2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition
If there’s anything sexier than a Dodge Charger, it is a Dodge Charger equipped with even more fierce-looking equipment. Earlier this week, Dodge announced the 2019 Charger SRT HellcatOctane Edition that is available in two shades - Pitch Black and White Knuckle. My favorite, of course, being the darker one. The Octane Edition is purely cosmetic and does not add any extra power to the beast. But, when you have over 700 ponies under the hood, you don’t really need to tweak the car mechanically.
2020 Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes Edition
Dodge has always prided itself as a company that holds a special place in the hearts of the brave men and women who serve or have served the U.S. armed forces. This isn’t whimsical hyperbole, either. An mTab survey revealed that the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are leading buys among cars in their segments. They are go-to purchases for active-duty service personnel who want to enjoy the freedom of driving on the open road, the very same freedom that they protect while on-duty in the military. It comes as no surprise, then, that Dodge is celebrating its place in the hearts of American troops by offering a special edition appearance package, appropriately called the “Stars and Stripes Edition.” The new Stars and Stripes package will headline Dodge’s booth at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, which opens its doors next week. From there, the package will be available for ordering in May at an add-on price of $1,995.
2019 Dodge Charger
Dodge vehicles have always been known for their bold, in-your-face looks. To spice things up a little, Dodge has decided to bring back the lime green color that was seen on almost all the Dodge cars in the 1970s, and it’ll do so at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. With the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 and the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE being in the news lately, is this a move out of desperation? Perhaps, Dodge has taken up the ’challenge’ to ’charge’ its range. Bad pun, eh?
Update 02/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with images and video of the lime green 2019 Dodge Charger taken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out for yourself in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
1966 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.
The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."
The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.
2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept
The Dodge Super Charger is a concept car that marks the 50th anniversary of the second-generation Charger, produced for the 1968 to 1970 model years. Unveiled at the 2018 SEMA Show, the Super Charger is a restomod that combines the design of the original Dodge Charger with modern parts from Mopar and the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Demon. More importantly, it showcases a new Hemi V-8 engine that cranks out an incredible 1,000 horsepower.
The big news here is that the 7.0-liter mill is a crate engine that you’ll be able to buy from FCA starting in 2019. The Super Charger was created specifically for the massive mill, which was dubbed Hellephant as a tribute to the original Mopar 426 Hemi engine, nicknamed Elephant due to its size and power. Obviously, Hellephant combined both the classic Elephant and the modern Hellcat monikers. The Hellephant is also the first 1,000-horsepower crate engine offered by an OEM carmaker.
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2018 Dodge Charger Evolution
Wisconsin-based Speedkore is the same performance company that built an absurd 1,650-horsepower Dodge a few years back. It was seen in the Fast and Furious movie as well. This time around, they’ve built a more balanced, calmer version of the same Dodge Charger and moniker’d it as the ‘Evolution.’ The Evolution packs half the power of its predecessor, but has more utility. Speedkore claims that the Evolution represents “the most advanced 1970 Dodge Charger” anywhere on the globe, which may actually be true. Speedkore is known to play with carbon fiber and has used its skills on this beast as well. Despite the heavy engines and strong body, the company has built a muscle car that weighs just about 3,200 pounds - that’s anywhere between 228- and 638-pounds lighter than the original 1970 Dodge Charger!
2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat by Geiger Cars
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. To think that a car that already has 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque on tap can still get a tuning program is truly a remarkable thing. It’s as if there are tuners out there who look at what the Charger Hellcat is capable of and still say “not good enough.” Well, that’s exactly the case with Geiger Cars, the Munich-based tuner of U.S. performance cars who just so happens to have a new tuning kit for the Charger SRT Hellcat that pumps out a total of 782 horsepower and 681 pound-feet of torque.
The numbers aren’t made up. Sure, it doesn’t reach the level of Hennessey’s just-as-insane HPE800 program, but a Charger that packs as much heat as Geiger gave it is still beyond reasonable comprehension. At the very least, a Geiger-tuned Charger SRT Hellcat has the power and performance capabilities to put some supercars in their place.
Outside of the increased power, Geiger’s program also includes a surprising body paint, a new set of wheels, and suspension upgrades that should keep the Charger SRT Hellcat in its place even as its rampaging down the road. It might be harder to do that now with all that power, but when you have a muscle car that’s all about those horses, it’s difficult to deny it from doing what it does best, especially when it has the backing of a tuner as experienced as Geiger Cars.
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2017 Dodge Charger Daytona
The second-generation of the modern Dodge Charger arrived in 2010, five years after Chrysler had revived the iconic nameplate as a four-door sedan. Although presented as a redesign, the new model uses not only the same platform, but also many styling features. More important changes were made under the hood, where brand-new 3.6-liter V-6 and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engines joined the updated 5.7-liter V-8. In 2015, the sedan received an extensive facelift that brought the first major changes inside and out. The update was soon followed by the SRT Hellcat, a supercharged, 707-horsepower model that’s the quickest, most-powerful factory-built muscle car ever built as of August 2016.
The second-generation model also spawned many models that pay tribute to the classic, two-door charger, including the Scat Pack. The most recent of them is the Daytona, launched for the 2017 model year. Named after the highly-modified coupe that was created in 1969 as a homologation special for NASCAR, the 2017 Charger Daytona marks the nameplate’s return after a four-year hiatus. Revived for the first time in 2006 and produced until 2009, the Daytona returned for the 2013 model year. Now, it’s being offered for the very first time on the updated second-generation model.
As usual, it comes with a sportier exterior appearance, several unique interior features, and a drivetrain that includes Mopar-modified components. Although not as impressive as the original car that set numerous records on NASCAR race tracks, the new Charger Daytona is indeed a special performance car, especially if you’re looking for something with four doors, seating for five people, and a big trunk.
