2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Canada Review – Despite more than a decade without a complete overhaul, the Dodge Challenger is alive and well, and still deserves your attention. Primarily, it offers more of a performance-oriented muscle car classic experience and straight-line comfort than its rivals Ford and Chevy who skew closer to the sports car dynamics. The Challenger has the brash, broad-shouldered design to match that muscle car feel, too. And his big body brings more space and practicality than the competition.
2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Canada Review
The Dodge Challenger 2021 also has some unique bragging points. It is the only modern pony car to offer all-wheel drive, which is a boon for people living in snow-covered areas of the country. And the Redeye Hellcat is still the most powerful pony car on the market with a whopping 797 horsepower from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Of course, there are a multitude of other Challenger models beyond these two examples, however, with many options for customizing colors to wheels and trims. We think strongly enough of all, proving that just because something is happening in the years does not mean it is less relevant.
What’s new for 2021?
The 2021 Dodge Challenger brings a small number of updates. There are new wheel designs for each trim except the SXT rear wheel drive base. Three new colors are available with generally excellent Mopar names: Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick and Frostbite. Dodge has also made some welcome efforts to embellish the interior with dashboard and door panels stitched on leather challengers, carbon fiber trim and faux suede options for V8-powered cars and Alcantara caramel color for GT, R / T and R / T Scat Pack Fittings.
What does indoor technology and embedded technology look like?
The interior of the Challenger is certainly not as distinctive and flamboyant as its exterior suggests. The Mustang and Camaro are more interesting and distinctive on the inside. Still, there are some interesting design flowers that spruce up things, from the standard dog tooth tissue base pad to the bitone leather choices available as options. In addition, we are not sure how flamboyant you need the interior to be in a car available in orange electrical, blue, green and purple paint colors.
In addition, what the Challenger interior may lack in visual pizzazz, he laughs with space (see below) and technology. A 7-inch touch screen is standard, but all trim levels have an 8.4-inch version available as an option or standard. Both are among the easiest to use in the industry, and we prefer the 8.4-inch unit especially to what is offered by the Camaro and Mustang. Heck, the Ford does not even come standard with a touchscreen, not to mention the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are included on every Challenger.
What is his size ?
For a performance coupe, the Challenger is huge. It’s almost 9 inches longer than a Camaro or Mustang; 3 or 4 inches longer, respectively; and its wheelbase is 6 or 9 inches longer. The most basic SXT Challenger weighs 400 pounds more than a Camaro V6. Although this size is certainly a detriment to the Challenger’s handling and straight-line performance, it’s a boon for interior space and everyday functionality. Unlike the Mustang and the Camaro, real adults can fit comfortably into the Challenger’s back seat, while its 16.2 cubic foot trunk would be great for a midsize sedan. The Camaro is almost half the size and its opening is awkward. As such, it is much easier to justify buying a Challenger to be a daily driver.
What is the performance and fuel economy?
We will say one thing for the Challenger, it offers a lot of choices. Yet even if you stick to the basic engine, you’re fine. The SXT and GT get a good 3.6-liter V6 for 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. You can expect a time of zero to 60 in the low-6-second range, which is quite fast, but ultimately more pokier than the four-cylinder Camaro and Mustang. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, but you can add the all-wheel drive, the only engine available. The fuel economy estimates for the Challenger 2021 were not available at the time of this writing, but we think it’s safe to say that those for 2019 should be postponed. For the base engine, this means 23 mpg combined with RWD and 21 mpg combined with AWD.
Next step is the 5.7-liter V8 found in the good R / T Challenger for 372 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque with the standard eight-speed automatic. It goes up to 375 hp and 410 lb-ft with the optional six-speed manual, which seems like a good reason for getting a three-pedal car. The fuel economy is 19 mpg combined with the automatic and 18 mpg combined with the manual. This engine shaves essentially one second on time 0-60.
The R / T Scat Pack model has a good 6.4-liter V8 for 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, no matter if you get the automatic or manual. Fuel economy is 18 mpg (auto) or 17 mpg (manual). Again, you’ll be hitting another second on the 0-60 time, which should be in the bottom 4. (For those who are really interested in taking their Scat Pack to a drag strip, the 1320 package adds several upgrades mechanical and subtract weight to improve quarter-mile times).
Now, for heavy artillery. The Hellcat (pictured below) gets a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for an absurd 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with the automatic or manual, and if you ask about fuel economy, you should not consider a Hellcat. His time 0-60 is probably only a few tenths of a second faster than the Scat Pack, but that says more about the limits of traction traction. Do not worry, the Hellcat feels like it has an extra 232 horsepower.
Finally, we have the Hellcat Redeye, which is actually a disordered version of the one-year-old demon. Its Hellcat engine version produces 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. His time of 0-60 should be 3.4 seconds, according to Dodge, while the quarter-mile should disappear in 10.8 seconds.
What is it like to drive?
Given the huge scale of performance available, it should not be surprising that driving the Dodge Challenger differs significantly depending on the version you get. As such, we recommend testing as many versions as possible to determine what is right for you. We know, it will probably make a hard day. Beyond models, engines and transmissions, be sure to consider options that can change the driving experience, too. For example, there is the performance handling package for GT and R / T as well as the Dynamic package for the Scat R / T pack that improves brakes, tires and suspension. There is also the 1320 package for the R / T Scat Pack that essentially turns it into a naturally aspirated demon.
Now, for big strokes, expect each Challenger to be more cumbersome to drive than its muscle car competitors. Its maneuverability is just not as good, no matter which model you choose. Now, his ride tends to be more comfortable, but the magnetically controlled suspensions available on the Mustang and The Camaro are actually able to better in this arena as well.
As such, if your automotive tastes are biased toward the handling / mountain road variety, the Challenger is not for you. If, however, you’re more of a high-speed-cruising / road-tripping / shred-the-tire-in-apocalyptic-amounts-of-smoke a little guy, well, that’s definitely the car for you . Indeed, the Challenger is more like a real muscle car in this respect, similar to a classic Chevelle SS Chevelle or the original Dodge Challenger.