Dodge Charger

The original Dodge Charger was built from 1966 through the early 1970s. In 2006, Dodge re-introduced the Charger to a new generation of drivers. This latest generation of the Dodge Charger, built on the same platform as the Chrysler 300C, is both a sports car and a personal luxury sedan.

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About the Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger is known for its speed and performance. Promising to go from zero to 60 in a little over six seconds, the 2012 Dodge Charger will thrill muscle car owners and entice drivers to put the car through its paces. Its sleek lines and upscale interior please even the discriminating buyer.

Dodge Charger Features

The exterior of the 2012 Dodge Charger is designed to entice. Dodge offers the full-size sedan in SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT8 trim levels. Standard equipment includes automatic headlights, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a six-way power driver’s seat, and a six-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD, an iPod/USB interface, and steering wheel controls.

The dual-scalloped hood and the crosshair grille give the Dodge Charger an aggressive look. The 2012 offers the performance and attention to detail that you’d expect from a high-price luxury vehicle.

Seventeen-inch painted aluminum wheels come standard; 18-inch painted/polished aluminum wheels are available on the R/T trim level, as is all-wheel drive.

A five-speed Autostick transmission is an option, as are fog lamps, HID headlights, and performance suspension and performance brakes. Other options can help you customize the look of your Dodge Charger to your satisfaction.

The optional Uconnect system includes Bluetooth capability (up to seven phone numbers can be stored) and offers voice command to operate the various functions – phone, radio, CD, iPod, and SiriusXM satellite radio. A navigation system, USB interface, and WiFi connectivity complete the communication options.

Electronic stability control with anti-lock brakes offers driver safety when extreme driving maneuvers occur. Full interior airbags protect the driver and passengers in the event of a collision; crumple zones help absorb the impact and protect the interior.

Electro-hydraulic power steering and four-wheel independent suspension improve handling. You can choose between standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes and performance brakes.

The interior of the 2012 Dodge Charger offers front bucket seats with lumbar support. Leather upholstery is available as an option on some trim levels. The driver’s seat is six-way adjustable. With five-passenger seating, the Dodge Charger offers headroom and legroom for a comfortable ride.

The Dodge Charger features an award-winning interior with a variety of seating color options, depending on trim level. The interior has been designed to offer the utmost in comfort and luxury.

Dodge Charger Trims

The SE, the base model of the Dodge Charger, offers a 3.6-liter, 292 hp V-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage is a respectable 19/31 mpg city/highway. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and a six-way power driver’s seat all come standard. Rain brake support and ready alert braking and hill start assist are also standard equipment.

The SXT trim level offers all of the features available in the SE model plus all-wheel drive (optional), an eight-speed automatic transmission with E-shift, heated exterior mirrors, fog lamps, an 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch radio, dual-zone temperature and humidity control, heated front seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. Remote start comes standard, too.

The R/T trim level contains a 5.7-liter, 370 hp V-8 engine and all-wheel drive. It also includes all of the features available on the SXT, plus performance suspension and brakes, fog lamps, HID headlights, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch radio. Thanks to its fuel saver technology, gas mileage reaches 25 mpg on the highway with the 5.7-liter engine.

The SRT8 trim level includes premium leather, 20-inch wheels with performance tires, hood scoop, performance-based steering, Brembo brakes and power adjustable pedals with memory, a navigation system, an upgraded stereo, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a back-up camera, blind spot monitoring, and a forward collision warning system.

The SRT8 Super Bee is a special model that includes 20-inch cast aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, cloth bucket seats, and a black grille with Super Bee badge and decals. The special paint color and matte black rear spoiler complete the look.

Dodge Charger Evolution

In 2006, Dodge re-introduced the Charger as a premium sport sedan.

The HEMI V-8 engine and the SRT8 425 hp V-8 were introduced in 2007. The Daytona R/T trim level also became available that year, offering additional performance improvements. All-wheel drive or rear drive can be found on 2007 models as options.

2008 re-introduced the SRT8 6.1-liter, 425 hp V-8 engine. Side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control offer enhanced safety on these models.

The 2009 model offers a V-6 engine and manual transmission. While the 2011 Dodge Charger houses a standard 305 hp V-6 engine, paired with either an automatic or manual transmission. Also in 2009, the SRT8 392 offered a 470 hp V-8 engine.

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