Dodge teased the first official image of the refreshed 2015 Dodge Challenger, which although largely unrevealing, hints at a special-edition Super Bee model. While the 2015 Dodge Challenger will not get the full overhaul that the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang will for 2015, expect a face-lifted front and rear fascias as well as an updated interior.
Alongside the grinning Super Bee logo, we can see a redesigned gauge cluster, leading us to expect more than a few interior revisions. We’ve heard lots of rumors that the new 2015 Dodge Challenger will perhaps get a new supercharged “Hellcat” engine, as well, which could be under the hood of the new Challenger Super Bee. The 6.2-liter V-8 could make as much as 600 hp. The fact that Dodge says the car, “features a new powertrain combination that is sure to get enthusiasts ‘abuzz’,” bolsters that suspicion.
If the 2015 Dodge Challenger Super Bee follows in the footsteps of the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee, however, the powertrain would not change from that of the standard Challenger SRT8. Instead we’d see a stripped-down interior and slightly downgraded suspension to justify the more affordable entry price. Such a model already exists in the form of the Dodge Challenger Core.
The Dodge Challenger debuted in SRT form in 2008, so it’s long overdue for an update. The current 2014 Dodge Challenger offers a 305-hp, 3.6 liter V-6 as the base engine; a 375-hp 5.7-liter V-8; and a 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8. Dodge’s Charger was redesigned more recently, in 2011. Given that Dodge promises, “a full-body makeover with nearly every single body panel being resculpted,” though, the car should look substantially different when it debuts on Thursday, April 17. The current Charger uses the same engine range as the larger Challenger, making either 292 hp, 370 hp, or 470 hp in base, R/T, and SRT8 trim.
Look for more details on the new 2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger during our coverage of the 2014 New York auto show.
Update: Dodge also released a teaser photo showing the new grille of one of the vehicles. Whether it’s the Charger or the Challenger, the new model will have a more rounded nose and a squared-off grille that brings the cars more in line with modern Dodge designs.