2017 Dodge Challenger T/A

The Woodward Dream Cruise kicks off in the third weekend of August this year. The Cruise is always amazing, but this year, Dodge is hoping to make it even better than usual. This year, it is bringing a handful of special Challenger models that pay tribute to the original Challenger T/A. They aren’t quite as wild as the Challenger Hellcat models, but they are pretty wild special editions that are sure to garner some great attention from muscle car enthusiasts.

Of the three special edition models, two of them come with a cool 375 horsepower on tap while the other two come correct with 485 ponies. Furthermore, they are all equipped with some of the best features and tech that Chrysler has available now. Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, Fiat, and FCA, said, “More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions.”

And, even better yet, Kuniskis went on to say that there “will be another special edition announced later this fall.” We don’t know what he might be talking about quite yet, but until then, let’s take a good look at these three special-edition Challengers and what makes them so great.

Challenger T/A

Dodge Challenger T/A

The Challenger T/A is based on the standard Challenger R/T model and comes with a 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8 that delivers 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. IT features the Super Track Pak which brings a stance that is lowered by 0.5-inches, Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, electronic stability control with three different modes, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. A Tremec six-speed manual comes as standard equipment, but it can be optioned with the TorqueFlite eight-speed auto with Sport mode and paddle shifters for those who like more automated driving. Fuel Saver Technology (FST) is also standard and allows the engine to run on four cylinders at certain times to go with Decel Fuel Shut Off to help save a few sips of gas when coming to a stop. All the exhaust from the engine is routed to the rear via an all-new 2.75-inch, electronically control performance exhaust system and 20-inch by 9-inch Mopar forged-aluminum wheels that are finished in Hyper Black II.

On the outside, you’ll find the hood, front fascia, roof, and decklid finished in Satin Black to go along with the T.A body stripes

On the outside, you’ll find the hood, front fascia, roof, and decklid finished in Satin Black to go along with the T.A body stripes. The center caps in those 20-inch Mopar wheels have been upgraded to feature the Dodge Stripes, and you’ll find the front grille prominently displaying the “Challenger” nameplate. Optional exterior accessories include factory-installed hood pins, and an all-new, limited-production Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint. All told, it’s a pretty nice exterior package if I do say so myself.

Dodge didn’t just stop on the outside, either. On the inside, the car gets aluminum interior bezels to go with black and Gloss Black interior. Performance seats with Houndstooth cloth inserts offer improved lateral support while the Dodge performance steering wheel features performance contouring. Ahead of the wheel, you’ll see a 971-inspired tic-toc-tach gauge cluster with Gloss black detailing and Bright White faces. Velour-bound floor mats sporting the Dodge logo also come standard. The Challenger T/A starts out at $37,390 plus a $1,095 destination fee.

Challenger T/A Plus

Dodge Challenger T/A

The Challenger T/A Plus builds on the aforementioned T/A and brings some extra goodies to the interior of the vehicle

The Challenger T/A Plus builds on the aforementioned T/A and brings some extra goodies to the interior of the vehicle. To start, the T/A Plus comes equipped with heated performance seats that are wrapped in Nappa leather held together by Black and Tungsten accent stitching. The “T/A” logo is also embroidered on the seats. The other big news here is the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard on this model. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to go with enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, a faster startup time, and better graphics capabilities. The sound from this system is sent to six “premium” speakers through a 276-watt digital amplifier.

As part of the Uconnect system is this model, a new shortcut button makes accessing the Dodge Performance Pages simple. IT offers the ability to set a programmable shift light indicator, as well as the recording of reaction time, zero-to-60 mph times, and lap times. All of which are displayed in the seven-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster. This model comes at a $2,750 premium over the T/A with a price of $40,140 plus the $1,095 destination fee.

Challenger T/A 392

Dodge Challenger T/A

If you’re someone who has a need for power than that 375-horspower HEMI V-8 might not be enough for you. But that’s okay because Dodge has something else in store for you. The Challenger T/A 392 comes with a 6.4-liter, 392 cubic-inch, HEMI V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. That represents an increase of 113 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque over the other two Challenger T/A models we’ve talked about thus far. According to Dodge, this best-in-class power returns a mid-four-second 0-to-60 sprint and 12-second runs on the quarter-mile.

The Challenger T/A 392 comes with a 6.4-liter, 392 cubic-inch, HEMI V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque

Improvements to this model don’t just come under the hood, however. To go with the extra power are signature “T/A Air Catcher” headlamps and a directed cold-air NACA hood system. To handle stopping duties you’ll get Brembo ultra high-performance six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The car gets a bespoke front suspension geometry and rides on 20-inch by 9.50inch forged aluminum wheels that are finished in Low Gloss Black and wrapped in 275/40Z-series Pirelli performance tires. Rounding off the package are “392” fender decals to let everyone know you’ve got the big boy under the hood. Getting one will set you back $43,995, plus destination, and don’t forget Uncle Sam’s Gas Guzzler tax because, you know, he doesn’t already suck our pockets dry everywhere else.

