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Car and Driver: New 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Is Old-School Done Right


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The Challenger T/A is back. Taking its name from the iconic model Dodge used to compete in the SCCA’s Trans-Am racing series starting in 1970, the 2017 Challenger T/A will be available in three different variants when it goes on sale in October: T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392.

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All three sport a new hood with a massive center-mounted scoop. The hood, as well as the roof, trunklid, rear wing, body-side stripes, and fuel-filler door all are done up in satin black. Inspired by the Hellcat, the T/A has a similar ram-air design that allows air to pass through a headlamp to the engine intake, which gets a conical Mopar air filter. But whereas the 2016 Hellcat uses this airflow solution for only one of its lamps, both of the T/A’s inboard lamps feature the design. LED-illuminated T/A logos within the opening are just another reminder that this isn’t any ordinary Challenger. Old-school pins to keep the hood in place are optional.

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Along with the intake, Dodge also equips each and every T/A with a standard 2.75-inch performance exhaust system. Unfortunately, both features make no measurable different to engine output, with 5.7-liter V-8–equipped T/A and T/A Plus models producing the same 375 horsepower as their R/T kin, while the top-of-the-line T/A 392’s 6.4-liter V-8 makes the same 485 horsepower it does in other Challenger 392s. Nevertheless, we can confirm that the kit does make the car sound a hell of a lot meaner. All T/As come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although buyers can opt for an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Further upping the ante is the addition of Dodge’s Super Track Pak. The performance kit comes standard on all T/As and includes a suspension that’s been lowered by 0.5 inch, Bilstein shocks, high-performance brake lining, a three-mode stability-control system that can be turned off completely, and stickier tires. T/A and T/A Plus models wrap a set of Goodyear Eagle F1s around 20×9-inch, 12-spoke Mopar wheels finished in black, while the T/A 392 relies on a set of Pirelli three-season performance tires and 20×9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels, also finished in black.

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Inside, the T/A takes things back in time with period Houndstooth cloth inserts for the driver and front passenger seats. T/A Plus models replace the base car’s Houndstooth seats with a pair of heated and ventilated leather buckets. It also adds a power tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded audio system, and the latest Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

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Finally, the T/A 392 snags the aforementioned 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and the wider wheels, as well as big, vented front brakes with six-piston Brembo front calipers and four-piston rears, model-specific suspension geometry, and “392” fender decals.

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Base T/As will run $38,485, while T/A Plus and T/A 392 models will set customers back $41,235 and $45,090. They’ll also introduce a handful of retro paint hues, including Green Go and Yellow Jacket.

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1 hour ago, stratman said:

God bless Dodge... they "get it"!

What? Finally get a track pack that could compete with the 1le?

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1 hour ago, Ringo64 said:

What? Finally get a track pack that could compete with the 1le?

Hey now!... don't you go mucking things up with stats, and specs and all that technical stuff, lol!  :P

I'm sure the Camaro and Mustang considered "better" by the experts, but, as a card carrying old fart, they fall short of the look, the colors, and the whole retro vibe you get from the Challenger.  :yoda:

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9 hours ago, stratman said:

Hey now!... don't you go mucking things up with stats, and specs and all that technical stuff, lol!  :P

I'm sure the Camaro and Mustang considered "better" by the experts, but, as a card carrying old fart, they fall short of the look, the colors, and the whole retro vibe you get from the Challenger.  :yoda:

Hehehe :D

Hey now, one of the reasons why I bought my Camaro was because I wanted a first gen with the technology, safety and power of today. The 5th gen looked perfectly like a 1st with great modern ques. I do believe now that Chevy is trying to move away from the retro look a bit.

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