By on June 8, 2018

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Like a bull who’s had enough of the matador and his capote de brega, the Dodge Charger has been spied flaring its nostrils. We saw this design flourish in a teaser shot distributed by the company for the 2019 Charger Hellcat, and it now shows up on the Scat Pack trim.

The Charger is currently offered in no fewer than 11 different trims that represent a steady and relentless upward march of power and tire-melting capabilities. The Scat Pack is number eight on the totem pole.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

While the Hellcat model gets all the attention, it is this author’s belief the Scat Pack represents the best value in this hairy-chested lineup. Currently starting at a fiver under $40,000, the existing Charger R/T Scat Pack packs a 485 horsepower 6.4-liter V8 under its bulbous and scoop-filled hood.

An extra five grand nets buyers the Daytona 392 model, a car which adds leather seats and six-piston Brembos to the mix. The Hellcat is advertised at $67,995 and promises admission to the 700-horse and 200 mph clubs. At less than three-fifths the price of its Hellcat big brother, the Scat Pack car is the one I would buy with my own money.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

Not that it would look much different, inside or out, than the 2012 Charger currently resting in my two-car garage. FCA has suggested a few interior “upgrades” will appear for 2019, likely in the form of new upholstery and dashboard trim options. Recall that no plan was laid out for the Dodge brand at Sergio’s big investor party on June 1st, so any speculation of what platform on which future Chargers and Challengers will rest is just that – speculation.

The nostril-ized grille is flanked by a set of LED headlamps that are marginally different than those found on the current car, though it’s hardly a sea of change. These year-to-year tweaks will be noted at the 2058 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, surely. Until then, we’ll have to park new and old side-by-each to tell the difference.

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Don’t expect much change between the fenders either, with 6.4L likely to return largely untouched by R&D dollars. There’s no reason to imagine the admittedly superb eight-speed automatic is going anywhere, either. At the top end of the Charger spectrum, there is a chance the Hellcat motor will be fettled to find a few more horses, thanks to development ideas born during the Demon’s reign of power. That kit could include a Drag Pack with the trans brake and fabulously-named Air Chiller. I’m setting the over/under at 730 horses.

Chargers have hovered just under 100,000 annual units since 2013, a couple of years after the company dressed it in new duds and ditched the PlaySkool interior. Rumours about the next-gen car have bounced from it being based on a Maserati to an Alfa platform to simply staying on its existing architecture.

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41 Comments on “Nose Job: 2019 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Spied With New Nostrils...”


  • avatar
    redapple

    I Love it
    and
    You can suck it.

    • 0 avatar
      Mandalorian

      This is everything RIGHT with American cars. Leave the BMWs to BMW and the Camrys to Toyota.

      • 0 avatar
        OneAlpha

        Exactly, and I’d go so far as to say America in car form.

        Confident to the point of brashness, big, powerful, fast, beautiful, derided by “sophisticates,” affordable and can take a beating & keep swinging.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    “The Charger is currently offered in no fewer than 11 different trims that represent a steady and relentless upward march of power and tire-melting capabilities. The Scat Pack is number eight on the totem pole.”

    But you know my local Auto Trader and Cars.com the lazy-a$$ dealers list everything with a V8 as an R/T and let you wade through 150 listings.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      It is great Dodge offer so many trims but wouldn`t their efficiency be greater if they limited the number, Because with each trim there are usually many standalone options and 12 colors.
      So for example the Scat Pack can be had with a sunroof and/or upgraded seats and/or dynamic pack and/or navigation. Then each of those varied options has 12 colors – this leads to a huge number of build options.
      Ford was looking to reduce build options (as does Toyota and Honda), surely Dodge should so they can be more efficient.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I’m just irritated that on most online inventory aggregators (like Auto Trader) you can select say “Daytona” as a trim level but you’ll get a search result of “0”. If you select “R/T” as a trim level and then punch in “keyword: Daytona” you get a few hits. That is simply aggravating.

        Don’t get my started on Dodge’s inventory search on their own website…

        Fewer trims would make things likely easier on the corporation but then, how many are custom builds v. what dealers actually order? What I do like is that Chrysler in general will let you have almost any color you want as a paint color with no extra charge. GM would do well to follow suit.

      • 0 avatar
        MoparRocker74

        “Ford was looking to reduce build options (as does Toyota and Honda), surely Dodge should so they can be more efficient.”

        Nothing ford has even remotely compares to the Charger. The Charger isn’t some cookie cutter appliance that’s built to a point of efficiency…its buyers actually WANT one, and want the options to personalize it. Efficiency is for bland boring beigemobiles and unless your beigemobile is a CUV, its going away.

        • 0 avatar
          OneAlpha

          You get a Fusion or an Impala because it’s got a great rebate – or your teenage daughter wrecked your old car playing on her phone – and you need a car by Monday.

          You buy a Charger because YOU WANT IT.

          • 0 avatar
            mike978

            I am all for ordering and having choice (I too like their color options). But ordering is unusual in the US and if you order wouldn`t you miss out on the incentives? Dodge usually have reasonable incentives so it would be a few thousand lost.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    I don’t like this frame-like styled lights, front or rear. To me it screams – cheap. A single line daytime running light is better

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Wow…I don’t know what the prime directive is at Dodge/SRT but it must be along the lines of “Make it look badass”

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I’ll assume the nostrils are mounting bosses for the police flashers. I’ll also assume these are automatic-discounted to $32k, and you can hammer the dealer down to 27.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      No this is $41.3K (including destination). Lucky to get more than $4K of (including the current $2.25K discount) SO you won`t get it for $27K.

      Maybe for the base SXT.

