Confirmed: 2015 Dodge Challenger to debut at 2014 New York Auto Show
The announcement of the 2014 New York debut of the 2015 Dodge Challenger came from SRT boss Ralph Gilles as he met with a handful of people from Motor Trend for a video roundtable to discuss the 2014 SRT Viper, the new Viper TA and the Motor Trend tests that first found the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 victorious over the new Viper GTS followed by a second test where the new Viper TA bested the Corvette ZR1. After Gilles and the rest of the crew in the video were done talking about the Viper – during which time the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 came up – the discussion turned to the Challenger and SRT’s answer to the new high performance Camaro.
“The Challenger is about to go under the knife…its actually under the knife as we speak,” said Gilles. “We’re doing a lot to [the Challenger] and were going to come with an answer for [the Camaro Z/28] and for our friends at Ford.”
Ralph Gilles ended the discussion on the 2015 Dodge Challenger by saying that “this time next year, you will see exactly what I am talking about.” With that simple comment, the long time bigwig of the Chrysler Group and the current head of the high performance SRT brand has essentially confirmed that the next generation Dodge Challenger – presumably a 2015 model year vehicle – would debut at next year’s New York Auto Show. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise as the updated business statement released by Chrysler earlier this year revealed that there would be some new models coming to both Dodge and SRT that many of us believed would be the new Challenger but Ralph’s comment to Motor Trend all but confirms a 2014 NYIAS debut of the next generation Challenger.