The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus
The Dodge Challenger SXT Plus
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Muscle cars will forever rekindle the spirit of the teenage years for many of us. For others, they represent the fundamental dream car. There are three primary players in the domestic muscle car ring, and the one delivered this week has my top pick. In my opinion, the Dodge Challenger has created the greatest modernized interpretation of a classic.
On the exterior, the Challenger creates a bold presence that to me, is unmatched by the competition. As of last year, Dodge‘s muscle car received a progressive product update that transforms the front and rear fascia, while revamping the interior layout. A truly inspiring design that closely recalls its 1970s predecessor, the recently updated Challenger makes the evolution quite transparent. From the front, the wide body cradles dual circular headlamps with contemporary LED and xenon bulbs. Around the rear, the famed classic light bar returns, but is also outfitted with modern lighting technology.
On the interior, the product improvements continue from the exterior with an upgraded dashboard. The overall design blends a perfect execution of classic touches mixed with modern flair. Driver focused gauges neatly replicate the retro clusters of the past, while the center console makes today’s technology easy to reach and intuitive to use. The driver-centric cluster gives the driver full focus and control.
An oversized center screen remains the main draw of the dashboard. The screen clearly displays all related infotainment including climate control functionality. By far, my favorite feature requires users to press the Super Track Pak button just beneath the main screen. Instantly, the screen displays an RPM gauge that enables complete customization of variable performance features. Options include adjustable RPM launches, 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times, engine tuning, and much more.
With genuine performance built into its core, the Challenger SXT Plus creates an expressive value proposition. This particular model is outfitted with the Challenger’s base engine cranking out a still impressive 305 horsepower. The naturally aspirated Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is then mated to a smooth shifting Torqueflite 8-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted by steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The value comes in where the performance, look, and features “make” it feel much more expensive.
Arguably one of the best looking muscle cars available on the market, the Dodge Challenger has won the hearts of many since its relaunch into the new millennium. And the SXT Plus simply offers the best bang for the buck blending efficiency, style, and performance. For more information of the modern classic, please check dodge.com.