2016 Dodge Challenger Highlights: R/T Shaker, 392 HEMI Scat Pack + SRT Hellcat

July 27th, 2016 by

Dodge Challenger 2016What once started as a need for speed soon became an icon – the Dodge Challenger. It’s a classic that will never go out of style. It’s a monster that can’t be beat (for now). The Dodge Challenger has undergone several changes and variations through the ages, with differing styles, engines, and names. Today, the Challenger is pushing for over 900 horsepower–but that’s another story.

Let’s take a look at some of the big names in the Challenger lineup: R/T Plus Shaker, 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, and the SRT Hellcat.

Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Shaker

Wearing the “R/T” and “Shaker” name, this model has been designed for road/track, meaning it’s had a few upgrades and it sports a shaker hood. All new suspension, tires, brakes, and a powerful engine has been implemented into the design of the R/T Plus to make place it in a muscle car class of it’s own. Furthermore, this trim has options you won’t find on any other Challenger.

Challengers with the “shaker” became a big deal when the style first came out, and still is a fan favorite today. The “shaker” is a scoop in the hood of the car that funnels air into the engine intake; when the engine revs, the torque causes the scoop to move, which gives the “shaking” Illusion.

Under the hood is a 5.7L V8 HEMI VVT engine, an engine type designed to improve performance and increase fuel economy. A multi-displacement system (MDS) can be added on as an option. An MDS deactivates four of the eight cylinders in the V8 when the throttle is closed or the car reaches a steady speed. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual TREMEC, which lends to the fuel economy of 15/23 MPG city/highway. The max horsepower of the R/T Plus Shaker is 375-hp.

Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker

Like the R/T Plus Shaker, the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker sports a shaker, but this trim currently wears the title as “King of all Shakers.”The Scat Pack Shaker made a lot of noise when it first hit the showroom and it holds the title for Shaker with the most horsepower. Its 6.4L V8 SRT HEMI engine proves it, riding in at 485-horsepower. It also has a 6-speed manual TREMEC transmission, with a fuel economy of 14 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The legendary Hellcat, one of the finest muscle cars to come from Dodge, wears the “SRT” badge. “SRT” stands for “Street & Racing Technology,” the name of an automobile group within the FCA that has one purpose: high-performance automobile design. Unlike the other two trims, the Hellcat doesn’t need a shaker to strike fear into others on the road, so instead, it’s been known to have racing stripes across the hood as a finishing touch.

The baddest car on this page, the Hellcat is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V8 HEMI SRT Hellcat engine. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, putting out 707-horsepower with 650 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with 6-speed manual TREMEC transmission, but has the option to switch for a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic HP90. Typically, the Challenger has always been a manual transmission type of car, but it’s really up to the driver. The SRT Hellcat has a fuel economy of 13 city/21 highway MPG.

Those are the top three Dodge Challengers on the market today, but once that devil 900-horsepower is released, who knows what will happen.

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