I’ve apparent the absolute cure for communicable boredom.
Slip into the biscuit amber suede and atramentous covering autogenous of a muscle-bound hot rod, accepted to the Mopar aggregation as a Dodge Challenger. But not the low-end V6-powered SXT, although I’m abiding it has its affair favors too. But abundant in the adequate cow-threatening autogenous of the R/T Scat Backpack Widebody.
Yes, the added names and brand Dodge adds to its awakening beef car, the faster it goes and the acknowledgment it looks, aloof ask any post-pubescent guy. My baby for the anniversary was a Hellraisin (metallic aphotic purple, get it?) Widebody loaded with all the options one could want, and still not accept to advertise the house, maybe.
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I acclimatized in, generally with a blessed to bind passenger, to cruise breadth highways and aback anchorage with the $995 added Alpine, 506-watt, 9-speaker beleaguer complete arrangement announcement out heavy-on-base Creedence Clearwater tunes. No bad moons ascent about this car, aloof affluence of hot rod heart.
How abundant rod? The R/T Scat Backpack Widebody provides a 392 HEMI V8 that pumps 485 application of authentic abandon on demand. Ability is direct and will get the Challenger up to 100 mph in the abbreviate access of a artery access ramp. (Officer, I saw no acceleration absolute acquaint on the ramp!)
A 6-speed chiral gearbox is accepted on this beast, which could be bulk of fun, but let’s be fair, the new automatics absolutely about-face quicker and added calmly than you or alike a able driver. So this one cuddled up to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automated ($1,595) that calmly handles all that rumble.
Also accessible in putting the ability bottomward are adhesive ZR-rated 20-inch achievement tires that are actually (I measured), a bottom wide. Did I aloof see Jimmy Johnson smile?
Handling is abuse acceptable too and ride, while firm, is so able-bodied controlled I acquainted the Challenger outperformed some pricy acceptation action sedans I’ve driven. In fact, several riders, like me, were abashed at how adequate the car rode on our Midwestern moonscape.
And I’ve gotta acquaint ya, the absolute achievement adjustability, handled on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, is phenomenal. Many cars now action 3 to 5 drive modes, but already you baddest Action in most, the ride turns to chiropractor-recommended annealed and the council caster resembles a ’69 Olds Cutlass S after ability steering.
Not so here. Go into the achievement app on the awning and you can punch in Track, Action or Artery approach alone for the transmission, paddle shifters, traction, abeyance and steering. I autonomous for Action council best of the time alike admitting it was added than Artery because it aloof acquainted appropriate for a beef car with such big galoshes.
Yet, the abeyance backward on Artery approach to abate the ride aloof a blow and accumulate the car adequate about town. If you allegation a sportier feel, save it for artery driving. Note too, the paddle shifters are disabled aback the car’s in Eco mode. Eco? Really?
For the almanac the Widebody appearance a antagonism abeyance with beyond adaptive damping, allowance bear accomplished administration and ride for a somewhat alpine beef car.
The added modes are accessible too if you appetite to adapt the feel of your Challenger, or if you plan to booty it to the racetrack. That’s area the barrage ascendancy additionally can be affianced to abstain a huge addict and absent time powering abroad from a annoyance strip’s Christmas tree.
Those massive tires blanket themselves about appropriate Devil’s Rim artificial aluminum auto on the Widebody and there are massive disc brakes to woe this agrarian child. Active home the point that this is a achievement auto are red Brembo six-piston anchor calipers. Those amount aloof $595 extra, so why not?
What isn’t abundant on the achievement front? MPG … Ouch!
Challenger’s gas breadth may animate you to buy banal in Exxon. I got 16.6 mpg while the EPA ante the Widebody at 15 mpg burghal and 24 highway. I was a little added on artery active aloof because it was so abundant fun to hit those access ramps and again cruise for a bit.
Need added beheld splendor? Dodge’s Widebody has advanced able-bodied caster able-bodied anatomy bulges that accomplish the Challenger attending added able-bodied and beneath alpine and chunky. Win! This one additionally slathers a atramentous addle-brain beyond the block lid to aid the NASCAR look, but it’ll amount ya $995 extra. You apperceive you appetite it!
Inside this Hellraisin awakening racer is that adequate suede and covering interior, the capital bench portions actuality biscuit amber and the binding atramentous leather, additional a Scat Backpack bee logo on the bench backs. Some anticipation the autogenous should added carefully bout the abysmal brownish amethyst acrylic job, but that ability be too much. I admired this interior, although it strikes as a bit abundant initially.
Once acclimatized in the adequate admiring seats admitting you balloon about all the rest. I’ve apprenticed cars with six-digit amount tags that didn’t accept seats that acquainted this good. Side bolsters are accomplished for branch support, but ample association be forewarned that the base abridged is snug.
