By on October 29, 2018

While the Dodge Challenger is hardly a subtle-looking vehicle, enough exist on the road to allow them to blend in with traffic a bit. But what if you plan to purchase America’s final incarnation of the muscle car not just because you like burning rubber, but because you want to make a statement?

Dodge has you covered for 2019. Provided you buy one with a V8, the automaker will hook you up with some factory racing stripes.

Black stripes, which were previously available on SRT models, are being extended to the Charger R/T Scat Pack and R/T. Similarly, the 707 hp-Hellcat has some all new banded color options of its own. Red, blue, and silver stripes have been added to complement the preexisting black and gray lines. 

All of FCA’s stripe options are dual-center, full-length, and cover the front and rear fascias, roof, and deck lid, and are said to be tailored around the signature NACA duct-hood vent to emphasize the Charger model’s mean mug.

That’s right, fellas. These babies go from bumper to bumper.

However, if you’re like this author and stripes aren’t really your bag, Dodge included some trickle-down performance upgrades as well. The SRT Hellcat now possesses an after-run chiller and the torque reserve system from the Demon — in case you’re interested in doing some extra wicked launches. Meanwhile, R/T Scat Pack customers will be pleased to see a simplified launch control system, line lock for burnouts, and new performance grille with dual air inlets.

If that simply isn’t enough visual flair for you, Dodge says stripe packages are currently available for dealer order, carrying a price tag of $995.

[Image: FCA]

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20 Comments on “2019 Dodge Charger Adds Stripe Options, Trickle-down Performance...”

  • avatar

    The only “news” here are the stripe options. Everything else was included when the 2019 Hellcat and Scat Pack dropped.

    To wit, I’ve not seen any blog or magazine mention that the Hellcat is now the “base” engine for the SRT large cars. The 392 SRT no longer exists, now you basically get the “old” 2018-and-prior SRT Challenger and Charger by optioning up the Scat Pack. It’s not an unimportant detail.

    • 0 avatar

      There is no point in having the base 392 SRT anymore. All 2019 GTs and R/Ts Challengers, for example, have the SRT hood and front splitter standard (along with some previously optional performance options), while the R/T Scat Pack gets the ’18 Hellcat hood along with many of the previously more hardcore performance options standard.

      The 392 SRT instantly became “eh” (in terms of value for money) as soon as the Scat Pack was released with the same engine in 2015, and was trading more on its appearance and the “SRT” brand. It is not a coincidence that the Hellcat was released at the same time.

  • avatar

    $995 for a stripe package? Please tell me that’s a misprint.

  • avatar

    If only the Charger came with a manual… it would have been my next car but instead I got “stuck” with a 2-door. Getting ‘n’ and out of the Mustang is a bit of the a pain for my family but hey…

    • 0 avatar

      I’m only annoyed that you can’t get a manual Charger because the manual Challenger already exists. Of course said Challenger comes with a gas guzzler tax because the 8 speed auto and it’s computers can tease out better mileage on the EPA test…

      • 0 avatar

        Well the Scat Pack (with the 6.4 V8) manual gets the gas guzzler tax. The 5.7 V8 manual avoids it.

        Also the auto gets better gas mileage because the engine has cylinder deactivation not present in the manual.

      • 0 avatar

        The story is the Charger does not have a MT version because the chassis was not designed/crash tested with the large transmission tunnel required to house the MT. The Challenger however was designed with that option from the get go.

        That being said, I recently had a rental spec R/T for a week (5.7 V8), and was impressed. It made a great highway cruiser, and all around driver. The cylinder deactivation was seamless, and with good use of cruise I was getting mid 20s MPG. I may seek out a used version in the next few years once the 15’s drop a little more.

    • 0 avatar

      If you liked the Charger minus the manual why didn’t you spring for a manual Challenger which has the same engines, is bigger than the Mustang, and easier to use for family duties?

      • 0 avatar

        I would have if I could have found one – used – in my price range. But the Mustang popped up so I pulled the trigger.

        I still want a Challenger though. Maybe next time.

  • avatar

    I’m also hearing that the SXT will now be the one available with AWD the GT will be a RWD V6 “performance” model?

    What’s the deal with that? As someone who lives were AWD might be appealing part of the GTs appeal was that it had some goodies thrown in with the AWD.

    • 0 avatar

      The 2019 Charger SXT AWD is essentially the same as the 2018 Charger GT (only available in AWD). What Dodge is now doing with the GT is taking the base, no option, SXT RWD and adding performance options that were never available with the V6 like the Bilstein shocks, sport suspension, 3.07 axle etc.

      Again those options were never available on any AWD model any year (expect maybe the brief R/T AWD?).

      The AWD Charger got a less cool trim name for 2019, but otherwise is configured almost exactly the same. Note that the base MSRP of the 2019 SXT AWD is higher than that of the new GT.

  • avatar

    Can anyone here comment on the quality of the paint for the 2015+ Chargers? I think one of these would make a good DD, but once they get out around 5+ years old it seems that FCA products really show their age in the paint. I’m really just looking for someone to give me an excuse to buy one.

    Also, do the new cars feel any less like you are sitting on top of, rather than in, the seats? I sat in one recently and found myself wishing for a way to lower the seat cushion center without lowering the whole seat.

    • 0 avatar

      If you’re into the “muscle car” side of things then V8 Chargers are an awesome combination or utility, value, and driving enjoyment. Plus uConnect is great.

      The one I owned (a 2014 R/T) unfortunately did suffer from several electrical and fit/finish problems (paint was fine though). However, CR just rated the ’18 Charger as “above average” for reliability so it is possible I was just unlucky.

      If your budget allows it, I’d say get a Scat Pack and have fun.

  • avatar

    The Dodge Charger is the family car performance value of the decade. Start with the basics – 4 doors, plenty of standard features, and a 300hp V6 in RWD or AWD. One can opt up to a Hemi V8 for relatively little cash, and have a 400hp performance sedan. Add the Scat Pack or SRT and one has a track bargain that can also haul the kids. It doesn’t get much better for less than $50k. I may end up buying one as a summer DD.

    If only Dodge could have kept AWD with the V8 Charger…

  • avatar

    Does anyone have an opinion on the quality and reliability of the 2018 and up Challenger with the 5.7L motor?
    Manual transmission only for me….

  • avatar

    I had a 1970 2 door Charger with manual and a 383 Magum. I wish they still offered that body style! With Manual !

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