By on April 17, 2014

2015 Dodge Charger R/T

Although the 2015 Dodge Charger is largely unchanged mechanically, it gets a whole new look.

SXT V6 models equipped with Rallye Appearance Group gets a power bump to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque due to a cold air intake, an upgraded exhaust and a tweaked ECU. Aside from that, the changes are mostly cosmetic.

 

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  • avatar

    I like the new look, much better!

    • 0 avatar

      One thing is for certain: anyone who has a 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger SRT now has a collectors item!

      I see no improvement beyond my Jeep’s steering wheel.

      Looks like a Dart on HGH.

      • 0 avatar
        carguy

        Doesn’t the 2015 bring the ZF 8 speed to all engine options? That certainly would be a reason to choose a 2015 over the previous model.

        Also, I think it looks badass. So much for the new “edgy” Camry.

    • 0 avatar
      TheAnswerIsPolara

      Why does every new car design today feature that “Billy Big Mouth Bass” opening? The trend started with Audi and reminds me of the Edsel “horse collar grille — but worse. The taillights are lifted from the Dart and I’m OK with that. I liked the old ones better; but it’s not offensive.

      I wish I could convince myself that the new Chrysler is really a better car. I like the Charger and Challenger. Just not ready to make a 40K mistake…

    • 0 avatar
      billfrombuckhead

      “Although the 2015 Dodge Charger is largely unchanged mechanically”

      Replacing the antique 5 speed automatic on the HEMI with the industry leading ZF 8 speed is actually quite an upgrade and should create a spectacular and unique car.

      Mopar uber alles

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I like how a 5-spd auto is “antique”. Every car my family currently owns (7) has a four speed auto, the two oldest being my ’93 and ’98.

      • 0 avatar

        “Replacing the antique 5 speed automatic on the HEMI with the industry leading ZF 8 speed is actually quite an upgrade ”

        The problem I see is that everyone who looks at the Chargers without intention of buying an SRT model, doesn’t seem to understand that owners are MORE THAN HAPPY with the W5A580. Mercedes Benz did an excellent job building that one – and when I feel like adding bolt ons I needn’t worry about it. That transmission will easily handle a bump upwards of 650HP at the crank. The Jeep SRT handles the power delivery better because it’s splitting the power up to 4 wheels rather than two. I personally believe until proven otherwise that the W5A580 is a stronger transmission than the ZF which is built primarily to achieve higher fuel efficiency in the V6 and 5.7-L.

        Chrysler’s 845RE has “45 x 10” Nm of capacity. Chrysler will buy 8HP90s for the SRT models require more torque capacity (such as anything with the supercharged 6.2 Hemi engine).

        The 845RE’s clutches have extra friction plates for improved performance and, a higher capacity oil pan.

        The Pentastar V6 and HP8, the Chrysler 300 achieves 0-60 in 7.2 seconds, and cruises at 70 mph with the engine at a mere 1,400 rpm. Gas mileage is above 30 combined. The torque rating of 331 lb-ft for this version of the transmission is far above the Pentastar’s 260 lb-ft.

        The W5A580 will easily handle up to 700 HP in the RWD cars, but cuts have to be made to Engine power between the 4gear-5gear shifts.

        Keep in mind, I supercharged my 6.1-L 300cSRT8 with the W5A580 and never had a problem.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          I had a NAG1 Hemi car and it was a sore spot for me. While they are very robust transmissions, the extra midrange and overdrive gears really are necessary to keep the Hemi in it’s happy rannge.

        • 0 avatar
          carguy

          I would have to disagree. The 5-speed was slow witted transmission that made every car it was in slower and less fun to drive than it needed to be – even the big V8s. The ZF 8 speed is vast improvement over the old 5 and has given a new lease on life to every RWD car Chrysler makes.

          The old 5 speed was so bad in fact that a friend of mine who had an auto Challenger SRT 6.1 couldn’t keep up with s stock BMW 335.

        • 0 avatar
          johnny_5.0

          There’s much more to a transmission than how much power it can take. For anyone who’s even rented an RT with the old 5 speed, it is one of the worst aspects of the car. Literally the only people I’ve come across who are “more than happy” with the old tranny are blog/forum fanboys. Mostly the same ones that said stupid crap like that the SRT models didn’t need the 8 speed at all because of how torque rich the big 6.4 is and that it wouldn’t get any faster with the new ZF. Then the JGC got it and surprise surprise…*worlds* of difference. Chrysler doesn’t really give a rats ass about the tiny minority going FI aftermarket vs. the 90%+ who aren’t, and for whom 516 lb ft is more than enough torque for the 8HP70 to cope with. It makes every second behind the wheel significantly better for all of their prospective buyers. For the tiny % that need more, they can step up to the 8HP90 in the Hellcat or pay for an aftermarket transmission swap.

