2018 Dodge Charger: Performance Icon Powers Through The 21st Century

The 2018 Dodge Charger is the standard-bearer for full-size performance cars at Dodge, as well as the entire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Corporation. Since it was originally introduced in 1966, it has made a name for itself in street performance and in NASCAR racing. The Dodge Charger has also made a big public impact on both the big and small screens, through movies like Bullitt and TV shows like The Dukes Of Hazzard.

For 2018, the Dodge Charger soldiers on, representing the eighth year of the sixth generation of this iconic vehicle. Its most recent facelift was done for the 2015 model. With the recent demise of the Chevrolet SS sedan, the 2018 Dodge Charger is now the only full-size, rear-drive, V8-powered muscle car you can buy new.

FCA has recently stated that the next version of the Charger will be built on an enlarged version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s platform, and will be introduced for the 2021 model year.

What’s New For The 2018 Dodge Charger

The 2018 Dodge Charger lineup has been revised. The 2018 Charger trim levels are: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, R/T, Daytona, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat.

A parkview rear back-up camera and Parksense rear park assist are standard on all 2018 Chargers. Four new vintage exterior colors have also been added, with F8 Green and IndiGO Blue available now, and B5 Blue and Plum Crazy coming later.

A Uconnect system with 7” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto is now standard on Charger SXT. Red Brembo brake calipers are optional on Charger R/T Scat Pack and Daytona 392. There are many updates for the SRT trims, highlighted by the optional Demonic Red Laguna leather seats on the SRT Hellcat.

The 2018 Charger GT AWD comes standard with 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive, Dodge Performance Pages, and 19” aluminum wheels.

Too Much Power Is Not Enough For The 2018 Charger

A variety of power options is available for the 2018 Dodge Charger. They range from More Than Adequate all the way to OMG!

The standard engine on SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT Plus is the 3.6L Pentastar V6, with an output of 292 to 300 horsepower, depending on the trim level. The next step up is the 5.7L HEMI V8 with 370 horsepower, standard on the R/T and Daytona.

The R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392 take it to the next level with the 6.4L HEMI V8, putting out 485 horsepower through the rear wheels. At the top of the heap sits the Charger SRT Hellcat, with its 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 and its pavement-ripping 707 horsepower. Hang on tight!

All 2018 Dodge Charger engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters. All 2018 Dodge Charger trim levels are rear-wheel drive only, with the exception of the GT and GT Plus, which come standard with all-wheel drive.

Safety Equipment On The 2018 Dodge Charger

Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Charger includes six airbags, brake assist, electronic stability control, hill start assist, rain brake support, enhanced accident response system, and tire pressure monitoring system.

Advanced driver assistance technologies are available on most trim levels. These include adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.

The 2018 Dodge Charger Is A Classic Muscle Car For Modern Times

Do you like the idea of a powerful engine rumbling under the hood, and the ability to lay down dual strips of freshly burned rubber whenever the mood strikes you? And would you like these unique qualities all wrapped up in a roomy, full-size family car? Then get yourself down to your nearest Dodge dealer, and try on a 2018 Charger for size!

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.