2018 Dodge Challenger Trim Levels Explained
Posted on January 14, 2021
If you like to have a good selection of trim levels to choose between when buying a new car, you'll love the 2018 Dodge Challenger. Of course, if you love a retro-themed muscle car with all the style and latest tech you can imagine, you'll love the Challenger anyway. But when it comes to those trim levels, few vehicles of any sort can match the 12 currently available for the Dodge Challenger. So, unless you're budget is struggling to stretch to an entry level model or you have unlimited funds so even a Demon is no problem, here's a brief explanation of the myriad of Challenger trim levels.
This entry model is still a genuine muscle car with plenty of punch. And for a starting MSRP from just $33,045 you get a 305 horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6, Uconnect 4 multimedia centre, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a Parkview rear back-pp camera.
This model adds to the base SXT with 20-inch alloys, Nappa leather-faced seats that are heated and ventilated in the front, and an upgrade to Uconnect 4C with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and more. And all that comes for just a small increase to $36,550.
A bit of a brave move here, and that's because this model see Dodge going against the rear-wheel drive muscle car grain by adding all-wheel drive to the Challenger. This particular AWD system has an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect, and the sporty theme continues with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. And an all-wheel drive Challenger doesn't sound at all bad for $39,245.
Now we step up to a 5.7-litre Hemi V-8 that develops 375 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Other enhancements include a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, HID headlamps with halo LED accent lighting and an active exhaust, and this one costs from $41,145.
Shaker graphics and a Mopar Shaker cold-air intake and hood are the main features this trim boasts on top of the R/T trim, but it also gets Alcantara seat inserts, Dodge Performance Pages, and some smart polished aluminum wheels for an asking price of $44,145.
A T/A isn't massively different from an R/T Shaker, although it does get a T/A Air Grabber hood and Mopar cold air intake system, some exterior graphics, illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logo and some upgraded perforated Nappa/Alcantara seats. Prices start from $46,645.
Headline additions here on top of the T/A spec are the sensational 6.4-litre, 485 horsepower Hemi V-8, which probably needs and definitely gets Brembo 4-wheel antilock discs and 4-piston calipers, and some 20 x 9-inch polished alloys for prices starting from $51,940.
392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker
Once again, very similar to the R/T 392, except for the addition of Shaker graphics, performance tires, a Mopar Shaker cold-air intake and hood with 392 Hemi badging and seats embroidered with the Bee logo. Prices start from $53,145.
This is another one that builds on the R/T 392 specification. This time it adds a functional hood scoop, a heated SRT flat-bottom steering wheel, SRT Performance Pages with configurable drive modes, and red-painted brake calipers, with the MSRP starting from $58,745.
As you're probably working out by now, the T/A 392 is a slight variation of the last three trim levels we've just covered. This one comes with its own unique alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and 6-piston front calipers, and its own exterior graphics and logo headlamps with prices from $58,940.
Until this year, the SRT Hellcat was the absolute pinnacle of the Challenger lineup, which is hardly surprising with that legendary 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. supercharged Hemi V-8 under the hood. There's plenty more to this model as well as the engine, and at $77,695 it has to be considered an absolute bargain for this level of performance.
This one is a Demon by name and most definitely a demon by nature. The Hellcat has now been eclipsed with this uprated version now offering an astonishing 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque. Widebody styling and an Air-grabber hood give onlookers an idea of what this monster is capable of. The $110,345 sticker price might sound like a lot, but try getting this kind of power for anything less than double that price.
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