The Woodward Dream Cruise is upon us, and in standard fashion, Dodge is celebrating in a big way. The red-blooded American automaker has consistently launched some of its coolest and most muscle-bound cars at the renowned gathering, and this Dream Cruise is no different. At a packed venue, Dodge ripped the sheets off new editions of both the Charger and Challenger that hearken back to the 1960s.
For 2017, Challenger buyers can outfit their new boulevard cruiser with the famed “T/A” package. For the first time, Dodge is showing some love to the 5.7-liter crowd, adding T/A availability to the entry-level V-8 engine. Up front, the headlights are a new hollow “Air Catcher” design, feeding air under the hood. A modified Hellcat airbox and cold-air intake adds a minor boost in performance, while a factory 2.75-inch active exhaust will have your neighbors complaining.
Underneath, the Challenger T/A makes use of a lowered suspension, stiffer struts, heavy-duty brake lines, and unique 20-inch Mopar wheels wrapped in sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber.
Visually, the new T/A adds a healthy dollop of vintage flair, including the aggressive blackened hood, front fascia, and a bagful of “Challenger T/A” badges shotgunned around the exterior and interior and written in the classic period-correct script. Our favorite feature is around front, where buyers can have optional hood-pins installed from the factory.
This retro-tastic package stickers for $38,455–a good $2,465 more than the Challenger R/T Plus.
If it’s additional niceties you’re after, the T/A Plus is a step-up in the package hierarchy, adding a bundle of amenities to the sparse T/A. The seats are beefier Nappa leather buckets, pairing perfectly with the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Uconnect functionality is boosted as well, now including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For this extra interior resplendence, expect to cough up $41,235.
For those like-minded power-hungry maniacs, the T/A pack is also available on the superb 6.4-liter “392” engine, packing the same 485 hp and 475 lb-ft we have come to know and love. The T/A 392 adds all the go-fast bits included on the 5.7-liter T/A, but includes a sprinkling of Hellcat components to sweeten the deal, the most important of which being the Hellcat’s meaty Brembo brake kit. The big, bad T/A 392 will cost you $45,090, not including the all-important gas-guzzler tax.
If you want these features, but have the need for four doors, don’t fret. As a perfect complement to the T/A, the new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona fits the performance-per-dollar bill nicely.
Like the regular Challenger T/A, the entry Daytona carries the 375-hp 5.7-liter V-8 from the regular R/T Charger. As before, an exhaust system, wheel/tire package, upgraded suspension, and intake system are now standard. Because the Charger comes only with an automatic transmission, Dodge slotted a new final drive into the rear differential, now churning at a 2.62 ratio. As a bonus, the regular top speed limiter is elevated, bumping it up from 135 mph to a respectable 150 mph.
Inside, not many things change over the regular Charger, save the addition of the requisite “Daytona” badging. Prices for the coolest retro kid-hauler begins at $40,985.
As before, spend a little more coin and grab the 6.4-liter Daytona 392. Power is the same lovable 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, allowing the lead-footed among us to hit 60 mph “right around the mid-four second range.” The Daytona 392 is priced from $46,090.
Depending on which car you pick, you can drape it in one of four new colors, including Green Go and Yellow Jackets, both exclusive to the Daytona and T/A.