Dodge Charger (LX)

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Dodge Charger
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2012 Dodge Charger
Overview
Manufacturer
Production 2005[1]–present
Model years 2006–present
Assembly Canada: Brampton, Ontario (Brampton Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler LX platform
Chronology
Predecessor Dodge Intrepid

The Dodge Charger LX is a rear-wheel drive four-door automobile introduced in February 2005. Built by Chrysler for its North American Dodge brand, the car was created to continue the Dodge Charger line, and replaced the Dodge Intrepid as Dodge's full-size sedan.[2] Dodge Charger (2006–2010) shares the LX platform with the Chrysler 300, the newer third-generation Dodge Challenger, and the discontinued Dodge Magnum.

History[edit]

The first Charger was a 1964 show car, based on the Dodge Polara and fitted with a 426 Wedge V8 engine. The first production Charger, based on the Dodge Coronet, was introduced as a 1966 model. There were several different vehicles bearing the Charger nameplate built on three different platforms and sizes, all bearing the Charger nameplate. Although the name is associated with the late-1960s performance model in the Dodge range, it was also used on personal luxury coupes during the late-1970s and on front-wheel drive subcompact hatchbacks during the 1980s.

In 1999, Dodge introduced a new Charger R/T concept car. It took many styling cues from the 1960s Chargers, sharing their long nose and rearward cab, but was shorter at 187 in (4,750 mm), compared to 203 in (5,156 mm) for the 1966 Charger. It was also 650 lb (295 kg) lighter. It featured four-door sedan body design, while all the previous production Chargers had two doors.

First generation (2005—2010)[edit]

First generation
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Overview
Production 2005–2010
Model years 2006–2010
Designer Ralph Gilles
Freeman Thomas
Body and chassis
Related Chrysler 300
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Magnum
Powertrain
Engine 2.7 L (160 cu in) EER V6
3.5 L (210 cu in) EGG V6
5.7 L (345 cu in) EZB/EZD HEMI V8
6.1 L (370 cu in) ESF HEMI V8
Transmission 4-speed 42RLE automatic
5-speed W5A580 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 120.0 in (304.8 cm)
Length 200.1 in (508.3 cm)
Width 74.4 in (189 cm)
Height 58.2 in (148 cm)
SRT-8: 57.7 in (1,466 mm)
Curb weight 4160 lb (1887 kg)[3]
Year Model Engine Power Torque
2006–2010 SE 2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in)
EER V6
190 hp (142 kW) 190 lb·ft (258 N·m)
SXT (G/H/N/P/R Packs) 3,518 cc (3.518 L; 214.7 cu in)
EGG V6
250 hp (186 kW) 250 lb·ft (339 N·m)
2006–2008 R/T 5.7 L (345 cu in)
Hemi EZB V8
340 hp (254 kW) 390 lb·ft (529 N·m)
R/T with Road/Track Performance Group 350 hp (261 kW)
Daytona R/T
2009–2010 R/T 5.7 L (345 cu in)
Hemi EZD V8
368 hp (274 kW) 395 lb·ft (536 N·m)
R/T with Road/Track Performance Group
372 hp (277 kW)
2006–2010 SRT-8 6.1 L (370 cu in)
Hemi ESF V8
425 hp (317 kW) 420 lb·ft (569 N·m)

Both the SXT and R/T models were also available as AWD (All Wheel Drive) starting in 2007. The All-Wheel Drive system is derived from the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC technology. From 2007 to 2008, the AWD system is engaged all the time, routing approximately 60% of the power to the rear wheels and 40% of the power to the front wheels. The 2009 Charger AWD utilized the Torque-on-Demand system manufactured by Borg Warner which disconnects the front axles until extra traction is needed. This results in a slight boost in fuel economy while retaining the same maximum power split to the front wheels.

After three years of production, an update for 2009 models was made. This included moving the decklid's "CHARGER" badge from the left to the right, making way for "DODGE" at the left. Tail lamps were also revised.

