2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

With 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a force to be reckoned with.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

For the 2015 model year, Dodge has smoothed out the Challenger's lines and aerodynamics but kept the coupe's broad strokes and style in place.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Under the hood is the 392 Hemi, a 6.4-liter V-8 engine that packs a punch.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

This is the same engine that you'll find under the hood of the Challenger SRT 392, bridging the gap between the high-performance variant and the more affordable R/T model.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The "Scat Pack" name dates back to the Scat Pack Club of the late 1960s and early '70s.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The V-8 engine features cylinder-deactivation tech that allows it to run on just four cylinders under light load.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Fuel economy, however, is not the 6.4-liter's strong suit. I finished my week (and two tanks of gas) at just 13.1 mpg.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a T-shaped shifter.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Power exits the rear wheels via an all-new cast-aluminum axle housing that reduces weight and increases responsiveness.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The R/T/ Scat Pack also features an upgraded suspension that helps it grip the road better.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The black ducktail spoiler integrates the rear camera and punctuates the matte black Scat Pack graphics.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Later this year, the Scat Pack will be available with the Shaker Hood, but for now we're making do with these small cooling inlets.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The Challenger rests on 20-inch wheels that are wrapped with high-performance tires and filled with four-piston Brembo brakes.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

However brutal it is at full bore, I was pleased to find that the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is still a comfortable car during commutes and long hauls.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

I was perhaps most surprised to see this sensor for the optional adaptive cruise-control system. The Challenger features some fairly advanced tech for a muscle car.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Rear-proximity sensors and cross-traffic alerts help when parking; optional blind-spot monitoring is invaluable when changing lanes.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

In Sublime Green, our example turned heads everywhere I went.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Inside, I was pleased to find the Challenger's cabin to be well-constructed and well-equipped.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Between the gauges is a color display that showcases a variety of performance, status, and economy readouts.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Buttons on the front and back of the wheel and paddle shifters help the driver to keep their hands on the wheel. Voice command for many infotainment functions helps to keep their eyes on the road.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The UConnect 8.4 infotainment system features an excellent navigation engine. UConnect services and an in-dash "app store" allow the driver to access Web-connected apps and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot to passengers.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Down below are the controls for the Sport and Track modes, as well as the safety and climate features.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Tapping the Super Track Pack button brings up the launch controls and Sport/Normal drive mode settings.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

From here, the driver can customize the Sport and Normal driving modes to his or her liking.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

A six-speed manual transmission is available, but something about this eight-speed automatic just feels like a good fit for a muscle car.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The Performance Pages portion of the Challenger's UConnect interface allows the driver to monitor power, torque, and dozens of engine and performance parameters.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Performance timers in the instrument cluster allow the driver to test their Challenger's 0-to-60, quarter-mile, stopping distance, and more.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The R/T seats are well bolstered, but wide and comfortable. Optional heated and ventilated surfaces complete the grand tourer level of amenity.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

The 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack may not be a hardcore track tool, but it is an excellent and powerful everyday muscle car. Just be sure to bring plenty of money for fuel.

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