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I've read conflicting things on this. The 2015 was supposed to get the Fiat/Maserati designed suspension but now I'm reading that the suspension has not changed. Any concrete info on this? Thanks.
 

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The 2015 remains on the original LX platform, which traces its roots back to the 1990s E-Class...which is a GREAT thing, IMO.
 

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I think there is room for improvement with the nonadjustable front camber and wheel hop on the manual cars.
 

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The 2015 remains on the original LX platform, which traces its roots back to the 1990s E-Class...which is a GREAT thing, IMO.
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I agree with you entirely, "aldo" !!

EDIT: After reading several responses, it's apparent that I was misinformed
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The 2015 remains on the original LX platform, which traces its roots back to the 1990s E-Class...which is a GREAT thing, IMO.
And yet our very own ResumeSpeed states in the 2015 Challenger Info thread that it has moved to the new LA platform. And other sources explain that the new LA platform features Maserati-sourced multi-link rear suspension.
 

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I intentionally got a '14 rather than a '15 to get the MB tranny and chassis.
 

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Yep, RS says the 2015 is moving to the "LA" platform.
 

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I've read conflicting things on this. The 2015 was supposed to get the Fiat/Maserati designed suspension but now I'm reading that the suspension has not changed. Any concrete info on this? Thanks.
The body remains the same (save for the trans tunnel for the upcoming ZF 8speed [larger]).

The suspension may look similar but the geometry and components are different. Its another rear 5-link design, but not the 'Benz W210/W220 derived setup.
It still bolts up to the 4 points under the trunk floor, but the V8s now get 230mm ring gear diffs across the line, so we know that's a different model from the 215mm Mettingen (R/T auto defualt) or the 226mm Getrag (6-speed R/T, STP option R/T& auto, SRT).

The front was revised to a new design as well. Whether the pick-up points were changed again is an unknown - the '11+ front mounts were positioned differently from the earlier years.

The tell-tale will be what part #s are called for on the '15 vs. the '14.

Chrysler is moving away from the 'Benz sourced parts - some were bought from Daimler, others were being built under license here in N. America.

They're integrating more assemblies from the FIAT brands (Alfa, Maserati among others) since they already have those designs in-house.
 

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The body remains the same (save for the trans tunnel for the upcoming ZF 8speed [larger]).
Huh???? The 2015's have the 8 speed auto.
 

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And yet our very own ResumeSpeed states in the 2015 Challenger Info thread that it has moved to the new LA platform. And other sources explain that the new LA platform features Maserati-sourced multi-link rear suspension.

Ugh! I can't wait for the new ZF transmission but, besides olive oil and most of their dishes, I trust the Germans a LOT more than the Italians when it comes to making something I would want to buy and own for awhile.
 

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Good info Hal H, Thanks.

I haven't seen any media talking about the suspension changes you mentioned. Just wanted to be sure it was still going to happen.
 

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As Hal mentioned, its basically the same suspension with a bunch of tweeks here and there. Different geometry and such. Definitely NOT the new Alfa stuff yet. That will be on the next gen of whatever the Challenger will be.

I just hope they still keep away from that aluminum lower torque arm on the rear suspension that always broke. KEEP IT STEEL please.
 

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The 8 speed transmissions were/are designed by the German engineering company, ZF Friedrichshafen, and built by Chrysler in Indiana and South Carolina plants.

Also, here's some good reading on the LA Platform.

http://www.ontariostreetcar.com/tag/la-platform-dodge-challenger/
Good read for sure. So the 2015 will now be sporting a new suspension, which is awesome. Hopefully no more wheel hop.
I don't think the 2015 has shrunk in size like the 2nd part of article states.

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As Hal mentioned, its basically the same suspension with a bunch of tweeks here and there. Different geometry and such. Definitely NOT the new Alfa stuff yet. That will be on the next gen of whatever the Challenger will be.

I just hope they still keep away from that aluminum lower torque arm on the rear suspension that always broke. KEEP IT STEEL please.
That was interesting - the pre '11 models used steel, but went to aluminum (less unsprung weight) for the '11+ models. Similar thing for the front suspension as well more aluminum was substituted for the '11 refresh.
 

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Huh???? The 2015's have the 8 speed auto.
I was referring to the change from the '14 to '15 - the '14 floorpan couldn't accommodate the bulkier ZF 8-speed.
 

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Great Article! Thank you. I am also weary of replacing the S-Class front suspension and E-Class rear with aluminum Maserati components. But! I hope they are fantastic, and if prove to be reliable, I look forward to trading in my. '14 for a '17.

The 8 speed transmissions were/are designed by the German engineering company, ZF Friedrichshafen, and built by Chrysler in Indiana and South Carolina plants.

Also, here's some good reading on the LA Platform.

OntarioStreetCar.com » LA platform dodge challenger
 
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