2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe

#12
in Coupes
2019 MODEL
$34,545 - $39,245

7.9

Overall Rating

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 11, 2019


If the muscle coupes are like Piranhas, the Challenger is a Killer Whale. This fearsome brute stalks its prey and unleashes its true bloodlust on the drag strip. With a massive 392 HEMI V8 delivering 485 horsepower to the rear wheels and a widebody styling borrowed from the Hellcat, the R/T is now barely discernible from its brethren.

The SRT Hellcat starts at $60,350 - a huge jump from $34,364 for the Challenger R/T, while the Scat Pack comes at $39,995. Such prices for these trims make them essentially great value-for-money muscle cars. Performance and suspension upgrades to improve cornering and body control make this Dodge the right arsenal for your track sessions.

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Pros

Plenty of power at your disposal

Enhanced suspension and performance upgrades

Massive interior and cargo capacity

70s inspired styling

UConnect infotainment system

Cons

Visibility compromised by the C-pillars

Hefty size hinders agility

Gas Guzzler tax applicable in some states

What's New?

Now in widebody format

Better aerodynamics and a shaker hood scoop


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

392 cu. in.

horsepower

485 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

475 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent short and long arm suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

Brembo four-wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

4234 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.8 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in Destroyer Gray Clearcoat color  2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in F8 Green color  2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in Go Mango color  2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in IndiGo Blue color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe R/T

R/T

power
375 hp @ 5150 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
18 combined

$34,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $34,545 MSRP (15/18/23) 375 hp @ 5150 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5   Torred Clear Coat
  Octane Red Pearl Coat
  Indigo Blue
  Pitch Black Clear Coat
  Destroyer Grey Clear Coat
  Yellow Jacket Clear Coat

 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe R/T Scat Pack

R/T Scat Pack

power
485 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$39,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Scat Pack 2dr Coupe (6.4L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $39,245 MSRP (14/17/23) 485 hp @ 6100 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5   Torred Clear Coat
  Octane Red Pearl Coat
  Indigo Blue
  Pitch Black Clear Coat
  Destroyer Grey Clear Coat
  Yellow Jacket Clear Coat

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Even on this niche segment for entry-level muscle cars that have V8 engines, the Challenger faces competition from muscle manufacturers like Ford with their Mustang Bullitt and the Chevrolet with the Camaro SS. BMW is new to the table with what the Europeans regard as a muscle car the M2 Competition. With more luxurious coupes such as the Mercedes C-Class coming close to its performance, the Challenger is indeed challenged at several fronts.


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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Features

8.5/10

If the Challenger R/T wasn't powerful enough for you, Dodge makes a drag strip ready version - the Challenger R/T Scat Pack. It comes with a more powerful engine and mechanical upgrades like bigger brakes, Launch Control with Launch Assist, and Line Lock system for burnouts. Along with those upgrades, there is a larger screen and heated steering for added comfort.

Model

Challenger R/T

Challenger R/T Scat Pack

MSRP RWD

$34,364

$39,995

Key Features

5.7L HEMI V8

392 V8 SRT HEMI

 

Heavy-Duty Engine Cooling

Severe Duty Engine Cooling

 

4-piston Brembo brakes

6-piston Brembo brakes

 

Tilt-and-Telescopic steering

Launch Control with Assist

 

7-inch UConnect infotainment

Line Lock

   

Heated Steering Wheel

   

8.4-inch UConnect infotainment

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Unless you frequently visit the drag strip, the Challenger R/T is an adequate muscle car for you that puts plenty of power at your disposal. However, for a premium of about $5,000 you get a 392 SRT HEMI V8 in the Scat Pack which makes a jump in power figures to 485 hp along with the additional mechanical components to assist your launch on the drag strip.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Engine and Performance

"Those seeking to maximize the Challenger's potential will want the 6.4-liter V-8, which produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque...admired the exhaust's cannon-blast startup sound and baritone roar when prodded. It provided breakneck acceleration, especially at highway speeds." -Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

With the iconic 392 HEMI V8 engine under the hood, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack makes a jaw-dropping 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet torque. The monstrous thrust characterizes its demeanor as a thoroughbred muscle car, holding up to blast off the line at the touch of the throttle. The dissonance of breaks and tumbles which reverberate through the exhaust as the revs crescendo sends shivers down the spine and the Challenger rockets across the drag strip.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the SRT Hellcat on a budget. With drag racing-inspired tech which has percolated through the cracks in the trim levels all the way from the Demon, the R/T is now faster than ever before. The 6-speed manual is a delight, with fast precise shifts - a worthy upgrade from the 8-speed automatic in the GT trims.

