2017 Dodge Challenger
The new 2017 Dodge Challenger is setting a stage for itself. The new Challenger T/A series, a new all-wheel drive Challenger GT, and Dodge is already teasing a new Challenger that could outperform the SRT Hellcat, the Challenger SRT Demon. A lot of changes are coming to the lineup this model year, and Miami Lakes Dodge has an extensive collection of the newest models. While production continues throughout the lineup, here’s what to expect from the 2017 Dodge Challenger.
Avail. SRT Hellcat Engine
Avail. Highway Fuel Economy
If there’s anything the Dodge Challenger is known for, it's the power it brings to the streets. The 2017 engine lineup remains unchanged (for now). Starting with the 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine, standard on the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus trims. “VVT” stands for “Variable Valve Timing”, a process designed to augment the air intake of the engine in an effort to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. With that in mind, this engine generates 305 horsepower and gets 30 mpg on the highway.
Standard on all Challenger R/T models (except for the Challenger R/T Scat Pack) and two of the new Challenger T/A trims is the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI VVT engine, which is capable of 375 horsepower and 25 mpg on the highway. The two Challenger Scat Pack trims, the Challenger SRT 392 and the Challenger T/A 392 have the well-known 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI engine under the hood. It generates 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.
The most powerful engine on the Challenger lineup is the supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine and it is only available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat trim. This engine generates 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque and helps the Challenger SRT Hellcat accelerate from 0-60 mph in the mid-three second range.
All of the trims in the lineup (except for the two Challenger SXT trims) are paired to a 6-speed manual TREMEC transmission to give drivers maximum control over shifting. The 2017 Challenger SXT and SXT Plus come standard with a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. AutoStick offers the best of both worlds with automatic seamless switching between gears or letting drivers switch gears manually. The TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission is an available upgrade on the rest of the trims.
All-New Challenger GT AWD
When FCA announced the 2017 Dodge Challenger would have a GT trim with all-wheel drive, muscle car enthusiasts lost their mind. The Dodge Challenger GT is the first muscle car with all-wheel drive (AWD). With all four corners getting torque, AWD offers superior handling in all kinds of weather conditions.
Has the Dodge Challenger ever failed to impress by looks alone? The model is always taking hints from its heritage styling to make it unmistakable from the rest of the automarket. Aside from the satin black spoiler and racing stripes along the hood, there are also trim specific design choices, such as R/T side stripes, Shaker graphics, Scat Pack Bumblebee stripes, SRT twin racing stripes, and the Hellcat head logo. Speaking of which, the 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat is decked out even more than usual with some new and distinctive features. Thirteen exterior colors are available for personalization of the 2017 Challenger, including several of Dodge’s signature High Impact Paint (HIP) colors.
Some of the features available on various 2017 Dodge Challenger trims consist of automatic projector headlamps , LED split tail lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, exterior heated mirrors, and solar control glass. The wheel choices come in a large variety when choosing what the Challenger rides on, ranging from 18-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels to 20-inch SRT wheels. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is also getting a new standard wheel design, replacing its old set up with lighter, low gloss black 20-inch lightweight 5Deep aluminum wheels akin to what was once found on the Dodge Viper in its prime.
Between the 2016 and the 2017 models, the interior looks and feels the same. There’s still a range of seating materials (ranging from cloth to luxurious Laguna and Nappa leather), a leather trimmed steering wheel, and the 60/40 split-fold rear seat for opening up cargo space. Available on select trims is a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Dual-zone automatic temperature control and the convenient instrument panel also return this year.
Dodge has spiced up the Challenger SRT Hellcat for the 2017 model year by giving it nice upgrades to the interior. The main differences in this year’s model are the steering wheel and new infotainment system. When drivers turn on the Challenger SRT Hellcat, a backlit SRT badge will glow red on the steering wheel, signifying that this muscle car is ready to tear up some asphalt.
As noted, the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a bit spoiled with a new infotainment system. It is equipped with the Next Gen Uconnect system, an 8.4-inch screen, and it has an 18-speaker system along with a subwoofer. A 5.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen comes standard or optional on the lineup, and a six-speaker audio system is standard, but some trims have premium speakers. Select trims can upgrade to a nine-speaker system with a subwoofer.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard or optional for wireless connectivity. Bluetooth voice command has been integrated for hands-free calling, and GPS Navigation comes standard on the three SRT trims. On select trims, Dodge Performance and SRT Performance pages return. Select trims also come with steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Safety Features and Warranty
For the 2017 model year, the Dodge Challenger received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. That means its safety features are superb, and with available advanced features like forward collision warning this year, we’re not surprised. Other available advanced features include ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, ParkView Backup Camera, and Blind Spot and Rear Cross Path Detection. The usual standard safety measures have been implemented too, such as multistage driver and passenger airbags with supplemental airbags throughout the cabin, and stability and traction control systems.
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.