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Getting that many kibbles and bits out of a two-valve engine isn’t necessarily easy, likely requiring a fairly saucy camshaft. And a gnarly bump-stick is probably why this engine shivers and vibrates a bit at idle. With fewer mechanical components in play, it simply doesn’t have the same control over its valvetrain like “more modern” multi-cam engines do. It’s No Spring Chicken The Challenger and its siblings including the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger share derivations of FCA’s LX platform, an architecture that harkens back to the dark DaimlerChrysler days, long before Cerberus or Fiat entered the corporate equation. In simple terms, this means the car’s bones are anything but fresh. Many parts of the Challenger feel outdated, and not in a fun, retro way like its exterior styling. The interior is nice, but not great, with large swaths of marginal-quality plastic.

The analog gauges are stylish, but a cluttered layout and small typeface can make them quite difficult to read, especially on the go. Thank goodness for the digital display between the speedometer and tach!

You’ll find a pair of bucket seats up front. Trimmed in red and emblazoned with a bumblebee emblem they look the muscle-car part, but are a too squishy and are not particularly comfortable.

Likewise, the shifter controlling our tester’s six-speed manual gearbox looked totally retro, but while driving, it shook around in its boot like an overly excited Labrador’s tail. The effort required to stir that tough-as-nails Tremec TR-6060 also proved to be annoyingly high.

Despite its outsized dimensions, the Dodge Challenger isn’t as spacious as you might expect. Trunk volume measures a respectable 16.2 cubic feet (459 liters), though the lift-over height is towering at more than 33 inches (843 millimeters). The noticeably smaller Mustang offers 13.5 cubes (382 liters) while Chevy’s Camaro is graced with a paltry 9.1 (258 liters).

But perhaps most ridiculous of all is this car’s foot-activated parking brake. The loud swoosh-whap sound it makes when released is even more absurd. Can we have a proper handbrake, please?

Of course, despite the Challenger’s noticeable faults it looks great and sounds even better, plus it does one important thing its crosstown rivals, the Camaro and Mustang don’t have a hope of achieving. It can haul four life-sized adults in reasonable comfort. Even small children are a tight fit in the back of that Chevy and Ford.

The Drive

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody rumbles like an earthquake from the instant you crank ‘er over, the reduction-gear starter’s high-pitched whine recalling classic Mopars. Underway, that engine is just as intoxicating, emitting a deep rumble from its duet of squared-off exhaust tips. The car is just loud enough to be fun without wearing on one’s nerves.

This burly 6.4-liter Hemi pulls like a freight train in lower gears, building revs frenetic enthusiasm. Despite the relatively large displacement it blitzes to redline practically in an instant. Unless you’re hitting the dragstrip every weekend there’s really no need for the Hellcat. This machine offers ample performance without making it feel like you’re going to die if you explore more than half the accelerator pedal’s travel.

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It may offer plenty of low-range vigor but in higher gears there’s nowhere near as much punch. Nail the accelerator in sixth or even fifth gear at highway speeds and not a lot happens. My humble EcoBoost Mustang offers far more impressive top-gear acceleration. Still, if you’re in a hurry just hit the clutch and stir that Tremec a little to enjoy much more rapid acceleration.

Of course, if you don’t want three pedals you can always grab for the available eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s a $1,595 extra, though opting for this gearbox does allow you to avoid paying a grand in gas-guzzler taxes, dropping the fee to a borderline-cheap $595.

With close to 500 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s no surprise this Challenger’s clutch is relatively heavy with a surprisingly short range of travel. Given the meatiness, it’s no fun to operate for long periods in heavy traffic, but it’s still preferable to a super-light clutch pedal where you can’t easily discern the engagement point.

The Widebody’s standard three-mode adaptive suspension allows you to finetune its on-road behavior, transforming it from a squishy teddy bear to a much leaner, tighter-feeling machine. Unfortunately, the Challenger’s overall bulk cannot be hidden. This is always a large, imposing and relatively heavy vehicle.

During my week with this car it averaged around 18 miles per gallon in real-world driving, an impressive figure for something this bulky and powerful, doubly so considering I endured several hours of stop-and-go driving during that period and cracked the throttle plenty of times just to hear that Hemi howl. According to the EPA this car should return 14 miles per gallon (16.7 l/100 km) in the city, 23 (10.4 l/100 km) on highway drives and 17 mpg (13.9 l/100 km) combined.

The Verdict: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review

With its rowdy personality and retro good looks, the Dodge Challenger is rather unlike any other car on the road today. It’s far more livable than a Mustang or Camaro, yet it still delivers plenty of smiles.

