This year 2009 the Dodge Challenger won the J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Study which examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations. They do the study on more than 80,000 owned and leased vehicles for the 2009 model year. The survey is done after 90 days of ownership. The Dodge Challenger also received the AutoPacific Best in Class Ideal Vehicle Award that uses 15 attributes that owners are asked to rate the vehicles that are new for that model year. The Dodge Challenger took the prize in the Best Sporty Car Category. That is great that one of the Dodge family has still got it after all these years. After the first 90 days of owning a vehicle people start to point out the things that they want to be better. One area that can be improved on any vehicle especially the Dodge Challenger is the Exhaust System.
After market exhaust system are built for power. There are a couple other benefits that actually come with extra power as well. Not only is a performance exhaust system going to give a nice increase in power that you can feel in the seat of your pants. It will also increase engine efficiency. With the pipes that lead the way out of the exhaust being larger in diameter, and having mandrel bends that make a much easier exit path for the exhaust gasses, the engine doesn’t have to work so hard to get the exhaust gasses out. Because of that, you end up with increased engine longevity. The gasses are cooler because they aren’t getting backed up, and the engine runs a little cooler. On top of all that
Upgrading out of the stock exhaust system will change the sound of the Challenger. Don’t get me wrong, the stock sound is a good sound but it isn’t great. Some things in life are good and there isn’t anything wrong with good. We are judged by averages in everything we do and say, performance in the work place is judged on averages, but what happens to those that are above average, they excel. Why not shoot for being above average, too many people are content with being just as good as the other guy. A performance exhaust with a deeper, more muscular sound, and better looks would definitely separate one Challenger from the other. Not to mention more power.
To some, sound is everything for others it is the power improvements. Most any Aftermarket Exhaust System will improve the performance of the Dodge Challenger. With gains in all the major areas of performance, horse power, torque and like I mentioned earlier gas mileage. The best exhaust upgrades for the Dodge Challenger are made by MBRP though. We’ve seen the biggest power gains from their kits and they come with a lifetime warranty.
For example an MBRP exhaust for the Dodge Challenger will increase the horse power by 24 horses at the rear wheels and 24 extra ft/lbs of torque on the 5.7L V8, and the gains on the 6.1L SRT8 are 29 hp and 25 tq, and on the V6 Challengers 14 horsepower and 9 torque for the upgraded single exhaust, and an incredible 20 hp and 12 tq when you upgrade the V6 challenger to a dual exhaust. All while gaining 1-3 miles per gallon while driving conservatively. The MBRP exhaust system for the Dodge Challenger is a 3″ Exhaust for all the V8 engines and 2.5″ on the V6 engines and are available in either T-304 or T-409 stainless steel. The T-304 is the higher quality system and the T-409 is a little more cost effective, and still a quality system. Neither of the systems are going to rust.