2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe

MSRP $34,995 - $36,590

Ranked #10 in Midsize Coupe

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Dodge Challenger might be considered as the quintessential American muscle car but it is very different from that of its rivals. This 2-door coupe is larger and heavier than its fellow American competitors like the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro but it packs a punch with the help of its V8 engine with rumbling sound makes it an intimidating car in every way.

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Pros

Torquey and potent V8 engine

Roomy interior

Best-in-class trunk capacity

Comfortable ride quality

Cons

Heavy curb weight

Sub-par handling

Finicky manual shifter

It has no convertible version like its rivals

What's New?

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T remains unchanged. 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

top speed

141 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

345 cu.in.

horsepower

375 hp @ 5150 rpm

torque

410 lb.-ft.. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

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

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

4182 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1123 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$34,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe in F8 Green color
F8 Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.4

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


However, it has some disadvantages like its underwhelming handling and fuel economy. For the year 2021, the Dodge Challenger R/T comes in only one trim and carries a price tag of $35,765 with a considerably spacious interior with all the comfort you would expect from a muscle car. Moreover, it rivals the likes of cars like the Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro, and Nissan 370Z.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe front view
2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

7.4/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Features

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T comes with a ton of features and options. For the price tag of $35,765 it comes with 20-inch wheels, performance steering, performance suspension, fog lights, paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, remote engine start, upgraded cloth upholstery, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio system, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, voice-activated Bluetooth, body-colored power adjusting, manual-folding heated side-view mirrors, LED brake lights, daytime running projector-beam halogen headlamps, etc. 

There are plenty of optional packages available on the R/T. The Technology Group will add a few driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning system. The T/A package will add a special interior and exterior styling. The Plus package adds a blacked-out interior, performance brakes, and a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen display as its infotainment system. The Driver Convenience group offers a blind-spot monitoring system and much more. There are some stand-alone features also which you can opt for. These include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a Harmon/Kardon or Alpine premium audio system, etc. 

Trim

Challenger R/T

MSRP (RWD)

$35,765

Key Features

20-inch wheels

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

7.0-inch Uconnect 4 infotainment system

 

Six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

 

Performance hood with a functional hood scoop

 

Performance Steering and suspension

Which Trim should you buy?

The R/T is available in one trim only but the numerous add-on packages make it a versatile car. You also have an option to go for the 8-speed automatic transmission which makes it slightly less powerful but adds more composure to the ride. Hence we recommend you the R/T instead of buying the base versions because the R/T trim is the one that kickstarts the fun-filled and sheer driving pleasure.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T is powered by a 5.7L naturally aspirated V8 engine. This engine is capable of producing 375 hp and has an impressive torque output of 410 lb-ft. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard but you have an option to opt for an 8-speed automatic gearbox which slightly affects the performance numbers. The numbers drop down to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe ride and handling

For buyers looking for a more sophisticated and composed ride, the latter option is the right choice. The power is sent to the rear wheels as the standard drivetrain. It is easy to let loose this beastly coupe. Its rubber-burning performance helps it reach the 60 mph mark in just 4.8 seconds. It reaches the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds. For the heft and huge dimensions of the car, these numbers are admirable.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$35,765

$36,285

$34,000

$33,820

Engine

5.7L V8

5.0L V8

6.2L V8

3.7L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM

375 @ 5,150

460 @ 7,500

455 @ 6,000

332 @ 7,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

410 @ 4,300

420 @ 4,600

455 @ 4,400

270 @ 5,200

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.8

4.4

4.0

5.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.2

12.5

12.2

13.6

Top-Speed (MPH)

141

155

155

155

The Challenger R/T is mighty but it is outperformed by its fellow American rivals. Not only are the 2021 Ford Mustang GT and the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 more powerful than the R/T but also quicker to reach 60 mph and to complete a quarter-mile. Among the four cars mentioned above, the Camaro LT1 is the fastest, taking only a mere 4.0 seconds to reach 60 mph and 12.2 seconds for a quarter-mile. 

How well does the 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T handle?

