2018 Dodge Charger Edgewood MD

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2018 Dodge Charger at Thompson Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Harford County

Heralded as "America's only four-door muscle car", the 2018 Dodge Charger is a high-performance entry that caters to both the speed enthusiast contingent as well as the all-wheel-drive traction-centric drivers that fill the nation's highways daily. Rear-Wheel Drive is naturally standard on this classically horsepower-intent dream, and all is supported by both various sport-tuned suspension gradations and powertrain choices. New in 2018, among other highlights, is that the Charger GT AWD model comes standard with 300-hp, a Gloss Black fascia applique, 19" aluminum wheels, and the popular Dodge Performance Pages. Continuing the new offering is that there is now a 7" touchscreen with the Uconnect 4 system that houses Apple CarPlay & Android Auto apps on the Charger SXT model. Within this year, the Charger will also have some new exterior paint color options: F8 Green, IndiGO Blue, B5 Blue and Plum Crazy. There are a ton of new points of interest for the SRT models as well, a few of which include choices of black, orange or gunmetal color Brembo Brake calipers on the Charger SRT Hellcat, Brass Monkey wheels become possible on the Charger SRT 392, and the Charger SRT Hellcat model gets the first visual punch in with its new grille and fender badging!

Engine Performance

  • 6.2L supercharged SRT Hellcat engine
  • 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine
  • TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot monitoring

Vehicle Design

  • Options for performance seats
  • Available 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

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How powerful are the engines and systems supporting them?

The Charger's base engine is a 292-horsepower V6, something to consider if you want all the style of a Charger but not be at the gas station as often. That said, there are three V8 engines to pick that escalate quickly from the 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V-8 engine (R/T & Daytona trims) to the 707-hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque from the 6.2L supercharged engine (SRT Hellcat). Standard in any Charger model is a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The base engine sees 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The highest-efficiency V8 gets 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Don't miss the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with a best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque (R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, & SRT 392 models). SRT Drive Modes are installed as well for manipulating horsepower, steering, paddle shifters, transmission shift speeds, traction, and suspension. These Drive Modes are already calibrated for Sport, Track, and Default settings, plus, there is a Custom mode for more exacting drivers.

Can you go over what features are generally seen in the 2018 Dodge Charger?

Models options are numerous and generally come in as the Charger SXT, Charger GT (AWD), Charger SXT Plus, Charger GT Plus (AWD), Charger R/T, Charger Daytona. Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger Daytona 392, Charger SRT 392, and the Charger SRT Hellcat. The Charger seats five passengers, has a 16.5-cubic-foot trunk, and split-folding rear seats. The Charger's standard features include triple USB ports and the Uconnect infotainment system on a 7" touchscreen with voice recognition, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Obtainable amenities include satellite radio, a power sunroof, and an augmented 8.4" touchscreen Uconnect system with navigation. The Charger in 2018 can have a BeatsAudio system (segment-exclusive) with a 552-watt amp and a subwoofer in the spacious trunk. Also purchasable for the Charger are Nappa leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, and power-adjustable 12-way front seats. Dodge's coveted Blacktop Appearance Group is available as well on the Charger SXT, GT, and R/T models, and as most already know, "blacks out" certain elements on the inside and out for that indescribably cool look. the interior can come in Black, as a matter of course, but also can be combined with Demonic Red, Houndstooth, and Sepia, among some other choices. Active Exhaust is standard on all HEMI V-8 models, while any 5.7L HEMI V-8 Charger models will utilize a 2.75" electronically-controlled active exhaust system to rumble out an easily-recognizable Dodge muscle-car growl.

Can you talk about some performance elements besides the engine?

There is a Super Track Pak feature set that adds many performance accommodations. It has Bilstein shock absorbers, a performance hood with air induction, a 3.07 rear axle ratio (V-6 engines), performance front/rear fascias, Dodge Performance Pages, and sculpted side sills. The Performance Pages display car information in real time, like 0-60 mph times, the shift light indicator, G-force indicator, lap times, and reaction time. Look as well for the incredibly-designed all-wheel-drive system with a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system that augments fuel economy (GT & GT Plus AWD models). On the Charger SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and Daytona 392 models, the brakes certainly stand out with 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo 2-piece rotors and 6-piston calipers. This brake setup makes them not only last longer, but also raises the tolerance for both heat management and thermal capacity!

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Dodge Charger

The 2018 Dodge Charger scored a top 5-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It did that with all of the active safety features it baked inside, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. There is also a standard Parkview back-up camera, three complete sets of LATCH car-seat attachments, and a standard Parksense rear parking assist, all installed as some of the more than 80 available safety and security features. Now your job is coming down to pick between colors: Octane Red, Yellow Jacket, or any one of the other fun choices! Come on over to Thompson Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Harford County to see what we have here!

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