Am I the only one who finds Brembo brakes just captivating or what? Especially the way they hide inside the wheels, Oh la laa!! Maybe I should stop drooling and tell you what it is all about. After months of teasers, vague signs and general enticement of muscle car enthusiasts, the 2018 Dodge Challenger is here with a bang! Just when you thought the Mustangs and Camaros had got this game wrapped up, Dodge pulls another trick from up the sleeve, Dennis Nikrasch style I must say. There is something just too good about the Challenger. It refuses to keep calm. From the available purple color to the wide wheels, this mean machine has got nothing subtle about it. Seated on a chassis that has been around for almost two decades, this car is a monster on a straight line, but it still handles corners like a pro.
How does the 2018 Challenger's line up look like?
The 2018 Challenger models include the SXT 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ($26,995), GT 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe ($33,495), R/T 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ( $33,495), R/T 392 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ($38,995), SRT 392 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ($49,495), SRT Hellcat 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ($63,795) and the SRT Demon 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe ($83,295). All prices are exclusive of destination charge. You should be careful when choosing your trim to ensure that you get the features you want and don't end up overpaying for what you do not need.
What's New for 2018?
New for 2018 is the Challenger's outrageous 808-hp barbarian of the drag strip, the Challenger SRT Demon. The National Hot Rod Association has hailed it as the quickest quarter-mile production car in the world. The Demon is capable of producing 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of pulling power on high-octane race fuel.
What are the standard features on the Challenger?
The Challenger SXT has got standard features like dual-zone climate control, a 5.0-inch infotainment system, and a 7.0 TFT display. There is also a power seat for the driver, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift; automatic headlights as well as18-inch alloy wheels. The upper SXT plus adds a rearview camera, heated steering wheel, air conditioned seats and an Alpine audio system. Talk of goodies galore.
What really stands out about the Challenger?
The styling, obviously. There is some unmistakably 1970-ish swag about the Challenger. The two big doors, wide hips and low-slung roof combine to bring top of the class looks. This huge two-door sports look is pretty much athletic like Michael Jai White. The deeply inset grille and headlights backed by big rear haunches and slab sides are sure proof of its muscularity. Try pulling up next to a Camaro by the stop sign and you'll realize you're actually winning.
How is the 2018 Challenger's ride and handling?
The Challenger stages a battle against its old age enemy the Chevy Camaro and its arch-enemy Ford Mustang. Without a doubt, the Challenger beats the two in terms of space as well as more powerful engines. Defending their ground, however, the Ford and the Chevy cost less and are much better in terms of handling. Also, keep your eyes open for the Dodge Charger which is a roomier sedan which has better safety and infotainment features.