Dodge unveiled the refreshed 2015 Challenger muscle car at the New York Auto Show and while the 2015 iteration maybe modern, it is still plenty retro. It was originally the Ford Mustang that brought back the retro is cool concept, but over time it has been the Challenger that has kept its word retaining the retro looks. Keeping its lines and form authentic to the original models from the 1970s, the 2015 Dodge Challenger receives several upgrades featuring a revised exterior and a re-designed interior. Now coming to the question we asked in the title, should Fiat bring the Dodge Challenger to India? Here is a list of reasons why it totally should, no questions asked.
Keeping the muscle car looks in place, the 2015 Challenger gets a revised front fascia with LED halo lights as well as new grille inserts. A must have functional shaker hood scoop is also available on the V8 powered models. The rear on the other hand features the new split LED tail lights. On the inside, the revised interior comes from the re-designed Charger. The cabin sports a 1971-model inspired high sill centre console and driver focused instrument panel, chrome bezels and 14 interior colour and trim options. Then there is the throwback Houndstooth premium cloth, Radar red or pearl, alacantara suede and leather high performance seats for customers to choose from. The cabin also features an 8.4-inch UConnect system and 7-inch IP display to boast about.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger comes with three engines on offer. The 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 produces 305 HP and is available on the SXT and SXT Plus trims, the 5.7 Hemi V8 produces up to 375 HP and 555 Nm of torque on the R/T and R/T Plus Shaker trims, and a revised 6.4-litre Hemi V8 produces 485 HP and 643 Nm of torque on the Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker trims. Dodge offers the V6 models with the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission as standard, while the V8 models get a 6-speed manual as standard and the 8-speed automatic as optional.
The top of the line 6.4-litre V8 can do 0-100 km/hr sprint in the mid 4 second range, while the quarter mile run is covered in less than 12 second. The top speed of the V8 Challenger is 293 km/hr. For the handling prowess, the 2015 Challenger SXT trim features a sport-tuned suspension setup with 18-inch wheels offered as standard, whereas the R/T models get 20-inch wheels with lower profile side walls. Production for the 2015 Dodge Challenger will commence in the US in the third quarter of this year, with sales commencing soon after. With the Jeep brand to soon make its Indian launch, witnessing the Dodge lineup on our roads will be a dream come true. Fiat are you listening?