Dodge Challenger R/T Named ‘Coolest Car Under $35,000,’ Driving Today

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Dodge’s flagship street muscle machine claims number three spot on the top 10 list, beating Ford & Chevy by a wide margin.

The automotive editors at Driving Today listed three FCA US LLC vehicles in the top 10 list of coolest cars under $35,000.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T is a true muscle car with HEMI V8 power under the hood, room for five and plenty of space in the trunk. Challenger R/T features the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI with 375 horsepower and up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque mated to either the TorqueFlite eight-speed or standard six-speed manual transmission. For 2019, the Challenger R/T has a starting a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $34,100, making it the most affordable V8 in the segment.

Offering a beautiful interior and praised for its zero-emissions, the Fiat 500e captures fiscal and environmental responsibility while maintaining a fun driving experience. The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth has beautiful exterior Italian styling and great handling for on-road performance.

“From a pure electric vehicle, to a classic two-seat sports car, to what has to be the best muscle car bargain on the planet, FCA is offering some of the coolest cars out there,” said Jack R. Nerad, contributing editor for Driving Today, in a recent interview. “The Fiat 500e is the cheekiest EV on the street; the Fiat 124 channels the best aspects of the traditional sports car, and then there is the Dodge Challenger R/T and its beefy HEMI V8. Each one of them is cool.”

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T

More Powerful Dodge Challenger R/T 

Dodge launches the most powerful SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, by leveraging the power of the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to introduce the new performance halo for the brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car – the 797-HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat returns with output now starting at 717 HP and both Hellcat models feature a new dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the distinctive Dodge design themes from some of its most famous muscle cars, including the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon. The new R/T Scat Pack Widebody includes fender flares, adding 3.5 inches of body width, 20 x 11-inch forged wheels, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires and larger six-piston Brembo brakes in the front for improved on-road and on-track performance.

2018 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus (shown in Ruby Red/Black)

Eight distinct models make up the reconfigured vehicle lineup for 2019: SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. Numerous option packages offer all the upgrades, unique heritage cues and additional performance that Dodge//SRT customers demand. Challenger offers a full range of engine options, including the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 on SXT, SXT AWD, GT and GT AWD models, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 in the Dodge Challenger R/T models, the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 on R/T Scat Pack models, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 on the SRT Hellcat and a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8 on the SRT Hellcat Redeye.

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Derin Richardson is a seasoned editor who's worked in print and digital media for more than a decade. He's an avid fan of American muscle, and loves his "Electric Blue" 1966 Pontiac LeMans.

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