Dodge is coming up on its 100th anniversary,  and to celebrate the automaker is revamping its iconic Challenger model, paying homage to its 1971 predecessor.

“For 2015, we’re going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with a new best-in-class 485 horsepower 392 HEMI and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension, new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior.”

The exterior of the model is where the ‘71’s tribute is most apparent, with a front split-grille design, four LED headlights and split LED taillights, as well as 7 heritage stripes, R/T hood design and side stripes and available power bulge or shaker hood with high-flow cold air-induction, and an available rear spoiler.

As Kuniskis touched on, power for the Challenger starts with a 3.6-liter Pentastar that makes 305hp and offers a 375hp V8 Hemi, as well as the super powerful 6.4-liter V8 Hemi that produces 485hp. Performance highlights also include a 5-link rear suspension, high performance steering, available 4-piston Brembo brakes and four configurable drive modes.

On the inside, the Challenger gets an available 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen that controls everything from climate to performance adjustments, as well as available apps like Pandora and Yelp, and 3D navigation. An electronic sport shifter, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless enter ‘n go, start stop button and a heated steering wheel are also available. A stand out feature of the interior is the digital gauge cluster with a 7-inch configurable touch screen that displays everything from navigation and fuel economy to lap times, brake times, launch times and g-force.

Production for the Challenger and its 8 variants is expected to begin late this year, with a 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker to follow.

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