2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L Manual Review

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There are two things we need to get straight before we embark on this review of the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack.

1. No, this is not the Hellcat, as half of the people we encountered thought (or hoped) it was. No, it is not the supercharged one. No, it doesn’t have 700 horsepower.

2. Mopar fans are not like the rest of us. That might just be because Mopars aren’t like other cars. A few bits of evidence: The Mod Top; the “meep, meep” horn on the Road Runner; and a general obsession with cartoon characters. Also, Dodge briefly produced a pickup named the Warlock.

It’s certainly not news that the Challenger is unlike its presumed competition, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet’s Camaro. It’s a monstrous thing with a buns-up wide rear end; in the tested R/T Scat Pack form, it weighs 416 pounds more than a new Mustang GT. Get out of your head the idea that the Challenger should be as satisfying a sports coupe as the Mustang or Camaro, though, and there is much joy to be had within its outsized dimensions. That’s particularly true in the R/T Scat Pack version, which borrows its rip-snorting 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8 from the pricier Challenger SRT 392. Classic muscle-car strategy there. Bolt it to a firm-shifting Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual and you have a vehicle capable of matching its lighter competitors at the drag strip (or test track, in this case). Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by DANIEL PUND

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