Last week, Dodge unveiled what it’s calling “the future of electrified muscle.” The Charger Daytona SRT is an electric performance coupe meant to carry the torch passed by the outgoing Charger and Challenger. This new EV is touted as being faster than a Hellcat.
This week we’re getting our first chance to get behind the wheel of the new Charger R/T Scat Pack. While the Hellcat is stealing headlines for its supercar-level power, the R/T Scat Pack is no slouch either, and at a 40% discount, it makes for a compelling alternative for those who might not have the means to pony up for a $65,000 vehicle.
It’s no secret that Dodge’s new 707 horsepower Hellcat power plant has caused quite a stir among performance car enthusiasts. When we headed to Portland earlier this year to drive the Hellcat-flavor Dodge Challenger, we came away with a lot of reasons to be excited. Considering that the Charger and Challenger share a nearly identical platform aside from the coupe’s shorter wheelbase, it comes as little surprise that the driving experience between the two is fairly similar. Still, with four doors, the Charger serves a different purpose in Dodge’s lineup, and the automaker has made a concerted effort to give the Charger its own unique characteristics that complement its sedan configuration and the role it will play for potential buyers. To get a better understanding of exactly what that entails, we headed to Washington D.C. and nearby Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia to see for ourselves.
Recently we heard rumors about a Hellcat flavored Charger making its debut soon, and today Chrysler made its existence official. Normally we’d spare you the superlatives, but this new four door Dodge boasts some particularly notable ones, as it is officially the quickest accelerating, fastest, and most powerful sedan in the world.
Recently discovered SAE documents indicate that the 707 horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat motor used in the top spec 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is also bound for at least one other engine bay in the Dodge lineup.
The Challenger isn’t the only car in Dodge’s portfolio that’s getting a refresh for 2015. As Chrysler is often known to do, all the vehicles sharing the LX platform – which also includes the Chrysler 300 – get their updates simultaneously. While Dodge kept it simple when giving the Challenger a facelift, designers chose to give the Charger a more comprehensive makeover.
To celebrate 100 years of Dodge, the brand is offering up a limited amount of 100th Anniversary Editions of the 2014 Challenger and Charger muscle cars.
According to Automotive News, the platform could go into the Alfa Rome Giulia and a new Alfa Romeo sedan, as well as replacements for the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger.
Yes, they gave us a police car. Complete with functioning lights, sirens, and loudspeakers (which many journalists used to heckle their compatriots at the track’s stop signs and crossings), driving the Charger Pursuit wasn’t so much an objective from an editorial standpoint, but more of a fun activity.
The Charger has been a lot of things over the years, from a firebreathing V-8 muscle monster, to a torque-steer-tastic Omni spin off, and back to a V-8 muscle monster. From a fastback coronet, to an Americanized E-Class, let’s take a look back at how the Charger got where it is today.
If you’re a driving enthusiast, and are considering the purchase of a new car in 2012, the prospect of you being able to find something you truly love is better than ever before. Horsepower and torque are being delivered to the winding roads of our nation in record outputs. Fuel economy is getting better at a faster rate than ever before, while overall luxury, safety, and build quality leaves even the last generation of automobiles in the dust.
Stage Three is where things get crazy, as the standard 5.7-liter V-8 has been replaced by a 426-cubic-inch (7.0 liters in modern parlance) Hemi crate motor, good for 590 horsepower. The aluminum crate motor also shaves 100 pounds of fat under the hood. So yes, it’s quite crazy and we want it very badly.
Part of the fun of driving these big-engined vehicles is the feeling of power you get when you mash the throttle. Despite the colder weather, the tires (summers at that) hooked up without much trouble. In fact, during our time with both cars, grip was rarely an issue, even under wide-open throttle. What really struck us, besides the accelerative force on a WOT run, was just how usable the power in the SRTs was. Even with a 6000-rpm horsepower peak and a 4300-rpm torque peak, there’s so much juice in the lower part of the rev range, that both the Charger and 300 are very easy to drive around town.
When I wrote my review of Dodge Charger, I pretty much raved about everything in this new car being better than the one it replaces. Except for the engine. The Pentastar V-6 just felt underwhelming in the Charger. Thankfully, our tester was fitted with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which cures virtually all the Charger’s accelerative ills.
On the road, the new Charger leaves the old one behind in a few key areas. For a start, the ride feels more balanced between involvement and comfort. Whereas the old car had a tendency to float along, oblivious to the goings on between it and the road, this new model feels decidedly more planted and stable. We did experience a bit of suspension and tire noise, but this is more likely due to the large chrome wheels than anything else.
Frankly, we like the 2011 Volvo S60. It’s easily powerful, with its 300 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque supplying ample amount of remarkably smooth thrust. We like the design, and the car’s interior is a particularly comfortable and aesthetically pleasing space for the driver and passengers. We appreciate all Volvo’s technology that keeps us, our loved ones, and nearby strangers safe. From a driver’s standpoint, this is a rewarding car. But from that same standpoint, one part of the driving dynamics of the S60 stands out as an area that could stand some improvement: turning. And with our most recent loan of the stylish Swede, we took the time to sort out the ways in which the act of steering falls short of perfect.
Dodge has just given its 2011 Charger a very large shot of adrenaline in the form of the SRT8 version. The already rapid 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 from the 2010 SRT8 has been swapped for a 6.4-liter powerplant, with numbers jumping from 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, up to a matching 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.