The modern Dodge Challenger was introduced back in 2007 for the 2008 model year and when it hit the market, it was only offered in the highest performance SRT8 trim. For 2009, the Challenger gained the SE, SXT and R/T trimlines, and since then, the lineup has continued to expand with new models. This includes the arrival of the Shaker models, the Scat Pack, the T/A, the Hellcat and the all-wheel drive GT, leading to a total of 16 trimlines for the 2018 model year.
With so many different configurations of the 2018 Dodge Challenger and the New Year being upon us, some people are confused as to what each package includes, so today, we bring you a look at the key features of every 2018 Challenger trimline. For ease of organization, we will run through the trimlines by engine.
2018 Challengers with the 3.6L Pentastar V6
First up, we have those 2018 Dodge Challenger trimlines that are powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6. This engine offers 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque, with a standard 8-speed automatic coming with all of these models.
The base model for the 2018 Challenger is the SXT, which comes with cloth seats, the 7-inch UConnect infotainment system, 18-inch aluminum wheels and an MSRP of $26,995.
The Challenger SXT Plus is next, building on the base model by adding the premium UConnect system, 20-inch wheels, heated/cooler leather seats, fog lights and an Alpine speaker system – all with an MSRP of $29,995.
The 2018 Challenger GT is the only all-wheel drive muscle car in America, starting at $33,495 and coming with a long list of standard features like a heated steering wheel, heated leather front seats, unique 19-inch wheels and the premium UConnect system feature the Dodge Performance Pages.
2018 Challengers with the 5.7L Hemi V8
The first V8 in the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup is the tried and true 5.7L Hemi V8. In its current form, the engine which introduced us to the modern Hemi V8 delivers 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a standard 6-speed manual transmission (all prices below include the manual transmission) or the 8-speed automatic. This engine is featured in six trimlines for the 2018 model year, beginning with the R/T.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T has a starting price of $33,495 and comes with 20-inch aluminum wheels, active exhaust, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters in automatic models, fog lights and cloth seats.
The 2018 Challenger R/T Plus has an MSRP of $36,495, building on the R/T by adding heated/cooled Nappa leather front seats, unique 20-inch wheels, rear park assist, the premium UConnect system with a six-speaker Alpine system and a heated steering wheel with shift paddles and infotainment controls.
The 2018 Challenger R/T Shaker is similar in its interior features to the R/T, but it adds the Shaker hood, a Mopar cold air intake, the premium UConnect system with Dodge Performance Pages, a three-mode stability control system with “full off”, the Super Track Pak (performance steering, braking and suspension bits) and the rear park assist system – all with a starting price of $36,995.
If you love the R/T Shaker, but you want more premium features, the 2018 R/T Plus Shaker has you covered. Building on the “regular” R/T Shaker, this Plus package adds heated/cooled Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats, a heated steering wheel and black trim on the fuel door, grille trim and rear spoiler with an MSRP of $39,995.
Finally, the newest 5.7L-powered trimlines for the Dodge Challenger are the T/A and T/A Plus packages. For $37,495, the Challenger T/A comes with a satin black hood with a functional Mopar air intake system, unique satin black graphics on the hood, roof, trunklid and body side, illuminated dual air-catcher headlights and houndstooth performance cloth seats.
The Challenger T/A Plus builds on the T/A, adding 20x9 forged aluminum wheels and the leather/Alcantara performance seats with an MSRP of $40,495.
2018 Challengers with the 6.4L Hemi V8
The next V8 in the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup is the 6.4L, 392 cubic inch mill packing 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque. Like the other Hemi engines, the 392 comes with a standard manual transmission, but the 8-speed automatic is optional on all of these models. This engine is offered in four trimlines for the 2018 model year.
The R/T Scat Pack is the least expensive of the 392-powered 2018 Challenger models with an MSRP of $39,995. For that price, you get the 485hp Hemi, 4-pot Brembo brakes, 20x9 aluminum wheels, the premium UConnect system with Dodge Performance Pages and the houndstooth cloth performance seats.
The 2018 Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker combines the drivetrain of the R/T Scat Pack with all of the features (and more) of the R/T Plus Shaker. For $42,795, this Mopar muscle car comes with the Shaker hood with the Mopar cold air intake system, 4-piston Brembo brakes, unique exterior graphics and performance leather seats with the Scat Pack Bee logo on the seatback.
If you like the look of the Challenger T/A, but you want more power, the T/A 392 is the Mopar muscle car for you, starting at $44,995. This package comes with all of the appearance bits from the other T/A models, but it comes six-piston Brembo front brakes, 20x9.5 forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli rubber and cloth seats.
The premium package with the 392 Hemi is the 2018 Challenger SRT 392. For $50,495, this model includes the Three-Mode High Performance Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, the 20x9 Hellcat 5Deep wheels with Pirelli high performance tires, premium SRT performance seats, the premium UConnect infotainment system with a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system and the SRT flat-bottomed steering wheel.
2018 Challengers with the Supercharge 6.2L Hemi V8
Finally, we come to the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 that serves as the powerplant for three trimlines of the 2018 Dodge Challenger. In the Hellcats, this engine delivers 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque while the variation used in the new Challenger Demon packs 840 horsepower and 770lb-ft of torque with the race gas PCM, or 808hp/717lb-ft of torque with 93-octane.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat starts at $65,495. This includes the Hellcat Hemi engine, the six-speed manual transmission, 20-inch wheels with Pirelli tires, the Three-Mode High Performance Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, a package-specific front fascia and hood, the illuminated Air Catcher headlights, SRT drive modes, SRT Performance Pages, Launch Control and the premium leather seats.
Next, we have the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, starting at $71,495 with the manual transmission. This package has all of the features of the narrow-bodied Hellcat, but in addition to the flared fenders and 20x11 wheels, this package adds a unique electronic power steering system to the already-long list of premium standard goodies.
Finally, the 16th and final trimline for the 2018 Dodge Challenger is the SRT Demon package. This lightweight, limited edition package offers 808-840 horsepower and a standard 8-speed automatic transmission with an MSRP starting at $84,995. This car comes with 18-inch lightweight wheels wrapped in Nitto drag radial tires, a unique suspension system with a drag strip setting, lightweight interior features (cloth seats, minimal sound system) and a long list of standard high performance features that are unique to this package like the TransBrake, Line Lock, and the Torque Reserve system.
You can build each of these trimlines for the 2018 Dodge Challenger on Dodge.com right now.