Daytona R/T[edit]

Color Year Units
Go ManGo! 2006 4000 (US), 200 (CDN)
Top Banana 4000 (US), 250 (CDN)
TorRed 2000 (US), 250 (CDN)
Sublime 2007 1500 (US), 150 (CDN)
Plum Crazy 1400 (US), 120 (CDN)
Hemi Orange 2008 1650 (US), 100 (CDN)
Stone White 2009 400 (US), 75 (CDN)

The 2006 Charger Daytona R/T debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Featured with a 5-speed Automatic (Tiptronic) Transmission. It featured a high output 350 hp (261 kW) version of the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi as well as an updated suspension and tires. Visual additions included a special front fascia with a chin spoiler and a black rear spoiler. In a retro touch, the Daytona R/T featured black "Hemi" decals on the hood and rear fender and retro high impact colors.

In 2007, larger 20-inch chrome-clad wheels were introduced. In 2008, a revised stripe package was adopted. In 2009, horsepower was increased to 372 hp (277 kW) by the addition of Variable Camshaft Timing.


SRT-8[edit]

An SRT-8 version of the Charger debuted at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Powered by a 425 hp (317 kW) version of the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi, it also featured upgraded Brembo brakes, and interior and exterior updates. The engine produces 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) of torque. The 425 net horsepower of the modern 6.1 L Hemi makes it even more powerful than the legendary Chrysler Hemi engines of the muscle car era, the biggest of which was rated at 425 gross horsepower. This makes the 6.1 L Hemi engine the most powerful V8 engine that Chrysler has ever put in a production vehicle with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

2006 Dodge Charger SRT-8 in Brilliant Black
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 in Plum Crazy
2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 in Inferno Red
Color Year Units
Go ManGo! 2006 1
Silver 675
Black 2907
Inferno Red 1137
Silver 2007 Unknown
Black Unknown
TorRed Unknown
Plum Crazy 300 [4]
Silver 2008 Unknown
Black Unknown
TorRed Unknown
Steel Blue Unknown
Silver 2009 Unknown
Black Unknown
TorRed Unknown
Deep Water Blue Unknown
Silver 2010 Unknown
Black Unknown
TorRed Unknown
Deep Water Blue Unknown


Super Bee[edit]

Main article: Dodge Super Bee

A new Super Bee version of the Charger debuted at the 2006 New York International Auto Show for the 2007 model year. It shared the SRT-8's 425 hp (317 kW) 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi engine, but was available in a special "Detonator Yellow" paint with black decals. It is a limited edition with only 1,000 being produced. A B5 Blue version of the Super Bee was shown at the 2007 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in early 2008, also with a limited run of 1,000. A total of 425 Hemi Orange Super Bees were built in 2009. In 2011, it was announced that the Super Bee will be returning as a 2012 model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the 392 HEMI engine in "Stinger Yellow" and "Pitch Black"[5]

2007 Dodge Charger Super Bee #711
2007 Dodge Charger Super Bee #711
Color Year Units
Detonator Yellow 2007 1000 (US & Canada)
B5 Blue Pearl 2008 1000 (US & Canada)
Hemi Orange[6] 2009 425 (US & Canada)
Stinger Yellow[5] 2012 500
Pitch Black[5] 2012 TBD
Bright White 2013 TBD
Plum Crazy 2013 TBD
Pitch Black

TorRed

Hemi® Orange

2013 TBD


DUB Edition[edit]

2008 Dodge Charger DUB Edition

Created with DUB Magazine, this version is based on the Charger SXT. It includes a body-colour spoiler and fog lamps, 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R20 tires, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with 13-speaker PUNCHER surround-sound system, a 322w KICKER amplifier, a 100w KICKER subwoofer, and upgraded brakes from an R/T that are dual piston calipers in the front. Exterior colors are red, black, silver, cool vanilla, and dark titanium.[7]

A total of 2,180 Charger DUB Edition cars were produced for the U.S. market. They carried a MSRP of $30,999.[8]

NASCAR[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup's newest Dodge car design "The COT" (Car of Tomorrow), driven by Kasey Kahne
Dodge Charger NASCAR

Although NASCAR stock cars bear only a slight resemblance to actual street cars, Dodge's 2005 and 2006 NASCAR entries were based on the Charger silhouette, replacing the previous Dodge Intrepid. Unlike the Intrepid, the Charger shares rear-wheel drive and a V8 engine with its NASCAR counterparts.

