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Modern Muscle: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Test Drive

It’s hard to believe that Dodge reintroduced the Challenger nameplate more than 10-years ago. Back then it was a great car with power, style and speed. Over the last decade, however, it’s evolved into one of the best grand-touring coupes in existence, as well as ones of the last true muscle cars on the planet. What you’re seeing here is the 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. Not only does it have a stout 485-horsepower HEMI V8 and 305-series tires at all four corners, its as-tested price of $50,915.00, means that those who own one will be treated to the best kept secret in Dodge’s arsenal.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Exterior

The Challenger Scat Pack Widebody falls right in line behind the Challenger Hellcat and the new 2019 Redeye Widebody. It’s got the same suspension set-up, the same 20×11 Devil’s rims, and even the same hood as the 2018 Hellcat. Selecting the Widebody package on the options list adds a total of 3.5-inches of width to the standard Challenger along with and additional $6k in cost. And while that may seem like a lot (it’s SO worth it), those big flares transform what was an already beautifully designed automobile into one that now possesses the most muscular presence on the road today.

Hellcat hood aside, the front end of the Scat Pack R/T benefits from some trickle down technology in the form of the twin headlamp air-intakes and massive six piston Brembo brakes on 15.4-inch two-piece front rotors. Other items of note are the Scat Pack Bee badge, the ducktail spoiler with integrated backup camera, a blacked-out fuel door, and the Scat Pack Bumblebee stripe that flows over that Yellow Jacket paint.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Interior

I am a muscle car enthusiast. I like their size and the way they make me feel, but more than that, it’s their mission to deliver unadulterated and hilarious fun that truly appeals to me. While the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have gone down the sports car road, the Challenger remains the last bastion of what American Muscle used to be. We’ve already established that the designers have nailed the exterior styling, but what about the interior?

It’s like this… Large cars need comfortable interiors and thankfully Dodge hasn’t let us down. Comfortable cloth buckets come complete with power adjustability and heat, along with the Scat Pack logo embroidered in the Houndstooth fabric. The back seats are also comfortable and offer ample room for both children and adults. The dash features a 180-mph speedometer, analog tachometer along with a center set LCD information screen. Uconnect 8.4 with its 8.4” touchscreen offers up access to navigation, climate and audio, as well as the SRT Performance Pages, launch control settings and overall vehicle diagnostics.

Entering the Performance Pages lets drivers play with the transmission and suspension set-up, drive modes, and steering feel. Trunk space comes in at a liberal 16.5 cubic feet with the Challenger generating EPA rated fuel economy numbers of 15-mpg in the city and 24-mpg during highway driving.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Performance

If you’re wondering where the sweet spot in the Challenger line-up is, then look no further. The 2019 R/T Scat Pack comes equipped with a 6.2L 392 cubic-inch HEMI V8. It makes 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, and puts the power to the ground through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, and regardless of the configuration, it’s the most balanced package currently offered. Equipped with the Torqueflite eight-speed and sporting a 3.09 rear axle ratio, our R/T Scat Pack test car had no issues lighting up the rear tires at will. In fact, place the car in Sport Mode and it’ll blaze the rear tires by just breathing on the go-pedal.

The Widebody option also means the addition of the 20×11 Devil’s Rim that wears 305/35-series Pirelli tires all around, and only does this improve handling, but it also adds the Competition Suspension Package which includes the Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Suspension (Street, Sport, Track). All of this helps the R/T Scat Pack achieve a zero to 60 time in the low four second range, and a 1/4 mile time in the low 12s.

As a grand touring car, the Challenger is capable of gobbling up miles with an ease that few cars can match. Not only will it cruise all day at triple-digit speeds (but that’s illegal, so don’t do it), it will do so in a manner that leaves the driver without a hint of fatigue. However, if you want to switch to muscle car mode, then all you needs to do is put your right foot down. The transmission will drop down, the 392 will bark like a scalded dog, and if you’re not careful, you’ll be approaching jail time in no time flat. For such a large vehicle the R/T Scat Pack also handles beautifully. It’s not a track car per say, but it is 100% track capable. Throwing it hard into a corner means liberal weight transfer, but give it a little throttle and you can basically stick it wherever you want it to go. In short, it’s an absolute hoot to drive fast.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Safety

With safety features such as crumple zones front and rear, an advanced airbag system, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, Dodge has put quite a bit of time into keeping both you and your passengers safe while traveling to wherever the road takes you.

To find out more about the safety features on the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack head on over to Dodge.com.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Overall

No other modern car encapsulates the true feeling of the muscle car better than the Widebody R/T Scat Pack. It’s powerful, hilariously fun to drive, and with an as-tested price of $50,915, it’s also an absolute bargain in terms of the capabilities that it offers. This is the Challenger for the real enthusiast, as it offers a perfect balance of brute performance and open road pleasure, all in one of the best looking wrappers currently on sale. So drop by your local AutoNation Dodge dealer  today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $50,915.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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