Dodge Charger Review & Ratings
- 1 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Dodge Charger is classified as a muscle car and is manufactured by the Dodge division of Chrysler. This vehicle first appeared at a car show in 1964 and there have been a number of these vehicles which have bore the Charger nameplate. These vehicles have been built on three different platforms and sizes. The Charger nameplate has been used for a variety of different vehicles, including full-size sedans as well as hatchback and personal luxury coupes. The three primary versions of the Dodge Charger include a mid-size B-body 2-door model in 1966-1978, a subcompact L-body car which was produced from 1983-1987, and the LX and LD models which used the full-size platform and a 4-door design since 2006.
The “Charger” name was also used for the 1999 concept car which was vastly different from the Charger as it is currently known. The Ramcharger name was used for the truck-based vehicle as well. In Brazil the Charger name was used for the performance model which was based on the Dart which used the A-Body and was manufactured from 1970-1980. There have been a number of different model chargers over the years, including the 1964 Dodge Charger (concept) which was a roadster-style show car with a design that clearly resembled the Dodge Polara.
The 1965 Dodge Charger 273 had a limited production option package for the Dart GT and the 1966-1978 Charger used the B-body design and was available only as a rear-wheel drive coupe. The first generation Charger was produced from 1966-1967 and first made its debut in the fall of 1965. This new character was a slightly different version with a 2-door design called the Coronet and was built on the Chrysler B platform. The base engine in this vehicle was a 318 cu in 5.2 liter V8 with a three-speed floor shifter. There were some larger more powerful engines available for this vehicle, but sales of them were ultimately low.
The sixth generation Charger which was produced from 2006-2010, came with a whole new design and is available only as a 4-door sedan. In 2006 this vehicle became available in a number of trim levels, including the SE, SXT, R/T, R/T with Road/Track Performance Group, an d Daytona R/T versions. The Charger SE uses a V6 engine coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission with “AutoStick” manual shifting feature as well as 17” wheels, all-speed traction, air condition, a CD player, ABS and electronic stability control, and a telescoping steering column.
The Charger SXT uses a 3.5 liter V6 engine and has machined-face aluminum wheels as well as 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest, chrome grille surround, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Boston Acoustics audio system. The higher-end Charger R/T has a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with a multiple-displacement system which allows the vehicle to use only four cylinders when it is in cruise mode. The SRT8 has a 6.1 liter Hemi engine as well as automatic climate control, special grille and rear spoiler, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, and performance steering gear.
The seventh generation Character was first revealed at the New York Auto Show in 2014. The 2015 Charger has received a number of improvements and updates to its overall design as well as some added features. The most obvious change to this vehicle is the new front grille as well as the rounded LED headlights. It has been reported that Dodge used the design of the 1969 Charger as inspiration for the new one. The engines that will be available with this vehicle include a 370 horsepower Chrysler 5.7 liter Hemi V8 as well as a 292 horsepower 3.6 liter V6.