Gay Car Geek: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack - With a Name Like “Scat Pack,” It’s Gotta Be a Badass

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In a recent issue, we featured the latest version of America’s sweetheart. No, I’m not talking about Taylor Swift, but rather, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. But the Mustang is not the only American muscle machine out there. Dodge’s Challenger can be seen as even hairier-chested than Ford’s perennial pony car, and particularly with its refreshed styling and new-for-15 R/T Scat Pack trim, it’s out for blood.

Before I go on, let me explain the “Scat Pack” thing: it’s got nothing to do with what you think — gross! — rather, it resurrects the moniker of commensurately high-performance musclecars pumped out by Dodge back in the late 1960s, and is easy to see on account of its “stinger” stripes on the back. So get your minds out of the gutter. Or toilet, as the case may be.

Anyway, the car itself is a certifiable badass, which it really has to be with a name like Scat Pack. With 485 tire-melting horsepower and an exhaust note that is utterly uncouth, the Scat Pack is, um, intense to drive and has no problem keeping up with the Mustang GT despite weighing hundreds of pounds more. Only problem is that there’s hardly enough tire to keep the rear end on the ground (a familiar problem to some readers, I suspect).

But here’s the Challenger’s dirty little secret: like hunky Joe Manganiello from “True Blood,” the Scat Pack is all tough on the outside but a real sweetheart on the inside. The car has super-comfortable seats, sedan-like space (it’s the only two-door on the market with five seatbelts) and an easy-to-use, touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system that’s the envy of the industry. Demerits: 1) it’s thirsty, and 2) it can get pricey: my well-optioned tester rang in at more than $47K.

Still, for the price of a lightly optioned BMW 2-Series, you can get one of the awesomest musclecars ever to emerge from Detroit. Paint mine “Sublime.” Cuz that’s what this thing is.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
Base Price: $38,490
Power: 5.0-liter V-8 (485 hp, 475 lb-ft of torque)
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy mpg (EPA est): 14/23 (manual), 15/25

Or you could buy:
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Ford Mustang GT
BMW M235i

Renowned automotive journalist Steve Siler pioneered automotive writing for the GLBT community in 1998 and currently contributes auto news and reviews to Car and Driver Magazine, Yahoo Autos, The New York Daily News, Autoblog, Details, and many more. You can follow his adventures on Twitter/Instagram: @silerroad.


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