Retro, nostalgic, and modern wrapped up in one package, the 2018 Dodge Challenger is one of the most exciting coupes this year. While the Challenger Demon gets the lion's share of attention this year and with good reason, don't snooze on the other trims that boast a nice mix of features and power. New standard equipment, performance upgrades, and exterior colors highlight the 2018 list of updates, but at its core, the Challenger is still the ultimate muscle car for the 21st century.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger comes in 15 trim levels: the SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, GT, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, T/A, R/T Scat Pack, R/T Plus Shaker, T/A Plus, 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, T/A 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and Demon. With this many choices, finding the perfect Challenger can seem overwhelming, but it does give you plenty of options.
Standout features include custom alloy wheels from 18 to 20 inches, dual exhaust, quad LED headlights, and LED split tail lamps.
With five engine options, the Challenger has the speed and power to cure even the most insatiable appetite for thrills. The entry-level trims comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission to make 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. The next engine is a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that churns out an impressive 370 horsepower and up to 395 pound-feet of torque. If that's still not enough to satisfy your power cravings, upgrade the the R/T Scat Pack or 392 trims. These models come with a 392 HEMI V-8 that offers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With this at the helm, the Challenger can cruise from 0-60 in just over four seconds.
Thanks to two supercharged V-8 options, the Hellcat and Demon trims are in a league of their own. The Hellcat sports a mammoth, 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 to produce 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. If you want to blaze up the road, opt for the Demon. Thanks to a fine-tuned 6.2-liter HEMI V-8, the Demon is the most powerful production car in the world, possessing an unearthly 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. With a sub-three-second 0-60 and acceleration that pulls 5 Gs, there's nothing quite like it.
Although power and speed are the staples of the Challenger brand, the coupe still provides some excellent fuel economy. With the 3.6-liter engine, you'll get a surprising 30 mpg on the highway and 550 miles on just one tank.
Regardless of which trim you choose, you'll have some nice features at your disposal. Some of the standout amenities include a heated steering wheel, leather, premium audio, and seating for up to five passengers.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Security Administration thanks to an array of safety features. For a comprehensive safety experience, add the driver safety package. This includes blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a backup camera.