Since its introduction in 1965 as an option package for the Dodge Dart GT, the Charger has long been associated with its muscle car image defined by the models produced from 1966 to 1978. From 1983 to 1987 the Charger evolved into a compact hatchback, then the model line was discontinued until 2006. But its return was memorable in 2006 when the Charger returned sharing the same platform as the Challenger muscle car. Trims had engines varying from a base model 2.7 liter V-6 with a 4-speed automatic all the way to the massive SRT8 trim with its 6.1 liter Hemi V-8 developing 425 horsepower and delivering 0-60 times in the low five-second range.
Charger got a redesign in 2011 to a more modern look and a choice of powertrains and up-to-date technology including navigation, in-car WiFi, and safety systems such as active cruise control and blind-spot monitors. More powertrain changes came in 2012 with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, then 2013 brought Rallye and Blacktop appearance packages with a 300 horsepower V-8, an upgraded audio system, and enhanced features in the Garmin navigation system. Also in 2013, an AWD Sport and Charger Daytona editions premiered. Starting in 2014, owners could opt for the new Redline Package with a retuned 3.6 liter V-6, trim-specific styling, and an upgraded audio system.
The current generation of Charger began in 2015. Now Charger is offered as a four-door sedan, with rear or all-wheel drive, and shares systems with the Challenger 2-door and Chrysler 300 sedans. Charger is notable for the SRT Hellcat owning the claim as the fastest four-door in the world. Its amazing 707 horsepower comes from a supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 and makes the Hellcat capable of speeds exceeding 200 mph.
More realistically for many owners, Charger also comes in less powerful but still sporty power options down to the 300 horses in a 3.6 liter V-6. One advantage of the V-6 trims is the ability to choose AWD for more positive handling. Recent models have technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, active safety features, and a modern interior.
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