NEW FOR 2015:
-SRT Hellcat and 392, and R/T Scat Pack trims
-Eight-speed automatic transmission standard in all models, with electronic shifter
-Refreshed interior and exterior styling
-Next-generation 8.4-inch touchscreen media centre available, seven-inch customizable in-cluster display standard
It’s not a full redesign, but it might as well be for all the updates Dodge bestows on its full-size Charger for 2015. The most significant is the addition of a Hellcat option, sharing a 707-hp/650 lb-ft supercharged engine, slotting in above the also-new SRT 392 model, with its 485-hp/475 lb-ft naturally-aspirated V8. Coming in just below that is the R/T Scat Pack, which shares the 392’s engine. Next down the line is a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 making 370 hp/395 lb-ft, and finally, the bottom of the Challenger is held up by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, rated at 292 hp/260 lb-ft (or 300/264 with the Rallye Appearance Group).
All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic, the only differences being mechanical upgrades to help it stand up to the V8 motors. All-wheel drive is an option with the V6.
Trim levels are SE, SXT, R/T, R/T Road and Track, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat.
SE models come standard with cloth seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, dual-zone temperature control, seven-inch customizable in-cluster display, Bluetooth handsfree communication with streaming audio, Uconnect 5.0, six-speaker stereo, media hub with SD card slot, USB port and auxiliary input jack, dual remote USB charging ports, floor mats, rear armrest with cupholder, illuminated rear assist handles, full-length floor console with cellphone storage, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, illuminated front cupholders, dark brushed interior accents, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, front and rear reading lights, gloss black grille with chrome crosshairs, body-colour fascia, dual bright exhaust tips, capless fuel filler, automatic headlights, power mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles, intelligent keyless entry,
Rear-drive models get 17-inch satin silver wheels, and SE models with AWD add 19-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance brakes.
SXT trim adds sport cloth seats, heated front seats, 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar, Uconnect 8.4, upgraded speakers, 276-watt amplified stereo, satellite radio, front and rear map pockets with LED lighting, “hectic” mesh interior accents, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated side mirrors, LED fog lights, gloss black grille and crosshairs, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, garage door opener, and a 180-amp alternator.
Rear-drive models get 18-inch satin carbon wheels; the AWD option brings 19-inch polished aluminum wheels.
R/T models get the 5.7-litre engine, 20-inch satin carbon wheels, Nappa leather seats with metallic accents, heated/ventilated front seats, performance exhaust and suspension, power front passenger seat with lumbar, heated rear seats, HID headlights, rear seat armrest with illuminated cupholders, heated steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, upgraded rear axle, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, rear park assist and backup camera, security alarm, front overhead LED lighting, gloss black front fascia, body-colour rear spoiler, performance brakes, sport mode, and driver and front passenger footwell lighting.
R/T Road & Track trim adds matte black grille and crosshairs, sport suspension, Nappa seats with Alcantara suede bolsters, configurable drive modes, power-adjustable steering column, three-mode stability control, heavy-duty brakes, upgraded rear axle, power-adjustable pedals, and high-speed engine controller.
The R/T Scat Pack package adds the 6.4-litre engine, 20-inch satin black wheels, heated cloth performance seats, functional hood scoop, red brake calipers, body-colour fascia, black grille, bright pedals, performance steering wheel, dark brushed interior accents, anti-spin rear differential, electronic roll mitigation, performance brakes, engine oil cooler, high-performance suspension, knock back mitigation, and severe-duty engine cooling.
Halogen headlights replace the R/T’s HIDs, and fixed pedals replace the Road & Track’s adjustable pedals.
SRT 392 equipment builds on the R/T model, and adds the 6.4-litre engine, a 300-km/h speedometer, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, and decklid liner, Brembo six-piston brakes, and adaptive damping. Additionally, SRT 392 models inherit the Scat Pack’s mechanical upgrades, and add 3.09 rear axle gearing.
Finally, the Hellcat gets the 707-hp engine, 340-km/h speedometer, performance hood with heat extractors, performance-tuned steering, competition suspension, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection, and two key fobs: a red one that delivers full power, and a black one that limits engine output.