Dodge Just Brought Back The Epic Charger Daytona And Challenger TA


As Jamie Lawson once said, "I wasn't expecting that."

The last few years have seen quite a few old muscle car titles reemerge on some truly stellar performance vehicles. Probably standing at the top of the pile is the rather excellent GT350 clan from Ford, with Chevrolet surely set to double-dip the Z/28 tag in consecutive Camaro generations as it has done already with the ZL1. Not wanting to be left out, it seems, Dodge has now announced it'll be revitalizing two of the most iconic model names in its back catalog: "Challenger TA" and "Charger Daytona."

As with every other current muscle car variant with a motorsports-derived name, the new Challenger TA and Charger Daytona models don't have anything to do with racing. That said, Dodge has given both versions a rather thorough makeover to help justify the use of such highly esteemed titles. Though both models are spun off lesser models (the Challenger R/T and Charger 5.7 HEMI respectively), the TA and the Daytona have each been given stiffer suspensions, beefier brakes, active exhausts and super-sticky Goodyear F1 tires. Those who want an extra dose of luxury in their Challenger TA can specify the "Plus" pack, which adds goodies such as Nappa leather seats and a swish Dodge Performance steering wheel.

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The TA and Daytona versions you're probably really in the mood for if you're spending more than $42,000 on a muscle car are the range-topping 392 models. As the name suggests, these two have a 6.4-liter V8 in place of the standard-fit 5.7-liter unit, with the 485-hp and 475 lb-ft outputs being identical across the Challenger and Charger iterations. Even performance is eerily similar, with Dodge quoting "0-60 mph in the mid-4 seconds range." The only real difference between the two involves the prices: base TAs and Daytonas cost $37,390 and $39,890, rising to $43,995 and £44,995 respectively for the 392 versions. It'll be interesting to see which of the pair ends up being more popular with buyers.