      • 0 avatar
        EX35

        $34K for a ’18 scat pack
        https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/737589849/overview/

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          Yeah I’m not seeing it listed anywhere near that cheap on the actual dealer’s website.

          I’ve noticed Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Jeep dealers love to list EVERY SINGLE possible incentive even if there’s no way in Hades that one customer could be eligible for all of them.

          • 0 avatar
            Dan

            Chrysler dealers have an awkward market to cover. Half of their lineup is still subprime crap bought by subprime crap. Keeping the expensive side of the lot upwind of that is tough – at that dealership, evidently too tough.

        • 0 avatar
          ernest

          Why is every other one at that dealership offered at 37-38? I’m always skeptical of a “one only at some stupidly cheap price.” Too many years in the biz I guess.

        • 0 avatar
          mike978

          Koons includes every offer so you would never get that price – it is deceptive as you need to be a returning lessee, competitor vehicle bonus, military, low credit score, standard incentives etc.
          Their lease deals are best with $3500 off and for the 5.7L Hemi an interest rate of 0.07%. But I doubt you get that if you order a vehicle rather than inventory.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            As a little experiment I checked out two dealers in my local area through their own website. One was like our dealer above and listed every conceivable discount to make the price look cheap. (Sorry you can’t take both the lease incentive AND the purchase incentive. I doubt too many people are going to get the military discount AND the National Association of Realtors discount.)

            While dealer 2 listed the MSRP, how much he was willing to discount that PLUS Chrysler’s current purchase incentives that anybody walking in off the street is eligible for.

            I’d certainly be on dealer 2’s lot before setting foot on dealer 1.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoBelugas

      “I’ll also assume these are automatic-discounted to $32k, and you can hammer the dealer down to 27”

      Ahahahahhaa

      You have no idea how well the 5.7 and 392 models sell. Go back to worshipping your CVT Corollas.

  • avatar
    OzCop

    The want is real…if they just put a 6 speed manual in the damn thing. Same platform as the Challenger, so the physical possibility is there, why not just do it??? Indeed, I would pay 30 K for this model in a heart beat if it had a manual transmission…says the 75 year old 30/40 something wannabe…

    • 0 avatar
      AK

      Not trying to be rude here…

      But saying you’d pay $30k for a $40k car if they’d offer a stick isn’t a very compelling claim at all.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        More encouraging to the manufacturer is a claim that you’d pay a similar price for a 6 speed Charger as you’d pay for a 6 speed Challenger.

        If my kids were going to be out of car seats (or in fwd facing ones and able to buckle themselves in) by the time I was car shopping I think about a Challenger. Unfortunately that’s not going to be the case.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoBelugas

      “I would pay 30 K for this model in a heart beat if it had a manual transmission”

      Recall that just recently Chevy offered M/T on the SS after everyone cried foul and they still sat on lots months on end.

      Chrysler pays attention to the market. At your price point you may want to see who else sells a manual v8 RWD sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        MoparRocker74

        And most people don’t even know it existed. GM did zero marketing on these cars, whereas the Charger has been getting pimped since 2005. AND its been steadily improved. GM had a winner with that Holden platform but they bungled it epically by not having a comprehensive product lineup and piss poor marketing.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Actually the M/T sold out much faster than the autos, and the M/Ts are commanding higher used prices…. if you can find one. Lastly, I forget the numbers but the SS had one of the largest M/T take rates on the market.

        Just for the record, the SS with the M/T is the greatest car to ever exist.

    • 0 avatar
      OneAlpha

      A plasma cutter’s about seven hundred bucks at Harbor Freight and you can source the rest from eBay.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I wonder if if the extra holes will come with a power bump.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    F’ing sweet ride.

  • avatar
    James2

    Memo to Ralph Gilles: the nostrils don’t look good on the Ram and they don’t look good here, either.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      If the nostrils work they’re ok by me. Which they should be on higher levels and easy to make them work on lower models- at least if they’re like the challengers.

      • 0 avatar
        James2

        It’s already got a hood scoop, so they seem more like decoration than anything else. I bet there’s nothing but solid black plastic behind ’em.

  • avatar
    Rudi

    I paid 20% off MSRP a bit over a year ago for my new 2017 Daytona 392 loaded. 14,000 miles later and I still smile every time I drive it. It is full of character and fun as heck. The upgraded 6-piston brembros with the wider tires that the scat pack lacks are appreciated with a car this powerful. Although I would prefer stick, the 8spd auto works well and I appreciate the room of the 4dr Charger. Would buy it again in a heart beat.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      Good to hear as I am looking into a Scat Pack. Has reliability been OK?

      • 0 avatar
        Rudi

        Have had no issues with mine so far (just checked, car actually has 16,000 miles on it, not 14,000) and I drive it pretty hard as it begs to be driven hard.

    • 0 avatar
      Jerome10

      I only have experience in a rental R/T but I’m with you.

      Most cars are sold isolating today when I get in one with any sort of personality I tend to become pretty enamored with it.

      Theyre not the best cars on paper yet you fall in love.

      And the way the Charger spit and shook and sounded and went made me laugh out loud like a little kid. Like I hadn’t since the first time I drove a miata in maybe 1996. And then on the highway it settles down and cruises extremely well. Actually turns pretty well also.

      I have often thought a slightly used one would look great in the garage. I loved it.

      But then the next day I want a 4runner, and the day after I’m amazed as hell with the Fusion Hybrid, albeit for totally different reasons.

      But yeah, FCA, despite the age of this platform, continues to make a fantastic car from it. Extra refreshing these days.

  • avatar
    ernest

    I’m coming up on 2 yrs with my R/T. Thing’s been almost as flawless as my wife’s Camry- which is really saying something.

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