During the 2007 NASCAR season the Charger was used in all non Car of Tomorrow races and the Dodge Avenger was used in all Car of Tomorrow races. The Car of Tomorrow was used exclusively in 2008. However, the Avenger Car of Tomorrow was redesignated as a Charger R/T through the use of different decals. The decals have been revised again for 2011–2012 to reflect the updated nose and tail styling of the production Charger, including the full-width taillight panel.

Dodge and Ram left NASCAR (Sprint, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck-series) at the end of the 2012 season. For the 2012 NASCAR season, Penske Racing was the only full-time team champaigning Dodges (the #2 and #22 Chargers) in the Sprint Cup, and their #2 Miller Lite Dodge (driven by Brad Kesolowski) won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Despite winning the Sprint Cup, Penske Racing switched to Ford for the 2013 season.

Engines[edit]

5.7L Hemi
5.7 L Hemi
6.1L Hemi
6.1 L Hemi

The Charger SE and SXT are equipped with Chrysler's 3.5 L V6. The 3.5 L V6 produces 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb·ft (339 N·m) of torque. In Canada, the base model Charger has a 2.7 L V6, which produces 178 hp (133 kW) and 190 lb·ft (258 N·m) of torque. In 2006, the 2.7 L V6 was also available in the U.S. for fleet sales only. For 2007, the SE package could be had with the 2.7 L engine for all buyers. The Canadian SXT model included the 3.5 L V6.

The R/T version uses the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. From 2006 to 2008, this engine produced 340 hp (254 kW) and 390 lb·ft (529 N·m) of torque. For 2009, Variable Camshaft Timing was added, raising power levels to 368 hp (274 kW) and 395 lb·ft (536 N·m) of torque respectively.

The SRT-8 model comes with the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi V8. The 6.1 L Hemi produces 425 hp (317 kW) and 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) of torque.[9]

Safety[edit]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Charger an overall Good score in frontal crash tests.[10] In side impacts Charger models equipped with optional side airbags are given a Marginal score overall, and models without side airbags are given the lowest overall Poor score.[11][12]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Charger five stars on passenger, driver, and rear passenger crash test ratings and four stars in regard to side impact rating.

All models come standard with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) (except in 2.7 L V6 cars where it is optional) with ABS and all speed traction control.


Second generation (2011—present)[edit]

Second generation
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Overview
Also called SRT Charger
Production 2010–present
Model years 2011–present
Body and chassis
Related Chrysler 300
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Charger R/T (1999 concept)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 5-speed W5A580 automatic
8-speed 845RE automatic [13]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,052 mm (120.2 in)
Length 5,077 mm (199.9 in)
Width 1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Height 1,482 mm (58.3 in)
2013 Dodge Charger SRT-8 (Canada)

The 2011 Charger underwent both exterior and interior changes.[14] It features a completely new body with the most striking changes being the redesigned fascia and hood section,[15] modified "racetrack" vintage-style taillights and a new dashboard. It also takes some styling cues from the 1968–1970 models. Chrome aluminum wheels became standard equipment over plastic hubcaps. The new 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine replaces the 2.7L V6 Engine as well as the 3.5L High-Output V6 Engine. It is built alongside the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 and 300C.

Engines are available with both the 5-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions.

