2017 Dodge Challenger T/A

The Dodge Challenger T/A was originally built for racing
purposes for the Sports Car Club of America  on the Trans
Am racing series way back in 1970 hence the name T/A.
 Dodge went on to build 2,399 more models. Its attractive
look and huge power attracted many enthusiasts making it one of
the most sought after model by muscle car collectors. Dodge is
set to revive the nameplate with the launch of three models for
the 2017 model year. The 2017 models derive their inspiration
from the original model’s legacy and although they are not as
wild as the original models, they are wild in their own right.
The models blend in modern cues with the old.

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The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A will be offered in three trim
levels i.e. the base T/A, mid T/A Plus and the top trim T/A
392. The three models share a similar exterior look. Dodge
showcased the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A along with the 2017
Dodge Charger Daytona, a five-door performance-oriented sedan
(the Daytona is reviewed separately) at the 2016 Woodward Dream
Cruise held in Detroit. Read along for more information:

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2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Exterior

The exterior is largely inspired by the original model of the
1970s.   The front fascia, hood, roof and the decklid
feature a Satin Black trim. The model also features the T.A
body stripes which augur well with the Satin Black trim. The
Mopar wheels also feature the Dodge stripes. A “Challenger”
nameplate features prominently on the grille of the T/A. Buyers
have an option to order their T/As with hood pins as well as
the new Yellow Jacket High Impact and Green Go exterior paint
finish.

The T/A Plus exterior is similar to that of the base T/A.
However, the T/A 392 features T/A Air Catcher headlights,
Brembo high-performance 6-piston calipers at the front and
4-piston calipers at the rear. It also features a cold-air NACA
hood system. The model also features 20-inch by 9.5-inch forged
aluminum wheels in a Low Gloss Black finish. They are wrapped
in Pirelli performance wheels (275/40 Z-series). The models
also feature “392” fender decals to show the model is the “top
dog” of the Dodge Challenger T/A lineup.

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2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Interior

The cabin is also well taken care of.  Like the Daytona,
the T/A also features aluminum interior bezels which blend well
with the Black and Gloss Black trim. The seats have been
upgraded for a better lateral support. The seats also feature
Houndstooth cloth inserts. The steering wheel comes with
performance contouring.  The model also features
Velour-bound mats with the “Dodge” logos.

The most captivating feature in the cabin is the tic-toc-tach
gauge cluster which is derived from the 971. The T/A Plus adds
heated seats which are upholstered in Nappa leather with a
Black and Tungsten contrast stitching. The seats also feature
T/A logos. The model also features an 8.4-inch Uconnect
touch-screen infotainment system. The system integrates Android
Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The T/A Plus also comes with a 6-speaker sound system that
features a 276-watt amplifier.  The Uconnect system
enables drivers to record reaction times, acceleration and lap
times when out on the tracks. This information is displayed to
the driver via a 7.0-inch TFT display mounted in the instrument
cluster.

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Engine Specs and performance

The 2017 Dodge Charge T/A will be powered by two engines. The
base T/A and T/A Plus models will be powered by a 5.7 L, V-8
capable of producing 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The
Challenger T/A 392 will be powered by a 6.4 L, HEMI V-8 good
for 485 horses and 475 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be
paired to either a 6-speed manual gearbox which is offered as
standard or an optional 8-speed automatic transmission system.

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For a more engaged driving experience on the tracks, Dodge will
offer the models with an option for a Super Track Pack which
features performance-enhancement equipment including
high-performance brakes, a lowered suspension, Bilstein shock
absorbers, a 3-mode stability-control system and 20-inch by
9-inch forged aluminum Mopar wheels finished in a black trim.
The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli tires or Goodyear Eagle F1
tires.

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Price and release date

Dodge will open order books for the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A
in October. If you want to go “old school”, ensure you contact
your dealer as soon as possible. The base T/A has an MSRP of
$38,485.

The T/A Plus will cost you $41,235 while the Dodge Challenger
T/A 392 will leave a $45,090 “hole” in your pocket. Considering
the awesome performance goodies the models come packed with,
these are reasonable prices.

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Competition

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A will take the battle to the “door
steps” of the Ford
Mustang , Nissan
370Z and the Chevrolet
Camaro.