Conclusion

Dodge Challenger T/A

For a while, I wasn’t very fond of the new Challenger. I’ve always wished that Dodge had gone with the same old school designs from way back when. Even still, the Challenger has grown on me over time, and I swear it didn’t have anything to do with the Hellcats. OK, well maybe a little, but that’s not the only reason. The Challenger is actually a pretty decent car for what it is, and these models are looking pretty good to me. I really like the 392. Not just because it has an extra 113 horsepower but because it offers a fair medium between the 5.7 Hemi and the Hellcat model, and features a number of custom features you don’t normally see on Challengers. And, for the record, the Challenger SRT 392 starts out around $46,000 the last time I checked, which means the T/A comes at a pretty decent discount. Finally, a special edition model that you don’t have to sell two children and a testicle to afford.

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

Press Release

Dodge believes the golden age of performance cars is now, making this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise the perfect time and place to reintroduce the brand’s two famed, race-bred nameplates — the new 2017 Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona, muscle cars that deliver even more performance and precision to the naturally aspirated HEMI® V-8 lineup with unique powertrain induction and exhaust enhancements, chassis upgrades for greater handling and braking, plus functional performance styling appointments inside and out.

Dodge Challenger T/A

“More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We’ll continue to celebrate the brand’s muscle car performance heritage with another special-edition announcement later this fall.”

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models are available with the 6.4-liter “392” HEMI V-8 naturally aspirated 485-horsepower engine, or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with up to 375 horsepower with the all-new electronically controlled active performance exhaust system. Production for both Challenger and Charger models will begin this fall with Charger Daytona models available for order in September, followed by Challenger T/A models this October.

New 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A models

Initially built for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970 with only 2,399 ever built, and considered one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A model lineup builds on this legacy with three track-capable models loaded with unique appointments and performance hardware – Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus and the Challenger T/A 392.

Dodge Challenger T/A

Challenger T/A

For drivers who want to be a part of the Dodge T/A legacy, the new 2017 Challenger T/A builds on the standard content of the 375-horsepower Challenger R/T model, adding functional performance hardware, which includes the new “Air Catcher” headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos; NACA ducted hood now designed to feed a modified SRT Hellcat air box with Mopar conical filter, which optimizes cold air intake through these two signature fresh-air inlets; an all-new 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system; and 1-inch wider 20 x 9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II.

The Super Track Pak is added for a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades, including a 0.5-inch lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. The Tremec six-speed manual is standard, while the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is available and includes Sport mode with paddle shifters, plus Fuel Saver Technology with four-cylinder mode and interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO).

Heritage-inspired Dodge exterior appointments include a new Satin Black painted hood and Satin Black front fascia, roof and deck-lid graphic paired to the T/A bodyside stripes; new wheel center caps featuring the Dodge stripes; “Challenger” script grille badge; Satin Black fuel-filler door with heritage “FUEL” lettering and black deck-lid spoiler with Challenger T/A badge. For an even bolder throwback look to the original 1970 model, factory-installed hood pins are available, along with all-new and limited-production Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint (HIP).

Dodge Challenger T/A

Authentic aluminum interior bezels combined with Black and Gloss Black appointments provide Challenger T/A with an athletic cockpit. Premium Black performance seats with signature Houndstooth cloth inserts give the driver and front passenger greater lateral support. The Dodge performance steering wheel features performance contouring, and for added retro style, the 1971-inspired “tic-toc-tach” gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces and Gloss Black details. Premium velour-bound floor mats with embroidered Dodge logo are also included.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A model has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,390. (All prices exclude $1,095 destination).

Challenger T/A Plus

Adding to the Challenger T/A model’s standard equipment, the new 2017 Challenger T/A Plus includes unique heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats in Black with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered “T/A” logo; all-new fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations, faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics; Dodge Performance leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescoping column; six premium speakers and 276-watt digital amplifier.

Expanding on the Super Track Pak’s capability, the Challenger T/A Plus adds a shortcut button to the Dodge Performance Pages embedded in the class-exclusive and all-new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen fourth-generation radio, which provides visible performance information, such as a programmable shift light indicator, reaction time, 0-60 times, G-force indicator and lap times in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display. This new Uconnect system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to further smartphone integration.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Plus model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $40,140.

Dodge Challenger T/A

Challenger T/A 392

The new Challenger T/A 392 ups-the-ante with its best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 113 more horsepower and a 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger T/A models, representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque. The coupe’s best-in-class power enables it to turn mid 4-second 0-60 mph times and low 12-second quarter mile times.

Adding to the standard equipment found on the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus, the new 2017 Challenger T/A 392 includes a 6.4-liter (392 cu in) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower, plus signature “T/A Air Catcher” headlamps and directed cold-air NACA duct hood systems connected to the more powerful mill; ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique front suspension geometry, all-new 20 x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli three-season performance tires, “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $43,995 (excluding gas-guzzler tax).

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