Quick take of the 2020 Dodge Charger

  • SXT and GT models with 300 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and available all-wheel drive
  • R / T comes with a 5.7-liter, 370-horsepower Hemi V8
  • Scat Pack gets 485 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8, sport suspension and Brembo brakes
  • SRT Hellcat with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 developing 707 horsepower, sport suspension and Brembo brakes
  • Available Widebody Body Adds 3.5 Inches Of Width And Super Wide Wheels
  • Limited-edition Daytona Edition Widebody Hellcat echoes 1969 model

The muscle car is far from dead. Judging by things at each of the American automakers, this is actually an indulgent renaissance. For Dodge, the musclecar not only takes the form of its 2-door Challenger, but also the Charger, which now covers the extensive power support of the 300-horsepower V6-powered SXT models up to a special edition Daytona Hellcat. . Widebody developing 717 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 that pushes the large sedan through the air to a top speed of 196 mph.

You might be one of the many onlookers who thinks that creating new Hellcat motor vehicle permutations is an easy way for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to make more money. And it might be, but it would overlook the actual engineering that went into the rocket.

Is the Charger just a fire-breathing monster from a musclecar?

The 2020 Dodge Charger portfolio actually starts with the $ 29,895 SXT and GT models, offered in both rear and all-wheel drive with a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The optional all-wheel drive uses an active transfer case and can disengage the front axle to improve fuel economy. All-wheel-drive Charger SXTs come with new optional 19- or 20-inch Satin Carbon or Blacktop wheels. Breathing fire costs extra.

Charger V8s start with the 370 horsepower R / T

The $ 36,395 Charger R / T is the next step on the muscle monster’s path, which wins the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, developing 375 horsepower. The aforementioned V6 GT and V8 R / T both offer an updated performance management package that adds Bilstein shocks and high performance suspension tuning, 20 × 9 inch forged alloy wheels with all-season tires. 245 / 45ZR20 and 4 Brembo piston brakes with fixed calipers.

Inside, the handling package adds sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, and the Dodge Performance Pages app that keeps tabs on driving performance stats with an LCD display. 8.4 inch diameter Uconnect infotainment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also now standard on all 2020 Dodge Charger models.

The real deal on performance? Scat Pack Charger

The Charger Scat Pack model ($ 39,995) replaces the 5.7-liter Hemi from the R / T with a 6.4-liter version that puts out 485 horsepower, as well as a completely different suspension with Bilstein shocks. Specific chassis changes from last year’s Scat Pack include 27 percent stiffer front springs (from 204 pounds per inch of travel at 260) with a 52 percent stiffer rear anti-roll bar – but still dig -.

On top of that, the new 2020 Widebody Scat Pack ($ 45,995) adds wider 3.5-inch fender flares, 20 × 11-inch wheels with 305 / 35ZR20 Pirelli P- all-season performance tires. Zero and a 3-mode Bilstein. Adaptive shocks with Auto, Sport and Track modes. All of this allows the Charger Scat Pack Widebody to deliver claimed 0-60 mph performance in 4.3 seconds, the standing quarter mile in 12.4 seconds, and 0.98g of lateral grip on the skate, when it is ordered with Pirellis 3 seasons rather than the all season tires.

The Widebody Scat Pack also gets standard Brembo 2-piece 15.4-inch diameter front brake rotors with 6-piston front calipers straight from the Hellcat, helping to stop the sedan at 107 feet from 60 mph.

The Fire Eater: Hellcat, Now Exclusive to Widebody

The Charger SRT Hellcat ($ 69,645) completes Dodge’s lineup of muscular 4-door cars powered by the 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 developing 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Now built only as a Widebody, the Hellcat’s performance includes a top speed of 196 mph, hitting 60 mph from standby in just 3.6 seconds, breaking the quarter-mile mark in 10.96 seconds, and displaying acceleration. maximum lateral width on the skate of 0.96 g.

38% stiffer front springs (from 227 pounds per inch of travel to 313) and revised front and rear anti-roll bars help it hit those numbers. There’s also a new rear spoiler that generates a bit more downforce, a revised front body that creates 28 pounds less lift at 100 mph, and air ducts that better cool the front brakes.

Other Hellcat changes include electric rather than hydraulic power steering, making it easier to maneuver in the parking lot. The required steering effort at road speed can be adjusted by the driver via the settings of the on-board Performance Pages application.

We’ve tested both the Scat Pack and the Hellcat Widebodys on Sears Point Raceway and back roads in Sonoma County, Northern California, and you might be surprised at our take out. You can never deny the allure of huge horsepower, but the Charger Scat Pack with its 485 horsepower was almost as impressive on the racetrack as the 707 horsepower Hellcat.

Unless you have enough room to let the Hellcat engine unleash its hellish power, like in the straight line of a drag strip, the enormous horsepower is almost wasted. But what’s even more impressive is the idea that cars this heavy (Scat Pack weighing 4,385 pounds and Hellcat weighing 4,586 pounds) travel a distance as fast as these big guys. It certainly requires some kind of rebirth.

Class of 2020: New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

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