2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L - Holy Smokin' Rubber in 2/3's of Hades Feline - Review, Video

"Drive...He Says" is on a mission to whet Tire Shredding appetites:

 

 

A few months back we taunted readers with our version of a bona fide "Burnout" with a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Plus 5.7L

This month we move up a rung: to 2/3rds the power and 2/3rds the price of Hades Own Feline .

For even anything named "SRT Hellcat" pales by 200 cubic centimeters in piston displacement to Mopar's "Scat Pack" 392 cubic inch (6.4L) pushrod gas V-8 engine with hemispherical combustion chambers.

For anyone counting, and who ain't, that's 485 stampeding horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The hand-off is to a beefed-up ZF designed 8-speed automatic transmission with manumatic paddle shifting. Rear tire to rear tire slip is managed by a Getrag helical limited slip differential.

An idle rumble, enough to make Mustang GTs and Camaro SS quake, becomes God's forceful commandments to Moses on the mountain.

That is what the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L comes packing under it's U.S.S. Ronald Reagan of a twin-ducted hood.

"Brake Torque, Anyone?":

1) Depress Super Track Pak button on lower center stack, followed by adjacent traction control kill switch.

2) Choose Performance Control App on U-Connect 8.4" LCD touch center display;

3) Engine launch speed: tick 3000 rpm;

4) Activate Launch Control;

5) Place left foot firmly on brake pedal controlling the massive vented, slotted 14.2"/ 13.8" rotors w/ Brembo 4-piston calipers f/r;

7) Follow gauge cluster info screen instruction: Mash accelerator until the tachometer needle closes in on 3000 rpm;

- Create a half-block choking smokescreen as the not-too-sticky Goodyear RS-A rubber spins furiously in place

8) Finally, release the brake pedal.

2/3rds of Hellcat ≈ 2/3rds of an American football field @ 193 feet of rubber patch (unofficially).

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Our 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L may have lacked the optional Shaker hood scoops (on account of supplier delays) and racing stripes. But the "Tor Red " color, with blacked out embellishments, projects "Hades volcanic magma."

Instead of all of the badging that comes with its $10K pricier powertrain twin, Challenger SRT 392, Bumble Bees hovering over "6.4L" on each fender are the only visual betrayal of "What Lies Beneath"

- Skipping the SRT 392's costlier e-adjustable shocks, the indie suspended LX platformed Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L gets stiffer spring rates and Bilstein mono-tube dampers, coil-overs up front, part of the optional Super Track Pack on the lesser R/T 5.7L.

Fan-bladed 20" matte-black 20" wheels barely conceal the graphite Brembo calipers riding the dinner plate vented & slotted four brake rotors.

- Over 4000 pounds should be two "hands full" for any streetable sports car drivetrain. Extra suspension travel over the lower slung Chevrolet Camaro SS  and Ford Mustang GT endow unexpected ride compliance. There's tight roll management before hanging the tail out and flat composure under hard dive. Aided by a rapid acting steering rack and Goliath brakes, under power, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L doesn't feel the "Two-Ton Tessie" that it should.

- Last time around we raved about the revamped instrumentation and cabin material improvements in the Dodge Challenger R/T. That was before we sampled the high detail of the new 2015 Ford Mustang's living room. Yet, it's hard to fault a clean layout, requiring a minimum of fuss to master and a center stack 8.4" touch LCD screen boasting super versatile Performance Pages.

Unlike some marketed Recaro's out there, the front sport seats manage the right blend of support and comfort for a daily driver. And though it's still a squeeze to get into the back seat, the average adult isn't compelled to contort sideways to fit, as in the other Pony Cars.

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So there's that Cylinder Deactivation, helping barely beat Gas Guzzler penalties, which emasculates the mighty 392 V-8 into a puny diesel. And that rev-match capable slushbox that makes that produces a crude jerk forward in first gear when cruising cold.

Still, starting at a steal of $37,495, the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L is the kind of pony car that will have you sinfully spinning tires all the way to Confession.

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