2014 Dodge Charger SRT

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A few significant updates mark out the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, but boy are they hard to find in this old-looking package. An active air intake and modified lifters join new adaptive dampers and finally some wheel-mounted paddles for the aging AutoStick transmission.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 now brings a round 470 count for both horsepower and torque, with a new SRT badge to replace the previous SRT8 labels. This change extends across the entire Chrysler lineup for 2014, where the SRT Grand Cherokee is the first to use a high-torque version of the company’s new ZF transmission.

The Charger SRT carries on with the older five-speed automatic, which is one of the only automatic transmissions from any automaker that can send nearly 500 horsepower to just the back wheels. Worth remembering is that this exact automatic is also a fixture on the SL65 AMG and a few other torque monsters, despite lacking a few gear ratios versus Mercedes ’ new nine-speed auto.

Active cruise control and a few other safety innovations join the Charger SRT for 2014, as does the Super Bee package in a variety of yellow or non-yellow colors. The Super Bee lacks much of the style and tech available on the SRT Premium, which is now a de facto 392 Core with available xenon lights and active mufflers that are not offered on the Super Bee.

Are paddle shifters and the active intake enough to keep the Charger SRT fighting fit versus the Taurus SHO and the forthcoming Chevrolet SS?

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, with info on all its tech and performance updates.

Exterior

Dodge Charger SRT

The Charger SRT’s nose is still one of the most feared road graphics anywhere on the highway. The Charger has been a runaway success with law enforcement, with high penetration on state Highway Patrols, especially where high-speed pursuits are a possibility on a daily basis.

Seeing this nose can elevate the heart rate from two miles out, and this aspect of the Charger is still one of its more current. The xenon lights upgrade is a well worth it on the SRT Premium, because it better matches the still-striking LED racetrack brake lights.

In profile, the Charger really shows its age. This is still a long and low sedan, with a huge wheelbase and great proportions. It feels the freshest of the 300C SRT and Challenger SRT options, but all three are feeling quite ripe nowadays.

2014 Dodge Charger SRT - Exterior Options:

  • 392 Special Edition Group — Includes Glass Black painted roof and power bulge, Pitch Black rear spoiler, mirrors, Matte Black SRT lower-body side-stripe, Black Vapor Chrome wheels, 392 Grey/Black badge and engine cover and serialized dash plaque

Interior

Dodge Charger SRT

The interior of the 2014 model brings more of the latest tech and comfort goodies from across the rest of the Chrysler Chrysler lineup. While many of these items joined the price lists in 2012, the broader roll out now makes them standard equipment on the Charger SRT.

It is all about climate control with the new comfort features inside the Charger, including heated and cooled cup holders and seats, and a heated steering wheel. LED mood lighting is a nice touch, and the active dampers and transmission settings are a welcome way to change the Charger’s temperament.

It is all pretty swanky with the largest UConnect system’s SRT Performance Pages, which are outlined below. Worth noting is that the upgraded leather and active safety tech is only offered on the SRT Premium, while the Super Bee has its own less-advanced audio system upgrades available.

2014 Dodge Charger SRT - Interior Updates:

  • Two-mode active dampening suspension
  • Sport mode for the transmission
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Remote USB port
  • Satellite traffic
  • Remote gas-cap release
  • Black/red interior
  • Dual zone humidity-sensing automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Air filter
  • LED interior lighting
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated/cooled front cup holders

2014 Dodge Charger SRT - Performance Displays Demo:

SRT’s new Performance Pages offer extra information on how the SRT is handling in extreme conditions, like a track day. Various lap timers, G-force meters, and additional dials offer some of the cool factor of the Nissan GT-R and Porsche Sport Chrono package to the super Jeep via its giant 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

SRT Super Bee Option Groups:

  • Premium Audio Group II — Includes six premium speakers, 276-watt amplifier and SiriusXM Radio
  • Convenience Group II — Includes automatic dual zone temperature control, remote start, HomeLink universal transmitter and ParkSense rear park assist

