By Patrick Rall
While the vast majority of changes will be reserved for the introduction of the next generation Dodge Challenger in 2015, the 2014 model year Challengers do get a handful of additions to make the brawny Mopar muscle car more exciting to drive from the base V6 to the top of the line SRT models.
First up, the 2014 Dodge Challenger V6 models powered by the 3.6L Pentastar with 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque will receive two new sport packages that add a little bit of styling and a little bit better performance. The new Super Sport Group adds 20 inch chrome wheels wrapped in P245/4520 performance tires, a 3.07 rear end gear set, metal steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, a new Sport shifting calibration, sport suspension and a performance braking package. The second addition for the 2014 V6 Challenger is the Sinister Sport Group that adds the same 3.07 gear, the sport suspension, the performance brakes, the paddle shifters and the Sport shift mode but in place of the 20 inch chrome rims is a set of 20 inch gloss black wheels wrapped in the same high performance tires.
The 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T buyers can select a new R/T Blacktop package that adds the components of the Super Track Pak including 245/45/20 performance tires, 4-wheel heavy duty disc brakes, performance tuned steering and sport suspension along with a blacked out exterior package. The 2014 Challenger R/T also features the Redline package that adds unique two tone body side graphics and gorgeous black chrome wheels with a red bead stripe and a red backbone to the wheel.
The top of the line 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT is powered by the same 6.4L, 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 with 470 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque but new for 2014 is a standard launch control system which allows SRT Challenger owners to get the most out of their high performance muscle car on the strip or on the street.
While there will likely be more color choices that pop up for the 2014 model year as part of specific packages, the 2014 Dodge Challenger will be available in six exterior colors – Header Orange (shown above), Redline Tri-coat, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Ivory Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.