2017 Dodge Challenger Specs
There is a lot of hype about the 2017 Dodge Challenger. Dodge has made some new changes for the 2017 model year, including the addition of three Challenger T/A models and the all-new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. But one thing that hasn’t changed are the four available engine options, and they all still have serious power.
Available SRT Hellcat Engine
Available Fuel Economy
The 2017 Dodge Challenger has some changes and improvements, but many of the features were also available on the 2016 Challenger models. The engine lineup is the same, starting with the standard 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine on the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus trims. Designed with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), the air intake is controlled via programmed valves, a design implemented to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. This engine generates 305-horsepower and gets 30 mpg on the highway – off to a good start.
Standard on all Challenger R/T models (except the R/T Scat Pack) and the upcoming Dodge Challenger T/A and T/A Plus is the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI VVT engine. It generates 375 horsepower and gives the Challenger a fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway.
The two Challenger Scat Pack models, the Challenger SRT 392, and the Challenger T/A 392 are all equipped with the popular 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI engine, which generates 485 horsepower. Lastly, the legendary Challenger SRT Hellcat is powered by a supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT V8 engine with 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
For the first-time ever, the 2017 Dodge Challenger is available with all-wheel drive (AWD), making it the first muscle car with AWD in the world. AWD offers superior handling of the road in all weather conditions, as well as better driver control and safety. Currently, AWD is only available on the upcoming Challenger GT AWD.
All trims (except for the two SXT trims) are paired with a 6-speed manual TREMEC transmission. In contrast, the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus trims come standard with a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. The AutoStick makes it possible for drivers to manually switch between gears if they wish, or they can let the transmission do it automatically. This transmission is also an available option to the rest of the models in the lineup.
As usual, the Dodge Challenger trims have some heritage styling cues, such as a satin black spoiler or optional racing stripes. Depending on the trim, many options for styling open up, such as R/T side stripes, Shaker graphics, Scat Pack Bumblebee stripes, SRT twin racing stripes, the Hellcat head logo, and of course their respective badges. In terms of the exterior features to look forward to, automatic projector headlamps are a plus, along with LED split tail lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, exterior heated mirrors, and solar control glass are standard across the lineup.
Really, it all comes down to personalization with Dodge, giving the buyer the option to define their car the way they see fit. Thirteen exterior colors are available for the 2017 Challenger, including several of Dodge’s signature High Impact Paint (HIP) colors. More options for personalization come with the wheel options, starting with 18-inch satin carbon alum wheels on the Challenger SXT and ending with 20-Inch SRT Low Gloss Black wheels on the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Plus, the standard wheel design for the Challenger SRT Hellcat is replaced with lighter, low gloss black 20-inch lightweight 5Deep aluminum wheels for better control and to pay homage to the “discontinued” Dodge Viper.
The interior of the 2017 Challenger hasn’t changed much from the interior of 2016 models. 60/40 split-rear folding seats return to open up for cargo space, and luxurious Laguna and Nappa leather seats are available on select trims. Ventilated front seats are available throughout the lineup and so is a heated steering wheel. Dual-zone automatic temperature control and the instrument panel are also back, along with a leather steering wheel – nice.
The main changes though are really saved for the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Owners can say “hello” to a backlit SRT badge on the steering wheel that glows red while the vehicle is on and a new infotainment system.
Uconnect is a well known media system in the Challenger, and the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the first trim to get the Next Gen Uconnect on an 8.4-inch screen. A 6-speaker system is the standard audio system on many trims, some of which have premium speakers. An upgrade to nine speakers with a subwoofer or 18 speakers is an available option on select trims, but they are standard on the Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims.
Most trims have the 8.4-inch touchscreen display, whereas the others have a 5-inch touchscreen to control the radio. Throughout the lineup, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto are standard or optional. Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth is standard across the lineup and GPS Navigation is standard on the Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2017 Dodge Challenger received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The 2017 Challenger has all the basics, like a strong frame with crumple zones, multistage driver and passenger airbags with supplemental airbags throughout the cabin, and stability and traction control systems. Keyless entry and keyless Enter ‘n Go is standard across the lineup as well. Available safety features are the ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, ParkView Backup Camera, Blind Spot and Rear Cross Path Detection, and Forward Collision Warning.
All 2017 Challenger models are covered by Dodge’s usual warranties – a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.