Review of the 2021 Dodge Challenger
SXT: At the base SXT trim level, the Challenger is powered by Chrysler’s popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which produces 305 horsepower and is pinned to an eight-speed automatic transmission for gear-shifting convenience. You can either stick with the standard rear-wheel drivetrain or go with an all-wheel-drive system for better traction performance on slippery surfaces. The two rows of cloth-trimmed seats can accommodate up to five people, and secure access is granted with the press of a key fob button thanks to the car’s remote keyless entry system. For infotainment, this ride uses a 7-inch touchscreen interface to integrate features such as six speakers, an AM/FM radio tuner, Bluetooth for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, two USB ports for playing content from or charging mobile devices, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The driver, who sits on a six-way power-adjustable seat, faces a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a rearview mirror that has auto-dimming ability to tame headlight glare. On the dashboard are automatic climate controls for both the driver and front passenger for customizing heating and cooling preferences. A rearview camera, which produces a video image to monitor what’s behind you when reversing at low speeds, serves as the vehicle’s driver safety aid. Six airbags (two in the front, two on the front seats, and two on the sides) provide crash protection.
GT: The GT is a considerably upgraded version of the SXT. The seat’s cloth trim is upgraded, paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel for more convenient gear shifting, a garage-door transmitter is added on the rearview mirror, the driver’s seat is upgraded to eight-way power, and rear parking sensors accompany the rearview camera to provide alerts when you’re getting too close to something.
RT: Starting from the RT trim level, this 2021 Dodge is only available as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, which gives the car a more balanced front-to-rear weight distribution for optimal handling. (The engine is placed in the front and power is sent to the rear wheels.) The engine at this level is upgrade to a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, which produces 375 horsepower for better acceleration than either the SXT or the GT. In addition, the eight-speed transmission is replaced by a six-speed manual gearbox for a greater on-the-road thrill.
RT SCAT PACK: The optional Widebody package—which includes huge fender flares and large, 20-inch forged painted wheels—makes its debut at the RT Scat Pack level, which improves performance over the lower-level trims with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that outputs 485 horsepower. Accompanying this mighty workhorse are a high-performance suspension and Brembo performance brakes, among other performance-oriented features. Other enhancements include the following:
• Front-seat heating
• Heated steering wheel
• 8.4-inch touchscreen (in place of the 7-inch)
• Trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio
• Six-speaker Alpine premium stereo system
SRT HELLCAT: The SRT Hellcat is primarily named after its engine, which is a supercharged 717-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Accompanying this major upgrade are the following enhancements or additions:
• Six-piston Brembo front brakes
• Heavy-duty differential
• Open air intake
• Competition three-mode adjustable Bilstein suspension
(The Widebody package is also available at this trim level.)
SRT HELLCAT REDEYE: Other than the SRT engine tuned to produce 797 horsepower instead of 717 horsepower, the SRT Hellcat Redeye mirrors the same features on the regular SRT Hellcat, in addition to the availability of the Widebody package.
SRT SUPER STOCK: The range-topping SRT Super Stock is the most powerful Challenger yet, with the SRT engine tuned to a whopping 807 horsepower. This engine configuration can get the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.25 seconds. (By comparison, the SRT Hellcat Redeye has a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds.)
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