Muscle cars look quintessentially American. This makes seeing the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/TT/A on the highway an eerie sight. With no speed limit for this section, the V8-powered coupe stretches its legs out on the open road.
The R/T model sits at the lower end of the Challenger range. You get a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque with an automatic gearbox. The T/A package adds matte black elements to the hood, roof, sides and trunk lid. It also gets Air Catcher headlights as on the Hellcat and a set of model-specific 20-inch wheels. Wide body configuration is also available.
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With its ample torque, the Challenger has no problem keeping up with traffic on the highway. The V8 engine has a proper muscle car growl sound. The eight-speed automatic gearbox changes gears quickly.
The driver can maintain speeds over 124 mph (200 kph) for a period of time in this segment. Stay tuned until the end to see the Challenger hit the indicated speedometer at 153 mph (246 km/h).
The Dodge Challenger and Charger are currently on a victory lap before the models are retired, and the automaker is sending out muscle cars with a bang. At the top of the range is the Demon 170 which puts out 1,025 hp and 945 lb-ft when running on the E85.
The Demon 170 is among seven Last Call models fielding these vehicles. There’s also a Challenger Black Ghost with 807 horsepower and a Charger Daytona with 807 horsepower. The Scat Pack Swinger version is available for both. The Charger Super Bee has a 6.4-liter V8 engine and road-legal drag racing tires. The Challenger Shakedown includes a shaker cover, red graphics and six-piston Brembo brakes.
The next step up for these models is the Dayton SRT EV Supercharger. When it reaches production, buyers will be able to get power outputs ranging from 455 horsepower to more than 800 horsepower. The company is still working on what the fake exhaust looks like.