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There will be those who scoff at owning a muscle car because it isn’t practical or economical, but that simply isn’t true. The 2021 Dodge Challenger has several trim levels for every type of buyer, including the option for all-wheel drive, but the Challenger isn’t so much about being practical. This is a car you own to have bragging rights. A Challenger is a muscle car that lets the neighborhood know you’re home because they hear the bass rumble of your engine coming down the block. When you know you can leave every other car on the road in your dust, you don’t even have to demonstrate the power of your engine because everyone who knows cars will know your Challenger can’t be beaten. It’s that fast.
If you happen to be looking for a family sedan, you might want to consider the equally customizable Dodge Charger instead. However, you could be the coolest parent in the carpool, and the Challenger has plenty of room for kids in the back and luggage in the trunk. Though you might think this powerful vehicle is gas-hungry, it can earn a satisfying 23 MPG combined with the base engine. While driving this muscular beast through town will give your ride some swagger, you can cruise on the highway for hours in the comfort of the expansive interior with supportive adjustable seats. Available safety features for the 2021 Challenger offer plenty of assurance for handling the new widebody options and the exciting SRT Super Stock trim that will make you want to find the nearest drag strip to discover just how fast your Challenger can go.
Muscle cars may be nostalgic for some, while others are simply attracted to the appeal of the modern version of a high-performing sports car. There is no denying that the 2021 Dodge Challenger has a menacing stare when you look at it head-on, with those round LED daytime running lights holding your gaze without ever blinking. The straight lines of the grille are formidable and make a square-jawed front end that glides back into the long, mildly curved hood. With a low-slung body for hugging the road at high speeds, the 2021 Challenger’s high beltline puts the driver in the cockpit the way a race car driver is seated low behind the wheel. Flared fenders say further that this car is built for powerful acceleration, and the line of LED tail lights across the back end will be all that’s left of you when you hit the gas.
There’s no denying that the 2021 Challenger is an attractive vehicle in its standard form, but this year Dodge is offering a new body package to take the Challenger over the top as a race-worthy vehicle. With the R/T Scat Pack and T/A 392 trims, a widebody package will add to the performance appeal. The Scat Pack Shaker Widebody will come with the 6.4-liter HEMI 392 engine, which will be seated under the cold-air hood scoop that truly defines the look of a bona fide muscle car. In the T/A trim, the scooped hood is painted in Satin Black with a matching roof and deck lid. Body-side stripes also in Satin Black accentuate the race car imagery, and LED lights pinpoint the T/A logos in a stylish attention-grabbing look.
Most who buy a new Dodge Challenger will probably want one of the powerful V8 engines, though even the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine shows up with a surprising 303 hp. This is the engine that has the option of being paired with all-wheel drive and can be built into the SXT and GT trims. To get the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, which makes 375 horsepower, you can bump up to the R/T trim level, though this trim is available with rear-wheel drive only. The 5.7-liter comes standard with this trim, though buyers may want to opt for the widebody Scat Pack model to enjoy the naturally aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which boasts a throat-clearing 485 hp.
The last engine available is truly mind-bending and is tuned for performance unlike anything else on the road. This supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 has three output levels, depending on its tuning for each sub-trim of the SRT Challenger. Choosing the SRT Hellcat will offer 717 hp, which then gets bumped up to a blistering 797 hp in the high-output version found in the SRT Hellcat Redeye. But the most powerful version is the high-output V8 of the SRT Super Stock, which is uniquely calibrated for a staggering 807 hp that may feel more like riding in a rocket than a car. Each of these engines is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the V8 options can also be equipped with a six-speed manual.
Clearly, the SRT is made for serious driving with such power, which is why Dodge offers buyers a free training course to learn how to handle this vehicle. With this performance tutorial, you will learn how to make the most out of advanced features like launch assist and discover how best to personalize the controls in your SRT to maximize your comfort and capability. Here is where the biggest bragging rights can be claimed, especially if you add the widebody package to your SRT for those drool-worthy fender flares and wider tires for improved road grip. Of course, these more powerful trims also come with Brembo brakes and adaptive suspension dampers to help handle the screaming horsepower of the fastest muscle car in the world.
Despite all the excessive power on the outside, the 2021 Challenger will fold you into its seats with comfort that can be taken on long drives for hours. Whether you choose the entry-level trims with houndstooth cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, powered accessories, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror or go whole-hog with the available Nappa leather and heated steering wheel, you will drive in contentment. There is no stripped-down trim for the 2021 Challenger, only levels of improved styling or features. What is most appealing about the interior of the Challenger, however, is the driver’s seat cockpit. From here, the dash is your custom domain and hearkens back to the early muscle cars of the 1970s with chrome touches and a large instrument cluster.
Build the interior to suit your style with 17 available options for seating materials, including choices of colors, suede, and leather that can come in monochromatic or two-tone styling. For the daring drivers who seek the exciting side of owning a Challenger, available performance seats hug your body in place. Or you can stick to the standard sport seats stitched in the color of your interior. Five different steering wheels are also available to further customize your cockpit and make it utterly your own. Then you can add the finishing touches of optional extra conveniences like ventilation in the seats, a choice of either the Alpine or Harmon Kardon audio systems, and the Tic-Toc-Tach gauge, which can be programmed to display your choice of performance features in the dash.
The 2021 Challenger comes standard with the Uconnect 4 infotainment system, which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice commands, Bluetooth, and available Sirius XM. In upper trims, upgrade to the Uconnect 4C system, which has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, includes Sirius XM, and adds HD radio. Navigation can also be added as an optional feature, along with Sirius XM Guardian, Traffic Link, and Traffic Plus.
Driver-assisted safety features will tie into your driving experience seamlessly, with standard features like electronic stability and traction control, active front head restraints, and rain brake support. Built-in crumple zones and a reinforced steel body will protect you in case you miss anything while you drive. Dodge intentionally built safety into the 2021 Challenger when they created a machine made for speed. What else did Dodge include? Plenty of space. The interior of the 2021 Challenger is a class best, with more interior space for both passengers and cargo of any in its class. That means when you go cruising, you can take your family and friends to show them how much fun you get to have every time you drive your Challenger.