TheÂ Challenger T/A is back. Taking its name from the iconic modelÂ Dodge usedÂ to competeÂ in the SCCAâs Trans-Am racing series starting in 1970, the 2017 Challenger T/A will be available in three different variants when the ordering process opens in October: T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392.
All three sport a new hood with a massive center-mounted scoop. The hood, as well as the roof, trunklid, rear wing, body-side stripes, and fuel-filler door all are done up in satin black. Inspired by the Hellcat, the T/A has a similar ram-airÂ designÂ that allows air to pass through a headlampÂ toÂ the engine intake, which gets a conical Mopar air filter. But whereas the 2016 Hellcat uses this airflow solution forÂ onlyÂ one of its lamps, both of the T/Aâs inboardÂ lamps feature theÂ design, following the script written by the Challenger T/A concept from 2014. LED-illuminated T/A logos within the opening are just another reminder that this isnât any ordinary Challenger. Old-school pins to keep the hood securedÂ are optional.
Along with the intake, Dodge also equips each and every T/A with a standard performance exhaust system. Unfortunately, both features make no measurable difference to engine output, with 5.7-liter V-8âequipped T/A and T/A Plus models producing the same 375 horsepower as theirÂ R/T kin, while the top-of-the-line T/A 392âs 6.4-liter V-8 makes the same 485 horsepower it does in other Challenger 392s. Nevertheless, we can confirm that the kit makes the car sound a hell of a lot meaner. All T/As come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although buyers can opt for an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Further upping the ante is the addition of Dodgeâs Super Track Pak. The performance kit comes standard on all T/As and includes a suspension thatâs been lowered by 0.5 inch, Bilstein shocks, high-performance brake lining, a three-mode stability-control system that can be turned off completely, and stickier tires. T/A and T/A Plus models wrap a set of Goodyear Eagle F1s around 20-by-9-inch, 12-spoke forged-aluminum Mopar wheels finished in black, while the T/A 392 relies on a set of Pirelli three-season performance tires andÂ 20-by-9.5-inch forged-aluminum wheels, also finished in black.
Inside, the T/A takes things back in time with period houndstooth cloth inserts for the frontÂ seats. T/A Plus models replace the base carâs houndstooth seats with a pair of heated and ventilated leather buckets. Plus modelsÂ also add a power tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded audioÂ system, and the latest Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Finally, the T/A 392 adds to the T/A Plus specÂ the aforementioned 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and the wider wheels, as well as big, vented front brakes with six-piston Brembo front calipers and four-piston rears, model-specific suspension geometry, and â392â fender decals.
Base T/As will run $38,485, while T/A Plus and T/A 392 models will set customers back $41,235 and $45,090; the 392 price will requireÂ a gas-guzzler tax, too, but that hasn’t yet been announced. LikeÂ the new Charger Daytona, the three Challenger T/A models also will be available inÂ a handful of retro paint hues, including Green Go and Yellow Jacket.