The 1970 Challenger T/A and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona models aren’t just two iconic muscle cars with a very high cool factor. They helped define an era. To the muscle car community, the two classics are among the most collectable cars on the planet. Only 2,399 T/As were made in 1970, and a mere 501 Daytonas crossed a showroom floor.
Now, Dodge is rolling back the clock with a pair of performance-enhanced, heritage-inspired models that may well be the collector cars of the future. Introducing the 2017 Challenger T/A and the Dodge Charger Daytona. These beauties will show the competition how to be cool, and hot, all at the same time.
HISTORY REPEATS T/A
The new Challenger T/A starts with the standard content of the 375-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® powered Challenger R/T model and adds a whole lot more. If you thought one eyeball Air-Catcher was cool on SRT® Hellcat models, the T/A boasts two Air-Catcher headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos. An NACA ducted hood feeds a modified SRT Hellcat air box with Mopar® conical filter, to get the most out of true air induction through these two signature fresh-air sources.
The new T/A will sound as good as it looks, too! Thanks to an all-new 2.75-inch, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system that will help the HEMI engines breathe easier. The good looks part is enhanced by 1-inch-wider, 20-inch x 9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II.
The Super Track Pak highlights a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades, including a 0.5-inch lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers, performance brake linings, three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.
A Tremec six-speed manual transmission is standard, while the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is available for those who are looking for a more passive drive experience. Sport mode with paddle shifters allows for spirited drives when the urge strikes.
A Satin Black painted hood and front fascia, roof and deck-lid graphics paired to the T/A bodyside stripes give it that authentic, vintage T/A look and feel. New wheel center caps featuring the Dodge stripes, “Challenger” script grille badge, Satin Black fuel-filler door with heritage “FUEL” lettering and black deck-lid spoiler with a Challenger T/A badge are included.
To complete the package, factory-installed hood pins are available, along with all-new and limited-production Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint (HIP).
The interior carries the retro feel with unique interior bezels, performance seats with signature Houndstooth cloth inserts and a 1971-inspired “tic-toc tach” gauge cluster that takes you back.
CHALLENGER T/A PLUS
The 2017 Challenger T/A Plus model gives you all that, plus heated and ventilated leather performance seats in Black with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered “T/A” logo. An all-new fourth-generation Uconnect® 8.4 system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations, gives faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics.
Expanding on the Super Track Pak’s capability, the Challenger T/A Plus adds a shortcut button to the Dodge Performance Pages embedded in the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, which provides visible performance information, such as a programmable shift light indicator, reaction time, 0-60 times, G-force indicator and lap times in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display.
CHALLENGER T/A 392
The new Challenger T/A 392 also ups the ante with a 6.4L HEMI engine (392 cu. in.) offering best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. The “392” delivers up to 113 more horsepower and a 65 lb.-ft. leap in torque compared with the 5.7-liter Challenger T/A models, representing more than a 30 percent jump in horsepower and 18 percent jump in torque.
The coupe’s best-in-class power enables it to turn mid 4-second 0-60 mph times and low 12-second quarter mile times.
The vehicle also features ultra-high-performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique front suspension geometry, all-new 20-inch x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli three-season performance tires, “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.
WIN ON SUNDAY
Only 501 Charger Daytonas were created for the 1969 model year, a purpose built production run that allowed the car to compete in NASCAR. Success came early and often, and the Charger Daytona went on to set records and rewrite history.
2017 CHARGER DAYTONA
Delivering the most performance in the 5.7-liter Charger lineup, today’s 2017 Charger Daytona takes its cues from the historic Charger R/T model. With an improved engine intake and exhaust thanks to a Mopar® cold-air induction system with conical air filter, plus an all-new electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system with 4-inch round tips. The 2017 Daytona pays homage to the vehicles from the past that spent so much time in winner’s circles across the country.
The Super Track Pak is included with its performance-tuned suspension, performance brake linings, three-mode ESC calibration with “full off” and high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. For improved acceleration and speed, Charger Daytona includes a rear differential with a 2.62 axle ratio, plus performance engine and transmission calibration (150 mph, up from 135 mph).
For a menacing look, the new Charger Daytona includes SRT- and R/T Scat Pack-inspired front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills and a one-piece Satin Black performance spoiler. A Satin Black hood graphic with cutout HEMI® logo highlights the aluminum hood’s NACA duct, while cutout “Daytona” deck-lid to rear-quarter graphics are paired with the Satin Black roof treatment for a bold, heritage-inspired appearance.
Completing the athletic styling are wider 20-inch x 9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II, P245/45ZR20 Goodyear all-season performance tires with the new center caps that feature the Dodge stripes, plus signature “Daytona” grille badging.
Inside, black heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats with horizontal Alcantara suede plowthroughs and Brazen Gold accent stitched, “Daytona” embroidered seat backs truly complement the 12-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats. Brazen stitching is also found throughout the cabin.
CHARGER DAYTONA 392
With a best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque from its 6.4-liter HEMI powertrain, newair box with directed cold-air induction and Mopar conical air filter, plus a 3.09 final drive with 230mm limited-slip rear axle, the new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 delivers 0-60 mph performance in the mid 4-second range, plus quarter-mile times in the low 12-second range.
Add ultra-high-performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, Mopar conical cold-air intake filter, wider 20-inch x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in Low Gloss Black, P275/40ZR20 Pirelli all-season performance tires, “392” fender decals, 180-mph primary speedometer, electronically controlled active performance exhaust system and 220-amp alternator.
All T/A and Daytona models bacame available for order this fall. Visit Dodge.com for more details.