Update 08-24-2016: We made a new video to cover the highlights of the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona. Click play to enjoy it for yourself!
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The wait is over for the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger, though with a quick glance at the photos, it seems ‘all-new’ is a bit of a stretch. But while everything but the front grille may look carried over, nearly every body panel has been updated. The subtle changes continue inside with a reworked dashboard, a more techno-laden gauge cluster, a new center stack, and a sweet T-handle gear selector. Things under the hood are still familiar, too. The base 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 returns, as does the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The transmission options have changed, however. The eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is now standard across the board, helping the Pentastar V-6 achieve 31 mpg on the highway while assisting the 5.7-liter HEMI sprint to 60 mph in roughly five seconds.
The interior sees a host of electronic upgrades and new technologies within Chrysler’s latest version of Uconnect. Voice texting, updated 3D navigation, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and the all-new Dodge Performance pages all find a home within the 8.4-inch touch screen. That latter item holds a plethora of performance options and customizable settings including launch control and its rpm settings, performance timers, extra gauges, and even a g-force meter.
Matching the updated and more upmarket interior is the Charger’s reworked outer skin. The most noticeable changes lie up front with its more Dodge Dart-like appearance. Around to the sides are scalloped doors still flowing into the large rear haunches and then to a detail-rich rear fascia. A new crop of wheels completes the 2015 transformation.
Updated 10/20/2014: Dodge announced prices for the entire 2015 Charger lineup which will go on sale at a starting price of $27,995 for the base SE version and goes up to $47,385 for the top SRT 392 version.
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The Dodge Charger got its start in 1966 and was a two-door, fastback coupe that offered room for four. Generations came and went quickly in those days, and for 1968, the second generation Charger debuted. The third generation came along in 1971 and lasted till the 1974 model year. Sadly for 1975, the Charger morphed from an American muscle car to your granddad’s “personal luxury car.” The fourth generation Charger lasted through 1978 and was eventually discontinued.
The Charger name was resurrected again for the 1981 model year, as a Fox-body Ford Mustang look-alike. However, this subcompact hatchback coupe hardly measured up to the Ford. Its FWD configuration and mostly forgettable powertrains didn’t resonate with buyers. There was a turbocharged, 2.2-liter four-cylinder available in a Shelby Edition, which many would argue isn’t worthy of Carroll’s last name. Chrysler killed the car after the 1987 model year.
Fast-forward two decades, and Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler has brought forth a four-door sedan with a longitudinal powertrain configuration and room enough for a V-8. The sixth-generation Charger debuted for the 2006 model year and broke the two-door coupe mold set forth by previous Chargers. Nevertheless, the sixth generation is by far the most successful in terms of sales and longevity.
Chrysler’s partnership with Daimler afforded the automaker access to parts and engineering from Mercedes, and after raiding the parts bens, the Charger sprang forth. The front control arms were borrowed from the W220 S-Class sedan while the five-link rear suspension, firewall, and floor plan came from the W211 E-Class. Chrysler called it the LX platform.
Of course, Chrysler, the parent company of Dodge, badge-engineered itself the Chrysler 300 sedan, which shared nearly every part with the Charger, along with the LX underpinnings. Nevertheless, we’re here about the Charger, so let’s dive into the details.
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Dodge would like you to remember, as you look through the countless aftermarket examples of its cars that will turn up to SEMA, that there are also quite a few Mopar options for customizing your Charger. Even though an argument could be made that optioning your Charger with Mopar accessories doesn’t really make it aftermarket, this kind of thing is always common at SEMA, and from more manufacturers than just Dodge. There are a number of Mopar cars at this year’s show, and for the Charger, the in-house tuner has a concept called the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3.
The car is tame by SEMA standards, but is a realistic approximation of what most people who wish to tune their Charger will probably be looking to do. Most of the modifications are existing products that are available right now from Mopar, but not quite everything. Hopefully this is one of those situations where Mopar is using the concept as a way of gauging the public’s reaction to the car, and future offerings will be based on that reaction. But, even if that isn’t the purpose, and Mopar just wants to remind everyone that you can buy go-fast parts right from the dealership, it’s still a good looking car.
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When Ford decided to finally lay to rest the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, a huge void was left in the lucrative police vehicle market. In the resulting scramble to provide cruisers to fill that void, Dodge ended up with a much bigger share of this market than it had had in some time, with the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit. Dodge knows that it will have to keep updating the car if it wants to keep its contracts. The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit is better than ever.
Keen students of the automotive industry will notice that there isn’t a new generation of the Charger for 2016, so the car isn’t entirely new for the model year. Indeed, the updates for 2016 primarily focus on the redesigned Uconnect system. This is really a big thing, but we’ll get into that in a bit. It is worth a look at the car in general though, even the parts that aren’t new, if for no other reason than to see just how different and utilitarian the police version of the car is. The differences between it and the civilian model are striking.
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Since its inception in the early 1990s, Hennessey Performance Engineering has been looking for ways to improve vehicles from just about every
brand available in the U.S, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. The Texas-based company even managed to set an unofficial world record record for street-legal cars with the Hennessey Venom GT, a heavily modified 2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer that hit 270.49 mph. Now, about a year after Dodge launched the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the world’s fastest, quickest, and most powerful sedan, Hennessey announced plans to develop an upgrade package for Mopar’s four-door muscle car.
Meet the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat HPE800, the sedan that promises to be as quick and powerful as a Ferrari supercar, yet cost less than $100,000.
The Charger Hellcat adds to Hennessey extensive lineup of modified American cars, which includes vehicles from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and even GMC. Keep reading for the full rundown and stay tuned for updates as well be back as soon as we have them.
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