It might be easy to be down on the noticeable lack of changes on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT. Then again, this is the Challenger , a car that looks like it could run the streets during the 70s and still pass of as a modern-day muscle maven.
That’s always been the appeal of the Challenger. It’s got a timeless design that belies the honking piece of awesomeness under its hood. For 2014, we’re still treated to a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s still a lot of horses, at least more than its counterparts from Ford and Chevrolet (hello, Mustang and Camaro !).
So continue enjoying the Challenger, fellas. The 2014 Challenger SRT offers everything you’d want in a muscle car, retro looks included. There might not be a whole lot of additions relative to recent models, but the nostalgia of sitting in a modern-day muscle car with timeless looks is enough to justify the love it deserves.
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Some people might scoff at Dodge’s persistence in keeping the retro look of the Challenger, arguing that a modern-day interpretation of the iconic muscle car is long overdue.
We’re not one of those people because there are cars whose looks age really well and the Challenger is one of them. For the 2014 model, exterior changes are still visible, highlighted by the large front splitter and integrated front fender that, together with the rear deck-lid spoiler, provide improved aerodynamics, a must for a car with the power the Challenger possesses. Improved aerodynamics are also why the front fascia chin spoiler is also around.
All these notable features add up to the Challenger SRT looking the way it does. Bold, muscular, and just all around timeless.
Available Exterior Colors
- Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
- Bright White Clear Coat
- Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat
- Jazz Blue Pearl Coat
- Pitch Black Clear Coat
- Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl
- Redline Tri-coat Pearl
- Plum Crazy Pearl Coat
- TorRed Clear Coat
- Header Orange Clear Coat
- Dual, full-body stripes are available in black, grey metallic, red and silver metallic.
|Track, Front (In.)||63.0|
|Track, Rear (In.)||63.1|
|Overall Length (In.)||197.7|
|Overall Width (In.)||75.7|
|Overall Height (In.)||57.1|
|Ground Clearance (In.)||4.8|
|Frontal Area, (sq. ft.)||25.6|
|Curb Weight, (lb)., Est.||4,231 (automatic)|
|Weight Distribution, percent F/R||54.4/45.6 (automatic)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, (gal.)||19.4|
The interior configuration of the 2014 Dodge Challenger remains virtually intact but even so, the goodies that come with the muscle car are just hard to ignore. The steering wheel, for one, is pretty sweet. It’s wrapped in leather, it’s heated and it comes with a satin chrome rim section with a flattened bottom surface that proudly displays the SRT logo. Paddle shifts are part of the automatic transmission configuration while auto and EVIC controls can also be found on the wheel.
The seats come with standard power lumbar with the driver’s seat getting seatback tilt with memory. The front passenger also gets something akin to it (tilt and slide with memory), allowing for easier access to the back seat.
As with the past models, the Challenger SRT’s instrument panel comes with all the bells and whistles you need to see all the pertinent performance information on the muscle car. A four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and unique SRT graphics are clearly identifiable while EVIC provides trip information, multimedia information from the Media Center radio, along with instant feedback on 0-to-60 mph time, 60-to-0 mph braking, G-forces, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.
What’s new on the 2014 model is a choice of interior color combinations, including Dark Slate Gray and Radar Red/Dark Slate Gray.
|Seating Capacity, F/R||2/3|
|Head Room (In.)||39.3|
|Shoulder Room (In.)||58.2|
|Hip Room (In.)||54.6|
|Seat Travel (In.)||Driver — 10.6, passenger — 8.7|
|Recliner Angle Range, deg.||Driver — 64, passenger — 63|
|SAE Front Volume Index, (cu. ft.)||55.8|
|Head Room (In.)||37.4|
|Knee Clearance (In.)||1.2|
|Shoulder Room (In.)||53.9|
|Hip Room (In.)||48.6|
|SAE Rear Seat Volume Index, (cu. ft.)||38.1|
|Total Interior Volume, (cu. ft.)||91.5|
|SAE Cargo Volume, (cu. ft)||16.2|
|EPA Interior Volume Index, (cu. ft.)||107.7|
|Trunk Lift-over Height (In.)||33.0|
The 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT continues on with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque while mated to a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission, good enough to bust out of the gates and hit 60 mph in just less than 5 seconds to go with a top speed of 182 mph for the manual transmission and 175 mph for the automatic transmission.