It also gets a whole host of performance upgrades and optionally the rear seats can be removed for additional weight savings. Along with launch control, you get a line lock for drag strip burnouts, Brembo performance brakes, and a high-performance sport-tuned suspension

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

MSRP

$39,995

$46,595

$41,995

$58,900

$40,095

$39,990

$57,450

Engine

392 V8 SRT HEMI Engine

5.0L V8 Coyote

Gas V8, 6.2L

Twin Turbo I-6, 3.0 L

3.3L V6

2.0L inline-4

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

6 Speed Manual TREMEC

6-speed manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

8-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Horsepower

485 @ 6100 rpm

480 hp @ 7000 rpm

455 hp @ 6000 rpm

405 hp @5230 rpm

365 hp @6000 rpm

272 hp@ 5500rpm

385 hp@ 6100rpm

Torque(lb-ft)

475 @ 4100 rpm

420  @ 4600 rpm

455 @ 4400 rpm

406 @ 2350 rpm

376 @ 1300 rpm

295 @ 3000rpm

384 @ 2500rpm

In comparison to similar muscle cars like the Mustang Bullitt, the Camaro 2SS and the BMW M2 Competition, the Challenger comes with more power per dollar. However, the real test for these beasts is the drag strip where the Challenger reigns supreme.

Acceleration

The intense power makes the tires squeal as they lose grip under the blistering torque that is transferred to the rear wheels. The line lock system helps you heat up the tires for better grip, and as soon as they are prepped, brace yourselves as the Challenger launches to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile sprint in 11.7 seconds.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

0-60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

3.9 sec

4.0 sec

4.7.

5.3 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

12.4 sec

12.3 sec

12.5 sec

12.9

16.9 sec

12.6 sec

Engine

6.4 Liter V8

5.0 Liter V8

6.2 Liter V8

3.0 Liter I-4

3.3L V6

2.0L I-4

3.0L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

12.11

13.39

13.14

9.58

10.02

10.34

10.01

The Camaro is the closest that gets to the Challenger. Its slightly underpowered V8 puts it right behind the Dodge, finishing up a quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds. It may be power-for-value but the V8 has a tendency of not caring much for the polar ice caps. Thus, EPA will charge you a lot for the annual emission taxes.

Braking

Weighing in at 4200+ pounds, you need some serious brake force to keep the Challenger under control as the corner approaches. The 14.2-inch discs up front and 13.8-inch ones at the back along with the six-caliper Brembos give amazing brake feel and modulation to handle this mammoth. It gives you the confidence of going really fast and pressing down on the pedal because you know the car will come to a quick stop when you want it to.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.9

13.6

15.7

13.8

12.6

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13

13.3

15

13.4

12.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4232

3850

3685

3600

3829

3418

3877

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

108

102

104

158(70-0 mph)

117

110

However, the brakes cannot compare to the ones you find on the BMW M2 Competition. It has absolutely massive 15.7- inch at the front and 15-inch brakes at the back of the tiny coupe. The Camaro's brakes are nothing too remarkable, but get the work done. The Bullitt is the one the Challenger needs to watch out for, since it comes to halt from 60 mph just 3 feet ahead of it.

Ride and Handling

As you take this Challenger off the drag strip, it is amazing how composed the car is when driving around the city. With the push of a button, the car dials down the temper and makes its suspension smooth. The engine lets off some grunt when you throttle up and the heavy steering reminds you it is still a muscle car. Yet, the Challenger soaks up most of the bumps conveniently and has no issue blending in with the highway traffic.

