Is the Dodge Challenger the Last True Muscle Car?

March 25 2020
CBB

High-performance cars, often known as muscle cars, have a sleek beauty and the ability to purr, growl and roar their way around every curve on the highway. With classic models such as the Ford Mustang and the Camaro from Chevrolet, the Dodge Challenger is one of the very few muscle cars still available to buy. Dodge have continued to redesign and upgrade what’s available, with the 2019 Challenger a real thing of beauty. Hot off the production line from its Hellcat division - even the name sounds wild! - the Dodge Challenger is a brute of a car that combines old-school styling with contemporary functionality.

The power beneath the hood on the Dodge Challenger is eye-watering - 707 horsepower to be precise. If that’s too much to handle from the start, Dodge have a quirky way of letting you dilute the sheer force by offering two different keys. Every Hellcat auto has two keys, one black fob and one red fob. The black fob limits the output of the vehicle so you’ll only have 500 horsepower. We say “only” but that’s still a car with some serious performance capability. 

You’ll need all the help you can get with this bad boy as the Challenger likes to throw its weight around the road. Luckily it comes with traction control as standard and we’d suggest that you make sure this is switched on every time you slide into the driver’s seat. This isn’t about providing a tame driving experience; it’s about keeping you on the road. The Challenger is a muscle car through and through and if you’re not experienced with this type of driving you’ll find the wheels slipping where you least expect. 

The appearance of the Dodge Challenger is a throwback to the 60s with its large rear end and its crouching position. Never before has a car looked as if it’s just waiting to pounce but a glance at the Challenger will leave you feeling as if you’re the hunted. Under the showy exterior lies an older Mercedes Benz base, dating all the way back to 2005. Sure it’s been tweaked here and there but at its very core, there’s a classic car that’s had a facelift. 

Although there’s much about this car that’s classic, it’s also benefitted from upgraded technology giving you the best combination of authentic looks and modern capability. The car comes with the MySRT app which allows you to tinker with the set-up of the Dodge Challenger until you’ve got it exactly right. You can change the suspension, specify when you want stability control to kick in and also set the transmission points for theHellcat automatic gearbox. It’s also possible to choose the amount of horsepower available from the engine but as mentioned above, that also depends on the key. Never before has a driver had so much control over a beast of a car, allowing you to personalise your driving experience without watering the performance down. All of this is managed through Performance Pages, a very clever system that doesn’t just manage the car, it also monitors your performance. If you want to know how quickly the car went from 0-60 as well as your own reaction times, just check the app and you’ll find the data you need. 

The Dodge Challenger isn’t a basic car and it’s not the most practical pick. If you’re just looking for an vehicle to run to the local store, this may not be for you. On the other hand, if you’re on the hunt for a car that’s sexy, grown-up and provides a challenge, the Dodge Challenger muscle car will tick every single box.