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Pre-Owned Dodge Challenger : What Trim Should You Get?

Published on June 2, 2022 in Pre-owned vehicles by The Car Guide

The powerful and intimidating Dodge Challenger remains faithful to its muscle car roots, which explains its appeal for several generations of buyers. But for them, the choice is not easy since the model comes in a variety of trims and packages, not to mention the many body colours available.

To make things clearer for you, let’s see what the Challenger has to offer.


At the bottom of the line, we have the SXT and GT trims, which have the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6. With a little more than 300 horsepower, this engine has proven to be relatively reliable. The two versions are also available with all-wheel drive (the first since model year 2019, and the second since 2018), which makes a good difference in handling, especially in winter.

The GT is the one that stands out the most visually, with a sportier treatment given to the wheels, seats and steering wheel, among other elements.

Photo: Michel Deslauriers

R/T And Scat Pack 392

In mid-range, we have the Challenger R/T and Scat Pack 392 trims. Their engine bays house the famous HEMI V8, with respective displacements of 5.7 and 6.4 litres, producing 375 and 485 horsepower. The gap between the two is significant, but you must remember that the bigger HEMI is a lot thirstier, and requires premium fuel …

For many fans of the Challenger, this is where things get serious. By the way, when the word “shaker” is associated with the model, it means that the hood is equipped with a special air intake that channels more air to the engine, increasing its power. That being said, you should expect to spend more money on mechanical maintenance.

SRT Hellcat

Last but not least, the SRT Hellcat is the mightiest Challenger trim, with its supercharged 6.2-litre V8. Its power hovers between 707 and 717 horsepower, but the “Redeye” version can reach up to 797 horsepower. And if you see “Widebody” in its name, that means the body and the wheels are wider, for improved road handling.

Photo: FCA

Considering its explosive and radical nature, the Hellcat is not for everybody and is best used on the track, where it can be exploited to its full potential. This is especially true for the Demon—only sold during model year 2018—, a beast with more than 800 horsepower and built specifically for drag racing. As a matter of fact, its entire cavalry is only available when supplying its engine with racing fuel. Good luck finding one!

Regardless of your choice, an in-depth mechanical inspection is crucial, because the previous owner(s) might have abused it or neglected some aspects of its maintenance.  

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