2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker

A 2-door muscle car for the Ages.

Even if the auto industry were ever to get tired of making muscle cars that reference the cars of the early 1970s, it seems that American buyers will keep asking for them. The latest iteration of the reborn Dodge Challenger features a functional “shaker” hood that, just like the shaker models of 1972, funnels ambient air into a big, overhead-vale V8.

Forty-three years on, the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker offers a decent boost in horsepower over the original. Now the Hemi 392 V8 packs 485 ponies, compared to 425. That works out to nearly 1.5 horses per year, in case you were investing.

With an 8-speed automatic transmission, the two-ton plus Challenger Scat Pack will do the quarter mile in just under 13 seconds. It could be faster, but even the transmission’s sophisticated launch control can’t keep up with wheelspin in first gear. An expert driver might be able to do better with a stick shift, but so far, magazine tests have all shown the auto to be quicker.

So the Challenger 392 can get up and go! Great, so could the Challenger of 1972. Did we go through stagflation, the oil crisis, climate change, globalization, the digital revolution and the rise of social media just to gain 1.2 seconds in the quarter mile? Fear not, devotees of progress: unlike yesterday’s Challenger, the 2015 Challenger Scat Pack Shaker can actually handle turning and stopping, those other, long-neglected functions of the automobile. It will also now play mp3s, display what's behind you via a back-up camera and, with Dodge's optional Track Performance Apps, tell you how many G's you pulled in the last corner.

Warranty/Service: 5/year or 100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $37,495

As Tested: $37,495

  • 15 / 25 mpg
  • EPA
  • 707 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 6.4-liter V8 SRT Hemi MDS Engine
  • Horsepower: 707 hp
  • Torque: 650 lb-ft
  • Transmission: TorqueFlite 8-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Brakes: Brembo® 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes and Brake Assist
  • Suspension: Bilstein® High Performance Suspension
  • Traction: All Speed Traction Control
  • EPA City: 15 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 25 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 18 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Advanced Multistage Front Airbags

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