Clockwise starting from top: 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT, 2015 Dod

The Dodge Challenger has been facelifted for the 2015 model year, and although it may not look very different at first glance, the refreshed pony car has more than a few new tricks up its bicep-filled sleeves.

Let’s start with the looks. Said to be inspired by the 1971 model, the 2015 Challenger has a split front grille and a larger hood bulge. Head and fog lamps are now projectors; the former embellished by LED rings. There’re also new split LED tail lamps, plus new body colours and wheel options.

Inside, there’s a new 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen with Dodge Performance Pages (configurable drive modes) and a seven-inch TFT display. Also new are an electric power steering with Normal, Comfort and Sport steering modes, and launch control.

The interior itself is all-new, says Dodge, packing a high-sill centre console, driver-focussed instrument panel, aluminium bezels and 14 colour and trim choices. There’s also a new sculpted-rim steering wheel.

Eight versions in all – SXT and SXT Plus get a 305 hp/363 Nm 3.6 litre Pentastar V6, while R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker and R/T Plus Shaker are powered by a 375 hp/556 Nm 5.7 litre HEMI V8. Finally, there’s a 485 hp/644 Nm 6.4 litre HEMI V8 for Scat Pack and Scat Pack Shaker variants.

V6 models come only with an eight-speed TorqueFlite auto, while V8 models get a six-speed manual as standard and the eight-speed auto as an option. Safety’s also been bumped up with the addition of forward collision warning, blind spot, adaptive cruise control and rear cross path detection systems.