For 2018 comes the introduction of the GT and GT Plus trim levels. They come equipped similarly to the SXT Plus but with a tuned 300-horsepower V6 engine, 19-inch wheels and standard all-wheel drive. The GT Plus adds leather seats, performance steering wheel with paddle shifters and HID headlamps with HID accent lighting. Super Track Pack is now exclusive to SXT Plus while all trims come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a backup camera with rear parking assist as standard equipment.
The 2018 Dodge Charger is offered in SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT plus, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, Daytona, Daytona 392, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims.
Charger SXT models come with a 292-horsepower, 3.6L V6, which the EPA rates at 23 mpg combined fuel economy. They comes standard with rear-wheel drive but can be optioned with all-wheel drive. The R/T models channel Dodge's muscle-car past, stepping up to a 5.7L Hemi V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The engine utilizes variable cam timing as well as a 4-cylinder mode for fuel saving when the extra power isn't needed. R/T cars also feature several performance upgrades to the suspension, exhaust, brakes and seats. The R/T Scat Pack also gets the engine out of the SRT 392.
SRT models stand on top of the Charger heap. The SRT 392 is powered by a 6.4L Hemi V8 and delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque; meanwhile, the SRT Hellcat features a supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 good for 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet. All Chargers make use of a standard TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Charger SXT comes well equipped with 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a power driver's seat, dual-zone air conditioning, other power accessories and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support. The SXT Plus adds 18-inch carbon painted wheels, heated front seats, 4-way lumbar adjustability for the driver, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, one year of SiriusXM radio, a voice-command Uconnect interface with 8.4-inch touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity and a 276-watt Alpine 6-speaker premium audio system.
In addition to the Hemi V8 and performance upgrades, the R/T provides 20-inch wheels, a rev-matching TorqueFlite transmission, plus paddle shifters and Sport Mode. Alcantara suede and Nappa leather sport seats are also included. The SXT Plus-Leather Package includes HID projector headlights and auto-dimming driver's side exterior mirror, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals and steering column and upgraded LED interior lighting.
The SRT 392 is equipped much like the SXT Plus, though it also includes a functional hood scoop and oil cooler, front and rear climate control outlets, unique interior appointments, adaptive damping suspension which adjusts firmness and allows Auto, Sport and Track modes. Finally the Hellcat brings performance-tuned steering, aluminum interior accents and, of course, 707 horsepower.
Notable options across the model range include the Driver Confidence Group, with parking assist and power heated foldaway mirrors, ParkSense parking assist and blind-spot detection. Navigation is available on SXT and both R/T models, while a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon 900-watt premium audio system is available on the two SRT models.