people, it is also a good news that the dated five-speed automatic is ditched by Dodge in favor of the TorqueFlite brand new transmission with six speeds letting the Challengers boosted by the V8 6.4-liter engine so that the sprinting can be up to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and the 182-MPH top speed can be reached. The manual transmission with six speeds is still standard even if it is already familiar, while the check box is already got by the eight-speed auto on the options sheet.
The Brakes and Suspension
Both ride and performance are improved by the updated suspension system and this way the 2015 Challenger SRT8 is ready to hit the market. Dodge also offers all modes with the sport-tuned suspension in which the base SXT trims are included and once the Scat Pack and Super Track Pak are chosen by Dodge, the more performance updates will be stocked. The V6 models are also included in the Challengers with the race-bred chassis upgrades’ host comprised by the Super Track Pak adding to the pony’s handling and performance.
It automatically means that the Bilstein shock absorbers will be included in the suspension with the option sitting 0.5 inches lower. The car will be provided with the ratio of weight 50-50 for the enhanced track and road performance by a custom tune. Also, the drivers will fortunately be allowed to utilize the shift light indicator that is actually programmable by the updated 8.4-inch touchscreen’s Super Track Pak shortcut button. With this the monitoring time will be much easier; the ones that can be monitored are G-force figures, reaction time, lap times, as well as 0-to-60 MPG times through the TFT cluster display which is one of the highlights in this car.
It is different Dodge uses the Scat Pack equipping the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 because it means that the car has four-piston Brembo brakes that come with the exhaust note that is throatier and deeper at all four corners and power steering system that is rack-mounted electric designed with the Sport, Comfort and Normal settings. The package also includes the tires that have higher performance just like the standard application of Dodge Performance Pages. It is good to see that the Challenger going on sale with this equipment.
The latter or what we call as the standard app namely Dodge Performance Pages will be useful and helpful enough for the car user in case they feel like wanting to customize the traction controls, steering feel, and transmission response and stability. The launch control system is has also been revised so it appears totally new on the 2015 model of Challenger car, while the full offline mode included in the electronic stability control with three modes is to be expected to make people smile widely. With these, we can be assured that the car’s performance will be no joke and it is expected to be something big in the market.
2015 Ford Mustang becomes one of the rivals for 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the reason why this car is here is because the better performance is presented by the new Mustang with the greater handling supported by the setup’s independent rear suspension that is more modern after the solid rear axle is allowed to go by the Ford’s newest pony car. It is also nice to know that the power delivery is as better as the handling and track performance to the ground.
The new engine is also got by the new Mustang with the 305 horses produced by the EcoBoost inline-four, 2.3-liter engine, while the torque made is 300 pound-feet and surprisingly the fuel economy is good overall. The fuel efficiency is increased while the slight bumps happen in output that should be seen by both returning engines, the V8 5.0-liter and V6 3.7-liter. Mustang’s price is mentioned to be around $22,000 which means it is less expensive if compared to the Challenger SRT8 that is priced around $40,000 to $50,000.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro is the next rival for 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that cannot be underestimated due to the fact that the Mopar pony car has been outsold year by year. There are various engine options offered by Chevy for this model, like in the Z/28 using a 7.0-liter, ZL1 powered by the supercharged V8 6.2-liter, SS equipped by the V8 6.2-liter, and the base with a V6 3.6-liter. To compare both Challenger and Camaro, we can see that the Z/28 is rivaled by the upcoming Hellcat. It seems that Dodge needs to give more in order to rival the Chevrolet.
When it comes to powertrain and performance, everything seems perfectly designed by Chevy to compete not only with the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 but also with the other top vehicles, especially with the base engine that has an EPA rating 30 miles per gallon during the highway drive. Its look that comes more retro-contemporary is also a plus value to attract more buyers. The price is not that far from the 2015 Mustang because it is started at $23,705 and with this price, you will even experience the handling’s better grips.
After reviewing the exterior and interior styling along with the total performance and some rivals of the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8, we can be sure that this car is worth purchasing and we can even find that there is much simple verdict. There is no reason not to praise this car even though the real fact is that Dodge works on the facelift based on the 1971’s models. Just look at how sleeker the outside look is and the aggressiveness is even added more.
For the inside of 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8, it is surprising enough knowing that its outdated cabin is improved into a better one after what has been seen by us these years. However, with the existence of the two strongest competitors, Challenger may need to be better in going on sale. It is difficult to rival with the aforementioned cars, like the 2015 Mustang and 2015 Camaro, especially without the availability of power updates even if some kind of consolation is brought by the new automatic transmission with eight speeds. The release of this amazing car will be around the 2015.
The Pros, Cons, and Price of 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8
It has even been confirmed by Marchionne from Dodge that there will be up to two more models that are produced and released by Dodge Challenger for the next two years. Although it seems like Dodge does not provide power updates that much and the car may be rivaled tightly by the Chevrolet and Ford with Camaro and Mustang, this is the real and fun competition. If you find some of these cons, remember that the high-impact colors are the ones you can be proud of along with its eight-speed automatic that is totally fresh. The interior is definitely enhanced for the customers’ satisfaction and even if the styling is back to classic, the classy side of the car still remains. The price is mentioned to be starting at $40,000 but there are also some speculations saying that the cost of 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be around $50,000.