Engines[edit]

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
SE 3.6 V6 Pentastar 3,604 cc (219.9 cu in) 292 hp (218 kW) at 6350 rpm 260 pound-feet (350 N·m) at 4800 rpm 2011–
RALLYE (PLUS packs)
R/T 5.7 L V8 HEMI 5,654 cc (345.0 cu in) 370 hp (280 kW) at 5250 rpm 395 pound-feet (536 N·m) at 4200 rpm 2011–
SRT-8 6.4 L V8 HEMI 6,409 cc (391.1 cu in) 470 hp (350 kW) 470 pound-feet (640 N·m) 2012–2014
485 hp (362 kW) 475 pound-feet (644 N·m) 2015–
SRT Hellcat 6.2 L V8 HEMI 6,162 cc (376.0 cu in) 707 hp (527 kW) at 6000 rpm 650 pound-feet (880 N·m) at 4000 rpm 2015–

2012 update[edit]

From 2012 model year the 3.6 L engine is available with an 8-speed automatic that improves fuel economy by 4-mpg on the highway. The 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 produces 292 horsepower (218 kW) and 260 lb·ft (353 N·m) of torque, the 5.7 liter V-8 delivers 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 395 lb·ft (536 N·m) of torque, and the new 6.4 liter V-8 produces 470 hp (350 kW) and 470 lb·ft (640 N·m). of torque. According to the October 2011 issue of Motor Trend, the Dodge Charger SRT-8, weighing 4,361 lb (1,978 kg), sprints from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.3 seconds, and clears the quarter mile (~400 m) in 12.8 seconds at 110 mph (180 km/h). It is mechanically identical to the Chrysler 300 SRT-8.

Charger SRT-8[edit]

The Charger SRT-8 returns as 2012 model, which was previewed at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Chrysler began putting the Dodge logo with slanted red rectangles on the grilles of 2012.5 Charger models.

Recalls[edit]

9,688 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles were recalled for overheated lighting harness connector causing low beams to fail, and an overheated power distribution center could result in a loss of the vehicle's anti-lock braking and stability control systems.[16]

2013 update[edit]

2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger[edit]

It is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car based on the appearance of 2013 Dodge Charger. The vehicle was unveiled in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[17][18]

Dodge Charger Juiced[edit]

Dodge Charger Juiced is based on Dodge Charger, with Viper V-10 Mopar (650 hp) crate engine, Mopar cold air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust, Mopar front chin spoiler, Mopar Performance prototype hood (with a functional forward-facing intake), roof in a darker matte version of the custom Metallic "Copperhead" body colour, unique Mopar matte black hood graphics and decklid graphics, body-color split cross hair grille with a Mopar grille badge, Mopar-exclusive 20-inch lightweight wheels trimmed in matte black with an accent "Copperhead" stripe, unique black Katzkin leather seats with touches of "Copperhead" color, "Copperhead" color stitching at the steering wheel, shifter and armrest; a "Copperhead" embroidered on the seatbacks, aluminum instrument panel bezel in matte black, Mopar logo door-sill guards, Mopar logo premium carpet floor mats, Mopar pistol-grip shifter.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 SEMA Show.[19]

2013 Dodge Charger R/T Blacktop[edit]

Available for Charger R/T and R/T Plus, it includes a choice of 6 body colours (Pitch Black, Billet Metallic, Granite Crystal, Bright White, Redline Red Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat), Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, Gloss Black center caps, Gloss Black front grille, body-color rear spoiler, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Sport Mode, 3.06 rear axle, Beats Audio (10 speakers with subwoofer and 552-Watt amplifier).[20]

2013 Dodge Charger Daytona[edit]

It is a limited (2500 units)[21] version of 2013 Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track with a choice of 4 body colours (Daytona Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver, Pitch Black), dark trim, Satin Black front crosshair grille with heritage "R/T" badge, custom vinyl hood graphic, roof wrap, rear R/T spoiler; "DAYTONA" graphic on the rear quarter panels, exclusive 20-inch five-spoke polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black painted pockets, 'Daytona Blue' engine cover, performance 3.06 rear axle ratio, high-speed engine controller, paddle shifters with sport mode, performance steering and suspension, black heated and ventilated seats with Daytona Blue stitching and piping in cloth (R/T) or Nappa leather and suede (R/T Road & Track) upholstery, blue "DAYTONA" embroidery at the upper front seat backs, unique dark brushed aluminum trim surrounds the 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch screen and gauges on the instrument panel, as well as the trim around the shifter and cup holders on the center console; a Mopar bright pedal kit, a 552-watt 10-speaker Beats Audio System, a special numbered "DAYTONA" badge on the instrument panel that features the build number of that specific Charger Daytona model.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

