Since its total revamp in 2011, the Dodge Charger has held steady in most regards for nearly a decade. In 2018, this souped-up sports sedan comes back with a whopping nine trim levels suited to your tastes and needs. Whether you want a true muscle car in every sense of the word or something more practical, the Charger has you covered. Here’s a look at some of the trim levels for 2018.
The SXT is the entry-level trim for the 2018 Dodge Charger, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking where it counts. With a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 under the hood, the SXT has the perfect combination of power and efficiency, boasting 300 horsepower and up to 30 mpg on the highway. Other awesome standard features include SiriusXM satellite radio, the ParkView rear backup camera, and the ParkSense rear park assist system.
The Charger GT takes many of the performance specs you love about the SXT including the engine, but adds all-wheel drive for more traction and handling even in the most adverse weather conditions. Nineteen-inch painted aluminum wheels helps grip the road while adding heightened aesthetics, while a three-piece body-colored spoiler adds form and function. Inside, the GT allows you access to your favorite music and apps thanks to the 8.4-inch Uconnect system.
The R/T, standing for road and track, is the first Charger trim to get a major engine upgrade. Instead of the Pentastar, the R/T gets a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that knocks out 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, and an electronically controlled active exhaust improves performance out of the gate. Inside, the R/T comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for seamless smartphone integration and one free year of SiriusXM radio.
With all the features of the R/T and the name of an iconic raceway to boot, the Daytona means business. An active performance exhaust, three-mode electronic stability control, and a performance suspension build upon the basis of the vehicle, providing even more agility, handling, and power that’s made for the track.
R/T Scat Pack
An upgrade to the 6.4-liter Hemi SRT V-8 is the highlight of the R/T Scat Pack, providing 485 horsepower and 0-60 speeds in right around four seconds. With this much power, you’ll have to prep yourself an hour ahead of time for the jaw-drop that’s sure to follow. High-performance Brembo brakes and an electronically controlled exhaust system pair with the rest of the performance specs for a pure driving experience.
The SRT 392 boasts many of the underpinnings of the R/T Scat Pack but adds even more functionality to support performance enthusiasts. Ultra high-performance Brembo brakes, all-new drive modes, and a three-mode adaptive dampening system add up to one smooth ride, while high-intensity discharge headlamps allow you to see off in the distance for perfect turns and straightaway hustle. Plus, it still gets an impressive 25 mpg on the highway, which is virtually unheard of for 6.4 liters of displacement.
Regardless of which Charger trim you choose, you’re treated to the perfect blend of performance, comfort, and tech you won’t find anywhere else.
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Get to Know These Six 2018 Dodge Charger Trims