Dan Scanlan checks out Dodge’s alternative to four-door boredom.
This is not the Hellcat, with its supercharged 707-horsepower/6.2-liter HEMI V-8. But if you can’t have the uber-Dodge Charger, then our ‘15 R/T with a 370-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is pretty nice until the extra 337 horses come along. So, does the R/T offer enough fun?
The most iconic original Chargers came to market from 1966-1970. The last one was a front-wheel-drive compact hatchback before it died in 1987. Then came the sixth-gen Charger of 2006, the basis for this four-door. Chrysler re-engineered the rear-wheel-drive platform in 2011 with a door scallop that echoed the 1968-’70 models. And for 2015, the Charger got a new hood, fenders, front and rear lights and fascias, even front doors.
Eagle RS-A rubber. Dodge swears the side scallops are reshaped, and it restyled the C-pillar for a bit more of a fastback appearance as it flows into the trunk and its new spoiler. The continuous LED taillight ribbon is slimmer, and has a more diffuse lighting. The dual exhaust
tips are wider and integrated into a black lower fascia. Called it a more streamlined
overall shape with some serious attitude.
When it rains, it’s a different story. Because of the quick throttle tip-in, I found the tail eager to go wide even when we carefully took a corner. It’s easy to control, but a bit daunting. The electric power steering had driver-selectable modes - normal, comfort and sport. I kept it on “sport” for a more direct feel with better feedback, albeit a bit artificial.
We had 14.2-inch front/13.8-inch rear disc brakes with Brembo four-pot front calipers. They offered a precise pedal feel with solid stopping and no fade. There’s no getting around it – this is a big and slightly old-fashioned muscle car with a well-developed platform that still has some old school in it – enjoy and respect it!
A base V-6 Charger SE starts at $27,995, while our R/T Road and Track started at $32,995 with the 370-horsepower V-8, eight-speed automatic and keyless entry. The rest was all options, the biggest the $3,000 Super Track Pak with sport suspension, three-mode stability control, Brembo brakes, 20-inch tires and wheels, black grill, leather/suede seats, alarm, power pedals, ventilated front seats, 3.07 rear axle ratio and some more go-fast and look-fast items. The $1,795 tech package adds the safety items including rain-sensitive wipers, while $1,500 added the black roof and $1,195 the moonroof. The $795 option package added the blind spot detection and those mirror courtesy lights, while navigation with the 8.4-inch touchscreen and back-up camera added $695. With destination, the price was $43,965.
For more information about the 2015 Dodge Charger lineup, please visit http://www.dodge.com/en/charger/