Quick Order Package 29R R/T Road/Track ($3,000 -- includes standard equipment; 20-by-8-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; 245/45R20 black sidewall Firestone all-season performance tires; security alarm;180-amp alternator; 3.06 rear axle ratio; black grille with black honeycomb; driver and passenger lower LED lamps; front overhead LED lighting; heated and cooled front console cupholder; heated second-row seats; high-speed engine controller; leather-trimmed bucket seats; leather trim seats; power front driver and passenger seats; four-way power driver and passenger lumbar support; R/T heritage badge); Driver Confidence Group ($995 -- includes auto adjust-in-reverse exterior mirrors; driver side exterior mirror auto-dim; blind spot and cross-path detection; center high mount stop lamp; exterior mirrors courtesy lamp; rear Parksense assist system; Parkview rear back-up camera; power-folding multifunction mirrors; power heated fold-away mirrors; rain-sensitive windshield wipers; Smartbeam headlamps); Power Sunroof ($950); Adaptive Cruise Control Group ($925); Navigation/Rear Back-Up Camera Group ($650 -- includes 1-year Sirius Travel Link service; center high mounted stop lamps; Garmin navigation system; Parkview rear back-up camera; UConnect touch 8.4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV); Sound Group ($650 -- includes 506-watt amplifier, nine amplified speakers with subwoofer); Driver Convenience Group ($575-Automatic adjust-in-reverse exterior mirrors; auto-dim exterior driver mirror; power-adjustable pedals with memory; power heated memory mirrors with manual folding; power tilt-and-telescoping steering column; radio, driver seat and exterior mirrors memory); Toxic Orange Pearlcoat Paint ($295).
Naturally aspirated port-injected V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Pushrod, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
370 @ 5,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
395 @ 4,200
Five-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Lots of wheelspin with ESC on or off when just going straight from brake to throttle. This thing has some motor. Best run used power braking, then full throttle, resulting in minor amount of wheelspin. Considerably quicker than the last Charger R/T we tested. Five-speed auto has manual shifting via console, but it won't hold a gear and auto-upshifts at 5,500 rpm and doesn't match-rev manual downshifts either.
Exceptionally firm pedal and great stability. Tires feel like they have some grip; could feel them clawing at the road for traction. Stopping distances were respectably short for such a heavy car. Experienced some minor pedal fade and a slightly longer distance on the sixth stop.
Skid pad: Lots of understeer, but good reaction to throttle adjustments. There's a lot of weight being leaned over here. Slalom: Quicker steering and a more planted feel than previous Charger. Considering how big and heavy the car is, it acquitted itself nicely. ESC cannot be fully defeated, limiting the car from exploring its true potential. Was less intrusive in the "off" position, though. Tires offer reasonable grip. Tranny would auto-upshift (in manual mode) from 2nd to 3rd right before the final cone.