- dodge is offering an update to certain 2015 and newer challenger and charger
sedans that can add another layer of security.
- this new system will require drivers to enter in a four-digit code after starting the car, and if they don't, the car won't go any faster than idle speed, or the equivalent of only using 3 horsepower.
- the hottest versions of the two muscle cars were the most-stolen vehicles from 2016 through 2018, five times more often than the average car, according to a report from the highway loss data institute (hldi).
dodge is now offering a second layer of security on its challenger and charger sedans to thwart any attempts at taking these muscle cars out for joyrides. the system requires the driver to input a four-digit code into the infotainment screen in order to get the car to go any faster than idle speed—or to use any more than 3 horsepower.
this is a free update available to any owner of a charger or challenger from 2015 or later model years with either the 6.4-liter 392 hemi v-8 or the supercharged 6.2-liter v-8. these engines are currently offered in the scat pack and hellcat trims of each sedan and boast power outputs of 485 horsepower and 717 horsepower, respectively.
"more than 150 cars are stolen every day in the united states," tim kuniskis, ceo of dodge, said in a statement. "though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower dodge muscle cars. . ."
the update will be done at dealers, so any owners of these cars can contact theirs to schedule a time when the update can be done. dodge said that it expects this feature to become available late in the second quarter of this year.