          • 0 avatar

            I’ve got the 5-speed and I’ve got the 8-speed.
            Drive the 5-speed in Sport mode and it’s just as good as the 8-speed in any mode.

            Only thing I like about the 8-speed is LAUNCH CONTROL.

          • 0 avatar
            johnny_5.0

            If Chrysler was going to invest some time and money for the tuning crowd worried about more headroom in the transmission, I’d rather they just offer the TR6060 manual from the Challenger. Actually I wish they’d do that anyway.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I dig it! Kinda has a Euro-Musclecar look…which stands to reason.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    Not an improvement, unlike the Challenger.

    Why give it the face of the downmarket Dart, which is not an unalloyed success to say the least.

    Gee, let’s buy a car that has the snazzy appearance of a rental unit.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I agree the front end looks tame and lame. Current generation looks much more masculine. Must we neuter everything, industry?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I’m glad they updated the Challenger’s dated interior with the new electronics architecture and a modern design. It looks the business.

    • 0 avatar
      SayMyName

      thornmark nailed it. The Dart is an utter sales flop, attractive only to fleets, undiscriminating Detroit fanboiz, and the severely credit-challenged – so why the f*** would the company tarnish the successful Charger with Dart-like styling?!?!?

      Then again, this being Fiatsler… OF COURSE they’d remake their most popular model in the image of an extremely disappointing one.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        I agree with you and BTSR and a few others, the rear end is now scaled up Dart.

        The last gen, the racetrack and trunklid were more flat. Now its all frowny like the Dart.

        The thing is, the last gen shape worked, and the Dart shape works…on the Dart.

        I’m personally not a fan of this refresh.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        First of all, it’s probably not “Dart” styling at all. More than likely, this was meant to be a shared design language between Dodge’s newer vehicles, and it happened to first debut on the dart. Second, I don’t think it’s the styling that caused the Dart to flop.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          The Charger was the first to get the racetrack tail lamps, the Dart second. The fact that they share certain familiarities shouldn’t be a suprise to anyone in this day and age of brand specific design language. It’s like criticizing the BMW 5 series for looking like the 3 series.

          • 0 avatar

            And they look excellent. Elegant and distinctive from other cars. Though the Dart and Charger are ok in the front, they totally rock from the back. The profile on these cars is pretty nice, too. The Challenger looks excellent front and back. Looks like Dodge’s car line is looking fine.

        • 0 avatar
          davefromcalgary

          Kyree, your new avatar keeps throwing me off!

          My issue is, the styling is rounder on this Charger than the last. Personally, it doesn’t fit what I view to be the Charger “ethos”, if you will.

          I also think the Dart is good looking. Just not at Charger proportions.

  • avatar
    alsorl

    After seeing this new Charger, why in the world would someone purchase a Camry or Altima ? For the price its a great deal.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Agreed.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      The key is for it’s price. Not everyone can afford a Charger/ wants to pay for the gas that these slurp up compared to the standard mid size.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        And if you’re my age, insurance can be cost-prohibitive…or at least more than you’d like to pay…

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        Because $25,000 and 31MPG are terrible numbers in a RWD **full-size** vehicle?

        Find a new argument.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          Maybe because of that oxymoron: Mopar quality

          • 0 avatar
            alsorl

            Maybe you should drive a 5 yo Charger and Camry. The Charger actually holds up better, the dash does not look like crap as in the camry.

          • 0 avatar
            SayMyName

            “Maybe you should drive a 5 yo Charger and Camry. The Charger actually holds up better, the dash does not look like crap as in the camry.”

            I’m not a fan of either, but to say a first-gen LX is of superior quality to a 2009 Camry – even the “cheapened” model – is billfrombuckhead-levels of utter bullshit.

          • 0 avatar
            matador

            I ain’t never seen no Camry survive 100k miles of police use. Plus, I’ve two Mopar vehicles. We lost a transmission in a 1989 New Yorker at 268k and a transfer case in a hard-worked Dakota.

            I see nothing wrong with Dodge quality.

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            Depends. On my budget and with my commute, I’d take the Camry. If someone else is footing the bill, I’d rather have the Charger, just because it’s a more-premium vehicle…and one that would compete more with the Avalon than the Camry, by the way.

      • 0 avatar
        alsorl

        A v6 Charger can be cheaper then a 4cyl crapry.

        • 0 avatar
          geeber

          The Charger is one of those cars that needs a V-8 to have the full effect. It was made for a V-8.

          With the dramatic differences in styling, layout and drivetrains, not to mention the overall “character” of each car, I can’t see many people cross-shopping a Camry with any version of the Charger.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I like it, the cops will love it

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I’m going to reserve my thoughts now, it doesn’t look bad, but the hood reminds me of the old Sebring and the front of the dart. But I still can’t see why anyone looking for a mid/full size car wouldn’t have the charger on their short list, its a great looking car, has a good price, extremely easy and cheap to work on, and the quality is there.

