As 2020 winds to a close, automakers are busy updating their configurators for their 2021 model year vehicles so prospective customers and fans alike can spec out their ideal vehicles. The latest is the 2021 Dodge Challenger, and the configurator shows a number of exciting new models and packages that will keep America’s oldest muscle car chugging along.
2021 marks the first year Dodge will offer a Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack Widebody with the T/A Package. Accepting that name is too ridiculously long, Dodge is breaking its bad habit of long-winded names, and simply calling this package the Challenger 392 T/A Widebody. The T/A Package, for Time Attack, brings a retro appearance, with a satin black hood, roof, decklid, spoiler and T/A side stripes. It also gives the Air Catcher headlights, and houndstooth cloth performance seats.
Another new trim model made possible by package combinations for 2021 is the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker Widebody. In years past, the trio of a Shaker Hood, Widebody and Scat Pack haven’t been compatible, but now customers can finally get all three at once. This might just make it the coolest Dodge underneath the Hellcat models, giving the handling benefits of the Widebody cars with the Scat Pack’s 485 hp naturally aspirated 392 V8, and of course the rad shaker hood.
Even though these are new models for 2021, they are really just combinations of existing trims and packages that haven’t been offered together until now. In fact, the 2021 Dodge Challenger model lineup has been pared back slightly from the previous year, as the 50th Anniversary models are gone. While the 807 hp, drag radial equipped Challenger Super Stock was offered as a 2020 model, it came late enough in the year that only about 200 were probably built, so it will be far more common as a 2021 model.
Still, existing models in the lineup get some new standard equipment for 2021. 20 inch wheels are standard on all wheel drive GT models, as 19 inch rims were standard last year. SRT Hellcat-engined models get new badging around the vehicle, with new SRT badges on the Brembo brake calipers, instrument panel badge, and black chrome badging on exterior SRT and Hellcat badges. Oddly, Dodge confirmed the Gold Rush color was returning for 2021 despite the 50th Anniversary models going away, but it isn’t currently displayed on the configurator. It will likely be added at a later date.