SRT Premium Option Groups:

  • Driver Confidence Group — Includes Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, approach lamps, ParkView rear backup camera, Rain Sensing Wipers and SmartBeam headlights
  • Adaptive Cruise Group — Includes adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning
  • Laguna Premium Leather Package — High-performance Laguna full-leather seats, Laguna leather-wrapped door and console armrests (Sepia/Black)

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

Dodge Charger SRT

Performance is unchanged for this year, despite a few extra pound-feet of torque and the electronically controlled intake. This new active intake is shared with a few of the highest-power Ram HD models, and works well to increase both intake snort and low-rev power.

The system acts like the front breather for the active exhausts out back, as servos actuate a change in intake volume potential between closed for cruising and wide open for max attack.

The system works in harmony with the Dodge’s cylinder-on-demand system, cutting the V-8 down to a four-banger under light loads or waiting at stoplights. This is still no green machine with the EPA rating the 2014 SRT Charger at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

2014 Dodge Charger SRT - Performance Details:

Engine 6.4-liter 16-valve V-8 With Hemispherical Combustion
Transmission 5-Speed Auto W/ Paddle Shift
Powertrain Layout Front-engine, Rear-wheel-drive
Power 470 @ 6,000
Torque 470 @ 4,300
0-60 mph (seconds) 4.6, est
Top Speed 175, est
EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined) 14/23/18

Safety

Dodge Charger SRT

The safety of the 2014 Charger is greatly enhanced by the newly optional active safety technology. Split into two packages, both are helpful additions to road safety.

  • Driver Confidence Group — Includes Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, approach lamps, ParkView rear backup camera, Rain Sensing Wipers and SmartBeam headlights
  • Adaptive Cruise Group — Includes adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning

2014 Dodge Charger SRT - Safety Features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced multistage front air bags
  • Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Child seat anchor system with child seat upper tether anchor
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) with brake assist
  • Enhanced accident response
  • Exterior mirrors with supplemental signals
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Four-wheel traction control
  • Hill-start Assist (HSA)
  • Illuminated entry, glove box lamp and LED lighting
  • ParkSense front and rear park assist system
  • Power front windows with one-touch up/down and power locks
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • Remote proximity keyless entry
  • Remote start system
  • Security alarm
  • Supplemental front seat side air bag
  • Supplemental side curtain front/rear air bags
  • Tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) display

Pricing and Availability

Dodge Charger SRT

Pricing is not yet available from Dodge, but a modest bump is expected for the new model year. Previous base prices started from $45,250. The pricing for all SRT models now includes a track day, which is a fun treat.

SRT TRACK EXPERIENCE: Includes a one-day driving experience designed for SRT owners and performance enthusiasts to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. All SRT owners and enthusiasts are eligible to participate in this day-long event held at selected tracks throughout the summer season

Competition

Ford Taurus SHO

Ford Taurus SHO

If the Charger SRT is more like a rear-drive BMW in its tail-out potential, the Taurus SHO is much more like an AWD Audi. Both are rapid on the road and in all traffic, but the Taurus SHO suffers from its high roof both in style and also handling poise.

The AWD Taurus SHO is much more prone to understeer, and is also about a second behind the Charger SRT to 60 mph. They are priced similarly.

Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet SS Performance

The regurgitated G8, AKA the Chevrolet SS, is all-new to the U.S. in 2014 and features a heart-pumping 415 ponies and 415 pound-feet from its 6.2-liter eight-pot. Sure, it is nowhere near as powerful as the Charger SRT, but it is more modern looking, sleeker and better balanced than the aging Dodge Dodge . Chances are, however, that the SS will not have a big enough draw to make even a fraction of the dent in American car history that the Charger has, unless Chevy adds some ponies to that V-8 in a higher trim level.