An aging interior and other annoying downsides do detract from the overall experience, though in a weird way these flaws almost make it more enjoyable. This car isn’t as good as it should be, but it almost doesn’t matter because it’s easy to love.


Intoxicating rumble
Hemi performance
Room for four
Retro styling


Foot-operated parking brake
Interior could be better
Hard-to-read gauges
Soggy seats

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Limited-Edition Mopar ’19 Dodge Challenger

Mopar Celebrates a Decade of Customization with Limited-Edition Mopar ’19 Dodge Challenger

Debut commemorates 10 consecutive years of factory-vehicle customization with exclusive Mopar performance parts and accessories
Available in Pitch Black or White Knuckle, Mopar ’19 Dodge Challenger offers exclusive Mopar Shakedown graphics, Shaker Hood and custom interior appointments
Dealer orders open in September; vehicles begin arriving in dealerships in fourth quarter of 2019
Starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $45,835

August 29, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Mopar celebrates a decade of factory-vehicle customization with the unveiling of the Mopar ’19 Dodge Challenger. Based on the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the Mopar ’19 Challenger carries several exterior and interior features only available on this limited production Mopar-branded muscle car.

“Over the last decade, we’ve customized an impressive group of vehicles with exclusive Mopar performance parts and accessories that our enthusiast customers crave,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA - North America. “This year we’re commemorating our tenth Mopar build with another unique and collectible Dodge Challenger, which continues to be the modern muscle car every bit as beloved today as the first generation vehicle was 50 years ago.”

Mopar ’19 Exterior
Available in either Pitch Black or White Knuckle, the Mopar ’19 Challenger builds upon the popular R/T Scat Pack model with a variety of head-turning exterior touches. Most noticeable is the unique Mopar Shakedown graphics, accented with asymmetrical Mopar Blue center stripes that run from the top of the front fascia to the rear decklid spoiler.

The popular Shaker Hood package by Mopar provides a hint of vintage styling with an active, air-gulping scoop flanked with Shaker badges on both sides. Functional black hood pins provide a classic look. Out back, the rear decklid spoiler carries a unique Mopar Design badge.

Standard 20-inch x 9-inch forged aluminum wheels riding on Goodyear P245/45ZR20 performance tires are enhanced with genuine Mopar-branded center caps and valve stem caps. Mopar wheel locks are standard.

Mopar ’19 Performance

The potent 392-cubic inch HEMI® V-8 engine pumps out 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. A standard six-speed manual transmission makes a powerful heritage statement that enhances the base Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, while a quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.

A Mopar cold air intake delivers performance-enhancing airflow to the engine. Mopar strut tower braces help increase structural rigidity of the chassis for sharper handling. The braces and strut caps are silver-coated to dress up the underhood appearance.

Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-wheel disc performance brakes with red calipers.

Mopar ’19 Interior
Performance front cloth seats wear a two-tone Mopar logo embroidered into the seat backs for a touch of attitude. A custom Mopar ’19 instrument panel badge adorns the passenger-side air vent. Completing the standard interior accessories are premium Berber floor mats and polished door-sill guards with the Challenger logo.

Owner’s Kit

The Mopar '19 is delivered with an exclusive Owner’s Kit, packaged with a “birth certificate” with the exact date of manufacture and the proprietary build number. Also included is an exclusive full-color Mopar '19 booklet, a unique keepsake with engraved vehicle number and a Mopar '19 rendering produced by the Mopar design team.

Decade of Customization
The Mopar '19 Dodge Challenger joins an exclusive club as the 10th limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicle delivered straight from the factory. This limited production run will include 100 units - 90 vehicles for the U.S market and 10 vehicles for Canada.

In 2010, Mopar produced the first of an ongoing series of limited-edition vehicles, the Mopar '10 Dodge Challenger. Other low-run, factory-produced Mopar rides have followed: the Mopar '11 Dodge Charger, Mopar '12 Chrysler 300, Mopar '13 Dodge Dart, Mopar '14 Dodge Challenger, Mopar '15 Dodge Charger R/T, Mopar '16 Ram Rebel, Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger and Mopar ’18 Dodge Durango. Since 2010 Mopar has produced more than 4,000 exclusive edition models.

With a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,835, dealer orders for the Mopar ’19 Dodge Challenger open in September 2019. Vehicles are expected to begin arriving in dealerships in the fourth quarter 2019.

About Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at

About Dodge//SRT

Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. For 2020, Dodge literally expands its high-performance Charger model lineup, adding a Widebody exterior to America’s only four-door muscle car. Powered by the 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its reign as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pak 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand's performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker Running Footage

Sep 1, 2019
Running footage and beauty shots of the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
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