Speaking of the transmission, an optional five-speed automatic is also offered, with that one coming with standard steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack.
|Type and Description||90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled|
|Displacement||392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm)|
|Bore x Stroke||4.09 x 3.72 (103.9 x 94.5)|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless; automatic features Fuel Saver mode|
|Power (estimated SAE net)||470 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque (estimated SAE net)||470 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm|
|Max. Engine Speed||6,400 rpm (electronically limited)|
|Exhaust Type||Dual 2.75-in. with rectangular chromed tips and performance-tuned exhaust note|
|EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy)||14/23 (manual or automatic)|
The 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT comes with a suspension setup that features a three-mode adaptive damping system: an “Auto” mode that’s characterized by a sporty and compliant ride; a “Sport” mode that’s firm and offers maximum handling; and a “Track” mode that’s not only firm and has maximum handling, but also comes with performance shifting and a gear holding feature.
|Front||Independent SLA with high upper “A” arm, coil spring over gas-charged ADS Bilstein shock absorbers and 30 mm stabilizer bar, lateral and diagonal lower links (SRT Premium Models)|
|Independent SLA with high upper “A” arm, coil spring over gas-charged monotube Bilstein shock absorbers and 30 mm stabilizer bar, lateral and diagonal lower links (SRT Core Model)|
|Rear||Five-link independent with coil springs, link-type 18 mm stabilizer bar, gas-charged ADS Bilstein shock absorbers and isolated suspension cradle (SRT Premium Models)|
|Five-link independent with coil springs, link-type 18 mm stabilizer bar, gas-charged monotube Bilstein shock absorbers and isolated suspension cradle (SRT Core Model)|
The Dodge Challenger SRT Core
Equally new for the 2014 model is the expansion of its Challenger Core SRT line. A variety of exclusive content comes with this trim, including a 6.4-liter badge on the front fenders, a set of 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers.
Inside, the Core SRT comes with a standard premium ‘Ballistic’ cloth interior that was transplanted from the new SRT Viper and flanked by aggressive bolsters and door bolster inserts. Various matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console are also exclusive features of the Core SRT model.
No definite prices have been announced but expect the Challenger SRT Core to retail somewhere in the $39,000 range with the Challenger SRT receiving a price of just over $40,000.
The 2014 Mustang GT retains its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that deli----- vers a total of 420 horsepower, much lower to the numbers of the 2014 Challenger SRT. Not much of a difference between the two models other than preference and a big price edge to the Mustang GT, which retails for $30,750, compared to the Challenger SRT, which we expect to carry a price of just under $44,000.
Gallery Ford Mustang
The 2013 Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 426 horsepower, which, again, is an output that falls short of what the Challenger SRT has under it’s hood. But like the Mustang GT, the Camaro has the advantage on pricing with a sticker of just north of the $32,000 price range.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
It’s a bit disappointing that there weren’t a lot of new goodies that came with the 2014 Challenger SRT. But you can’t deny that relative to the competition, the Challenger SRT has more power stewing under its hood. That’s a big plus and the continued use of its retro look is something we’ll never get tired of.
- Powerful muscle
- Retro look is still golden
- SRT Core has that added punch
- Not that many changes
- Plenty of other options
- A little pricey
Gallery Dodge Challenger SRT
September 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT offers high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. This 470 horsepower machine promises a balanced performance approach with outstanding straight-line acceleration, world-class ride and handling, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control. And it still delivers up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.
The 2014 Challenger SRT accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); goes from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reaches a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stops from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.
The 392-cubic inch, 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range. An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.
Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) in automatic transmission equipped models allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. The EPA fuel economy mpg city and highway ratings for the 2014 Challenger SRT are 14/23 for manual or automatic transmission models.
A look under the hood reveals unique valve covers with painted silver ribs and the “392 HEMI” logo, which gives the engine a unique, clean and aggressive look.
The 2014 Challenger SRT features a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high-performance clutch – a proven performer that was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10.
The optional five-speed automatic transmission features standard steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.
In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen - either “Normal” or “Track.” Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.
In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver, choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Track” mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the shifting schedule.
Outstanding ride, handling and capability
An available adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system offers two modes and is tuned specifically for the Challenger SRT to provide an everyday performance ride or a much firmer racetrack capable damping for more challenging driving situations.
Challenger SRTs with automatic transmissions and ADS are able to achieve three different vehicle modes: Auto, Sport and Track.
In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and longitudinal/lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.
In “Sport” mode, the damping system rebound and compression is locked to a higher damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between settings with a press of a button on the center stack to quickly change the shock damping characteristics from “Auto,” for everyday commuting, to “Sport,” for more spirited driving situations.
In “Track” mode, the higher damping rates from the Sport mode combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick.
The ADS system on the Challenger SRT features the fastest turn-in and most nimble handling characteristics of any of the 6.4-liter SRT products. In the “Sport” or “Track” settings, the system provides the highest damping rates, allowing the driver to push the handling envelope to the extreme.
A new for 2014, standard launch control system on both manual transmission and automatic transmission equipped models helps maximize straight-line acceleration.
On the manual transmission model:
When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver engages the system by pressing the electronic stability control (ESC) button twice and then depresses the clutch and quickly applies full throttle. Launch control holds the engine at the desired rpm and waits for the driver to release the clutch. Through the SRT-exclusive, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) screen, the driver can adjust the launch rpm from 2500-4500 in 250 rpm increments, allowing for optimal launches in various conditions. Launch control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).
