Muscle car of an era! Dodge Charger has been a front-runner in terms of popularizing and inspiring the muscle car culture. The first model came in 1964 as a show car and slightly later it was introduced to the market. New Dodge Charger is the 7th gen model bringing a host of new upgrades. The new version brings back the old muscle car charisma combining the latest trends in automotive styling.
Sculpted Exterior Styling of new 2016 Dodge Charger
The exterior looks stunning with chiseled side body making it very aggressive and intimidating. The new grille design is quite similar to what we are getting from traditional design and now brings minor tweaking to keep up the new trends. The silhouette pays homage to the heritage coke bottle inspired body profile. The wraparound headlamp and front fascia design gives an aggressive feel to the car. Wheels can be selected from 17 inch to 20-Inch size to suit the customer requirement and we would definitely recommend larger option, especially for those that want more power. The HID headlamp and LED fog lamps give you good vision system for any night ride.
Rear lamps are smoothly integrated into the body and with a sporty feel. Spoiler design comes in 3 variants including 3 piece body color spoiler, one piece body color spoiler, and one piece satin black spoiler. Cap less fuel filler is an innovative feature cleverly integrated with a sophisticated look. The hood design of SE, SXT and R/t also varies in SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat variant draw the inspiration from the rich heritage styling of this model. SRT 392 hood features a large power bulge for cold air intake that is needed to supply enough air to the beast located under the hood. Similarly, for Hellcat features a dual power bulge for cold air intake. Exterior styling brings in the command feel and its highlights are at the front and rear.
The Charger’s Cozy Interior
Ergonomically designed Black Sedoso VIP seats give a greater level of comfort. Both front and rear seats are equipped with heating and ventilation so you can easily set the right temperature. It is very well suited for humid climates and settings could be changed according to requirement. Hidden fans in the seats give cooler air circulation and keep the cabin cool. LED ambient lighting gives a soft and stylish driving experience and is a very nice addition to already decently equipped interior. Inspired by cognitive ergonomics, the steering wheel design is optimized for long rides and it can be adjusted so you can get into perfect ride position. The layout of various switches is aptly placed around the steering wheel with the driver in mind so you will be able to easily and fast access all of those switches.
The Infotainment System of Dodge Charger
The 2016 Dodge Charger features HD radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Music enthusiasts will be delighted with the six speaker sound system, which is standard in all models but if you want more you should know that higher trim levels offer premium sound system. The media hub hosts a set of features including USB port, SD card slot and 3.5mm aux jack. Do you own multiple gadgets? This vehicle has dual USB port to keep your device powered all the time. The improved Uconnect gives seamless Hands-free calling and voice commands. Beats-Audio premium sound system is a must for anybody who loves exclusivity and comes as an optional package. 5 Inch Touchscreen for base variant and 8.4 Inch touch screen display is standard across the higher variants. Do you want to stream some music online? Dodge charger offers Wi-Fi Hotspot as an additional package and one could customize it with Uconnect.
With Charger Safety Comes First
Charger comes with a lot of advanced safety features making it one quite safe vehicle which is important especially when you know that you might take it for a spin on a track and at higher speeds. The front and rear crumple zones are designed to take up all the energy of any impact and direct any excess energy away from the passengers. It reduces the injury to passengers while absorbing the impact. Rear cross path detection system works when the vehicle takes reverse gear. This system scans the rear end area for any moving objects and gives prompt audible warning and alert icon warning in the exterior mirror so you could stop in time and avoid any incident.
Another piece of intelligent technology is the forward collision warning with active braking if the vehicle sensors detect a frontal impact potential, the system gives an audible warning and visual display icons. Additionally, if the driver is not responding to the warning, this system automatically stops the vehicle. Other safety features such as lane departure warning system and automatic headlamps further improve the vehicle’s safety. Rain brake support is another interesting feature, which is active when the front wipers are operated and it is designed to give optimum pressure for braking in rainy roads.
Handling and Muscle Power of Charger Dodge
A collection of different engines is available with various Dodge Charger models. Starting with 3.6 L V6 engine for SE Model to 6.4 L V8 Supercharged SRT powerplants for Hellcat, you can choose your muscle car with a different level of power and torque. The Hellcat Engine (6.4L V8 SRT) churns out 707Hp and can reach 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds while the top speed is about 204 mph making it most interesting in the lineup. Even the base 3.6L V6 unit produces respectable 292 hp bringing delight and good performances for SE model. Second in the lineup is the 5.7 liter V8 that pumps out 370 hp and if you do not want to give money for top of the line Hellcat version you can opt for the 6.4 liter V8 with 485 hp.
Transmission options start with Auto-stick automatic transmission and ends with Torqueflite – 8 Speed Automatic transmission. Independent front suspension and 5 Link rear suspension gives the perfect ride quality. The ride quality combined with handling makes it a perfect choice for driving enthusiasts.
Variant Levels of Chargers
The Dodge Charger lineup comes with 9 different models. SE and SE AWD is the bottom of the ladder. SXT and SXT AWD come next. R/T, R/T Road and Track and R/T SCAT pack is the next level. SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat are at the Top of the ladder. SRT Hellcat is the King of all Dodge Chargers and boasts many extravagant features. Supercharged SRT Hellcat V8 Hemi is only available with Hellcat. Two key fobs, one in red and other in black gives a premium touch to Hellcat SRT owners. R/T Scat Pack version comes with Brembo high-performance braking system and signature Scat Pack grille badging. Scat pack’s Active Valve exhaust ensures a thundering exhaust note giving an insane feel of the drive and speed.
Premium appearance and Blacktop package are the optional appearance kits available for R/T model with which you also get 8.4 Inch Uconnect touch screen and keyless Start. Base price is set to $27,995 while for the Hellcat model you will need to shell out $65,945 but with 707 hp it is really worth it.
The 2016 Dodge Charger offers 11 eye-catching colors for selection. Plum Crazy is added as a new color in 2016. Two heritage colors B5 Blue and Tor-Red are also offered for classic car lovers. Overall, this is a performance-oriented car with a focus on quality handling and comfort ride.