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2016 Dodge Challenger Overview

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The 2016 Dodge Challenger is pure American muscle. Really. There’s a reason why Dodge has had to increase production after the 2015 model year. This muscle car offers everything you could possibly want out of a performance car. The available Hellcat engine, along with a throwback exterior style, makes the 2016 Challenger one of the most sought after vehicles in the industry. For a truly modern classic, you don’t get better than the 2016 Dodge Challenger.

2016 Dodge Challenger Model Options

What’s New for the 2016 Dodge Challenger

For the 2016 model year, the Dodge Challenger is relatively unchanged. There are only a few new trim and wheel options, along with the addition of the Plum Crazy (a.k.a. bright purple) exterior paint. It is also the first full year for the Shaker hood option.

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is available in 10 trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, SRT® 392, and SRT® Hellcat.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Side View

2016 Dodge Challenger Exterior

The 2016 Dodge Challenger will take you back to a time when it was cool to wear a poodle skirt and drink milkshakes at the shake shack all day long. This muscle car exhibits its roots in the American industry with a low, beefy stance, harsh body lines, and its unmistakable hood design. Standard 18-inch Satin Carbon wheels leave a lasting impression, while the available Shaker hood truly makes it a modern day version of past performance-oriented cars. There are few cars out on the road that can catch everyone’s eye like the 2016 Challenger.

2016 Dodge Challenger Exterior Photos:

Exterior available on the SXT:

  • 18-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels, Automatic projector headlamps, Center high-mount stop lamp, Daytime running lamps, LED split tail lamps, Body-color door handles and exterior mirrors, Body-color fascias, Bright fuel filler door, Dual bright exhaust tips, Exterior mirrors with heating element, Power mirrors with manual fold-away, Rear window defroster, Solar glass control, Variable intermittent windshield wipers, Challenger grille badge, Monotone paint

Exterior available on the SXT Plus:

  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets, Projector fog lamps, Rear body-color spoiler, Shark fin antenna

Exterior available on the R/T:

  • 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels, Dual rear exhaust with bright tips, Rear body-color spoiler delete, Shark fin antenna delete, Trunklid spoiler, HEMI fender/hood badge, R/T badge

Exterior available on the R/T Plus:

  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets, Rear body-color spoiler, Shark fin antenna

Exterior available on the R/T Shaker:

  • 20-inch satin aluminum wheels with black pockets, Challenger script grille badge, Gloss black grille, Satin black fuel filler door, Shaker graphics, Shaker hood by Mopar®, Shaker underhood decal

Exterior available on the R/T Plus Shaker:

  • 20-inch satin aluminum wheels with black pockets, Challenger script grille badge, Gloss black grille, Satin black fuel filler door, Shaker graphics, Shaker hood by Mopar®, Shaker underhood decal

Exterior available on the 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker:

  • “Shaker” underhood decal, Scat Pack fender badge, Shaker graphics, Shaker hood by Mopar®, Shaker mounted “392 HEMI” badge

Exterior available on the R/T Scat Pack:

  • 20-inch x 9-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets, Rear window defroster, Satin black rear spoiler, Challenger grille badge, Scat Pack 6.4L fender badge, Satin chrome grille

Exterior available on the SRT® 392:

  • 20-inch x 9.5-inch Hyper Black forged wheels, High intensity discharge headlamps, Functional hood scoop, Power multi-function mirrors with manual fold-away, Rear body-color spoiler, SRT® 392 HEMI fender badge, SRT badge

Exterior available on the SRT® Hellcat:

  • 20-inch x 9.5-inch SRT® Matte Black forged wheels, Automatic high beam headlamp control, SRT® Hellcat exterior badges

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2016 Dodge Challenger RT Engine

2016 Dodge Challenger Performance

The powertrain options for the 2016 Dodge Challenger are plentiful. This muscle car has the cream of the crop in terms of power. For the SXT models, a 3.6-liter V6 comes standard, producing 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with a standard eight-speed automatic engine, sending power to the rear wheels.

For the R/T models, a 5.7-liter V8 is the engine of choice, putting out 376 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission. If you go for the optional eight-speed automatic, power is slightly less with 372 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge also offers a 6.4-liter V8 on the Scat Pack and SRT 392 models. This engine offers a bump of power with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, and is offered with a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic.

The pièce de résistance, though, is the beastly supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8. This mammoth engine churns out 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, making it a true performance lover’s dream. A stout six-speed manual comes standard, while an eight-speed automatic is optional. Regardless of the transmission, the Hellcat engine offers pure adrenaline-soaked drives.

