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The 2015 Dodge Challenger V8 Lineup Carries Bargain Pricing

Jul 21, 2014 - 10:07 AM - by MagnumClub

While everyone (including me) was busy focusing on the incredibly low price of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, many failed to look at the pricing for the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup – with pricing for the other V8 models that make them great bargain buyers relative to the competition.

This story is written by our friend Patrick Rall of TorqueNews.com and published at The 2015 Dodge Challenger V8 Lineup Carries Bargain Pricing

The biggest news from the Chrysler Group lately is that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat carries a shockingly low starting price of $59,995, making it similarly priced to the midlevel Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT and while it is a bit pricier than the Camaro ZL1 or Mustang GT500 – it is also substantially more powerful so that price difference is more than justified. What many people didn’t pay much attention to is the pricing for the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup, with pricing for the two other Hemi V8 packages that make them relative bargains compared to the Chevrolet Camaro.

“The Dodge Challenger has been on a tear – setting an all-time sales record in 2013 – its fifth year on sale,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “For 2015, the new Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever, the fastest muscle car ever, and now our icon is also the most capable and technologically advanced ever, with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $26,995.”

2015 Dodge Challenger SXT
For the 2015 model year, the base model Dodge Challenger wears SXT badges and derives its power from the 3.6L Pentastar V6. This engine sends 305 horsepower to the rear wheels by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission and it does so with a starting price of $26,995. For comparison, to get an automatic transmission in the base Chevrolet Camaro, you have to opt for the 2LS package that starts at $25,750…making the base model Challenger a touch pricier than the base Camaro (and quite a bit more than the base model 2015 Ford Mustang with an automatic transmission at $24,795).

The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T is powered by a 5.7L Hemi V8 that delivers 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed manual transmission with a starting price of $31,495. That is just $1,445 more expensive than the V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro 2LT while being almost $3,000 less than the cheapest V8 Camaro (1SS). This price is also less expensive than the 2015 Ford Mustang GT which starts at $32,100 – although I have to point out that the 2015 Mustang GT packs 435 horsepower to justify that difference in price. I should also point out that the Challenger R/T has an advantage in torque over the Mustang GT.

In any case, those prospective buyers who want to get into an American muscle car with a V8 engine for as little money as possible; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T is the answer.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack (shown above in bright Sublime green) is new for the 2015 model year, taking many cues from the 2014 Challenger SRT Core model and applying them to the non-SRT Challenger Scat Pack. That begins with the 6.4L, 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque – making it far more powerful than the Camaro SS or the Mustang GT. The Challenger Scat Pack also comes with a higher performance Brembo braking system and a high performance suspension system that ensures that this Mopar muscle car will corner as well as it accelerates. This package comes with a starting price of just $38,495, making it just a couple hundred dollars more than the Camaro 2SS which “only” has 426 horsepower and around $2,000 more than the 2015 Mustang GT Premium with 435 horsepower.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack also packs 25 more horsepower and 10 more lb-ft of torque than the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fastback that has a starting price of $53,000. The Corvette and Challenger Scat Pack are two very different performance cars, but the comparison between the two illustrates just how much of a bargain this new 392 Hemi package will be when it arrives later this year.

The new Dodge Challenger Scat Pack is a beast and it offers more power than any other performance car under $40,000 in America. This is, in my opinion, the best bargain for those buyers who don’t “need” the 707
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Dodge Smokes ‘Em at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:52 PM - by David A Hakim

By David A. Hakim

For 24 years, the Mopar faithful have religiously descended on the Carlisle Fairgrounds to meet up with other dedicated followers of all things Chrysler. They come from all over world to show off their beloved Challengers, Chargers, Darts, Super Bees or anything else that has a Pentastar stamped on it. They also come to look for new and used parts so they can finish their restoration projects while meeting up with friends and fellow followers of the faith who truly believe God did create the HEMI on the Seventh Day. This year, Scat Pack Forums had a chance to be in the epicenter of this fantastic event that had almost 3000 new and old school musclecars on display, and well over 30,000 diehard fans coming through the Carlisle Fairground gates.


Ralph Gilles did a hellacious Hellcat burnout, much to the joy of the screaming Carlisle crowd.


However, before this fun officially began, our friends over at the Mopar Rebellion Car Club held their traditional Carlisle Chrysler Nationals Kick-Off party at the Faulkner Dodge/Ram/Chrysler/Jeep dealership just up the road in Mechanicsburg. It was a great opportunity to socialize with the fellow Mopar gearheads and get a sneak peek at the cool rides we’d see at the show. After walking the massive parking lot of the dealership, it definitely put us in the right frame of mind.


Once again, the fine folks who put on one of the greatest Chrysler shows on the planet didn’t disappoint the participants and attendees at this year’s show. With 2014 being the 100th anniversary of Dodge, the event had us on sensory overload. Our friends at Dodge brought their awesome display, complete with heavy artillery, including a pair of Hellcat-powered 2015 SRT Challengers. There was also a 2015 Challenger Scat Pack Edition sporting a 392 HEMI under its optional Shaker hood and sublime 5.7L HEMI R/T that blinded us in the sunlight. All these awesome rides had the fans pressing their noises against the door glass trying to get a closer look. Let’s face it, the fans, along with us, were drooling at all the latest hardware from the Dodge arsenal.


Fans could also see, feel and experience Dodge muscle as the Dodge Scat Pack Challenger was offering thrill rides for those brave enough to ride shotgun with NHRA Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett. The Scat Pack Challenger is a specially modified factory-built Challenger R/T outfitted with the Mopar Scat Pack 3 performance kit. Leah may drive 10,000 horsepower nitro breathing dragsters on race weekends, but she was grinning ear-to-ear every time she stabbed the throttle on the Scat Pack Challenger.


Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett was ready to take the Hellcat powered Challenger SRT out for a thrill ride of her own.

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