As the Dodge brand’s halo vehicle, the 2022 Dodge Challenger returns as the world’s quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car. Offering the most diverse lineup in the automotive industry, the Challenger offers everything from an efficient 303 horsepower V6 model with class-exclusive all-wheel-drive (AWD) to a drag strip dominating 807 horsepower beast. Needless to say that there is a Challenger to fit everyone’s persona is an understatement.
So, let’s take a look at everything we know about the 2022 edition of the popular two-door muscle car…
The 2022 Dodge Challenger will be offered in 9 different trim levels (SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Redeye, and SRT Super Stock). While 9 different trim offerings may seem like a lot, there are a number of different packages within those trims.
SRT Super Stock –
The drag racing-oriented 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock returns as the brand’s halo vehicle. The Super Stock utilizes the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® HELLCAT H.O. V8 from the Demon-inspired Hellcat Redeye model and revises its calibration to increase horsepower from 797 horsepower and 807 horsepower on Premium 91 octane pump gas.
The SRT Super Stock continues its title as the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car, with a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.25-seconds, 1/4-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.5-seconds @ 131 mph, and a 168 mph top speed (limited due to its sticky 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials).
The SRT Super Stock carries over much of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon‘s running gear, such as 8-speed 8HP90 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension has been tuned for drag racing, lightweight all-aluminum Brembo four-piston brake calipers and 14.2-inch vented rotors, standard lightweight 18-by-11-inch wheels in Low Gloss Granite finish, performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with 3.09 final drive, SRT Drive Modes, and SRT Race Options including Line Lock, Launch Control, Power Chiller, Race Cooldown, and Torque Reserve.
R/T Scat Pack 1320 –
If the SRT Super Stock is out of your price range, the much more budget-friendly drag-oriented Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 might be up your alley. Named for the 1/4-mile distance of 1,320 feet, the R/T Scat Pack 1320 features exclusive drag-strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Powered by the 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI “Apache” V8 delivering 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, the R/T Scat Pack 1320 offers a street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The package includes drag-specific components and technologies include TransBrake, Torque Reserve, Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radials, SRT-tuned three-mode adaptive damping suspension, Drag Mode, driver’s seat only standard configuration, performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with 3.09 final drive, extreme-duty 41-spline rear axle half shafts, Line Lock, Launch Assist and Brembo high-performance brakes.
The R/T Scat Pack 1320 is capable of 1/4-mile ET of 11.7-seconds @ 115 mph, making it the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car on the market.
The T/A Package adds even more heritage to naturally aspirated V8 models with visual and performance enhancements inside and out, featuring painted Satin Black hood, Satin Black wrapped roof and decklid, 20-inch wheels, Satin Black spoiler with T/A decal, Mopar cold-air intake system, lit Air Catcher headlamps and white face gauges with Gloss Black cluster trim rings.
The optional Widebody package is available on T/A 392 models, offering improved performance with the wider wheels and tires.
The Shaker package is available on both R/T and R/T Scat Pack models and includes the legendary cold-air grabbing Mopar Shaker hood, “Shaker” underhood decal, “Challenger” script grille badge (R/T), black rear spoiler (R/T), black fuel door (R/T), black grille surround (R/T), “Shaker” instrument panel badge and Gloss Black instrument panel cluster trim rings. Giving the Challenger a heritage look dating back to the original 1970 Dodge Challenger.
GT AWD –
Those who are wanting all-year-round performance can opt for the Challenger GT AWD. The GT AWD delivers all-weather driving confidence wrapped in muscle car attitude. Powered by a 303 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque, the GT AWD features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect, as well as a menacing performance look and features with the standard performance hood, spoiler, all-wheel-drive suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio, performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, and Houndstooth cloth high-bolstered performance seats.
For the 2022 model year, there are 5 available engine combinations for the Dodge Challenger.
- 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 303 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque (SXT, SXT AWD, GT, and GT AWD)
- 5.7-liter HEMI “Eagle” V8 with 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque with an automatic models (375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque for manual transmission) on R/T
- 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI “Apache” V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque on R/T Scat Pack
- Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI “HELLCAT” V8 with 717 horsepower and 656 lb.-ft. of torque on SRT Hellcat
- Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI “HELLCAT” H.O. V8 with 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque on SRT Hellcat Redeye (807 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque on SRT Super Stock)
There are also several transmission choices for the 2022 Dodge Challenger as well…
- 8-speed 8HP50 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SXT and GT)
- 8-speed 850RE TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SXT AWD and GT AWD)
- 6-speed Tremec TR-6060 manual transmission with a 240mm twin-disc clutch (R/T and R/T Scat Pack)
- 8-speed 8HP70 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (R/T and R/T Scat Pack)
- 6-speed Tremec TR-6060 manual transmission with a 258mm twin-disc clutch (SRT Hellcat)
- 8-speed 8HP90 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Redeye, and SRT Super Stock)
AWD System –
The Dodge Challenger SXT AWD and GT AWD features Dodge’s high-performance all-wheel-drive system. This technologically advanced system includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for excellent all-season performance and fuel economy. The Challenger AWD seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100% of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels. This preserves the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling characteristics inherent to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. When sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the system automatically engages the front axle, instantly transitioning Challenger into all-wheel-drive mode.
Enhanced with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), the Challenger AWD has impressive handling on all surfaces, especially snow and ice. VDC provides excellent traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path. Enhancing the on-road dynamic performance using precise front-to-rear torque control integrated with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, VDC maintains Challenger’s fun-to-drive character, regardless of road conditions.
In addition, the Dodge Challenger GT AWD features paddle shifters and Sport mode. With Sport mode active, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use the die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and view gear election through the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) centered in the instrument cluster.
Dodge does not rate the 2022 Dodge Challenger with a tow rating.
Option Changes –
There is only one update change for the 2022 model year. As part of the Dodge brand’s way of helping to crack down on the theft of its vehicles, Dodge has now made a deluxe security alarm standard on its performance lineup (R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Redeye, and SRT Super Stock models). Those with SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, and R/T models can opt for the new security alarm when they choose the Driver Convenience Group package.
Widebody Option –
Dodge will continue to offer the available Widebody Package on R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye (standard on SRT Super Stock). The package adds 3.5-inches of the overall width of the Challenger and equips the car with 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires mounted to 20-inch x 11-inch wheels and includes electric power steering (EPS) system and SRT Drive Modes.
The R/T Scat Pack Widebody also gains the larger adaptive damping suspension, Brembo six-piston brakes, performance shift indicator, and 20-inch x 11-inch aluminum wheels from the SRT Hellcat Widebody models.
Known for its high-impact palette of colors, the 2022 Dodge Challenger doesn’t disappoint with 13 available exterior colors. Those exterior colors include Frostbite, F8 Green, Go ManGo, Granite Crystal, Hellraisin, IndiGo Blue, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, Smoke Show, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.
There are more than 70 available safety and security features, including Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path Detection.
The 2022 Dodge Challenger is manufactured at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto). The 2022 Dodge Challenger will start production in January of 2022.
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