Dodge has unveiled two heritage-inspired cars just in time for the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona.
Although the two muscle cars don’t get any horsepower upgrades, enhancements have been made for better performance and the cars also get retro styling inspired by the brand’s classic race-bred models. Both cars are available with the legendary 6.4-liter naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower or the 5.7L V8 with 375 hp and a new active performance exhaust system.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A starts with a Challenger R/T model and adds “air catcher” headlights, a functional hood duct that optimizes cold air intake, a new 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system, and bigger 20×9-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in black. Chassis upgrades include a 0.5-inch lower suspension, high-performance Bilstein shocks absorbers, performance brake linings, the ability to turn the ESC completely off, and high-po Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. A six-speed manual is standard and an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters is optional. It also comes with cylinder deactivation so it can run on four-cylinders under a light load.
On the outside, the Challenger T/A gets a satin black hood, front fascia and other accents, along with a new limited-edition Green Go or Yellow Jacket paint job. Factory-installed hood pins are also available. Inside, drivers will find houndstooth seats, a performance steering wheel and retro-inspired gauge clusters.
The 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona also builds on the R/T model and adds a Mopar cold air induction system, the active performance exhaust, and the same chassis upgrades as the Challenger T/A as well as a beefier rear differential. On the outside, the Daytona gets Scat Pack-inspired fascias, Satin Black accents, bigger wheels, unique badging and a lot of the same interior upgrades seen in the Challenger T/A.
Production of the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona starts this fall. Orders for the Charger open up in September, while customers can start ordering the Challenger in October. The Challenger T/A starts at $37,390 excluding destination in the U.S., and drivers can further upgrade with a T/A Plus or T/A 392 model. The Challenger Daytona starts at $39,890 and can also be upgraded with a 392 model.