Keeping step with sports cars reflecting their earlier muscle roots, the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona are sure to catch the eye of any muscle car lover.
The T/A is returning, taking the name from Dodge’s iconic model that competed in the SCCA’s Trans-Am racing series from 1970 on. The three models, the T/A, T/A Plus and the T/A392 boast sharp designs featuring a new hood with a centre-mounted scoop. The hood, roof, trunk lid, rear wing, body-side stripes and fuel-filler door look extra sleek in a satin black finish.
This car is anything but ordinary, even for a Challenger, and the LED-illuminated T/A logos are just one of the visual indicators of that. There are even optional old-school pins to keep the hood secured.
Some of the highlights for the 2017 T/A model include new SRT Hellcat-inspired driver and passenger side “Air Catcher” headlamps, a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust system on 5.7-liter HEMI V8 models, wider 20×9-inch and a new 20×9.5inch wheels with high-performance tires to help improve handing on the 5.7-litre and 6.4-litre HEMI models, performance bolstered seats, Dodge performance steering wheel, and many, many more.
The Charger Daytona also takes a page from a previous model. Last seen in 2013, the new Daytona takes inspiration from the 1969 coupe, a big-winged model built for NASCAR racing. Although there are some similar features on the front and rear bodywork to the Daytona’s SRT and R/T Scat Pack siblings, the vehicle implements its own design with model-specific matte-black details on the rear spoiler and roof, a Hemi graphic on the centre of the mounted hood-scoop bulge, and the Daytona graphics located on the rear quarter-panels.
There are two models available: the Daytona (powered by a 5.7-litre V-8) and the Daytona 392 (with a 6.4-litre V-8). Both engines have a capped intake featuring a Mopar conical air filter and a burly exhaust system.
Both the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona will be available in a handful of retro hues, including the all-new Green Go and a revised Yellow Jacket.
The 2017 Challenger T/A will start at $38,485 while the Charger Daytona will start around $41,235 for the base model.