Since its launch, the Dodge Challenger has defied expectations - and speed limits - with its intense engine lineup, signature look, and thrilling performance. The most remarkable thing about this iconic muscle car, though, is that it keeps getting better. Here is a closer look at where the athletic sports coupe started, where it's been, and where it's going. 

History of the Dodge Challenger

As a 1970 model, the Dodge Challenger roared into dealerships and the hearts of drivers in the fall of 1969 with two body options: a two-door hardtop or convertible. 
In 1971, the Challenger was chosen as a pace car in the Indianapolis 500 and offered a limited run of replicas to 50 lucky buyers. The next year, the Challenger was available only in a hardtop version and offered a game-changing three-engine lineup. 
After producing approximately 188,600 Challenger models, Dodge ended production in 1974. However, that wasn't the end. It returned in 1978 until 1984 as a two-door coupe. 
The next-century Dodge Challenger concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2006. Two years later, the SRT8® variant of the Challenger was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, the Challenger is a top-selling sports car at dealerships like Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram. 

Why buy a Dodge Challenger?

If you prioritize driving thrills, there really is not a comparable rival to the Dodge Challenger, especially when you consider the value you are getting for the price.

  • Eye-catching design: The Dodge Challenger is a showstopper thanks to its signature, muscular exterior design and range of bold colors. No other car on the road looks like the Challenger.
  • Great configurations: The Challenger offers a robust trim lineup and plenty of customization options so you can find the look, performance, and tech you desire most. When you opt for a Hellcat model, you will be privy to Trac Apps, which delivers stats on your performance, speed, and time. The SXT model offers available all-wheel drive, a first for a muscle car. 
  • Unrivaled performance: Its muscle-car DNA offers a thrilling, responsive experience that makes everyday roads feel like a racetrack. Take the current 2023 model, which offers an 807 horsepower rating and 707 lb-ft of torque from the Supercharged 6.2-liter High-Output HEMI® V8 engine that propels the SRT® Super Stock and SRT® Jailbreak models.
  • A comfortable ride: Then there is the impressive cargo volume and passenger room, which offer best in class measurements. Stretch out in the front seat by lounging in the dynamic sports seats. 
  • Your last chance: Dodge is discontinuing its gas-powered Challenger muscle car after 2023, making this year your last chance to own a brand-new HEMI®-powered Challenger that's factory-tailored to your specifications.

Current generation of the Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is currently in its third generation and has been since its revival in 2008. It received a facelift 2015 and a handful of style and performance updates every year. But, overall, Dodge has kept the underpinnings and form of the Challenger the same over the past decade. 

Currently, the Challenger offers trim levels that include the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and three different versions of the SRT (Hellcat, Hellcat Redeye, and Super Stock). All-wheel drive systems are available for most trims, and some even come in Widebody versions. 

What is new for the 2023 Challenger?

There is no doubt the Dodge Challenger gets better with age, and the 2023 model delivers exciting updates. Here's a look at what's noteworthy on the 2023 model:

  • Special commemorative plaques under the hood of the 2023 Challenger. These signify that the 2023 model is the last installment of this coupe's current gas-powewred form.
  • Popular color options from past have been resurrected for the 2023 model. You will have your pick once again of heritage colors such as B5 Blue, Plum Crazy, and Sublime Green. Destroyer Grey is also new for 2023. The rest of the color options include F8 Green, Frostbite, Go Mango, Granite, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.
  • The insatiable HEMI® V8 engine gets special recognition with a "345" badge on the front fender of R/T models as part of several special limited-edition releases this year.
  • The 2023 Dodge Challenger comes in a dazzling limited release: the SRT Demon 170 that generates 1025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque. It uses the Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 to create such staggering stats. July marks the start of this approximately $100,000-priced model that will have a run of a few thousand units.
  • The 2023 Challenger offers the HEMI® Orange and SRT Black packages. These packages made their debut in 2022.
  • You have a choice among six engines, starting with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 to the top of the line Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® High-Output V8.

Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Challenger?

