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2020 Dodge Challenger to get naturally-aspirated 426 Hemi V8

The latest rumors are saying that the 2020 Dodge Challenger will arrive with the new powerful engine. According to the rumors, the FCA is working on the naturally-aspirated 426 Hemi V8. Moreover, speculations are suggesting that the Ram pickup trucks will get this type of powertrain. However, other speculations are a point to the new Challenger.

The 2020 Dodge Challenger will, at least for now, stick to the 392 cubic-inch Hemi V8. Even if the 426 Hemi V8 makes the production, some significant changes need to be done. Besides that, new Dodge Challenger will arrive with minor updates, mostly exterior refinements and interior modernization.

2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Dodge Challenger rear end gets slightly wider taillights

The 2020 Dodge Challenger will be almost the same vehicle as the current model. There will be no significant updates and improvements. Car experts are saying the 2021 Challenger will represent the start of a new generation and that’s when we can expect total redesign.

The minor changes on the 2020 Challenger include the grille that is more pronounced and sleeker headlights. The rear end gets slightly wider taillights, but most of those changes are barely visible.

2020 Dodge Challenger interior

2020 Dodge Challenger interior features

Even the interior of the all-new 2020 Dodge Challenger won’t suffer a lot. We hoped that the aging touchscreen will be replaced but that will not happen. For that reason, we recommend the optional 7.0-inch unit that comes with much better response and more user-friendly menus.

The cabin will remain modern and the level of comfort is great. The retro feel inside the cabin will remain and we can expect more significant updates in 2021.

2020 Dodge Challenger side

2020 Dodge Challenger powertrain options

There are so many rumors about the upcoming 2020 Dodge Challenger. For the start, a 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi with supercharger should gain more horsepower. The goal is to provide at least 700 hp. On the other hand, Dodge Demon is offering 808 horses so Dodge will for sure leave the space between those two drivetrains. This is the most likely outcome for so many reasons. Most importantly, adding more power wouldn’t cost that much as developing a new engine from the bottom.

Now, the rumors are saying the FCA is working on a new naturally-aspirated 426 Hemi V8. The same rumors are suggesting that one or more of the Ram pickup trucks will get this type of engine. The other sources are pointing at the new Dodge Challenger. We find those rumors false, and not only because of emission regulations. The thing is that this engine isn’t street-legal in the U.S. In order to make it legal, the engineers have to deal with emission and to prove the engine meets the emission requirements. That project could cost Dodge millions. That means the 426 Hemi V8 is possible only in some special racing variants, and this engine will be less-likely available for the street use.

2020 Dodge Challenger rear

2020 Dodge Challenger price and release date

The price of the regular 2020 Dodge Challenger will start at around $35,000. However, SRT, Hellcat and Demon variants will cost significantly more. So, if you are looking for a very powerful engine, you’ll have to pay at least $60,000. New Challenger muscle car will go on sale in the last quarter of 2019.

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