It may not be surprising that certain vehicles either speed more or get caught speeding more often. MotorTrend recently reported on data from the car insurance comparison site Insurify, which collected speeding ticket info from 2.5 million car insurance quote requests. The information provided by drivers was then compared against national averages. While not all the speeders drove sporty cars, the Dodge Challenger was on the list of cars that earned the most speeding tickets.
Insurify found that 15.09 percent of Dodge Challenger drivers had received a speeding ticket. That’s still lower than the top offender, the Subaru WRX, which has had 20.49 percent of its drivers receive speeding tickets. At number seven on the list, Challenger drivers receive speeding tickets 31 percent more than the normal average. The Dodge Challenger just joined this speeding ticket list this year and is one of several Dodge vehicles included.
The Dodge Challenger goes really fast
MotorTrend points out that as a muscle car, the Dodge Challenger may attract speeding tickets. Its powerful V8 engines and fabulous engine sounds also invite fast driving as well. The Challenger SRT Super Stock, which was new for the 2020 model year, can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.25 seconds, according to Dodge.
The SRT Super Stock has the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, generating 717 to 807 hp. There are three other engine options for the Challenger though: the 3.6-liter V6, which produces 303 hp; the 5.7-liter V8, with 372 to 375 hp; and the 6.4-liter V8, which generates 485 hp.
The new 2021 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger will have a few new features for the 2021 model year. It will now offer a memory feature to remember settings for the power-adjustable steering column, driver’s seat, side mirrors, and radio. The car will also have new optional 20-inch wheels standard on the all-wheel-drive GT and available on the all-wheel-drive SXT. In addition, SRT branding can be added to the Brembo brake calipers on the Challenger R/T Scat Pack.
Car and Driver calls the 2021 Challenger’s two V8 engines “charismatic.” However, the Challenger also isn’t as “athletic” or sharp in its handling as its competitors. The two V8 engines are able to deactivate four of their cylinders when they aren’t needed to help improve fuel efficiency. The Challenger is also the only muscle car that offers all-wheel drive, which is an option with the V6 engine. The car has either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission, but Car and Driver found the manual shifter to be “imprecise” and “slushy-feeling.”
Car and Driver feels the Challenger is “comfier and roomier” than either the Camaro or the Mustang. The interior is a little tricky to see out of, but it has more comfortable seats and more space for passengers and cargo than competitors do. Car and Driver didn’t really like the materials in the interior though, saying some looked like vinyl. On the exterior, the Challenger has lots of colorful paint choices plus several retro-themed appearance packages to personalize the car.
The Challenger has the Dodge Uconnect infotainment system and comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It has a number of driver-assistance safety features, but they are optional. That includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beams.
There are other cars in addition to the Dodge Challenger that have the dubious honor of many speeding tickets. Of the top 10, four of them are Dodge vehicles. The list includes the Nissan 350Z, Dodge Charger, Dodge Ram 2500, Hyundai Veloster, Dodge Dart, Infiniti G37, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen GTI, and Subaru WRX.