Today on Woodward Avenue near Detroit, Dodge showed us some new-for-2017 Challenger and Charger trim levels that crank the flamboyance up to a level only Dodge—or possibly Mansory—would even attempt. The good news is there are a couple performance bits to go along with all the flash.
The Woodward dream cruise is coming up soon, so Dodge decided to show off two cars perfect for a road almost completely devoid of curves: the new Charger Daytona and a Challenger T/A.
The Charger Daytona reminds me a bit of the old Super Bee, with its big black decals on the hood and rear quarter panel. The new trim is available with either the 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI V8s, and adds a 2.75-inch electronically adjustable exhaust system and MOPAR cold air intake.
In addition, the new trim comes with everything in the Super Track Pack, which means “performance” suspension, unique brake linings, a three-mode stability control with full off, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
On the outside, the fascia looks just like the SRT and Scat Pack fascia, but adds the hood graphic, and wider 20 x 9.0" wheels.
The 6.4-liter Daytona 392 tacks on Nappa leather seats, the Hellcat’s Brembo six-piston calipers in front and four-pistons out back, and the Hellcat’s bigger 20 x 9.5-inch wheels.
The 2017 Challenger T/A trim is also available on 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI models, and it’s a similar story as the Daytona. On 5.7-liter models, you get a graphics package on the hood, sides and roof, Super Track pack performance bits, 2.75-inch active exhaust, a conical air filter, and wider wheels. 392 models add the Hellcat’s six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, and bigger wheels and tires.
But unlike the Charger, the Chally T/A gets Air Catcher headlights, which include air intakes just like the Hellcat Challenger, but this time, it’s on both inboard lights, and even features “T/A” spelled in the bezel. Those intakes, along with the functional hood NACA duct, feed a modified Hellcat airbox to feed those V8s sweet, sweet oxygen.
If you’re feeling wild, Dodge also offers hood pins on T/A models. They’re a bit much, but sure, why not:
Basically, Dodge said with the Daytona and T/A models, they’re just trying to offer bits that people are adding to their cars anyway (like the catback exhaust and cold air intake), except straight from the factory. And of course, they had to add some flashy bits as well.
The Charger Daytona starts at $39,890 for 5.7-liter models and $44,995 for the Daytona 392. The Chally with the 5.7 will cost $37,390 and with 6.4-liter will run you $43,995. Dodge will take orders in September or October, and deliver the cars in the fourth quarter.