We once again got a look at the refreshed 2015 Dodge Challenger testing on public roads. With camouflaged covering its nose and tail, it’s reasonable to expect that the Dodge muscle car will receive a mild visual face lift that encompasses new front and rear fascias when it debuts in 2014 as a 2015 model.
Moreover, this test car may hide the “Hellcat” engine that is rumored to debut with the refreshed 2015 Dodge Challenger. As our previous spy photos indicated, the Hellcat will be a supercharged engine; reports suggest the mill is a 6.2-liter V-8 that could produce as much as 600 hp. That would allow the 2015 Dodge Challenger to take on (at least in terms of horsepower) the 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 662-hp Ford Shelby GT500. The Challenger should continue to offer a six-speed manual transmission, keeping its position as the only car on its platform (which is shared with the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger) to offer a three-pedal option.
The Dodge Challenger is most certainly due for an update — the original SRT8 variant was introduced in production form at the 2008 Chicago auto show — but that refresh will arrive when the car’s two main rivals are totally redesigned. The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang makes its public debut in a few weeks’ time at the 2014 Detroit auto show, and we expect an all-new Chevrolet Camaro to arrive in 2015. That means that two of Detroit’s three muscle cars will be totally new, while the Challenger will simply be a warmed-up version of a car that dates to 2008.
Expect more details on any updates to the 2015 Dodge Challenger to trickle out over the coming months, as the updated car should make its public debut some time in 2014.