By Patrick Rall
Many of the critics of the modern Dodge Challenger – including plenty Mopar fans here on DodgeForum.com – have long voiced an issue with the hefty curb weight of the brawny muscle car. Many Dodge lovers had hoped to see some weight reduction with the new 2015 Challenger, but that was not meant to be, as the redesigned 2015 Challenger weighs pretty much the same as the 2008-2014 Challenger.
Once we saw what the 2015 Dodge Challenger looked like and after we learned that the top of the line SRT Hellcat Challenger would have 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, many people wondered how much the most powerful American production car ever would weigh. Well, the specs are pretty much all out for public consumption and in addition to being the most powerful Challenger ever – the Hellcat model is also the heaviest Challenger ever.
When fitted with the new 8-speed heavy duty TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat tips the scales at 4,439 pounds while the 707hp beast with the 6-speed manual transmission is actually heavier – weighing in at 4,449 pounds. For comparison, the current (2014) Challenger SRT 392 with a manual transmission weighs 4,160 pounds and the 470hp models with the automatic transmission weigh 4,203 pounds. In other words, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat weighs between 236 and 289 pounds heavier than the 2014 SRT 392 models.
For those wondering, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 weighs in at 4,240 with the 6-speed manual transmission and 4,251 pounds with the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic. These weight ratings make the 2015 model about 80 pounds heavier than the previous comparable models with a manual transmission, while the automatic models “only” gained 48 pounds for the new model year.
The good news across the board is that while the 2015 Dodge Challenger is heavier than the outgoing models, the 707hp Hellcat Hemi makes it the most powerful and the quickest muscle car ever while the SRT 392 models get a slight bump of 10 horsepower to make up for the added weight.
The Dodge Challenger has always been the heaviest car in the segment but it has also always had big power to get all of that weight moving. For 2015, the Challenger has never before seen levels of power that will quickly make anyone forget about the added weight.