2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 Review

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From the “how ’bout that?” department comes this interesting fact: Dodge Challenger retail sales have doubled since its early days on the market in 2009, according to Dodge. This is in spite of the car receiving basically zero visual updates to its 1970-inspired styling and packing a cut-buck interior dating back to the dark days of DaimlerChrysler. Furthermore, roughly half of those Challengers have been equipped with—bless their hearts—a V-6.

Auctioneer To ‘Put That Hammer Down’ On 149 Seized Cars, Including A Trans Am Once Owned By Burt Reynolds, The marshals service has displayed some of the cars at Golden 1 Center. Rick Pennisi was eyeing a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. “My son’s partner, they have an aquarium shop in Main Street Woodland. – News from www.capradio.org

Admittedly, it’s tough for enthusiasts to take V-6–powered pony cars seriously. But with four-cylinder Mustangs about to roam the streets again—and as a serious performance option—we took particular interest in the 2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 at the recent launch of the newly revamped 2015 Challenger line in Portland, Oregon. Would it finally be a viable option for muscle fans on a budget, or would it continue in the grand tradition of V-6 Challengers past and offer far more show than go?

The six-cylinder Challenger has come a long way since it arrived in ’09 powered by a wheezy, 250-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a slushy five-speed automatic. Our testing showed it capable of an only so-so 7.5-second 0-to-60-mph time and a sad 0.78 g on the skidpad, with the handling punctuated by tire-squealing understeer that bordered on the extreme. In 2011, Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 producing 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque took over, albeit with the same antiquated transmission. Thus equipped, the six-hole Challenger chopped more than a second off its 0–60 time. Meanwhile, an optional Super Sport Group with revised brakes, stiffened suspension bits, and 20-inch wheels did yeoman’s work in cleaning up the handling and dramatically shortening braking performance. In other words, there was hope.

For 2015, the 3.6-liter Pentastar carries over largely unchanged but has finally been paired to Chrysler’s excellent ZF-designed eight-speed automatic with the now-familiar T-handle shifter and manual shift control. (There are no steering-wheel shift paddles, however.) We expect the new transmission to save a few tenths during the sprint to 60 mph, and it will also improve the fuel economy from 18 mpg city/27 highway to 19/30. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by STEVE SILER

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