2015 Dodge Charger has variety with 8 models to choose from
While the awesome 707 hp Dodge Charger Hellcat (featured previously on these pages) grabbed the attention of most of the world’s automotive media, Charger for 2015 offers no less than eight models and four engines.
All built in Brampton, the world?s only four-door muscle car has something for everyone.
From a V6 to three Hemi V8 engines plus rear and all-wheel-drive, I can?t remember when one model was able to cover so many bases.
Dodge recently made its 2015 Charger lineup available to the automotive press in Washington, DC, noting it offers more standard equipment than any other direct full-size competitor and at a mid-size sedan price?
That starts with the SE available with rear- or all-wheel-drive with a starting cost of $32,495 and $34,695 respectively with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 with 292 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque.
Standard equipment is extensive with segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with electronic shifter featuring AutoStick, three-mode electric power steering (EPS), bi-function automatic halogen projector beam headlamps, LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, customizable seven-inch full-color driver information display (DID) instrument cluster, Uconnect five-inch touchscreen with AM/FM/Bluetooth, two USB charging outlets and new three-spoke thick rim sport leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, vehicle and cruise controls.
Next up is the SXT model, again in RWD/AWD at $35,595/$37,795 with the same drive train.
It builds on the SE and adds (and this is very short list of what is standard) automatic dual-zone climate control with individual driver and passenger settings, front overhead console with LED dome lamp, HomeLink universal garage door opener, Alpine premium audio system with six speakers and 276-watt eight-channel amplifier, shark-fin antenna, 18-inch five-spoke painted Satin Carbon cast-aluminum wheels and P235/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires.
From here we get into the Hemis, starting with the rear-drive Charger R/T at $39,495 with the legendary 5.7-litre with 370 hp and 395 lb/ft of torque making it what Dodge claims is the most affordable V8 sedan you can buy.
In addition to the standard equipment on the Dodge Charger SXT, the Charger R/T model includes 20-inch five-spoke Satin Carbon aluminum wheels, P235/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires, rear deck lid-mounted body-colored spoiler, performance-tuned suspension and exhaust, performance brake package and sport seats.
Building of the R/T is the R/T Road & Track at $41,495 with the same drivetrain but adding (again a very short list) Super Track Pak with Dodge Performance Pages, three-mode electronic stability control, heavy-duty brakes and track suspension, heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats with larger side bolsters, heated steering wheel, driver’s seat memory, power-adjustable pedals and steering column with memory, performance engine and transmission calibration and high-speed engine controller, ParkSense rear park assist system and vehicle security alarm.
And now we get into the serious stuff with the $46,495 R/T Scat Pack that replaces the 5.7-litre with a 6.4-litre Hemi with 485 hp and 475-/lb/ft of torque driving the rear wheels.
It really stands out with four-inch round exhaust tips, aluminum performance hood with NACA duct, front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills and Satin Black spoiler, red Brembo four-piston caliper front brakes with three-mode electronic stability control (ESC), high-performance suspension and 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels.
For my money the Charger SRT 392 at $50,495 is the one I’d buy and the one I spent some time driving during the Charger launch.
It’s the same 6.4-litre Hemi as the Scat Pack with 485 hp and 475 lb/ft of torque with goodies from the engineers at Street and Racing Technologies (SRT) Chrysler?s high performance division.
It features unique 20-by-9.5-inch wide Slingshot forged Hyper Black aluminum wheels with new P275/40ZR-20 Pirelli tires, the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle, including 15.4-inch front brakes, Brembo six-piston calipers with two-piece slotted and vented rotors, SRT-tuned high-performance adaptive damping suspension (ADS).
I drove the 392 thorough secondary roads in West Virginia that undulated through rolling hills and huge estate farms and all at the end of autumn in glorious sun and no clouds.
For such a large engine, it was instantly responsive to the slightest prod of the gas pedal plus the fantastic grip of the Pirellis. It also features the SRT Performance Pages with launch control, which I did not try.
You would think big brakes like the Brembos fitted would be slow to react unless they are warmed up, but such was not the case being swift to grip and a delight to modulate with the foot.
Inside I found high-performance Nappa leather seats with Alcantara suede inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, unique SRT flat-bottom three-spoke heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping column and red push-button start.
Because it is built in Brampton and as I do with every Canadian-made vehicle I drive, I checked the build quality on the 392 closely for interior and exterior body plan fit and shut lines and all was good, proving once again the men and women who build these cars and trucks in Ontario are as good as anyone in the world.
I know the Charger Hellcat with its special supercharged 6.2-litre version of the Hemi with its 707 hp and 650 lb/ft of torque makes it officially the fastest sedan in the world, with a top speed of up to 204 mph, but it costs $64,495, some 14 grand more than the 392 and the Hellcat runs on premium fuel.
As Chrysler approaches its 100th birthday (it began as Maxwell in Windsor in 1916), the company has done Canada proud with products such as the minivan and the 300.
The 2015 range of Dodge Chargers and the Brampton assembly plant is more than keeping up that tradition.
2015 Dodge Charger lineup at a glance
BODY STYLE: Full-size sedan.
DRIVE METHOD: front-engine, rear-/all-wheel-drive; eight-speed automatic transmission with manual sequential shift
ENGINE: 3.6-litre V6 (292 hp, 260 lb/ft); 5.7-litre V8 (370 hp. 395 lb/ft); 6.4-litre V8 (485 hp, 475 lb/ft); 6.2-litre supercharged V8 (707 hp, 650 lb/ft)
FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) 3.6-litre RWD/AWD, 12.4/7.7L/100 km city/highway; 5.7-litre, 14.8/9.3L/100 km; 6.4-litre, 15.7/9.5L/100 km/ (Premium) 6.2-litre, NA
TOW RATING: 3.6-litre only, 454 kg (1,000 lb)
CARGO CAPACITY: 456 litres (16.1 cu ft)
PRICE: SE RWD/AWD, $32,495/$34,695; SXT RWD/AWD, $35,595/$37,795; R/T, $39,495; R/T Road & Track, $41,495; R/T Scat Pack, $46,495; SRT 392, $50,495; SRT Hellcat, $64,495; not including $1,695 shipping fee
What?s Best: Eight models, four engines and two drivetrains
What?s Worst: Low roofline makes it difficult for tall people getting in and out of the back seat.
What?s Interesting: World’s fastest sedan built right here in Brampton