US models arrived at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2013.[22]

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport[edit]

Available for Dodge Charger SXT AWD, SXT Plus AWD, Charger R/T AWD, and R/T Plus AWD, the Charger AWD Sport package includes

a unique Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille and grille surround, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black pockets, all-season performance tires, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, sport mode transmission calibration, rear body-color spoiler, sport seats in black cloth (SXT and R/T) or premium black or red heated Nappa leather (SXT Plus and R/T Plus) upholstery, Beats Audio technology (a 12-channel amplifier integrating Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel, two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors, two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers, two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area), active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system.

US model arrived at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2013.[23]

Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Appearance Package[edit]

Available for 2013 and 2014 model years, they are limited (392 units total) versions of Dodge Charger SRT8 with custom-designed gloss black "392 HEMI" fender badges with a charcoal grey metallic insert, center section of power bulge hood painted in Pitch Black, roof painted in Pitch Black, new satin black SRT lower-body side stripe with heavy band and accent tracer stretching from front fascia, through doors to rear fascias; side mirrors painted in Pitch Black, 20-inch split five-spoke Black Vapor Chrome wheels, rear spoiler painted in Pitch Black, choice of 5 body colors (Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, HEMI Orange Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat), '392' engine beauty covers under the hood, exclusive serialized dash plaque showing production build number / 392, expanded adaptive damping suspension with three-mode selectable suspension tuning, standard launch control.

Ordering of US model began at April 2013.[24]

Production[edit]

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8, Charger Daytona were built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

2014 update[edit]

2014 Dodge Charger SXT Plus - 100th Anniversary Edition

2014 Dodge Charger, Dodge Charger AWD Sport[edit]

Changes include Uconnect 8.4N with integrated Garmin navigation, 3 new body colours (Header Orange, TorRed, Plum Crazy), re-introduction of Blacktop and Rallye Appearance Packages.

Redline Package is based on 2014 Dodge Charger SXT and SXT Plus models, with 20-inch Black Chrome wheels with a Redline Red lip and inner backbone, all-season performance tires, performance-tuned suspension, sport seats, rear body-color spoiler, exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system, eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Sport Mode.

Stylish 20-inch Wheel Sport Appearance Group is based on Charger SXT models, with 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, performance-tuned suspension and all-season tires, and a body-color rear spoiler.

Dodge Charger AWD Sport includes unique Gloss Black split-crosshair grille, polished 19-inch aluminum wheels with Gloss Black pockets; steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters with sport-mode, rear spoiler, sport seats, 300 horsepower V-6 or 370 horsepower V8 engine, Beats Audio.

US model was set to appear in Dodge showrooms in fall 2013. Early models include SE, SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track, R/T Max.[25]

2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit, Charger Pursuit V-8 AWD[edit]

It is a police car version of Dodge Charger with a choice of 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (292 hp) or 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (392 hp) engine, larger 14.5-inch front brake discs, increased front-caliper swept area to 388 sq.in. from 289 sq.in., increased rear-caliper swept area to 296 sq.in. from 291 sq.in., Police-specific Secure Park (prevents idling vehicle from being driven without key fob present in the vehicle), revised rear fascia and exhaust tips, new camber link change to the rear suspension to further enhance high-speed and aggressive braking performance, upgraded fuel pump for added durability, variable-displacement air conditioner compressor for added efficiency, factory-installed Mopar horizontal or vertical vinyl graphics for customer convenience, optional ParkSense rear-park assist.

Charger Pursuit V-8 AWD model includes segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect (late availability).

Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD became available to law enforcement customers in the Spring of 2014 through Chrysler Group's Fleet Operations.[26]

2014 Dodge Charger Scat Packages, 2013 SEMA concept[edit]

Scat Package 1 includes Mopar cold air intake, Mopar cat-back exhaust, Scat Package 1 badge, all-new performance calibrated engine controller "optimized" to the 5.7-liter HEMI engine.

Scat Package 2 adds a customized, optimized performance calibration feature tailored for Scat Package 2, a new Mopar performance camshaft works in conjunction with the components of the Scat Package 1 kit, 'Scat Package 2' badge.

Scat Package 3 adds optimized performance calibration tailored for Scat Package 3, new Mopar performance CNC ported and polished cylinder heads, Mopar performance camshaft, Mopar hi-flow performance headers, Scat Package 3 badge.

The SEMA concept car includes 20 x 9-inch unique lightweight wheels withblack Mopar center caps and a Hyperblack II finish, a side valence, a unique new front splitter and Redline rear spoiler, a Scat Pack hard badge in the rear quarter window, Katzkin black performance leather seats, black leather door panel inserts featuring red leather Dodge stripes and red accent stitching, red seat-belt webbing, red carpet bindings, red embroidered Dodge Charger logo in the front seats, gloss-black steering-wheel spokes, black chrome on the door handles, cluster rings, instrument panel bezels, center console trim, and steering-wheel center ring; added bright pedal kit, pistol-grip shifter, door-sill guards, a wireless charging pad.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 SEMA Show.[27][27]

Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition[edit]

It is a version of 2014 Dodge Charger SXT Plus with Pentastar V-6 engine or R/T Plus with HEMI V-8 engine, commemorating the 100th anniversary of John and Horace Dodge introducing Dodge Brothers Model 30, with choice of 8 body colours (Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange and an exclusive High Octane Red pearl), 20x8-inch polished five-spoke aluminum wheels, Granite Crystal pockets and a matching Granite Crystal Dodge split-crosshair grille, "Dodge Est. 1914" bar-style front-fender badges, Dodge "100" logo on the center caps, a body-color rear spoiler, a red "R/T" heritage grille badge on R/T Plus model, sport seats with all-new Molten Red or Foundry Black Nappa leather upholstery, a custom cloud overprint at sport seats, center console armrest and door armrests; a unique three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters, brass-colored accent stitching on leather-wrapped surfaces, Dark Brushed Graphite center console bezels, Liquid Graphite steering-wheel accents, die-cast "Dodge Est. 1914" circular badges on front seatbacks, an embroidered anniversary logo on floor mats, all-new instrument panel cluster graphics (unique black-face gauges with white indication, stand-out red "100" mph indication), Electronic Vehicle Information Center and Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with unique startup image, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology (10-speakers and a 12-channel 552 watt amplifier that integrates Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm), eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode (SXT Plus), sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension, two unique key fobs with 100th Anniversary Edition jeweled logo on the back side, a customized owner's kit, a special commemorative book celebrating the 100 years of Dodge heritage.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 LA Auto Show.[28]

The vehicle was set to appear in Dodge showrooms during the first quarter of 2014.[29][30]

Canadian model was set to appear in Dodge showrooms during the first quarter of 2014.[31]

Motorsport[edit]

2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD records fastest lap time during Michigan State Police's 2014 Vehicle Evaluation Test (1:33.85), and fastest average lap time (1:34.75) at Grattan Raceway.[26]

Production[edit]

The 2014 Dodge Charger is manufactured at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario.

Marketing[edit]

As part of 2014 Dodge Charger launch in the US, Dodge Chargers appeared as hero vehicles driven by main character Nolan (Grant Bowler) in the 2013-05-20 episode of Defiance television series. The co-branded TV commercial, titled 'Dodge Charger | Defiance' debuts May 20. The 30-second commercial shows the endurance of the Charger as it survives obstacles in a changing world, ending with a transformed planet Earth in the year 2046 where 'only the defiant survive.' In addition, Dodge Defiance Arkfall Sweepstakes features fans of Dodge and Defiance competing against each other and share unique stories to their friend's Facebook News Feeds while vying for the grand prize of a trip for two to the world’s largest pop culture event taking place in California in summer 2013. Weekly prizes were awarded, including gaming systems, the “Defiance” video game and Dodge brand merchandise.[32][33]

