Take a Drive Down Memory Lane with the 2018 Dodge Charger
There was a time when muscle cars were the most talked about cars on the highway. At the height of their popularity, some of the most well-known cars were the Plymouth Barracuda, or ‘Cuda for short, Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Chevelle SS, and Ford Torino GT. You may recognize a couple of these names. Don Johnson drove a Barracuda on the show “Nash Bridges,” and Morris Chestnut drove a GTO on the show “Rosewood.” Unfortunately, unless you’re a collector, you won’t be purchasing any of these models anytime soon because they are no longer manufactured. But, there’s one muscle car that is still etching its story in the history books. That car is the Dodge Charger. The Charger originally rolled off the assembly line and into Dodge Dealerships in 1966. It graced the highway alongside other muscle cars. However, it is probably one of the most memorable.
If you’re a fan of the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, you will recall Vin Diesel drove a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (Road and Track) and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. In fact, it was the 1970 Charger that was featured in that thrilling scene with the train in the very first installment.
Because of its popularity, Dodge reintroduced the Charger in 2006, but this time, the Charger emerged as a four-door sedan. Would it be as popular as its predecessors? Apparently, it was. Dodge has once again redesigned the Charger, and for 2018, the manufacturer pays homage to the muscle car of yesteryear in a big way.
Old-School Feel With 20th Century Upgrades
The 2018 Dodge Charger is available in five general trims (SXT, GT, R/T, Daytona, and SRT 392) and 11 trims in total (SXT Plus, SXT Plus-Leather, GT Plus, Daytona 392, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT 392 Hellcat) based on options and features selected. For the 2018 lineup, Dodge replaced the SXT model with the SE model. The SE trim debuted with the Charger’s 2006 redesign. The SXT model remains the base trim level, just as the SE model did up to this point. Additionally, for 2018, Dodge rolled out the SXT Plus and GT Plus trim levels.
When you take your first glance at the 2018 Dodge Charger, undoubtedly your focus will be directed to the grille and headlights. For anyone familiar with the older Charger models, that’s the exact reaction most people had when they crossed paths with the classic car. Dodge did a great job of capturing that essence by creating headlights that form the outer boundaries of the grille and then wrap around the corners of the vehicle. The collective appearance of the more streamlined grille and headlights is almost like an aggressive stare as if someone or something is staking a claim to a position of authority. The car’s backlights are just as distinct. Dodge incorporated its signature racetrack taillamp.
Dodge has given the 2018 Charger a sleeker design than that of its immediate predecessor. As you move around the body of the Charger, you will notice an indented-like form along both sides of the vehicle, almost resembling the well-defined structure of a human muscle. Keeping that same “muscular theme,” the hood has the double budge, again asserting a sense of power and control. No doubt, these are intentional flashbacks to the muscle-car era.
The Charger’s sleekness carries over onto the trunk and the hood. The famed hood scoop, a popular feature of muscle cars, is standard on the Daytona, Daytona 392, RT Scat Pack, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat models. And these are functional hood scoops designed to allow air to flow directly into the engine compartment to enhance performance.
The interior is a driver’s dream, or as Dodge refers to it, “the cockpit.” The 2018 Dodge comes standard with Auto Start/Stop technology. When you get ready to start the vehicle, simply press the brakes and press the start button. It’s just that easy. The Charger’s standard 7-inch UConnect Driver Information Cluster Display is the control panel for all the vehicle’s key systems, providing visibility and accessibility. The Infotainment Display provides access to such features as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth Audio, and Phone, as well as traffic and weather information. If you desire a larger screen, the Charger offers an 8.4-inch screen upgrade as an available option.
The Charger’s interior also creates an environment of comfort and luxury. Dodge offers 18 interior trim options, depending on your selections for seat color and seat material. The material options include cloth, leather, and suede.
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The Charger of the muscle-car era was known for a lot of things, but probably the most well-known aspect was the power. In paying homage to that era, Dodge brought the power back. The 2018 Dodge Charger offers four engine options: the 3.6L Pentastar V6, 3.92 Hemi V8, 5.7L Hemi V8, and Supercharged 6.2L Hemi SRT Hellcat V8. At a minimum, you can expect up to 300 horsepower with the 3.6L Pentastar engine. It comes standard on the GT and GT Plus trim levels.
For those who have an extreme need for speed, the 6.7L Hemi produces up to 707 horsepower. Now that’s serious power. As the description implies, this engine is standard on the Charger model of the same name, the SRT Hellcat.