From the big Three (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger) The Dodge Challenger was probably the one that was the most faithful to ist original 1970*s version. Also the bulkiest. The Mustang and the Camaro have become more sophisticated over the years, but the Dodge went and caused a media frenzy last year when it released the Challenger Hellcat. So far, the most powerful stock muscle ever made. Its engine was 707 hp and 650 lb-ft torque capable of doing a quarter mile in 11.2 seconds with regular street tires. Making up the vast majority of the sales, the Challenger recently received a made over so the changes from that to the 2016 year model are minimal. Some of this changes include a Blacktop Appearance package that consist of several black exterior accents, a new exterior color called Plum Crazy, which is a bit reminiscent of the flamboyant colors found on Chrysler muscle cars in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It also added a drag and drop menu for the Uconnect Infotainment system, Siri Eyes voice control as well. As it usually is with the Challenger, this is a vehicle that is highly individualized. It has 12 different wheel options alone. There are 14 different interior choices and a wide range of paint colors. The line has almost 10 trims. The trims are: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, SRT392, Challenger Hellcat. The base model SXT starts at $26,995 and produces a 305-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. The SXT Plus adds several convenience features and starts at $29,995, and is the only trim left before you take the leap to the V8s. The R/T, which starts at $31,995, has the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that generates 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, although this can go down to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft if you change the six-speed manual transmission for the eight-speed automatic. Only those are the transmission choices. The next step up in power is with the R/T Scat Pack ($37,995), the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker ($42,595), and the SRT 392 ($49,195). These all get the “Apache” version of the Hemi that displaces 6.4 liters and produces 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, a huge leap from the Hemi found in the R/T. The top of the range, of course, is the Challenger Hellcat, with its 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8, and a price that jumped $2,500 for 2016, to $62,495. Apparently, the Challenger’s suspension is firmer, and paired with the Super Track Pak – that is available across the entire line up- provides lower ride height, bigger sway bars, a three-mode stability control system, Bilstein shocks and better brakes. Given its size, the Challenger is more a touring car than the Mustang or Camaro. This is also reflected in the level of the interior comfort. There is plenty of space, surprisingly for a 2-door car, al1though getting into the back area is not so easy. The cargo space in the trunk is 16.2 cu ft, which is also large for the segment in which the Challenger lays. Even base model is equipped with dual-zone climate control and power adjustable driver’s seat. The NHTSA has awarded it a 5 star rating. There are no tests from the IIHS. Some of the safety features include rear-view camera, Hill-start assist, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear Cross Path Detection. Even though the main rivals are the Mustang and the Camaro, the Challenger is a different car and more comfortable too. The Hellcat trim has helped invigorate the Challenger overall image and it remains a choice among the modern muscle cars.