  • avatar
    heoliverjr

    Waiting to see the SXT, I don’t like the black trim underneath the grille but according to Motortrend it is body colored on the SXT, might like that a bit more. Right now I prefer the 2011-2014 look more.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I like it. I always felt the Charger looked a bit like a bardge. The sleeker look definitely helps. I still feel that the car is simply too large and heavy for its own good. I would love to what Chrysler could do with a Charger with more modest proportions. On a positive note, I hope theh LED running lights which are standard across all trims make it to police spec units. Will be a nice little red flag to spot them from a distance.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Looks awesome to me. It’s ultramodern, and still unmistakably a Charger. I also like the new interior appointments, like the new corporate three-spoke steering wheel, the nicer instrument cluster, and the nicer Uconnect, among other things.

  • avatar

    Looks like a Bigassed Dodge Dart…
    Also looks like the Durango.

    The German “same sausage – different lengths” philosophy at work.

    • 0 avatar
      noxioux

      I’m with you on that one BTS. The new look is all-caps MEH.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Thankfully the Germans often make their cheaper models look more “upscale” when the sausage idea works, other times you get stuff like the BMW X4, or the BMW 1-series hatchback.

      This…this is Chrysler doing what it does best, utterly stupid decisions. Degrading its more up-market model to look like its mediocre selling Hyundai wannabe.

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    The front end is from the avenger, back end from the dart.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    Nope. While I like the look of the current Charger, this one doesn’t do it for me. The rear end looks like a Dart and the side profile looks a lot more generic than the current car. Oddly enough, I think the front is the only good looking part of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Except that the side-profile is identical to the 2011-2014 models. This is just an extensive facelift, although they did have to change the fenders to fit the new bumpers, which have different cut-lines.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Yuck. Is Sergio trying to Euro-neuter all Chrsyler products? The brashness that defined Mopar models is being watered down to a me-too sameness.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Exactly. Dodge should be ‘Murican in appearance and Chrysler perhaps less offensive and brash.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        See, I loved the side look and the rear look of the outgoing Charger, but though the huge grille, especially chrome-accented, was a little much.

        But now this is too little and the gloriously huge tailights are gone! Thank goodness Ford decided to keep the sequential blinkers…

  • avatar
    TMA1

    The one thing I learned from this travesty is that Dodge was planning on bringing back the Avenger, and they finished the front end before the project was axed. Gotta recoup the cost somewhere, so here’s the ugliest refresh we’ve ever seen.

    I’m not seeing the Dart comparisons at all. This is pure Avenger.

    • 0 avatar
      Yoss

      I see it too. I didn’t read the title very carefully and had forgotten that the Avenger was supposed to be going away. Just looking at the pictures I really thought it was supposed to be a freshened up Avenger. As an Avenger it would be a step forward, as a Charger it seems lacking.

  • avatar
    Dan

    I really dislike what they did with this.

    The low grill doesn’t transition into the chunky beltline at all. Combining the two leaves it with that awkward bulging forehead look at the front of the hood, almost as bad as a BMW.

    The dainty wraparound headlights don’t do it any favors either. Wraparound headlights are to make FWD overhang look less massive, with the axle up front where it’s supposed to be that big hood look is a good thing and this makes it look shorter and stubbier.

    On top of that it now has electric steering which almost certainly sucks.

    The more I look at this one the better the old one looks.

  • avatar
    calmaro

    Prefer updated Challenger’s inset rear lights. That look has some depth and hence sculptural interest to it– Charger’s tail light assembly looks like a decal that could be peeled off with ease.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Compare this design with the overwrought, over-thought designs coming out of Japan/Korea of late and tell me this isn’t a much cleaner, identifiable design. This is a very good, evolutionary update of what was already an attractive American car.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    After having a 2013 Charger R/T, I’m mixed about the looks on this one. It’s not as aggressive, which is probably a good thing for overall sales, but I liked the distinctive look. This looks good, but it doesn’t pack the punch of the ’11-’14s. That said, I’ll probably still get one for the Hemi 8 speed goodness. The cleaner exterior will grow on me I’m sure.

    • 0 avatar
      geeber

      I don’t believe that “neutering” this car’s look is a good idea. People buying a Charger WANT an aggressive look. There are plenty of milquetoast cars out there for more conservative buyers.

      The current version really hit the sweet spot in styling for the Charger. That one was a big improvement over the original revived Charger. The front of the new one is not an improvement.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        It’s hardly neutered, the Charger is still far more brash than anything else in the segment. If anything, they just made it more tolerable for mainstream buyers.

