The Dodge Challenger has been with us since 2008, but like a fine wine it just gets better with age.
For 2021, the main change sees the Challenger’s sexy wide-body option expanded to more grades. The latest to receive the full-fat look is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and Challenger T/A 392. Previously, it was limited to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Challenger SRT Hellcat (and Redeye).
The wide-body option isn’t just for looks. The pumped fenders add a substantial 3.5 inches to the width of the standard Challenger, enabling the fitment of massive 20×11-inch wheels. Those wheels come wrapped in 305/35-size Pirelli tires as standard.
Both cars are powered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 6.4-liter V-8 rated at 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual is standard and a paddle-shifted, 8-speed automatic is available. Drive is the rear wheels only.
Elsewhere in the 2021 lineup, the V-6-powered GT and SXT receive 20-inch wheels as standard when all-wheel drive is added. And at the other end of the spectrum, the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye feature a new instrument panel badge. There’s also new black chrome accents for the grille, spoiler and fender badges on the Redeye and the SRT Super Stock. The Super Stock shares many of its features with the limited-edition SRT Demon from 2018. Peak power is 807 hp, or 10 more than the Redeye and 90 more than the Hellcat.
The final update for 2021 worth mentioning is a memory feature for the driver seat, steering column, side mirrors and radio presets that is now available on all grades.