Few cars make us feel so much adrenaline like a muscle car. It was a successful bet blending a huge car with a massive engine and tons of horsepower under the hood. Indeed, in the memory of a certain group of people, it’s stored the legend of the Dodge Charger, originally released in 1966. A competitor for the legendary and probably of the most famous car in automotive history, the Mustang of the 60s.
The 2016 Charger is in its 50th anniversary and comes emphasizing on modern lines with old muscle cars’ styling. The premium materials along with massive engines and a diabolic performance are making another flawless entrance this year.
The Charger’s bold and muscular heritage is undeniable, and the traditional American sedan now features V6 and V8 powerplants. A massive engine is almost a requirement for this car, now combined with a rear-wheel system. You will send all those horsepowers into the ground to burn some tires.
Let’s review this real American car.
Powertrain and Performance
The distinctive traits of the 2016 Charger are the engines. A 3.6 L V6 is available for SE and SXT trims, producing up to 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Although, there is an optional Rallye Group package that boosts up the power on the V6 to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft. It’s aimed to those with a higher power need without sacrificing valuable fuel efficiency.
The SE and SXT are rated at 19 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is remarkable for a V6 engine, going from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
R/T and R/T Road & Track are dotted with the V8 5.7 L producing 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is affected by the massive engine but nothing to freakout. 15 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is enhanced by 1.2 seconds, accelerating from standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
The R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 trims are thriving an even larger 6.4 L V8 engine that cranks out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency plummets on this model. It’s rated at 15 mpg in city and 25 on a highway. However, the performance is massively improved by accelerating from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Now, the fastest bad boy here is the Charger SRT Hellcat. The engine is lowered in terms of liters but hugely improved thanks to supercharged technology. The 6.2 L V8 supercharged engine deliver up to 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of peak torque. The fuel economy sucks, but who the hell cares? It’s a car that goes from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and it’s awarded as the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world.
An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2016 Charger models. The rear-wheel drive system is available in all model as well, except for the SE and SXT models that have an all-wheel drive system.
Exterior Design and Premium Interior
In terms of design, the Charger is a sexy and sporty car with tons of muscles, accentuated with modern lines and a sporty stance. The interior is plagued with premium and top-notch materials. Due to the premium interior, you forget to be in a muscle car until you press the throttle. Is roomy, elegant, and is definitely a highlight in this car along with the performance.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Charger is an excellent car from outside and inside. The performance varies across its models and the different engine options offer dynamic experiences with a lot of fun behind the wheel.
The only evident flaw is the fuel efficiency. It’s mediocre in its bigger engines. But the Charger’s intentions are an exhilarating performance, not saving gas.
Starting price at US$27.995.