2018 Challenger Scat Pack, Power at a Value Price

The Scat Pack with 485 horsepower

2018 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack

The retro style Dodge Challenger was re-introduced in 2008 as Dodge’s entry into the muscle car market. While it has had a few minor refreshes since they have not messed with the 70”s styling that made the Challenger an instant success. Most of what has improved on the Challenger are the things that make it more fun to drive.

Dodge offers a wide selection of engine and power options, from the base V6 cranking out a respectable 305 horse to the unbelievable 840 ponies in the new Demon limited edition. The Challenger comes in 7 trim levels, the SXT, GT, RT, RT 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Demon. Each offers more power and improved interior and infotainment. The SXT and GT come with the base V6 Pentastar power, from there up the Hemi, in one configuration or another, is standard.

The Challenger GT provides a great ride,

Wide comfortable seats with the Super Bee Logo

Wide comfortable seats with the Super Bee Logo

large interior and lots of storage while offering decent fuel economy and handling. Once you get into the RT and higher editions Dodge begins to focus more on power and performance, not that even the V6 wouldn’t be enough for most drivers. Our test car was the Challenger 392 Scat Pack running the 6.4 liter Hemi with 485 horses. Scat Pack is a serious street machine outpowering Mustangs and Camaros. It comes with the biggest Hemi, special handling packages, Its own graphics and a retro Super Bee emblem on each front fender.

Handling is quick and as nimble as a car this size can be. Larger than most muscle cars, the Challenger provides room for rear seat passenger and a true sedan size trunk.  The trade off is a good one if you need to do more than

Sedan size trunk make the Challenger practical in addition to fast

Sedan size trunk make the Challenger practical in addition to fast

ride around looking cool and fast. Challenger can serve as the family car and still be your weekend warrior.

The Challenger Scat Pack ride is a bit rough, but that is to be expected on a performance car. The Bilsten High Performance shocks do a good job of keeping the car tight to the road and muting a lot of the harshness Body roll is noticeable but not uncontrollable, dive on braking is moderate and steering is excellent. The added size and weight take a toll that is well offset by the added comfort and usability of the Challenger.

The Scat Pack comes with Launch Control

to help get the 0-60 times down to 4 seconds, a little short of the Demon’s 3.4 but still competitive with the other muscle cars on the road. To help slow it down it also comes with 4 piston Brembo brakes giving a 60-0 distance of only 104 feet.  Traction and stability control help keep it in a straight line, unless your brave enough to turn it off.

 The Challenger design is iconic and most are familiar with the sweeping lines and arrow like stance however, the interior is anything but retro with the latest technology and all the comfort features we expect in a car today. Seating is full sized and will easily fit many people who couldn’t squeeze into a Mustang or Camaro. Seat padding is very good and after hours of driving there is little butt fatigue. The 3 zone air conditioning keep everyone cozy. Stash and storage cubbies are plentiful and easy to reach as are all of the controls. The centerpiece of the interior is the 8.4 inch U-Connect infotainment system. All Challengers come with U-Connect, the base models having the 7 inch.

U-Connect is one of the best systems available today offering a large screen, smart phone style icons, a fixed lower row that you can drag and drop your favorites to just like on a smart phone and pages of information, apps and features. The performance pages on the Scat Pack includes a dyno page, trach stats and timers along with many other features.

No matter which model of the Challenger you pick it comes feature packed but probably the best bang for the buck is the Scat Pack. The entry price on this high performance car is $38,995 and optioned as we had it the retail was only $42,185 plus destination charges.

For more information and full specs go to the Challenger Home Page

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