Seat covers are a convenient way of hiding any wear-and-tear, and preventing any future damage but they will still follow the lines of the stock seats. So if you’re looking to completely change the design of your Challenger’s seating setup and not just the material, that’s where aftermarket seats factor in.
All base 2008 and newer Challenger models roll off the truck standard with adjustable cloth bucket seats. On higher trim models like the SRT 392, R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hell Cat, leather upholstery is standard. Higher trims also feature the option of sports seats, which are solid middle ground between the comfort of the standard OEM seats and full-on fixed racing seats.
Replacing the original factory-installed seats with a set of aftermarket seats can dramatically change the look, feel, and resale value of your Challenger. Aftermarket seats can also provide a new level of customization. For example, you can upgrade a base model with a set of aftermarket street style sport seats or go all out with fixed-style, track-certified, body-hugging racing pods.
For more a performance rather than appearance-based seating modifications, a set of racing seats will boost the performance of a track, drag, or otherwise competition Challenger by significantly dropping weight and providing unparalleled support and safety during hard cornering. A non-reclining “full bucket” racing seat can weigh less than half as much as a bulky OEM seat; a huge weight-saver that can really make a difference on the track.
However, most racing seats are side mounted and bolt directly to the floor, eliminating their ability to slide back and forth. Not exactly ideal for the daily driver, but with the purchase of additional brackets and sliders, some models will be a bit more practical for a street car that sees occasional track use. For true racing enthusiasts though, there is nothing safer than a racing seat due to their increased structural integrity and hugging nature when performing high-g maneuvers. Racing, however, does not come cheap, and that’s true for the seats as well. Even at the bottom of the affordability scale, racing seats can cost a pretty penny but they will pay it back in spades in the unfortunate possibility of a collision.