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT

2016 Dodge Challenger Efficiency

If you’re looking to purchase the 2016 Dodge Challenger, it’s likely you care more about power than fuel efficiency. Because of its superior power, this muscle car doesn’t exactly offer Toyota Prius-like fuel efficiency numbers. With the 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Challenger has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg combined. The 5.7-liter engine offers an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined, while the 6.4-liter offers 17 mpg combined with the manual. Finally, the super powerful Hellcat engine offers 16 mpg combined.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Steering Wheel

2016 Dodge Challenger Interior

Because the 2016 Dodge Challenger is all about performance, it should come as no surprise that its stylish cabin is driver-oriented. The center console is turned slightly towards the driver’s side, and the dash displace is located in the center and is configurable. Dodge brings to life the original 1970s Challenger with a T-handle that is available in the automatic-transmission models, while the larger manual shift knob adds to the Challenger’s vintage character. The Challenger’s interior is truly the combination of retro style and modern technology, with a base 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen interface. It even has an available 8.4-inch screen, making it a terrific option for any consumer that wants superior power.

2016 Dodge Challenger Interior Photos:

Interior available on the SXT:

  • 60/40 split folding rear seats, Front passenger seat belt alert, Power 4-way driver lumbar adjust, Power 6-way driver seat, Premium cloth sport seats, 160-MPH primary speedometer, 7-inch reconfigurable display, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, Cell phone storage, Compass gauge, Dual-zone automatic temperature control, Floor console with armrest, Front/rear climate control outlets, Humidity sensor, Instrument panel accent color bezel, Leather steering wheel and shift knob, Outside temperature display, Speed-sensitive power locks
  • 5.0-inch touchscreen display, Six speakers, Integrated voice command with Bluetooth®, Media hub, Steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Uconnect® 5.0

Interior available on the SXT Plus:

  • Heated front seats, Leather trim seats, Premium Nappa leather sport seats, Ventilated front seats, Bright pedals, GPS antenna input, Humidity sensor delete, Instrument panel satin silver bezel, Door trim panel with ambient lighting, Hectic mesh interior bezels
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 276-watt amplifier, One-year SiriusXM radio service, Six premium speakers

Interior available on the R/T:

  • Ventilated front seats delete, Premium cloth sport seats, GPS antenna input delete, Humidity sensor, Instrument panel accent color bezel
  • 5.0-inch touchscreen display, Six speakers, SiriusXM delete

Interior available on the R/T Plus:

  • Ventilated front seats, Premium Nappa leather sport seats, GPS antenna input, Humidity sensor delete, Instrument panel satin silver bezel, Heated steering wheel, Universal garage door opener
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 276-watt amplifier, One-year SiriusXM radio service, Six premium speakers

Interior available on the R/T Shaker:

  • Premium cloth high performance seats, Shaker “Dodge” premium floor mats, Steering wheel paddle shifters, Tilt/telescope steering column
  • 5.0-inch touchscreen display, Six speakers, Dodge Performance Pages

Interior available on the R/T Plus Shaker:

  • Premium leather high performance seats with logo
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 276-watt amplifier, One-year SiriusXM radio service, Six premium speakers

Interior available on the 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker:

  • Heated front seats, Leather trim seats, Ventilated front seats, Leather performance steering wheel, Shaker “Dodge” premium floor mats

Interior available on the R/T Scat Pack:

  • Power accessory delay, Leather steering wheel

Interior available on the SRT® 392:

  • Premium Laguna leather SRT® seats, Configurable drive mode, Instrument panel SRT® design bezel, Leather flat-bottom steering wheel, Performance shift indicator
  • 18-speaker Premium Audio System with subwoofer, 5-year SiriusXM Traffic™ service, 5-year SiriusXM Travel Link service, GPS navigation, Harman Kardon® GreenEdge® amplifier, HD® Radio, Uconnect® 8.4 NAV

Interior available on the SRT® Hellcat:

  • Aluminum interior trim with dark engine-tuned lithograph

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2016 Dodge Challenger Back End Silhouette

2016 Dodge Challenger Safety

Government crash tests awarded the 2016 Dodge Challenger with five out of five stars for overall safety and side crash protection. The muscle car also received four stars for frontal production. In Edmunds.com brake testing, the SXT Plus and Super Track Pak models came to a stop from 60 mph in 104 feet, which is an impressive number for any car. The R/T with Super Track Pak stopped in 111 feet, while the Hellcat stopped in 108 feet.

A full list of standard safety features can be found below.

  • 3-point center rear seat belt
  • Advanced multistage front airbags
  • All-speed traction control
  • Base headliner module
  • Brake/park interlock
  • Child seat upper tether anchorages
  • Dual note electric horns
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless Enter ‘n Go™
  • Keyless entry
  • Knock back mitigation
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Remote proximity keyless entry
  • Security alarm
  • Sentry Key® theft deterrent system
  • Speed control
  • Supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags
  • Tire pressure monitoring display

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    A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.