Conclusion

Dodge Charger SRT

The Charger SRT is still a rare gem: a rear-drive American sedan with a sophisticated chassis and a monster V-8 engine. As recently as 15 years ago, stats like the Charger SRT SRT ’s 4.6-second sprint to 60 mph and estimated 175 mph top speed were pure fantasy. In a world filled with Dodge Intrepids, a return to form of that scale looked totally impossible for Dodge.

The impossible is real, and is easily one of the best full-size American hot rods ever made. A big back seat and enhanced safety technology are extra incentives to pull the trigger on this dream machine.

The Charger SRT is a wonderful beast with charms and tail-out torque to make any car guy fall for this Charger: the only one with the chops and de-restricted top speed to outrun any other American sedan (ever) - including the Charger Pursuit models favored by the Highway Patrol.

LOVE IT
  • Big torque means this thing would be fun even with a three-speed automatic
  • Rear-drive action is always a toe tip away
  • New active intake and sport modes for transmission are cool additions
LEAVE IT
  • Seems like the Super Bee makes alot of sacrifices, including the active exhaust from the SRT Premium
  • Bland and unsophisticated interior for $45k
  • The body style has hit the wall harder than Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner through a painted tunnel

Press Release

Dodge Charger SRT

2014 Dodge Charger SRT Delivers Balance of Intelligent Performance and Power

  • 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque for power across a significantly wider rpm range
  • Fuel Saver Technology with active valve exhaust system delivers up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway
  • Exclusive SRT heated steering wheel features mounted paddle shifters for hands-on-the-wheel shifting, both on road and at the racetrack
  • 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with innovative GreenEdge technology is available with 900 watts of power
  • Super Bee model and Premium SRT 392 special edition package returns

September 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2014 Dodge Charger SRT continues to bring intelligent performance features and loads of power to the Dodge brand’s iconic four-door fastback coupe. Continuing on in the Charger SRT lineup is the popular Charger SRT Super Bee core-performance model, which is available in a variety of exterior color choices.

Powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that offers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque across a wide rpm range, performance numbers for the 2014 Charger SRT include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

Awe-inspiring powertrain

Dodge Charger SRT

Even with the high horsepower and torque numbers, up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway is achieved by the use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range for efficient motoring or the use of all eight cylinders when the extra power is needed. The active valve exhaust system also allows for straight through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

The 2014 Charger SRT features an active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing to provide maximum low-end torque for strong standing starts while optimizing high-end power.

The proven five-speed automatic transmission uses standard steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters (available on Super Bee) or the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.

In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen - either “Normal” or “Track.” Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver; choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Track” mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the shifting schedule.

Outstanding ride, handling and capability

The adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system has three modes, Auto, Sport and Track, and is tuned specifically for the Charger SRT to offer a compliant and comfortable ride on the street yet easily can be switched to handle on-track conditions.

In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and longitudinal/lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.

In “Sport” mode, the damping system rebound and compression is locked to a higher damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between settings with a press of a button on the center stack to quickly change the shock damping characteristics from “Auto,” for everyday commuting, to “Sport,” for more spirited driving situations.

In “Track” mode, the higher damping rates from the Sport mode combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick.

A standard launch control system helps maximize straight-line acceleration. When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver engages the system by pressing the electronic stability control (ESC) button twice and then with their foot securely on the brake, quickly applies full throttle. Launch control holds the engine at optimal launch rpm (1,825) and waits for the driver to release the brake. Launch control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).

The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system uses a heavy-duty pump and unique gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

Maximum handling rating for the 2014 Charger SRT is .88g on the skidpad, with the available Goodyear three-season tires.

Split five-spoke, 20 x 9-inch cast aluminum wheels with black painted pockets are standard on the SRT Super Bee, and lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets are standard on the SRT premium model. The same style forged wheel is also available in the SRT-exclusive Black Vapor Chrome finish.

Dodge Charger SRT


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