The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A features numerous performance upgrades that make it better suited for track work than a standard Challenger R/T. Its wider wheels and performance tires will make the biggest difference on the track, but the muscle car will also benefit from a cold air intake system derived from 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat’s.
Similar to the Hellcat, the Challenger T/A features driver and passenger side “Air Catcher” headlamps that funnel air into the engine bay. On the side the cold air intake is located, the headlight feeds air through a modified Hellcat airbox and into the Mopar cold-air intake. A similar Mopar system can be bought for all Challengers, however it’s standard on the T/A.
Both the 485 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and 380 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI are available in the Challenger T/A. It’s not clear how much of a performance gain it provides for each powerplant, but aftermarket intakes typically provide an insignificant boost in power. Mopar’s site claims it “provides noticeable horsepower and torque gains under varying atmospheric conditions.”
We get the feeling most Challenger T/A buyers won’t be too concerned with the performance boost the intake provides and will simply appreciate the way it looks when they pop the hood at their car meet. To that degree, the T/A delivers elsewhere with some Satin Black graphics and a louder exhaust. The Challenger T/A: coming soon to a local car meet near you.