The 2021 Dodge Challenger is a rear-drive coupe that’s available with a range of performance variants including the 485-hp SRT392 and the 707-hp SRT Hellcat. Among modern muscle cars, the Challenger is the closest to its predecessors from the 1960s and 1970s.
Four engines are available in the 2021 Dodge Challenger, and except for the base V-6, all can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the first time on a Challenger, all-wheel drive is available but only on the GT model equipped with a V-6.
Model: Challenger SXT, Challenger SXT Plus, Challenger GT
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 305 hp/268 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/30 mpg city/highway, 18/27 mpg (AWD GT model)
Model: Challenger R/T, Challenger R/T Plus, Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus, Challenger R/T Shaker, Challenger R/T Plus Shaker
Engine and Transmission: 5.7-liter V-8 – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power: 372 hp/400 lb-ft (automatic); 375 hp/410 lb-ft (manual)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/25 mpg (automatic); 15/23 mpg (manual)
Model: Challenger R/T Scat Pack, Challenger T/A 392, Challenger SRT 392, Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker
Engine and Transmission: 6.4-liter V-8 – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power: 485 hp/475 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/25 mpg (automatic); 14/23 mpg (manual)
Model: Challenger SRT Hellcat
Engine and Transmission: supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power : 707 hp/650 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 13/22 mpg (automatic); 13/21 mpg (manual)
In addition to the new Uconnect infotainment system, the 2021 Challenger is also available with adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, a rearview camera, a customizable digital cluster display, a Harman/Kardon audio system, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, keyless entry/start, and remote start. The Super Track Pak that’s available in the SXT Plus adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, performance-tuned steering and suspension, and paddle shifters.
NHTSA gave the 2021 Dodge Challenger a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the Challenger received an Acceptable score in the roof strength and head restraints and seat categories, Good in the side impact and moderate front overlap tests, and Marginal in the small front overlap evaluation (Good is the highest possible score). The car also received a Basic score in the IIHS’ front crash prevention test. Although it doesn’t have automatic emergency braking, it offers a forward collision warning system, which is part of the Technology group.