Iconic Dodge Challenger and Charger Models Return for ’17 Model Year

August 17th, 2016 by

Dodge announced the revival of two iconic and retro Dodge models for the 2017 model year, the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona. The return of both of these vehicles come with even more performance and heritage-inspired styling to the Dodge 5.7- and 6.4-liter “392” HEMI lineup.

To set these two muscle cars apart from the other Challenger and Charger models, Dodge has added enhancements to the powertrain induction and exhaust, upgraded the chassis and braking for greater handling and braking. These two models also added functional performance styling. Additionally, there will be plenty of retro-inspired and eye-catching upgrades and colors that are part of the Dodge brand’s High-Impact Paint (HIP) legacy. If you are as excited about these models that will debut this fall, keep reading below to learn about the specifics.

3 New 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Models

The new Dodge Challenger model lineup consists of three track-capable models, the Challenger T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392. The original Challenger T/A was initially built for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970 and is one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time.  

The Challenger T/A builds on the 375-horsepower Challenger R/T with added performance parts, like new “Air Catcher” headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos; a new ducted hood that optimizes cold air intake through two new signature fresh-air inlets; an all-new 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system; and 20-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

The Challenger T/A also features a Super Track Pak that adds a range of chassis upgrades, including a half-inch lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) calibration with “full off.” A 5.7-liter HEMI engine paired with a Tremec six-speed manual is standard, while the 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine and/or TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission are also available to buyers.

The Challenger T/A Plus expands on the T/A with upgraded interior features such as leather seats, a six-speaker audio system and 8.4-inch touchscreen and 8.4 UConnect with Apple Play and Android auto capabilities.

However, the Challenger T/A Plus 392 is equipped with all of the upgraded interior features on the T/A Plus and comes standard with the 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine, which is available on the other two T/A models. Additionally, the Challenger T/A Plus 392 is equipped with ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique front suspension geometry, all-new 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, Pirelli three-season performance tires, and “392” fender decals.

All models are available with a variety of heritage-inspired Dodge exterior elements like a new Satin Black painted hood and Satin Black front fascia, roof and deck-lid graphic paired to the T/A bodyside stripes. There are new wheel center caps featuring the Dodge stripes, “Challenger” script grille badge and a black deck-lid spoiler with Challenger T/A badge. For a bolder throwback look to the original 1970 model, factory-installed hood pins are available, along with all-new and limited-production Go Mango, Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint (HIP).

2 New 2017 Charger Daytona Models

The Charger Daytona is available in two models, the Charger Daytona and the Charger Daytona 392.

The Charger Daytona is powered by the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine that is currently available on the Charger R/T. This engine generates 370-horsepower and 385 lb.ft of torque. The Charger Daytona features an improved Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter; plus an all-new electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system with 4-inch round tips.

The Super Track Pak that is on the Challenger R/T models is also available on the Charger Daytona. This gives the vehicle an improved performance-tuned suspension, performance brake linings, three-mode ESC calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. For improved acceleration and speed, the Charger Daytona includes a rear differential with a 2.62 axle ratio, plus performance engine and transmission calibration with a high-speed engine controller (150 mph, up from 135 mph).

The features on the Daytona model include huge black decals on both the hood and back sides of the car, a similar front fascia to the Scat Pack just with the large hood graphic that says HEMI, and the same 20-inch Mopar forged aluminum rims that are the same rims on the Charger SRT Hellcat model. The Charger Daytona model also comes with great performance features like Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, a performance suspension, and stability control with three different modes.

The new Dodge Charger Daytona interior has heated and ventilated black Nappa leather performance seats with horizontal Alcantara suede plowthroughs with “Daytona” embroidered seat backs. Brazen Gold accent stitching is on the seats and the center console armrest, along with door panels and door panel armrests. Additional upgrades include driver’s seat memory and steering column, bi-function high-intensity discharge (HID) projector headlamps, LED ambient cabin lighting, ParkSense rear park assist system and vehicle security alarm.

The Dodge Challenger Daytona 392 features the Charger’s best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque that is generated by the 6.4-liter HEMI engine. This model also has the new air box with directed cold-air induction and Mopar conical air filter, plus a 3.09 final drive with 230mm limited-slip rear axle. With all of these performance elements, the new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 delivers 0-60 mph performance in the mid 4-second range, plus quarter-mile times in the low 12-second range.

The same limited-production Go Mango, Green Go, and a refreshed Yellow Jacket hue are also available on the Charger T/A models.  

Orders for the Charger open up in September and orders for the Challenger begin in October.  The Challenger T/A starts at $37,390, the Challenger T/A Plus starts at $40,140 and the Challenger T/A Plus 392 starts at $43,995 excluding the fee. The Dodge Charger Daytona starts at $39,890 and the Charger Daytona 392 starts at $44,995, excluding the destination fee.

We can’t wait to start taking orders! Look out for these models as they become available at University Dodge this fall.