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Dodge Pays Homage To Its Muscle-car Roots

Brand resurrects Challenger T/A & Charger Daytona

October 19, 2016

1971 Dodge Charger R/T

1971 Dodge Charger R/T

There are few things that people enjoy more than being reminded of sentimental tokens from their past – old photos, retro hairstyles, grandma’s cooking, or the smell of gasoline coming from a roaring engine on a warm summer night.

Dodge remembers – and that’s exactly what inspired the heart-stopping, pavement-pounding, all-powerful 2017 Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A.

With the addition of the Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, Dodge wants to “remind you why you fell in love with driving in the first place,” says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models are available with the 6.4-liter “392” HEMI V-8 naturally aspirated 485-horsepower engine, or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with up to 375 horsepower with the all-new electronically controlled active performance exhaust system.

Both Charger and Challenger models are available this fall with ordering for Charger Daytona beginning in September and Challenger T/A in October.

Initially built for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970 with only 2,399 ever built, and considered one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A model lineup builds on this legacy with three track-capable models loaded with unique appointments and performance hardware – Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus and the Challenger T/A 392.

Challenger T/A

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 (foreground) and 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (background)

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392

The Challenger T/A builds on its base 375-horsepower engine, but adds unique hardware, like the new “Air Catcher” headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos; NACA ducted hood now designed to feed a modified SRT Hellcat air box with Mopar conical filter, which optimizes cold air intake.

Heritage-inspired Dodge exterior appointments include a new Satin Black painted hood and Satin Black front fascia, roof and deck-lid graphic paired to the T/A bodyside stripes; new wheel center caps featuring the Dodge stripes; “Challenger” script grille badge; Satin Black fuel-filler door with heritage “FUEL” lettering and black deck-lid spoiler with Challenger T/A badge.

Challenger T/A Plus

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A

The new 2017 Challenger T/A Plus includes heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats in Black with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered “T/A” logo; all-new fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations, faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics; Dodge Performance leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescoping column; six premium speakers and 276-watt digital amplifier.

Challenger T/A 392

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 interior

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 interior

The new Challenger T/A 392 ups-the-ante with its best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 113 more horsepower and a 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger T/A models, representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque.

Created in 1969 as a 501-unit, purpose-built production run for NASCAR, the Charger Daytona set records with its distinct aerodynamic styling and legendary power. The new Charger Daytona models build on this celebrated history by adding more performance to North America’s only four-door muscle sedan, as well as add to the momentum Dodge enthusiasts have generated for the limited edition 2006–2009 and 2013 models.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the three models spans from $37,390 for the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A; $40,140 for the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus and $43,995 for the Dodge Challenger T/A 392.

Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

Building on the Charger R/T model, the Charger Daytona improves the engine’s intake and exhaust with a Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter; plus an all-new electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system with 4-inch round tips. Also included is the Super Track Pak with its performance-tuned suspension, performance brake linings, three-mode ESC calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

Adding to its already aggressive look, the new Charger Daytona includes SRT- and R/T Scat Pack-inspired front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills and a one-piece Satin Black performance spoiler.

The new Dodge Charger Daytona’s interior is highlighted by unique Black heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats with horizontal Alcantara suede plowthroughs with Brazen Gold accent stitching, “Daytona” embroidered seat backs and 12-way power adjust for driver and front passenger. Use of Brazen Gold accent stitching also is added to the center console armrest, along with door panels and door panel armrests for even more detail.

Charger Daytona 392

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392

With a best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque from its 6.4-liter HEMI powertrain, new air box with directed cold-air induction and Mopar conical air filter, plus a 3.09 final drive with 230mm limited-slip rear axle, the new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 delivers 0-60 mph performance in the mid 4-second range, plus quarter-mile times in the low 12-second range.

The MSRP for both models starts from $39,890 for the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona model to $44,995 for the Dodge Charger Daytona 392.