Detailing the 2017 Dodge Challenger Model Lineup
The Dodge Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever, the quickest muscle car ever and, I believe that the 2017 version has more trimlines than any muscle ever – at least from the modern era. There are now 13 trimlines available on Dodge.com and that doesn’t include the race-only Drag Pak (which has not yet been announced for 2017), which has seemingly created some confusion in the online muscle car community. Some people believe that the new T/A packages replaced other packages while others don’t have any idea how the Scat Pack or T/A models differ from the R/T or SRT 392.
With all of that in mind, I have put together this piece, detailing the many trimlines currently available for the 2017 Dodge Challenger – outlining the key features of each, along with the pricing. As you will see, these trimlines are arranged by engine, as that seems to be the simplest way to dissect the elaborate Challenger family.
The 2017 Challengers with the 3.6L Pentastar
The 3.6L Pentastar V6 is once again the base model engine for the 2017 Dodge Challenger, and it is offered in the SXT and SXT Plus trimlines.
The 2017 Challenger SXT is the true base model, with the 305 horsepower Pentastar V6, a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the simpler UConnect 5.0, 18 inch wheels, cloth seats and all of the basic features that come with every new car (power windows, AC, etc). This model has an MSRP of $28,285, including the destination fee and the seemingly unavoidable upcharge for a spare tire.
The 2017 Challenger SXT Plus has the same drivetrain bits, but the Plus package adds the premium UConnect 8.4 inch infotainment system, satellite radio, rear park assist, silver interior appointments, 20 inch wheels and – most importantly – heated and cooled Nappa leather performance seats. The Challenger SXT Plus starts at $31,090, including the destination fee.
The 2017 Challengers with the 5.7L Hemi
The 5.7L Hemi returns for the 2017 Dodge Challenger, with 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque in six trimlines – R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Shaker Plus, T/A, and T/A Plus. The 6-speed manual transmission is standard in all of these models and the 8-speed automatic is available for $1,400. All of these cars come with the 2.75 inch active exhaust system, starting for 2017.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T is the least expensive Hemi-powered model available and other than the powerful engine, the R/T package is similar to the base Challenger SXT. The R/T package includes similar cloth seats, the small UConnect 5.0 setup, power windows and all of the basic niceties – along with a simple 20 inch wheel. This package starts at $33,985 with destination.
Next, the 2017 Challenger R/T Plus comes with the same drivetrain bits as the R/T, but the R/T Plus also has unique 20 inch wheels, the premium UConnect 8.4 system, satellite radio and the heated/cooled Nappa leather performance seats. This package starts at $33,985 with destination.