2016 Dodge Challenger release date, specs, changes – While the Challenger is not the best selling muscle car on the market, it is one of the best received as well as one of the best looking cars on the market. This is because many people think it looks a lot like the classic muscle cars from the 1970s and because of that Dodge manages to sell a lot of them. However, because the car is already quite old and both Chevrolet and Ford released new models of their muscle cars, Dodge is now forced to update their Challenger which is heavier as well as slower than the competition. The new Dodge Challenger 2016 is expected to run on an all new platform as well as it will get new engines and a new look. In fact, many people suggested that Dodge is going to reuse the Barracuda name instead of the current Challenger and while this would be a massive change from the previous version, it would certainly give Dodge a new and more refined weapon to challenge the Mustang and the Camaro. The price will likely stay around $25 to $28,000 which is still great considering both of its competitors are more expensive.
2016 Dodge Challenger changes
Just as we said, the new car will run on a new platform which it will share with the Charger as well as a few European cars from Alfa Romeo and Maserati. It will still be rear wheel drive but thanks to the extensive use of aluminum and composites such as carbon fiber, the car should weigh a lot less than the previous version. This will mean a faster and more efficient car as well as a more fun to drive vehicle, which is all it matters in its class.
2016 Dodge Challenger specs
Under the hood of the new Dodge Challenger 2016 there are going to be all new engines. These will also be found on the Charger as well as a few other cars. The base model will likely get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 with up to 270 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which should be enough to make the car fast enough to compete with the Camaro or the EcoBoost Mustang. Further up the range the old 5.7 liter V8 is going to be replaced with a smaller 3 liter twin-turbo V6. This should make just as much power and torque but it will offer a better fuel consumption than before. The old 6.4 liter V8 as well as the supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engines are likely going to be kept for the higher end cars. A special edition version such as the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat could make use of a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 which could provide as much as 650 horsepower and just as much torque. All models will be offered as standard with an 8-speed automatic as well as rear wheel drive. All wheel drive models could also be offered for the first time in the car’s history.
2016 Dodge Challenger redesign
Design wise, a lot is going to change and even though Dodge has not released any kind of information about the upcoming 2016 Dodge Challenger or the Barracuda, it seems that the production model will be smaller and more aggressive. In fact, many think that it will basically be a downsized version of the Viper which would be odd but it would in fact make a lot of sense. However, we do believe that the design will be a lot more similar to that of the current generation of the Challenger as well as it will take inspiration from the older models of the car. Inside the cabin the quality as well as the equipment level will go up by quite a sizable margin. The only drawback is that there is going to be quite a bit less space than in the current model due to the size of the new Dodge Challenger 2016 will decrease.