For the past several years, the demand for crossovers has dominated the auto industry. Sales growth is attributed to a combination of efficient fuel economy and more space for passengers and cargo. But, not everyone is looking for an SUV or minivan. Some people prefer the ultimate American muscle car that combines performance and dependability.
The 2021 Dodge Challenger
The early ’60s saw the emergence of fast cars eager to hit the open roadways. Muscle cars were in high demand, and drivers were excited to see how far they could push their vehicles.
The Dodge Challenger debuted in 1969. According to Fiat Chrysler, it offered nine unheard of powertrain options, the most powerful being the HEMI V8 that could push 425 hp.
Today, the all-new 2021 Dodge Challenger is taking the market by storm with capabilities double that of the original model. The retro styling is the only thing that is reminiscent of the early years of Dodge.
The current entry-level model comes with a V6 that offers 303 hp. The all-new SRT Super Stock trim carries a racing-ready V8 that puts out an astounding 807 of horsepower. The SRT Hellcat Redeye isn’t far behind, offering 797 hp with a top speed of 203 mph.
The Challenger bucks the current trends in mainstream cars
It isn’t just about speed. The iconic styling, reliability, and performance capabilities of the Challenger is bucking the current trends of mainstream cars.
The innovative technology allows for customization of the engine settings and provides live performance data. The three-mode electronic stability control allows for precision handling, and the mounted paddle shifters provide seamless gear changes.
The all-wheel drive on the SXT and GT trims levels offers superior traction in inclement weather. This car offers cabin and trunk space that far exceeds that of its competitors, and the advanced safety features abound.
The current industry trend is to provide crossovers that come in countless shapes and sizes. Dodge has honed in on the classic roots of yesteryear and created an automobile that not only carries a bit of nostalgia with it but impresses in its powertrain options and performance standards.
While other manufacturers are focusing on building electric and hybrid vehicles, Dodge is perfecting the interior and exterior features of the Challenger.
Pros and cons of the 2021 Dodge Challenger
The super-fast 2021 Dodge Challenger doesn’t come cheap. The SRT Super Stock has an MSRP of $85,000. Although considerably higher in price than mainstream vehicles, it is still less than comparable options, such as the Jaguar F-Type SVR, that starts at $125,000.
The SRT Super Stock can accelerate 0 to 60 mph in 3.25 seconds, hitting a top speed of 168 mph with super-wide street-legal drag radial tires installed. All-aluminum 4-piston brake calipers help to alleviate some of the hardware’s weight on the Challenger. In comparison, the Jaguar can hit top speeds of 200 mph with its 575 hp supercharged V8 but may not warrant the extra $40,000 price tag.
AutoTrader found the Challenger to be big to drive with a poor line of sight. They also noted that the interior felt dull and wanted to see a convertible edition. What the experts at AutoTrader did like about the Dodge is the “glorious V8 engines” that allowed for a “luxurious highway ride.”
Impressed by the spacious back seat and large trunk area, they felt this speedster offered an “unmatched array of models and variations.” Test drivers said that “despite its intimidating looks, the 2021 Dodge Challenger can be surprisingly civilized to drive.”