Dodge Debuts New 2017 Charger and Challenger Models at Woodward Dream Cruise

Dodge T/A Models

The Woodward Dream Cruise is indeed a dream event for many auto lovers, particularly those loyal to the Big Three. Now Dodge has amped up the daydream potential by by reintroducing two iconic race-bred nameplates at the weeklong event: the new 2017 Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.

They both feature the naturally aspirated HEMI® V-8 lineup with its powertrain induction and exhaust enhancements, chassis upgrades for greater handling and braking, plus functional performance styling appointments inside and out.

“More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We’ll continue to celebrate the brand’s muscle car performance heritage with another special-edition announcement later this fall.”

New 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A models

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 (left), 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (right) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 (left), 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (right) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

The Challenger T/A model was initially built for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970. 2,399 were built, setting a precedent for the track car at the time. The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A model lineup builds on this legacy with three track-capable models – Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus and the Challenger T/A 392.

Each offers:

  • Unique SRT Hellcat- and R/T Scat Pack-inspired functional performance styling for an even more menacing appearance
  • New cold-air engine induction components unique to Challenger T/A models:
    • New SRT Hellcat-inspired driver and passenger side “Air Catcher” headlamps add even more fresh air and feature unique LED-illuminated “T/A” logos
    • New directed cold-air hood system feeds a modified SRT Hellcat air box on Challenger T/A models
  • Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter system included on all Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models
  • New 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust system on 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 models delivers a signature muscle-car sound
  • Wider, 20 x 9-inch and 20 x 9.5-inch wheels with high-performance Goodyear and Pirelli tires help improve handling on 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI-powered models, respectively
  • Increased stopping power with performance brake linings on 5.7-liter models, while 6.4-liter models add an ultra-high performance Brembo brake system with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers
  • Unique Satin Black exterior graphics and appointments, including available hood pins on Challenger T/A, highlight Dodge brand’s cultivation of its storied performance history
  • For the driving enthusiast, performance bolstered seats and Dodge performance steering wheel with available die-cast paddle shifters are included

Challenger T/A
The basic Challenger T/A is the entree into the Dodge T/A legacy with a standard Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic, gorgeous, functional hardware and styling, and race-bred chassis components.

It starts at an MSRP of $37,390. (All prices exclude $1,095 destination).

Challenger T/A Plus
Adding to the Challenger T/A model’s standard equipment, the new 2017 Challenger T/A Plus amps up the luxury with heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats, Dodge Performance leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescoping column, and six premium speakers and 276-watt digital amplifier.

It also adds a shortcut button to the Dodge Performance Pages embedded in the class-exclusive and all-new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen fourth-generation radio, which provides visible performance information, such as a programmable shift light indicator, reaction time, 0-60 times, G-force indicator and lap times in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display. This new Uconnect system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to further smartphone integration.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Plus model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $40,140.

Challenger T/A 392
The new Challenger T/A 392 ups-the-ante with its best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 113 more horsepower and a 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger T/A models, representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque. The coupe’s best-in-class power enables it to turn mid 4-second 0-60 mph times and low 12-second quarter mile times.

Adding to the standard equipment found on the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus, the new 2017 Challenger T/A 392 includes a 6.4-liter (392 cu in) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower, plus signature “T/A Air Catcher” headlamps and directed cold-air NACA duct hood systemconnected to the more powerful mill; ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique front suspension geometry, all-new 20 x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli three-season performance tires, “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $43,995 (excluding gas-guzzler tax).

New 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona models

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona (left), 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (center) and 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 (right)
2017 Dodge Charger Daytona (left), 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (center) and 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 (right)

The new Charger Daytona looks back to its NASCAR past, while looking ahead to its role as  North America’s only four-door muscle sedan.

Charger Daytona
The 5.7 liter 2017 Charger Daytona builds on the Charger R/T model, by improving the engine’s intake and exhaust with a Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter; plus an all-new electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system with 4-inch round tips. The Super Track Pak is standard, and offers performance-tuned suspension, performance brake linings, three-mode ESC calibration with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.It features a 2.62 axle ratio, plus performance engine and transmission calibration with a high-speed engine controller (150 mph, up from 135 mph).

Wide, 20 x 9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II, P245/45ZR20 Goodyear all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional) with the new center caps that feature the Dodge stripes, plus signature “Daytona” grille badging complete an aggressive, athletic look.

The new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $39,890.

Charger Daytona 392
The Daytona 392 sports the 6.4-liter HEMI powertrain, ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, Mopar conical cold-air intake filter, wider 20 x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional), “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.

It delivers 0-60 mph performance in the mid 4-second range, plus quarter-mile times in the low 12-second range.
The new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $44,995.

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Andreanna Ditton is the Content Manager for MotorHead Media and the Editor-in-Chief for RacingJunk.com/news. She's been working in the automotive publishing industry since 2007 focusing on racing and performance for motorcycles and cars.
  • sanman99

    Aww more Camaro food!!!!

    • Cobranut

      Is that like cheese food??? LOL

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