The Challenger R/T’s bulky and heavy nature makes it a bit difficult for city driving but apart from that, the R/T is agile and alive. It is not as fast as its rivals but driving the R/T is fun and thrilling. It is best suited for highway driving or racing in straight lines rather than curvy roads. It corners well but the steering is somewhat slow to respond and that affects the ride quality as well.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe driving view

The independent performance suspension both in the front and rear does fairly well around corners but as the R/T weighs over 4000 pounds, there’s a noticeable amount of body roll. Overall, the handling of the Challenger R/T is not as good as its rivals and might also be a deal-breaker for some of the buyers.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Braking Performance

Keeping a leash on this beast is one task that Dodge has taken care of. Weighing over two tonnes and having a powerful V8 engine under the hood, the braking duties had to be top-notch. This is carried out by a 13.6-inch front brake rotor and a 12.6-inch rear brake rotor. Yet again, these are not as big as their competitors but they perform their duties well. The braking distance for the Challenger R/T from 60-0 mph is only 111 feet. The brake pedals have a perfectly firm feel to them and the wheels give a confidence-building quick response.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 Nissan 370Z

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

13.9

13.6

14.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.6

13.0

13.3

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4182

3705

3619

3386

60-0 (feet)

111

105

93

113

Despite having the biggest brake rotors, the Nissan 370Z has the worst braking distance by just two feet. Except for the 370Z, all other cars have a better braking distance than the Challenger R/T. A noteworthy mention here would be the 2021 Chevy Camaro LT1, which takes only 93 feet to come to a halt due to its lightweight nature which weighs around 3619 lbs.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The fuel economy of the Challenger R/T is certainly not the best but it can be improved by opting for the 8-speed automatic transmission. The figures mentioned in the table below are for the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The automatic transmission manages to return 16 MPG in the cities and 25 MPG on the highways, resulting in a combined mileage of 20 MPG. These numbers outperform both the Ford Mustang GT as well as the Chevrolet Camaro LT1.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 Nissan 370Z

MPG (City)

15

15

16

17

MPG (Highway)

23

24

24

26

MPG (Combined)

18

18

19

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.0

19.0

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

277.5/425.5/333.0

240.0/384.0/288.0

304.0/456.0/361.0

323.0/494.0/380.0

In comparison, the Challenger R/T has a fuel tank that can contain 18.5 gallons. It is outperformed by the Camaro LT1 as well as the 370Z which have a class-leading capacity of 19 gallons. Overall, the winner in this section is the 2020 Nissan 370Z which not only has the best mileage but also provides the best range of 323 miles in the city and 494 miles while cruising down the highway.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Interior

8.0/10

The interior is one of the strong suits of the 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T. It is more practical and roomy than its competitors. While its rivals can seat up to 4 passengers, the R/T provides an extra occupancy making it a total of 5. The seats are broad, comfortable, and offer solid shoulder support. The driver’s seat is 10-way power-adjustable and the passenger’s seat is 4-way power-adjustable.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe cockpit area

You also get 4-way power lumbar support so that you can adjust the seats according to your preferences with ease. The premium cloth upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control add to the comfort inside the cabin. The coupe-style makes it slightly uncomfortable in the rear seats but the space offered by the R/T is the best in the segment including the cargo space.

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe front seats

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T 

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 Nissan 370Z

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55.0/43.9

38.2/54.4/42.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

33.5/50.3/29.9

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

13.5

9.1

6.9

The Challenger R/T is a clear winner in this section. Not only does it provide the best interior dimensions but also has the best cargo space in its trunk with a capacity of over 16 cubic feet. On the other hand, the Japanese sports car Nissan 370 Z falls short in terms of seating capacity and cargo space which measures only 6.9 cubic feet. Some modern-day supercars offer better cargo space than that.Some of the highlights of the interior are:

  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated and ventilated front seats (optional)
  • Houndstooth Cloth Performance Seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Challenger R/T is fitted with a 7.0-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen display as its infotainment system. Opting for the Plus Package will upgrade this screen to an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. The system is very easy to use. Its user-friendly interface allows it to have multiple solutions for the same command. 