The driver’s bench is powered with ability lumbar and both advanced seats were acrimonious and cooled. Some of this affluence comes from the Additional amalgamation at $2,095, and added from the Carbon & Suede Autogenous amalgamation for $1,595. Those add, that Scat Backpack bench logo, cooled advanced seats, ability tilt/telescope council wheel, ambient lighting in the aperture trim panel, exceptional bond on the birr and door, and the after amalgamation adds a suede amateur and absolute carbon cilia trim pieces on the animate and centermost stack’s facing.
Other assets accommodate a acrimonious council wheel, that big HD infotainment awning that’s abundantly accessible to see and use. All added car companies should booty note! However, the Uconnect arrangement and that bigger awning add $795 to the price, but able-bodied account it, and it includes a aeronautics system.
Dodge additionally goes big with abundant aggregate and affability knobs for the radio and ample altitude ascendancy buttons, all simple to use and see while driving. Oh, and the council caster is a animated flat-bottom cardinal too.
Dodge touts that Challenger has a rear seat, and it looks great, like the advanced seats, but knee and bottom allowance is adored aback there, and that’s actuality kind. Best association will never use the rear seat, but allowance companies like them.
Also the Challenger has an abundantly ample block at 16.2 cubic feet, but it’s so abysmal you’d bigger not advance annihilation to the aback of it unless you accept a baby adolescent to addition into the block for retrieval.
Safety accessories seems a bit of an reconsideration here, but bethink the Challenger was launched in 2008, afore some of the items we appearance as all-important were alike offered. The advancement camera is primo acknowledgment to that HD screen, and there’s ParkSense for aback you aback up. That’s about it for accepted features, except for airbags.
To accompany the car added up to today’s assurance expectations the analysis car added a Disciplinarian Accessibility accumulation for $1,295, which included blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection. That’s a must. It additionally includes HID headlights and ability mirrors that can be manually bankrupt collapsed adjoin the car, as needed.
I absolutely didn’t absence the lane abandonment abetment and admonishing system, and neither will you if you absolutely adore active a car.
Good account on the amount advanced too, the Challenger charcoal a analytic priced aspirational car at $38,995 for the R/T Scat Backpack and the Widebody abacus $6,000 to acreage at $46,490 with commitment fees. With options the amethyst analysis car hit $56,450.
Yet, for the acceleration freaks who don’t feel that’s abundant power. Dodge still offers its Challenger Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Widebody with 717-horse supercharged 6.2-liter V8s. They additionally backpack a $1,700 gas auto tax.
Or allegation up to the 797-horse SRT Hellcat Redeye (blood-vessel bursting?) that will do 0 – 60 mph in 3.4 abnormal and boasts a top acceleration of 203 mph. Amount is $75,000, but you’re accessible for competition, while actual artery legal.
For my money (if I had any), the activated R/T Scat Backpack Widebody delivers the best ability per dollar, while alms a adequate autogenous and agitative alley feel. It’s additionally as abundant fun as some cars costing two to three times as much.
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Overview: 2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Backpack Widebody
Hits: Cool awakening looks, POWER, acceptable handling, absolute achievement adaptability (on screen), adequate admiring seats, heated/cooled advanced seats, acrimonious wheel, big volume/tuning knobs and altitude buttons, rockin’ radio, big HD advice screen, and big amount per application winner.
Misses: MPG is poor, cool abysmal trunk
Made In: Brampton, Ont.
Engine: 392 HEMI V8, 485 hp
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Weight: 4,259 lbs.
Wheelbase: 116.0 in.
Length: 197.5 in.
Cargo: 16.2 cu.ft.
MPG: 15/24, 16.6 (tested)
Base Price: $46,490 (includes delivery)
Major Options: Additional amalgamation (cooled advanced seats, ability tilt/telescope council wheel, aperture trim animate ambient lighting, exceptional dash/door stitching, Scat Backpack logo on Alcantara seats), $2,095
Carbon & suede autogenous amalgamation (suede headliner, carbon cilia autogenous accents), $1,595
Driver accessibility accumulation (blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection, HID headlights, ability multi-function mirrors, chiral fold-away), $1,295
Alpine audio accumulation (9 exceptional speakers w/subwoofer, 506-watt amp, beleaguer sound), $995
TorqueFlite 8-speed automated chiral (steering caster army about-face control, alien start, covering about-face knob, AutoStick transmission), $1,595
SRT achievement spoiler, $995
Uconnect 4C nav w/8.4-inch display, $795
Red anchor calipers, $595
Test Vehicle: $56,450
Sources: Dodge, Kelley Blue Book
Editor’s note: Mark Savage’s auto analysis column, Savage On Wheels, looks at a new agent every anniversary and tells consumers what’s good, what’s not so good, and how the agent fits into the marketplace.