Although the two muscle cars don’t get any horsepower upgrades, enhancements have been made for better performance and the cars also get retro styling inspired by the brand’s classic race-bred models. Both cars are available with the legendary 6.4-liter naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower or the 5.7L V8 with 375 hp and a new active performance exhaust system.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A starts with a Challenger R/T model and adds “air catcher” headlights, a functional hood duct that optimizes cold air intake, a new 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system, and bigger 20×9-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in black. Chassis upgrades include a 0.5-inch lower suspension, high-performance Bilstein shocks absorbers, performance brake linings, the ability to turn the ESC completely off, and high-po Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. A six-speed manual is standard and an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters is optional. It also comes with cylinder deactivation so it can run on four-cylinders under a light load.
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On the outside, the Challenger T/A gets a satin black hood, front fascia and other accents, along with a new limited-edition Green Go or Yellow Jacket paint job. Factory-installed hood pins are also available. Inside, drivers will find houndstooth seats, a performance steering wheel and retro-inspired gauge clusters.
The 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona also builds on the R/T model and adds a Mopar cold air induction system, the active performance exhaust, and the same chassis upgrades as the Challenger T/A as well as a beefier rear differential. On the outside, the Daytona gets Scat Pack-inspired fascias, Satin Black accents, bigger wheels, unique badging and a lot of the same interior upgrades seen in the Challenger T/A.
Production of the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona starts this fall. Orders for the Charger open up in September, while customers can start ordering the Challenger in October. The Challenger T/A starts at $37,390 excluding destination in the U.S., and drivers can further upgrade with a T/A Plus or T/A 392 model. The Challenger Daytona starts at $39,890 and can also be upgraded with a 392 model.