The voice controls include commands for Bluetooth, hands-free calling, navigation, and basic audio controls. This system is paired to a 6-speaker audio system which can be upgraded to a cinema theatre-like sound quality 18-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Some key features offered by the infotainment system are:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot connectivity
  • Voice-activated Bluetooth
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Optional 9-speaker Alpine premium audio system
  • An optional 8.4-inch infotainment screen
  • Voice-recognition audio system

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Exterior

8.5/10

The exterior of the 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T remains unchanged from the previous year but it is definitely a looker. The styling is aggressive and aerodynamic but still retains the old-school pony car traits. The proportions are much larger than its competition but its wide-body helps it hold its ground sturdily. The front fascia of the car is probably the most attractive side of the car and is characterized by a large hood with a hood scoop, round automatic projector-beam halogen headlights, body-colored front bumper with fog lamps. 

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe 

Coming to the side of the car, you immediately notice its 2-door coupe design, its stylish wide fenders, and 20-inch wheels. Other than that, it is equipped with body-colored power adjusting, manual-folding heated side-view mirrors, 5.2-inch ground clearance, and black side window trim. The rear end of the car features the 1970s inspired taillights with LED brake lights, a rear lip spoiler, and dual rectangular chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 Nissan 370Z

Curb Weight (lbs)

4182

3705

3619

3386

Length (inches)

197.9

188.3

188.3

167.5

Width (inches)

75.7

75.4

74.7

72.6

Height (inches)

57.7

54.4

53.1

51.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

N/A

N/A

4.8

Wheelbase (inches)

116.2

107.1

110.7

100.4

There’s no doubt about it that the Challenger R/T has the largest exterior dimensions. It exceeds its rivals in every aspect except for ground clearance. Speaking of ground clearance, the Nissan 370Z has the largest ground clearance of 4.8 inches and the shortest wheelbase of only over 100 inches which makes it an adept car for cornering. Some of the standout features of the exterior are:

  • Auto On/Off Projector-beam halogen daytime running headlamps
  • LED brake lights
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-colored power adjusting, manual-folding heated side-view mirrors
  • Hood scoop
  • 20-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Safety

7.4/10

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T performs well in the crash test analysis of both NHTSA and the IIHS. The NHTSA has given it a full 5-star overall rating whereas the IIHS has rated it “Good” in some tests and “Acceptable” in some. The standard safety equipment is less but features like a blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning system can be fitted as a part of an additional package. Some of the key safety features are:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control 
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Back-up camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • An aerial view camera system

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Competition

7.0/10

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T vs 2021 Ford Mustang GT

The space provided inside by the Challenger R/T is undoubtedly the best in the segment but the R/T falls short on many occasions. Not only is the 2021 Ford Mustang GT more powerful than the R/T but also slightly more fuel-efficient. Both these cars have been heartily appreciated by the American crowd and it is tough to choose between them. The real difference between these icons is the driving experience. We think that the Mustang GT performs better behind the wheel hence making it the better choice.

2021 Ford Mustang GT

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T vs 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 is probably the segment's favorite car. Not only is it an attractive-looking car but also has the best performance in the segment. However, it cannot match the Challenger R/T’s interior space and trunk capacity. The Camaro LT1 is more than $2,000 cheaper and also has lower maintenance costs than the R/T, hence, making it a sweeter deal than the Dodge. 

 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T vs 2020 Nissan 370Z

A Japanese icon, the Nissan 370Z has seen glory for many years. The Challenger R/T has a completely different personality than the 370Z. Its Japanese excellence is outperformed by the R/T with ease. Not only is the R/T better in terms of performance but it also offers a 5-passenger seating arrangement to the 370Z’s 2-seats. The only category in which Nissan leads the segment is fuel economy and agile handling. Overall, we think that the Dodge is a clear winner here.

2020 Nissan 370Z

 

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe Final Verdict

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T is an American muscle car icon. Its unique personality has been appreciated for generations and will also be most likely appreciated in the future. Although its competitors provide a better performance, fuel economy, and handling, the R/T is still not a bad choice. It is better suited for those buyers who like high-speed highway cruising or like to burn rubber wherever they go. Interior-wise the R/T is much more practical which is its strongest aspect. Buyers who appreciate practicality, utility, and comfort should go for the Challenger instead of its rivals.

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