By Patrick Rall
While vague pricing for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat leaked earlier this week, the Chrysler Group has rolled out a much broader pricing rundown for the entire Challenger lineup – including more thorough details on the mighty Hellcat. We also get just enough of the option pricing to get our attention, with the rest of the details expected closer to the dealership arrival of the next generation Challenger later this year.
First and foremost, we have the pricing for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Leaked pricing suggested that it would cost $59,900 but the actual pricing starts at $59,995. That price includes the 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2L Hellcat Hemi, a manual transmission, a long list of standard features and the Gas Guzzler Tax of $2,100 – but it does not include the non-optional destination fee. This means that the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat technically starts at $60,990 before any options – but that is still far less expensive than any other 700+ horsepower car sold in the world.
After the headlining Hellcat model, there are four other main trimlines for the 2015 Dodge Challenger.
This starts off with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT, which is powered by the 3.5L Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque. The SXT is only available with the 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission and with the long list of standard features; this base model starts at $26,995 with a destination fee of $995 for a total price of $27,990. Opt for the SXT Plus, which adds things like Nappa leather seats that are heated and ventilated, 20 inch wheels, performance suspension, performance brakes and a bunch of high tech interior goodies like ParkSense and a booming sound system with an MSRP of $30,990 with destination.
Next up is the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T, which like the base SXT is available with and without the “Plus” package. Whether or not the R/T Plus package is chosen, these models are powered by the 5.7L Hemi V8 with 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque with that power being sent to the wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The normal R/T package carries a price of $32,450, making it the least expensive V8 muscle car sold in America. Those who need more gadgets inside and out can opt for the R/T Plus package that shares most of its features with the SXT Plus, with the higher end R/T Plus package starting at $35,450. The R/T Classic package is once again available for 2015, but the pricing has not been announced.
The third trimline is the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, which is powered by the same 6.4L Hemi as the SRT 392 models, but the Scat Pack has slightly less potent brakes and a standard Bilstein non-adjustable suspension package. The Scat Pack also has a R/T-spec exterior package and a less elaborate interior package than the SRT Challenger with the same engine, but it also has a much lower price. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack carries a starting price of $39,490 for a model equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission and a $1,000 Gas Guzzler Tax. Like the SRT 392, the Challenger Scat Pack models equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission don’t have to pay the gas tax, so the $1,400 upcharge for the fuel friendly transmission ends up only adding $400 to the final price.
Option packages for the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack include a Leather Interior Group which adds “high-performance” Nappa leather seats with Alcantara Suede inserts that are both heated and cooled, a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column for $1,500 while the Scat Pack Appearance Group package adds 20 inch matte black lightweight forged-aluminum wheels, a gloss black grille, HID headlamps, a set of Scat Pack Bumble Bee Rear Stripes and a Satin Black Fuel Filler Door for only $1,995.
Finally, we have the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 (shown on the right in black) which is powered by the 6.4L Hemi with 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque. This package includes unique SRT body appointments, a high end SRT interior, an adaptive suspension system, a Brembo braking package (similar to the one on the Hellcat models), SRT wheels wrapped in high performance tires, a high performance sound system and much more – all for a starting price of $45,995 plus a destination fee of $995 for a total price of $46,990. That price includes the $1,000 Gas Guzzler Tax, but those who pay the extra $1,400 for the 8-speed automatic transmission don’t have to pay a Gas Guzzler Tax…so the new TorqueFlite automatic transmission only adds $400 to the final price relative to the manual models.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger will arrive in dealerships later this year with the SXT, R/T, Scat Pack and SRT 392 coming first while the mighty SRT Hellcat will come out later.
The 2015 Shaker models for the R/T and R/T Scat Pack will follow the Hellcat, but timing on the new Shaker models has not been announced…nor has pricing. The prices above do not include the Shaker hood pricing.