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Dodge kicks off Woodward Dream Cruise with new Charger, Challenger trims

It wouldn't be a Dodge without a throwback, and the Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A definitely deliver in that regard.

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Hood pins? Hood pins. Hell yes.

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Dodge sure does love its throwbacks. Whether it's plum crazy paint or the old Scat Pack designation, there's a ton of heritage imbued into new Dodge models that have any degree of history. That doesn't change with the introduction of two new models, the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona.

The Challenger T/A gets its name from the Trans Am racing series of the 1970s, and Dodge says that the new one is ready for the track, as well. The base Challenger T/A is, erm, based off the Challenger R/T with its 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8. It adds the same "air catcher" headlight intake as the Hellcat, a new intake system, electronically controlled exhaust, upgraded suspension components, better brake linings and a three-mode stability control system.

You can add some creature comforts with the T/A Plus, which adds Nappa leather seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a better sound system. The Challenger T/A 392 adds a 485-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8, Brembo brakes and wider wheels. The Challenger T/A will set you back $37,390, while the T/A Plus costs $40,140. The T/A 392 will be priced at $43,995.

Over on the Charger side, the Daytona also capitalizes on a historic nameplate. The upgrades are the same as the Challenger, despite the different names. It can be had in either base Charger Daytona or Charger Daytona 392 trims, with the former costing $39,890 and the latter running you $44,995.

It wouldn't be a Dodge if it didn't have some wacky paint color along for the ride, and these two models don't disappoint in that regard. Green go will be added to the list of available "High-Impact Paint" colors, and they've tweaked yellow jacket for a bit more visual oomph, as well. You can also option the Challenger T/A to include hood pins, which, while mostly pointless, is still quite badass.

Production for these models will start this fall. You can start ordering the Charger Daytona in September, with Challenger T/A order books opening up in October.