Dodge Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A Set for Release
August 17, 2016
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Dodge has chosen the Woodward Dream Cruise, set for this weekend, to reintroduce the brand’s two famed, race-bred nameplates: the 2017 Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona. The cars feature unique powertrain induction and exhaust enhancements, chassis upgrades for greater handling and braking, plus functional performance styling appointments inside and out, according to the carmaker.
“More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We’ll continue to celebrate the brand’s muscle car performance heritage with another special-edition announcement later this fall.”
The new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models are available with the 6.4-liter “392” HEMI V8 naturally aspirated 485-horsepower engine, or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with up to 375 horsepower with the new electronically controlled active performance exhaust system.
Production for both Challenger and Charger models will begin this fall with Charger Daytona models available for order in September, followed by Challenger T/A models this October.
Initially built for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970 with only 2,399 ever built, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A model lineup builds on this legacy with three track-capable models: Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus and the Challenger T/A 392.
The Dodge Challenger T/A includes the new Air Catcher headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, a NACA ducted hood now designed to feed a modified SRT Hellcat air box with Mopar conical filter, which optimizes cold air intake through these two signature fresh-air inlets; a new 2.75-inch electronically controlled active performance exhaust system, and 1-inch wider 20-by-9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II.
The Super Track Pak is added for a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades, including a 0.5-inch lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
The Tremec six-speed manual is standard, while the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is available and includes Sport mode with paddle shifters, plus Fuel Saver Technology with four-cylinder mode and interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO).
Heritage-inspired Dodge exterior appointments include a new Satin Black painted hood and Satin Black front fascia, roof and deck-lid graphic paired to the T/A bodyside stripes; new wheel center caps featuring the Dodge stripes; “Challenger” script grille badge; Satin Black fuel-filler door with heritage “FUEL” lettering and black deck-lid spoiler with Challenger T/A badge.
For an even bolder throwback look to the original 1970 model, factory-installed hood pins are available, along with all-new and limited-production Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint (HIP), according to Dodge.
Authentic aluminum interior bezels combined with Black and Gloss Black appointments provide Challenger T/A with an athletic cockpit, according to Dodge. Premium black performance seats with signature Houndstooth cloth inserts give the driver and front passenger greater lateral support. The Dodge performance steering wheel features performance contouring, and for added retro style, the 1971-inspired “tic-toc-tach” gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces and Gloss Black details. Velour-bound floor mats with embroidered Dodge logo are also included.
Challenger T/A Plus
Adding to the Challenger T/A model’s standard equipment, the new 2017 Challenger T/A Plus includes heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats in black with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered “T/A” logo; a new fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations, faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics; Dodge Performance leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescoping column; six premium speakers and 276-watt digital amplifier, according to Dodge.
The Challenger T/A Plus adds a shortcut button to the Dodge Performance Pages embedded in the class-exclusive and all-new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen fourth-generation radio, which provides visible performance information, such as a programmable shift light indicator, reaction time, zero to 60 mph times, G-force indicator and lap times in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display. This new Uconnect system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to further smartphone integration.
Challenger T/A 392
The new Challenger T/A 392 features 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 113 more horsepower and a 65-lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger T/A models. The coupe’s power enables it to turn mid-4-second zero to 60 mph times and low 12-second quarter mile times, according to Dodge.
The Dodge Challenger T/A 392 also includes a 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower, plus signature “T/A Air Catcher” headlamps and directed cold-air NACA duct hood systems connected to the more powerful mill; Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique front suspension geometry, new 20-by-9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli three-season performance tires, “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.
Created in 1969 as a 501-unit, purpose-built production run for NASCAR, the Charger Daytona set records with its distinct aerodynamic styling and legendary power, according to Dodge. The new four-door Charger Daytona models improves on the 5.7-liter Charger lineup with a Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter; plus an all-new electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system with 4-inch round tips, according to Dodge.
Also included is the Super Track Pak with its performance-tuned suspension, performance brake linings, three-mode ESC calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
For improved acceleration and speed, Charger Daytona includes a rear differential with a 2.62 axle ratio, plus performance engine and transmission calibration with a high-speed engine controller (150 mph, up from 135 mph), according to Dodge.
For a menacing look, the new Charger Daytona includes SRT- and R/T Scat Pack-inspired front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills and a one-piece Satin Black performance spoiler. A Satin Black hood graphic with cutout “HEMI” logo highlights the aluminum hood’s NACA duct, while cutout “Daytona” deck-lid to rear-quarter graphics are paired with the Satin Black roof treatment for a bold, heritage-inspired appearance, according to Dodge.
Completing the athletic styling are wider 20-by-9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II, P245/45ZR20 Goodyear all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional) with the new center caps that feature the Dodge stripes, plus signature “Daytona” grille badging.
The new Dodge Charger Daytona’s interior is highlighted by unique Black heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats with horizontal Alcantara suede plowthroughs with Brazen Gold accent stitching, “Daytona” embroidered seat backs and 12-way power adjust for driver and front passenger.
Use of Brazen Gold accent stitching also is added to the center console armrest, along with door panels and door panel armrests for even more detail. New Carbonite authentic aluminum interior bezels and Gloss Black interior accents are paired to the Dodge performance steering wheel with performance contouring provide an athletic look, according to Dodge.
Additional premium content over the Charger R/T model includes driver’s seat memory and steering column with memory, bi-function high-intensity discharge (HID) projector headlamps, LED ambient cabin lighting, ParkSense rear park assist system and vehicle security alarm, according to Dodge.
Charger Daytona 392
With 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque from its 6.4-liter HEMI powertrain, a new air box with directed cold-air induction and Mopar conical air filter, plus a 3.09 final drive with 230mm limited-slip rear axle, the new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 delivers zero to 60 mph performance in the mid-4-second range, plus quarter-mile times in the low 12-second range, according to Dodge.
The Charger Daytona 392 builds on the 5.7-liter model’s standard content with ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, Mopar conical cold-air intake filter, wider 20-by-9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional), “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.
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