Test Drive: 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Review

Jerry Reynolds | December 17, 2014
Test Drive: 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Review
 

1971 called. They want their Scat Pack back. 

For some reason, I don’t recall the Scat Pack packages from almost 44 years ago, but I can tell you today’s version is spectacular. It is a shame the 707-horse Hellcat is getting all the attention right now, I am afraid people are going to overlook this version of the R/T Challenger.

I have to start under the hood, where you’ll find a 6.4-liter Hemi that is putting out an incredible 485-horses of pure raw horsepower. You won’t find a turbo or supercharger, it is just old-school power. My review car has a 6-speed manual that shifts great, but an 8-speed automatic is available on this rear wheel drive coupe. The Scat Pack also comes with a better suspension system and bigger brakes than its little sister the R/T.

There are many changes to the Challenger for 2015, but perhaps none are more significant than those found inside the car. When you open the door of this car, the interior jumps out at you. My tester is black on the outside, and the seats are black leather with bright red cloth inserts that cover the area where the driver and passenger sits.

There is a new sculpted dash, a terrific console that is curved and reminiscent of the early seventies model Challengers. There is much less plastic than in the past, replaced by carbon fiber that looks super. The door panels are black and red and they sort of pull everything together. Retro gauges are round-tachometer on the left, speedometer on the right, leaving the middle to be configured by the driver, with a host of options. Aluminum pedals and a throw back aluminum shift knob complete the package. The interior is a real plus on this car, and in the past, it has been a distraction.

The Scat Pack comes very nicely equipped with power windows and door locks, heated seats, a terrific stereo system, power mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic temperature controlled air conditioning, blind spot monitoring, and a rear camera.

This car has the $995 Driver Convenience Package, which gives you air conditioned seats, power tilt steering wheel, driver memory package, and power pedals. It also has the Scat Pack Appearance Package that is $1995 and gives you a black surround grill, black fuel filler door, HID headlights, a flat black bumble bee stripe that runs across the trunk and down the sides at the rear of the car, and some beautiful 20 x 9 forged aluminum wheels. You have to add $1000 for the always ignorant gas-guzzler tax.

The leather interior package is $1500, the Uconnect system runs $695 and is an outstanding value. I think the Uconnect system is hands-down the easiest to use system in the industry. The Uconnect system gives you the Garmin navigation system, Bluetooth, MP3 and DVD, a suite of apps, it will even allow users to connect to Wi-Fi inside the car, all run from a colorful 8.4” touchscreen.

Performance-wise, this car is a beast. It handles great, you get no lean going into a hard curve under heavy acceleration, and the exhaust sound is amazing both inside and outside the Challenger.

If you really want to have some fun, hit the Super Track Pack button. When you do, the car lowers the suspension by a half-inch. It also includes a dedicated button in the center console that immediately calls up the Performance Pages app on the touch-screen for instant vehicle settings changes. It also has a launch mode that you just have to experience for yourself.

Exterior appearance is stunning with the all black exterior, beautiful wheels, the stripes, the new front fascia, and perhaps the coolest part is the Super Bee emblems on the fenders that let the world know there is a 6.4 under the hood.

Often on the radio show when people ask me about a performance car, I tell them if I think a particular car is good as a daily driver. The 2015 Challenger Scat Pack is so comfortable and enjoyable, that it would be a terrific car to drive every day. Back seat room is very limited and headroom isn’t great, but once you are behind the wheel, you won’t care.

Honestly, I have driven cars running almost 700-horses, near what the new Hellcat is going to have, and for me, it is hard to relax and have fun. A car like that can easily get away from even the best drivers. The Challenger Scat Pack doesn’t give me that sensation. You can smoke the tires with no problem, but you always feel in control.

If you read my reviews often, you know that the value of the car heavily weighs into my final rating. This car, with a window sticker price of under $45,000 is, frankly, too cheap. This car is worth more, and I don’t often say that.

What I liked most: Everything. Looks, performance, interior, and value.

What I would change: I can’t think of a single thing.

MSRP: Base price $38,495-as equipped $44,675.

Fuel Economy: 14 City/23 highway/17 combined.

Odometer reading when tested: 2040 miles.

Weight: 4082 Pounds.

Length-Width-Height: 200.1” long/75.7” wide/58.2” High

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.1 gallons.

Towing Capacity: N/A

2015 Challenger in a few words: A beast of a muscle car and a great buy.

Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance.

Car Pro Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Manufacturers website: http://www.dodge.com/en/challenger/

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