  • avatar
    arun

    Its just okay at best. I mean if you looked at the rear view mirror, and saw the previous gen Charger ‘charging’ at you (sorry, I couldn’t help the pun), it was almost enough to make you give way – even if it wasn’t a popo unit. Would this one make you do that? I don’t think so.

    What gets me is how some companies can mess up one car design and then equally well improve on another car design AT THE SAME TIME…just look at the new 2015 Challenger. My God, that is a beautiful car..

  • avatar
    fr88

    Yikes! What did they do to the front end? I have a 2012 Charger and one of my favorite features is the aggressive, gaping front grill. They have slapped the Dart’s grill onto the new model. Wrong direction.

    With the European pedestrian impact standards making all new cars blunt,flat nosed, and no longer low and sleek, it seem logical to take advantage of that mandate and do large, distinct grills. Audi and Jaguar saw the light quickly and have gone in that direction.

    To take a waist-high, pedestrian-rammer hard point for designing a car’s front end and then put a squinty, narrow, letter-slot grill with a yawing open air intake below it is just wrong.

    Otherwise the design of the rest of the car is still great with a nicely updated rear end. In a sea of anonymous, forgettable sedans in the mid-price market (most with graceless FWD proportions) Chargers are one of the most distinctive and handsome cars on the road. Even non-car people who can’t tell an Accord from a Camry from an Altima, a Lexus from an Infiniti, know a Charger when they see one. Now they won’t know if they are being followed down the road by a Dart or a Charger.

    I was alarmed at the announcement that the Chrysler 200 had the “new face of Chrysler” and what that might mean. Now I am afraid, very afraid of what is to become of the trademark bold front end of the 300.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    I love it. It looks better with the center grill in body color as a few ‘shops show…red wasn’t a good color for the release either. I plan to save for one in the coming years to replace my tbird.

    The old grill was a problem, it just didn’t look good except at specific angles and it had way too much chrome. The new shifter and new wheel are vast improvents too! I will have to see the new rear end in person, I’m not sure yet if it’s an improvement over the old one.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    I don’t get it, folks don’t like the big black grill on the Camry but they like it on this Charger?!

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Odd, I never saw rolling hills inside the Javits Center or nearby. Or did you just post the pretty pics that the manufacturer sent you? You know, the ones that obscure the difficult angles and are mainly with the camera located about 5 feet below where human eye normally is? Because if you did, that’s not very TruthFul.

  • avatar
    matador

    The design is… okay. The Challenger turned out MUCH better.

    I just can’t envision this having the same looks, chasing a criminal at dangerous speeds.

    The old Charger screamed one of two things:
    1. “In your face!”
    2. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will…”

    This one just screams “Neutered”

  • avatar
    calgarytek

    Now that Acura officially sucks, this looks very compelling. I suppose all the kinks have been worked out by now Chrysler?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I like it. But as someone who will be car shopping I like the current design enough I might be looking for discounted 2014 models when I’m out test driving.

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    I like it. The blackened Honda Odyssey front gives the Charger more of a European flair somehow.
    Kidding aside, I think the blackened front end reminds me more of the ‘hidden headlights’ front ends of the classic Chargers, than the previous versions did. And the rest of the body was already nice before the update, so now it’s really a damn nice looking car.

  • avatar
    doublechili

    Great, now I have to “learn” the new police headlights for nighttime driving.

    Seriously, I like it. I get a kinda Mustang sedan vibe from it.

  • avatar
    pb35

    2012 R/T Road & Track owner here. I wanted the 8-speed trans when I purchased my car 2 years ago so I am very interested in this refresh. My .02, yeah it looks like a Dart but an A4 looks like an A6 and a 3 series looks like a 5-er so what?

    I love the front/side profile of my 2012. So far, I think the ’15 looks good straight on but I’m not crazy about the side profile, it looks a little how you say, flaccid. It’s those damn EU pedestrian safety standards. I will reserve judgment until I can see it in the metal at my local Dodge superstore later this year. I am not crazy about red, especially on a sedan so I look forward to seeing one in B5 blue or a nice charcoal or black like mine.

    Otherwise, I am still on the fence about trading but that may all go out the window on a test drive.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    I hoped Dodge would rid their cars with that god awful rear lights that go entirely across. It looks goofy and adds to the grand cheapness. The refresh may be looking better but it’s still a big boat that drives like one no matter if it’s the base model or SRT.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    I’m generally of the opinion that turning down the looks actually should draw in new customers. A softer face with a more trendy look may actually help sell it to those who want a fast car without the ‘boy racer’ gimmicky-ness of the outgoing looks. The original reeked of midlife crisis buyers seeking to find their youth. This car looks beautiful modern in a way that makes me want to test drive it and being 30 is pretty much their target demographic. Spot on Dodge…Spot on.

  • avatar
    ajla

    If I squint really hard I think I can see some ’68 in that front end.

    http://tinyurl.com/k5vvfk8


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