A muscle car is no longer just meant to be driven in straight lines, the weighted steering carries the beast magnificently through corners, and the feedback connects you to the road. The enhanced suspension also gets rid of the body roll which plagues the SXT and GT trims. While it may not be as good as a Beemer or Merc around the track, the Challenger does fairly well for its sedan-like size and weight.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Fuel Economy

Surprise, surprise! The gas guzzler has poor fuel economy. What else could you expect from a 6.4L V8 engine? In the city, you take a few miles worth of commute for a week and the tank is empty. On the highway, the mileage is a bit more acceptable with an EPA-rated 23 mpg. An 18.5-gallon fuel tank does help a bit to achieve an average overall range as well.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

Ford Mustang Bullitt

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

MPG (city)

14

16

15

18

19

22

19

MPG (highway)

23

25

24

26

25

30

27

MPG (combined)

17

19

18

21

21

25

22

The rest of the muscle cars and sports coupes fare much better. The Kia Stinger GT and the BMW M2 Competition manage to somehow reach 21 miles to the gallon combined economy, primarily because of the small displacement engines, but the ones with the V8s still go further than the Challenger for a gallon of gas.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Interior

8.0/10

"The Challenger is a king among coupes with its class-leading passenger and cargo space. It's a far more livable daily driver than its coupe/muscle-car competition. But wrestling the large doors open to gain access can be a challenge." -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Along with the Kia, the Dodge is the only car in the segment which can enable you to seat 5. The rear seats are actually usable by adults. The interior is roomy and comfortable with supple leather seats and appreciable lumbar support bolstered well to keep you in place as you corner with those high G-forces. The large size translates to immense passenger and interior capacity, adding to the car's overall practicality and daily driveability.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

4

5

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55/43.9

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.3/56.4/42.6

37.6/54.1/42.3

38.8/54.8/42

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

33.5/50.3/29.9

36.5/53.4/33

37/54.8/36.4

35.1/51.1/33.5

35.6/51.7/32

The rear seats are accommodating for up to three adults unlike the Camaro and the Mustang which suffer from the cramped rear, suitable for young adolescents at best. You can however completely omit the rear bench in lieu of weight savings. The wide pillars make the visibility rather dodgy, speckled with blind spots, but the rearview camera cuts you some slack while parking.

Infotainment System

The center console gets Liquid Titanium accents along with the steering wheel, shifter, and instrument bezels, complemented by a new Dark Dub Plate finish. The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen that runs with a Uconnect infotainment system. The screen has a crsip and swift touch, with large icons easily distinguishable while driving. It is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, further adding to the convenience. Some other infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • AUX input audio jack
  • 2 USB Ports
  • AM/FM/HD radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Universal Remote Garage Operator
  • Harman Kardon Premium audio system

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger coupe flaunts a trunk size large enough to give the Charger sedan a run for its money. Comparable to a mid-size sedan, the 16.2 cubic feet cargo space blows the competition like Mustang and the Camaro out of the water. With a large opening to put luggage through and a low loading and unloading height, the trunk is ergonomically commendable. You can fold down the 60/40 split rear bench to further increase the storage space.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.2

13.5

9.1

13.8

23.3

10.4

10.5

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Exterior

"The Challenger oozes muscle car. The deeply inset front grille and round headlights are throwbacks to the early 70s. The Challenger is wide, and while it doesn't appear so up front, the big rear haunches and slab sides serve notice that this is one large coupe based on a sedan structure." -Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

With the stunning dual-snorkel shaker hood scoop, this year it's not just the Mustang Bullitt the muscle to go retro. The 70's inspired styling with a deep-set grille, round headlamps, and the sloping roofline make the 2019 Challenger carry its forefathers legacy well into the 21st Century. The R/T and the R/T Scat Pack get the widebody treatment this year and it's a treat to look at. The huge gaping maw at the front and muscular haunches giving it an especially menacing look.