On the automatic transmission model:
When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver engages the system by pressing the ESC button twice and then with their foot securely on the brake, quickly applies full throttle. Launch control holds the engine at optimal launch rpm (1,825) and waits for the driver to release the brake. Launch control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheel slip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system uses a heavy-duty pump and unique gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
Sitting a half-inch lower than non-SRT models, the 2014 Challenger SRT Core rides on cast aluminum 20 x 9-inch aluminum wheels and the Challenger SRT Premium rides on five-spoke, 20 x 9-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels with satin black painted pockets. Split five-spoke, 20 x 9-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with the SRT-exclusive Black Vapor Chrome finish are optional in both price classes.
Standard Goodyear RSA All-Season tires or available Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season complement the performance design cues and deliver serious gripping performance and handling.
The handling result is .90g capability on the skid pad – the most of any production Challenger and on par with some of the world’s best-handling performance coupes.
The standard SRT performance brake package produces world-class stopping power of 60 to 0 mph in just 117 feet from 14.2-inch (front) and 13.8-inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo fixed calipers. The three-mode ESC with knockback mitigation also includes four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist and Hill-start Assist.
The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake stop, after which the ESC pump engages to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of wind tunnel designed brake cooling ducts that direct airflow to the vented rotors for consistent stopping power.
Aggressive and functional exterior
The exterior styling of the 2014 Challenger SRT remains instantly recognizable with proportions that continue to evoke a bold, performance coupe that has a wide, stable stance on the road.
The large front splitter and integrated front fender spats and body color rear deck-lid spoiler provide stable high-speed aerodynamics and overall balance while the front fascia chin spoiler also improves aerodynamics and is accented in black for a more aggressive look. The front grille features a bright grille surround.
For 2014, available exterior colors include: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, TorRed Clear Coat and Header Orange Clear Coat. Dual, full-body stripes are available in black, grey metallic, red and silver metallic.
“392” decals on the SRT Core model and unique “392 HEMI” badges on the Premium model flank both fenders touting the historically significant V-8 engine that remains true to its high-performance roots and powers the highest-rated Challenger in terms of horsepower and torque ratings. From the rear, the four-inch rectangular exhaust tips deliver the 392’s performance exhaust note while adding the styling cue of a serious muscle car.
Race-inspired and high-performance interior
The race-inspired interior begins with a leather wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel that features a unique satin chrome rim section with a flattened bottom surface that showcases the SRT logo. The optional automatic transmission includes paddle shift controls on both sides of the contoured palm rests. All audio and EVIC controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.
The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and unique SRT graphics. Inside the cluster, the EVIC with performance pages provides the driver with trip information, multimedia information from the Media Center radio, along with instant feedback on 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking, G-forces, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.
Power lumbar-equipped front seats are standard. The driver’s seat features seatback tilt with memory and an easy to reach release handle, while the front-passenger seat adds tilt and slide with memory, which makes it even easier for passengers to get in and out of the back seat.
Interior color combinations for 2014 include Dark Slate Gray and Radar Red/Dark Slate Gray, which adds color to the seats, door bolsters and rear seat armrest.
Challenger SRT Core model
The SRT brand recently expanded its “Core SRT” vehicle strategy by offering the Core model, which includes exclusive content, including the standard premium ‘Ballistic’ cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents. The Core models are designed and built with the back-to-basics performance-driving enthusiast in mind.
The Challenger SRT Core model features a 6.4-liter badge on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers. On the inside of the new Core model, the SRT seats have black surfaces using the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by aggressive bolsters and door bolster inserts. Various matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.
Safety and security
The 2014 Challenger SRT features more than 35 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and three-mode ESC with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.
For maximum convenience and to keep passengers connected, a wide array of connectivity and mobile multimedia options are available on the 2014 Challenger SRT.
The available innovative Uconnect Media Center 430, 430N and 730N radios integrate a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, with a hard drive where music and photos can be stored. Uconnect Media Center radios also offer two navigation options, including: segment-leading Garmin Navigation guidance and mapping (Uconnect Media Center 430N), or premium GPS Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic (Uconnect Media Center 730N). Both navigation solutions feature SiriusXM Travel Link, providing real-time weather, fuel prices and more while on the go.
The 2014 Challenger SRT features an available 900-watt, 18-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon. The system offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt TPS (Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
The system uses GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology to offer superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent, representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases. The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched to the amplifier output.
The system’s 18 GreenEdge ultra-lightweight, high-efficiency speakers include:
- Seven 3.5-inch Unity coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters located in the front dash, rear doors and rear deck
- Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
- Two 10-inch subwoofers in a trunk-mounted enclosure
The 2014 Challenger SRT is built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.