While the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger brothers are by far the oldest members of the current muscle car set, Fiat Chrysler has resorted to an lengthy series of facelifts, upgrades, and new trim levels to keep hem fresh. Case in point: the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona, a pair of trims with old-school names designed to tack on both added performance and extra retro appeal.
Yesterday on Woodward Avenue near Detroit, Dodge showed us some new-for-2017 Challenger and Charger trim levels that crank the flamboyance up to a level only Dodge—or possibly Mansory—would even attempt. The good news is there are a couple performance bits to go along with all the flash. The Woodward dream cruise is coming up soon, so Dodge decided to show off two perfect cars for a road almost completely devoid of curves: the new Charger Daytona and a Challenger T/A.
The Charger Daytona with its big black decals on the hood and rear quarter panel. The new trim is available with either the 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter HEMI V8s, and adds a 2.75-inch electronically adjustable exhaust system and MOPAR cold air intake. In addition, the new trim comes with everything in the Super Track Pack, which means “performance” suspension, unique brake linings, a three-mode stability control with full off, and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. The 2017 Challenger T/A trim is also available on 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI models, and it’s a similar story as the Daytona. On 5.7-liter models, you get a graphics package on the hood, sides and roof, Super Track pack performance bits, 2.75-inch active exhaust, a conical air filter, and wider wheels. 392 models add the Hellcat’s six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, and bigger wheels and tires.
The Charger Daytona starts at $39,890 for 5.7-liter models and $44,995 for the Daytona 392. The 2017 Challenger T/A with the 5.7 will cost $37,390 and with 6.4-liter will run you $43,995. Dodge will take orders in September or October, and deliver the cars in the fourth quarter.