Models

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

BMW M2 Competition

Kia Stinger GT

Cadillac ATS coupe

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4232

3850

3685

3600

3829

3418

4231

Length(in)

197.9

188.3

188.3

176.2

190.2

183.6

184.8

Width(in)

75.7

75.4

74.7

73

73.6

72.5

71.3

Height(in)

57.5

54.4

53.1

55.5

55.1

54.8

55.3

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

107.1

110.7

106

114.4

109.3

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.4/63.8

62.3/64.9

63.0/62.9

62.2/63.0

62.8/63.7

60.3/61.7

63.1/61.3

The Challenger placed against the rivals in this segment looks like that one bully in high school who grew up too fast. Longer, wider and heavier than any other, the size, however, haunts the maneuverability of this muscle car. Its girth prevents it from snaking through narrow streets, too.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Safety

The 2019 Dodge Challenger coupe has received average safety ratings from federal crash test authorities. It is mostly a solid build but has marginally lower strength on the driver side of the chassis, which prevents it from getting a perfect score across the board. The side and rollover protection are adequate due to proper weight distribution and elongated panels at the sides. The Challenger's steel frame can further be reinforced by a roll cage, which costs $1 and removes the back seats.

The base model Challenger does not get a really long list of features like the Ford gives the Mustang. However, the features are adequately functional and get the job done. There is no Automated Emergency Braking or Lane Keep Assists as its more modern German competitors so proudly feature. Still, the optional Forward Collision Warning works well up to par.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Competition

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs Ford Mustang Bullitt

Compared to the Mustang, the Challenger flaunts a gargantuan 6.4L V8 HEMI engine which outpaces the 5.0L V8 Coyote the Bullitt has under its hood. On the drag strip, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack dominates. It is born to shred tires. However, in the city, the Mustang is much more pleasant to drive with compliant suspension setup, rather than the track-focused setup on the Dodge. Don't forget the compact size of the Mustang which directly affects its maneuverability. Although, in terms of practicality, the Challenger is the clear winner.

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

Along with the Mustang Bullitt drunk on nostalgia, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack follows suit with nudges to the 70s design. On the flip side, the Camaro is a trip into the future, with an edgy design like the one you'd expect to find on a Honda NSX. The engine in the Challenger is much more powerful than the 6.2L V8 in the Camaro. Thus, you can easily leave the Chevy in your rearview if a drag race was in order. In terms of practicality and seating capacity, the Challenger is far ahead, with rear seats that are actually usable and a trunk that can carry real luggage. In essence, the Challenger is a better pony for your garage while the Camaro is just a weekender's sports car.

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack vs BMW M2 Competition

The all-American beast with a 6.4L V8 against the German 3.0L inline-6 derived from the M4 is an unlikely competition. When it comes to driving dynamics and premium interiors the M2 pulls ahead, as is expected from a German sports coupe but it comes at a steep price. In terms of interior capacity, the Challenger is ready to fulfill all your needs. If you don't really need the rear seats that much, and you have and extra 20 grand to spare, the M2 Competition is a far better car. It is good for a relaxing cruise along Route 66 or a tense lap of Laguna Seca, yet it can never match the practicality and sheer power of the Challenger R/T by any means.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Final Verdict

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has numerous enhancements for better performance on the drag strips, a weight loss diet bein gone of them. Meanwhile, the passenger and cargo capacity is way more than what you get in similarly priced sports cars. With the best infotainment system you can find this side of the performance line, there are few cars that are as well-rounded as the 2019 Dodge Challenger. The R/T Scat Pack give it just enough of a push to make it more worthy of the drag strip.

FAQs

What does 'R/T Scat Pack' mean?

The R/T in the Challenger's designation stands for Road/Track, conveying that the car is suited for both road and track tarmac. The Scat Pack means the car is NHRA-approved to participate in drag races across the United States. It equips the Challenger with a suite of features to make it more of a dragster. These include Line Lock, Launch Control Assist, and Severe Duty Engine Cooling. 

How fast is the Challenger Scat Pack?

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack can attain 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds and do a quarter-mile run in 11.7 seconds. The car has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Are Dodge Challengers expensive to maintain?

Dodge Challengers certainly hit the top spot when it comes to maintenance costs. The average annual cost of maintenance for a Dodge Challenger is $629. It is certainly higher than most other mid-size sedans which average an annual cost of $514.

Is the Dodge Challenger good for colder climates?

Yes, the Dodge Challenger can suit a variety of climates. It poses no problem in the cold as the engine is quick to heat up. Equipped with snow tires, there is not much difference in the handling of the car on roads that offer low grip.