2020 Dodge Challenger: Power Levels for All 16 Configurations
The official information for the 2020 Dodge Challenger was unveiled on September 1st, so in the coming days, we will be dissecting all of the details on the new model year of many different models. Thanks to the introduction of the new Charger Widebody back in June, we got all of the key details on the muscular Dodge sedan earlier this year, but at long last, the details on the 2020 Challenger are here.
Within this information is the point that the 2020 Dodge Challenger is offered in 8 models, including SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. If you are familiar with the Challenger lineup from past years, you will notice that there is no mention of the Shaker, T/A, 1320 or widebody models. These are all still available for 2020, but they are packages, not models like they have been in the past.
In any case, to avoid the “what about” questions, we have included those models-turned-packages in our breakdown by engine below.
First up, we have those 2020 Dodge Challenger models which are powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. This base engine delivers 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission in the SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD.
5.7-Liter Hemi V8
Next, we have the first V8 in the 2020 Dodge Challenger lineup with the 5.7-liter mill that effectively reintroduced the world to the Hemi back in the early 2000s. This engine is offered in the R/T, the R/T Shaker and the R/T-based T/A and with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, this Hemi delivers 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. When the 8-speed automatic transmission is chosen, output of the 5.7-liter V8 drops to 372 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
SRT 392 Hemi
The third engine in the 2020 Dodge Challenger lineup is the 6.4-liter, 392-cubic inch mill that was originally only offered on the SRT models back around 2011 or so. The SRT 392 model is gone, but this powerful Hemi has continued to be a popular choice with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard in the R/T Scat Pack, the Scat Pack Shaker, the Scat Pack-based variant of the T/A, the R/T Scat Pack Widebody and the Scat Pack 1320.
The output of the 392 Hemi is consistent regardless of the transmission, but in the R/T Scat Pack, Scat Pack Shaker, T/A and Scat Pack Widebody the 6-speed manual is standard and an 8-speed automatic is optional. In the 1320, the 8-speed automatic is standard.
Supercharged Dodge Challenger
Finally we come to the 2020 Dodge Challenger models which are powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi. The “Hellcat” Hemi is offered in the original Hellcat model with 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque while the Redeye version still offers 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, making the Challenger the most powerful production road car from an American automaker once again. Both the standard Hellcat with 717 horsepower and the Redeye are both still offered with the Widebody package and while those models with 717 horsepower can pick between the 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, the automatic is standard for the 797-horsepower Redeye models.
In short, based on the first official information from FCA, there have been no changes or additions to the 2020 Dodge Challenger engine lineup. There had been unfounded rumors of a new, more powerful version of the Redeye, but so far, there is no sign of such thing for 2020.