Drivers in Griffin who value style, power, and modern features will undoubtedly have set their sights on the Dodge Challenger. It's the dream car of so many drivers. Who doesn't want a thrilling drive every time they get behind the wheel? The harder question is if you should buy a new or used Dodge Challenger from Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Benefits of buying a new Challenger

Purchasing a brand-new Challenger from our car dealership in Griffin means getting the latest in-vehicle tech, comfort features, power capabilities, and infotainment systems. And, these are all covered by the new-vehicle warranties that cover your Dodge.

 Being the first owner of a new Dodge Challenger lets you be the lucky person to break it in. There's no vehicle history to worry about. You don't have the issue of a prior owner poorly maintaining it or tearing up the transmission! You can drive home in confidence without any underlying rust causing you stress.

Why lease a Challenger?

Every year, the Challenger gets better and better, so leasing the Challenger means you're behind the wheel of the best version every few years-and can keep upgrading every few years.

If you want the latest Challenger but are wrestling with a strict budget, you can satisfy your desires and respect your finances by leasing. Leasing a new Dodge Challenger lets you drive a new model but at a fraction of the cost of buying. This is also a great way to afford a higher trim like the SRT® Hellcat.

Pre-owned perks

When you opt for a pre-owned Challenger, you can be confident you are behind the wheel of a high-performance car. The potent engines and signature style are hallmarks of every model year. A pre-owned model offers a lower price, which can translate into lower monthly payments.

Get a closer look at a new or used Dodge Challenger at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Griffin, Georgia.

Guidance on Financing Your Dodge Challenger in Griffin, GA

The Dodge Challenger is a remarkable feat of engineering. If you have your heart set on driving one in Griffin, Georgia, Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram is here to help. And, our sales staff is ready to walk you through the features, tech, and trim levels of the Dodge Challenger - as well as explain your financing options. Here's a starting guide on financing your dream car.

Crunch the numbers

Before you start shopping, it is best to crunch the numbers to determine what you can afford to buy or lease. With this knowledge, you can narrow your decision to a Challenger trim level, model year, and extra features. You will also want to prepare a down payment, gather necessary financial documents, and reach out to the finance experts at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you have questions.

Utilize our online tools

At Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we understand that your free time is limited, so we make researching, buying, and financing convenient with our online tools. Powered by the WebBuy app, you can get the process started from the comfort of your home, your office, or even your vacation home. Simply use this helpful tool get one step closer to owning a Dodge Challenger!

You also calculate your car payment with our payment calculator. It only requires filling in a few fields - price, down payment, A.P.R., and term of the loan. It's a great way to determine what you can spend on a new or used Challenger in Griffin.

Reach out to our experts

If you have any questions about financing a Dodge Challenger, you can reach out to our staff. We're glad to help make the process easy so you can drive home in your dream car. Call during business hours or start a live chat right here on our website.

Test-drive the Dodge Challenger at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Griffin, Georgia. We look forward to assisting you.

Dodge Challenger Awards

The Dodge Challenger is an impressive two-door coupe that garners acclaim for its signature design, potent engines, and thrilling performance. We at Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are impressed by the Challenger, but we're not the only ones. Check out these awards, which are just some of the accolades that the Challenger has earned over the years.

InMoment eNVy Awards

In the Sports Car category, the Dodge Challenger took home the top spot in the third and fourth annual eNVy Awards. For 2021 and 2022, the Challenger won the award in two consecutive years. Based on customer data, it impressed owners in five areas such as ownership cost and performance.

AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards

The Dodge Challenger won in the category of Sporty Car in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards multiple times, including 2016 and 2018. Approximately 58,000 car owners from the United States were used to determine the winners.

IHS Markit Loyalty Award

Customer loyalty propelled the Dodge Challenger to earn a top honor from the HIS Markit in the 26th Annual Automotive Loyalty Awards in 2022. It ranked at the top of the "Sports Car" segment thanks to its potent horsepower and abundance of available trim levels.

Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award

Bolstered by the signature design of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, Dodge was able to secure its second consecutive win as the "Best Styling Brand" in 2020. The Brand Image Award proves the undeniable appeal of the legendary muscle car - regardless of the model year.

Hispanic Motor Press Awards

The 2021 Dodge Challenger took home the title of Sports Car of the Year from the Hispanic Motor Press Awards. The 11th annual competition singled out the Challenger for its power, design, and driving performance. Judges praised the car for its true American spirit and impressive engineering.


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