April 17, 2014 12:15 AM | By Jeremy Sinek for MSN Autos
2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger preview

Dodge’s muscle-car siblings tweaked and tuned for 2015



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If Dodge has plans to completely re-invent its classic RWD muscle cars, it’s not happening this week. The 2015 Charger and Challenger unveiled today are aesthetically enhanced and mechanically updated, but still based on the LX large-car architecture that goes back to when Chrysler’s breeding partner was Mercedes, not Fiat. In other words, evolution, not revolution.

And yes, that was “muscle cars” in the plural. Since the Cha-Cha sibs share their mechanical DNA, Dodge is promoting the Charger – a full-size sedan the way most of us would see it -- as the world’s only four-door muscle car. And if that shared full-size architecture makes the Challenger awfully big for a coupe, that’s just fine with most customers, says Dodge brand president and CEO Tim Kuniskis. Most Challenger owners “say they like that it’s the GT of the segment. They like that it’s big.”

So they’re still big, but much else has changed ....

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