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2014 Dodge Challenger: A Throwback Muscle Car

2014 Dodge Challenger

The body style America grew up with in the Challenger of old is back and better than ever in the 2014 version.  With the rounded concealed headlights, long hood vent, open hood scoops, squared off look of the cabin, and smooth lines, the 2014 Dodge Challenger resembles is older brethren, but a look inside and under the hood reveals a complete upgrade in handling, power, efficiency, and technology.

Those who loved their muscle cars in the 1960’s and 1970’s can forget the bad handling, lack of power steering, stripped out interior, and the massive amounts of custom upgrades needed just to make those cars compete.  Today, the 2014 Dodge Challenger offers the owner a driving experience that rivals luxury vehicles but with muscle car brains and power the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a real monster on the blacktop.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger offers three engine set ups depending on the needs of the owner.  The base model Challenger, while not fully power equipped is still a capable vehicle with a 3.6-liter V6 offering 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque.  If a shopper is looking for eve a little fuel economy and just really likes the Challenger look and feel this is the one to buy as it offers 18 city/27hwy mpg.

With the midrange model of the 2014 Dodge Challenger offering a gutsy upgrade over the base model with a 5.7-liter V8 engine bringing in 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque with the automatic transmission and 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque with the manual transmission.  This model offers a gas mileage of 15 city/25 hwy mpg for the automatic and 15 city/23 hwy mpg for the manual.

At the highest range the 2014 Dodge Challenger offers a massive 6.4-liter Hemi-powered V8 engine screaming to be taken to the track with its 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.  This beast of an engine brings a small gas mileage of 14 city/23 hwy mpg but obviously this model is not being bought for the fuel efficiency but rather for the huge Hemi power and awesome Challenger speed.

The interior of the Challenger doesn’t offer all the high tech of a touch screen or many state of the art features, but it is comfortable, sporty, and simplified so the attention remains in the engine and powertrain, where it belongs on this updates sports car.  On the outside is found a style bringing back muscle car glory of long ago, a beautiful beast ready to take over the pavement.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger is offered in three trim packages the base SXT, R/T and SRT8.  Standard equipment on the base SXT model include keyless entry, 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, remote start, 6-speaker audio system,  and Chrysler’s Uconnect system.  On the R/T model an owner receives the 5.7-liter V8 along with an upgraded sound system, fog lights, and a rear spoiler.  Moving to the top, on the SRT8 not only is the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under the hood, but the buyer also receives a 1-day “Track Experience” an interesting addition to help teach buyers how to actually handle the car with this much power and performance under the hood.

Optional features for the 2014 Dodge Challenger include high-intensity headlights, a sunroof, an 18-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, track suspension, a navigation system, 20-inch wheels and a variety of appearance packages to really sport up this throwback sports car.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger starts out at a reasonably small price for a souped-up sports car of $26,500 for the base SXT model and can top out at around $45,000 for the SRT8 version.  This is truly a reasonable price for a powerful sports car that gives the driver not only the throwback feel of yesteryear, but also the excellent control of today’s technology.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger is a fantastic beauty driving down the road turning many heads in style, speed, and with a lot of American pride.  Sports car enthusiasts all over the country have long awaited the return to some real American Muscle and now Dodge has delivered with the 2014 Dodge Challenger.



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