2018 Dodge Challenger
2018 is a big year for the Dodge Challenger. The 2018 Challenger lineup includes two new performance trims and they both add a lot more power to what already was one of the most powerful muscle car lineups. On top of the new trim options, buyers have a lot to choose from because 2018 Challenger models are available with more style and performance options than were available in previous years. Here’s a closer look at the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup.
Trims and Transmission
The 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup is the most powerful muscle car lineup ever. The 2018 model year (MY) lineup consists of 15 Dodge Challenger trims, including the two new beastly models, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The lineup also includes the new all-wheel-drive Challenger GT AWD model that was added to the 2017MY.
With the exception of the Challenger SRT Demon, which is only available with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, all Challenger models can be paired to a TREMEC six-speed manual transmission or the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission option is left to buyers to decide.
3.6L V6 Engine
For the first time, the 2018 model year Challenger lineup includes five engine options and three of those engines are SRT performance engines. The base engine is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is standard on the Challenger SXT, the Challenger SXT Plus and the Challenger GT AWD. The 3.6L V6 engine is the most fuel efficient of the engine options and it gives the Challenger a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
5.7L HEMI V8 Engine
The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine produces 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft of torque. With the purchase of any trim powered by the 5.7L engine, buyers can opt for a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that has a multi-displacement system (MDS), which improves fuel economy by turning off some of the vehicle’s cylinders when they are not being used. The 5.7L engine comes standard on the Challenger R/T, Challenger R/T Plus, Challenger R/T Shaker, Challenger T/A, Challenger R/T Plus Shaker and Challenger T/A Plus.
3 Performance Engines
6.4L HEMI V8 Engine
Starting off the SRT performance engines is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, which is also referred to as the 392 HEMI V8 engine because the engine is 392 cubic inches, which is the equivalent to 6.4 liters. The 6.4L HEMI V8 engine produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, which helps the Challenger accelerate from 0-60 mph in the low four-second range and to complete a quarter-mile in about 12.7 seconds. The 6.4L engine comes standard on the Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, the Challenger SRT 392 and the Challenger T/A 392, and like the 5.7L engine, buyers of the the 6.4L engine can also add the MDS.
SRT Hellcat Engine
The second most-powerful SRT performance engine available on the 2018 lineup is the supercharged 6.2L SRT Hellcat engine, which produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This year, the engine is available on two Challenger models, the Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The Challenger SRT Hellcat accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds. The new widebody design gives the Hellcat an improved 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds and a better quarter-mile time of 10.9 seconds.
SRT Demon Engine
The most powerful engine on the Dodge Challenger (and any factory produced muscle car ever) is the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine. The new engine is only available on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and it is the fastest and most powerful muscle car ever. The engine produces 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque, which helps the Challenger SRT Demon accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and finish a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds! The Challenger SRT Demon is so powerful it actually lifts the vehicle’s front wheels off the ground at launch, which makes the Challenger SRT Demon the only factory-produced muscle car to do so.
The standard equipment and available options on the Challenger trims is just as different as all of the engines. However, there are a couple things all models have in common, including the two-door design and the variety of available exterior paint colors, which includes Mopar’s signature High-Intensity Paint (HIP) colors, like F8 Green and IndiGO Blue. Otherwise, almost every Challenger model comes with unique traits ranging from badges to wheels and grille finishes.
With the exception of the Challenger trims equipped with a 3.6L engine, all Challenger models include unique features to help boost performance. All HEMI V8 models are equipped with a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust system. To ensure safety and performance, all SRT performance models are equipped with Brembo brakes. Additionally, many SRT performance models have an Air-Catcher headlamp,
For the first time, the 2018 lineup includes two widebody Challenger models, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Challenger SRT Demon. In addition to the more aggressive look the wider body design gives the models, the wider design also improves the vehicle’s performance because the vehicle’s fender flares are 3.5 inches wider and that provides extra space for wider tires, and wider tires provide for better grip on the road.
For the 2018MY, Dodge really enhanced the standard interior features on all Challenger models, but one thing that remains unchanged is that the Challenger is the only two-door muscle car that has seating for five passengers (except for the Challenger SRT Demon). Interior materials range from premium cloth sport seats, to Nappa leather and suede seats, to SRT Laguna leather. Many Challenger trims come standard with heated front seats, and several of the performance trims come standard with heated and ventilated seats.
All 2018MY Challengers come standard with a 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen, a backup camera, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and Uconnect, which is FCA’s brand of infotainment systems. The Uconnect system on Challenger performance models comes with Performance Pages, and they provide drivers with insights on the vehicle’s performance, vitals and driver stats. The Challenger SXT comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, but other audio systems that are available or standard on other Challenger trims include a 9-speaker system, an 18-speaker premium audio system, as well as an available Harman Kardon amplifier.
Availability, Price and Warranty
Availability and Price
Pricing for 2018 Dodge Challenger models varies based on the trim and all of the features. The starting MSRP for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SXT is $26,995 (plus destination fee). University Dodge is one of the largest SRT dealers in the Southeast U.S., and we’ll be one of the first dealers in South Florida to receive the new SRT performance models, including the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Additionally, University Dodge has also been allocated nine Challenger SRT Demon models, so if you are interested in one, come by and see us today.
All Dodge models are backed by a three-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Additionally, Dodge includes roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles.
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