Well, I’m kicking it old school this week with the iconic Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, a beastly American muscle car that brings back a lot of memories for me from the time I was young and had a Plymouth GTX.
My review vehicle has the no-frills package, meaning cloth seats, no moon roof, nothing fancy-but a nicely equipped rear-wheel drive 2-door car with a decent sized back seat.
Of course, the legend of this car lies under the hood, where you’ll find a 6.4-liter Hemi engine that put outs 485 heart-pounding horses. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic that you can shift from the steering wheel paddles. From the moment you hit the pushbutton start button, you know you are sitting in a very special car. Like Mustangs and Corvettes, the 6.4 Hemi has a sound all its own, and when you press the car hard, you can’t help but smile at the exhaust system. Just FYI, for those who prefer it, a manual transmission is available.
Although Challenger body styles haven’t changed a lot over the years, it is one hot-looking car with its 20” wheels, front and rear spoiler, and monstrous brakes. The whole world will know you have the big Hemi, if not by the sound, by the Super Bee emblems on both front fenders, it is a dead giveaway that you are a fan of speed and power.
Inside the car, the seats are comfortable and have heavy bolsters to keep you in your seat when cornering hard. The gauges are sort of throwback, but you are reminded you are in a modern car using the configurable driver information in the center. You can get a ton of information there, but my favorite features are the digital speedometer, your fuel economy, tire pressure, a timer for 0-to-60 times, and you can measure the G-forces you are pulling. All this is controlled by the controls on the steering wheel.
The heart of the controls come by way of an 8.4” color touchscreen that houses the Uconnect system, which over the years I have called the most intuitive in the industry. You operate the sound system there, the navigation system, a ton of apps, Bluetooth, and my favorite, the Performance Pages. You can set the drive mode you want, and this is where you activate launch mode. When you hit that button and follow the directions in the center of the dash, as the name suggests, you launch the Challenger at full acceleration. It is exhilarating and something you’ll need to experience for yourself.
Although this is not a loaded car, it has everything you need as standard, such as stability control, rear park assist, rearview camera, keyless remote entry, power seat, and aluminum pedals.
This car does have the $1490 Scat Pack 24G package, which is basically the automatic transmission with shift paddles. The Uconnect with the larger screen and navigation is a bargain at just $795.
The Challenger R/T Scat Pack is just a joy to drive. It was interesting getting in and out of this car and into the Porsche 911 Carrera S. There could not be two more different vehicles, but considering you can have 3 cars like my review vehicle for the price of one Carrera S, and the Dodge has 65 more horses, it is impactful what a great buy the Challenger with the 6.4 really is.
Fuel economy is rated at 15 in town, 25 on the highway, but you won’t get that if you enjoy the car.
Handling is superb, the ride is fairly rough, but you won’t care. Once you hear the exhaust, hit the accelerator and go from 0-to-60 in 4.2 seconds at a top speed of 186-miles per hour, you won’t care about anything else.
2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
- What I liked most: The sheer, raw power of the 6.4 Hemi.
- What I would change: Truthfully nothing.
- MSRP: Base price $37,795. As equipped $41,185.
- Fuel Economy: Rated at 15 City/25 highway, and 18 combined.
- Official Color: Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat.
- Odometer reading when tested: 3100 miles.
- Weight: 4082 Pounds. Length-Width-Height: 188” long/75.7” wide/55.9” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons with the filler on the Driver’s side.
- Towing Capacity: N/A
- 2016 Challenger Scat Pack in a few words: Amazing power, exceptional value!
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, with roadside assistance, and 5-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty.
- Final Assembly Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
- Manufacturers website: www.DODGE.com