2015 facelift[edit]

A redesigned 2015 Charger was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It sports a redesign front fascia with new headlights, and tail lights are heavily inspired by the Dodge Dart rear tail lights. The inside features a new interior with Dodge's unique 7 inch (180mm) TFT (Thin Film Transistor) Display and 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen radio with available navigation. Mechanically, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the Hemi engines remained the same, but Dodge introduced a new supercharged Hemi V8 that produces 707 horsepower like its stablemate, the Dodge Challenger. The new 2015 Dodge Charger supercharged Hemi will be called Hellcat and believed to cost from $60-$65k. The 707 horsepower Charger Hellcat is claimed to hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds from a standstill, the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds and hitting a top speed of a drag limited 204 mph, making the Hellcat the fastest four-door saloon car ever, placing ahead of the recently revised Aston Martin Rapide S, which could achieve 203 mph.

Police package version[edit]

In early 2006, DaimlerChrysler released a new police version of the Charger. It made its debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Unlike the civilian version, the police version features upgraded heavy-duty brakes, a severe-duty cooling system, police-performance Electronic Stability Program, police performance-tuned steering, and a gear shifter that is mounted on the steering column instead of in the center console.[34] In place of the center console, Dodge has equipped the police edition with an aluminum plate appropriate for mounting radio equipment, computers, and controllers for lights and sirens. The vehicle's electrical system is specifically designed for integration of siren and light controls, and other police vehicle accessories. The Charger is in use with many American police departments.

The 340 hp (254 kW) Hemi V8 is powerful enough to accelerate the car from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.0 seconds and to a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).[35] In Michigan State Police testing, the Charger V8 easily outperformed all other pursuit vehicles in acceleration, cornering, and braking (except the Dodge Magnum and V6 Charger, which stopped slightly faster in some tests) in the first five years since its introduction.[36]

Chargers are in use with numerous police agencies in North America as both marked and unmarked patrol cars. Law enforcement agencies outside of the US have also purchased the Charger, including police services in Canada, Mexico, Chile, the Czech Republic[37] and the Middle East, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates.[38] Both V6 and V8 models are being adopted, with highway patrols favoring the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 engine and cities more likely to purchase the base police package with the 3.5 L V6 fuel-efficient engine. The Charger is also in service with U.S. Federal and military police services.

For 2009, the base Charger police car came with the 3.5 L V6 and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The rear is slightly updated, moving the "CHARGER" badge to the right, and replacing the left with the badge reading "DODGE." The V8 version uses the Charger Daytona R/T engine, rated 368 horsepower (274 kW) and 395 lb·ft (536 N·m) of torque.

When the Charger was redesigned for 2011 the police package version was renamed Dodge Charger Pursuit. For 2015, the Dodge Charger has been refreshed like its regular version.

Gallery[edit]

Dodge Charger of the Michigan State Police
Dodge Charger of the New York City Police Department
Dodge Charger of the Amherst, Ohio police force. 
Charger in use by NASA as an ER-2 chase vehicle 
Rear view of the Dodge Charger. 
Dodge Charger of the California Highway Patrol
Dodge Charger of the Memphis Police Department
A Charger Pursuit police vehicle at the 2012 Montreal Auto Show
2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit at the Montreal International Auto Show 

Total American sales[edit]

Calendar Year Sales
2006[39] 114,201
2007[39] 119,289
2008[40] 97,367
2009[41] 60,651
2010[42] 75,397
2011[43] 70,089
2012[44] 82,592
2013[45] 98,336

Recall[edit]

On May 7, 2012, a recall announcement was made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding loss of anti-lock brakes and stability control as a result of an overheated fuse in the PCD. This failure could lead to loss of vehicle control, which increases crash risk. Over 127,350 Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers are recalled.[46]

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