2018 Dodge Charger: 11 Trim Levels, 4 Engines
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful gasoline-powered sedan in the world, but the entire model is built to offer solid performance. The 707-horsepower model might get the most attention, but with the 292-horsepower Pentastar V6, the 370-horsepower 5.7L Hemi and the 485-horsepower 6.4L Hemi fill out the lineup of exhilarating sport sedans.
These engines are spread across 11 trim levels for 2018 and that creates some confusion, so here is a look at each trim for the new Dodge Charger, arranged by engine size.
2018 Chargers with the 3.6L Pentastar V6
First up, we have the 2018 Dodge Charger trimlines featuring the 3.6L Pentastar V6. These models all offer 292 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque, with that power being sent to the rear wheels via the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. This configuration is offered in five models for 2018.
The base model for the 2018 Charger is the SXT package, which comes with a standard backup camera, the rear park assist system, 17-inch aluminum wheels, Keyless Enter’N’Go with remote start, cloth seats and the 7-inch UConnect system. This base Charger has an MSRP of $29,590 with the $1,095 destination fee (all prices below include destination).
The 2018 Charger SXT Plus builds on the base model, adding the premium 8.4-inch UConnect system with Sirius satellite radio, LED fog lights, heated front (cloth) seats, an Alpine six-speaker sound system, dual zone climate control and 18-inch aluminum wheels – all of which comes with an MSRP of $31,590.
The next step up is the 2018 Charger SXT Plus Leather, which adds heated and cooled leather-wrapped sport seats, a heated steering wheel, HID headlights and 20-inch wheels with an MSRP of $34,590.
For the 2017 model year (and years prior to that), the Charger SXT was available with all-wheel-drive, but for 2018, the AWD package is only available on the new Charger GT. The Charger GT gets a few extra ponies (300hp to be exact), the basic features of the SXT Plus package, unique 19-inch wheels, the heated performance steering wheel with paddle shifters and a three-piece body colored spoiler – all with an MSRP of $33,590.
Finally, the priciest V6-powered 2018 Charger is the GT Plus, which builds on the GT by adding heated and cooled Nappa leather front seats and HID headlights, with a MSRP starting at $36,590.
2018 Chargers with the 5.7L Hemi
The “entry level” V8 for the 2018 Dodge Charger is the 5.7L Hemi, offering 370 horsepower and 395lb-ft of torque. All Chargers come standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission, with two trim levels relying on the smallest of the Hemi engines.
First up, we have the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T, which comes with the 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system, a leather-wrapped performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, cloth seats, 20-inch wheels and the electronically-controlled active exhaust system that comes standard on all V8-powered 2018 Chargers. This Hemi Charger has an MSRP starting at $36,090.
Those who want a sportier look and a bit more performance from their 5.7L-powered 2018 Charger will opt for the Daytona package. This adds a Mopar cold air intake kit, the SRT-designed body kit (hood, fascias, rear spoiler), the Dodge Performance Pages App, the package-specific exterior graphics, leather-trimmed, heated and cooled performance front seats with leather rear bench seat and 20x9-inch lightweight aluminum wheels. The 2018 Charger Daytona has an MSRP of $40,090.
2018 Chargers with the 392 Hemi
The 6.4L, 392 cubic inch Hemi was originally only available in the Charger SRT models, but in the past few years, this engine offering has been expanded to the R/T Scat Pack and the Daytona 392 trim levels. In each model, this engine delivers 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque, with a standard 8-speed automatic send that power to the rear wheels. Also, each of the 2018 Chargers with the 392 Hemi feature the SRT-inspired exterior design, with a similar hood, fascia design (front and rear) and rear wing to those found on the SRT 392 and Hellcat models.
First up, we have the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, which is based on the Charger R/T, except the Scat Pack package adds the 392 Hemi, Brembo brakes, a unique rear spoiler, a 180mph speedometer, sport tuned suspension and heated cloth performance seats with an MSRP of $41,090.
Next, the 2018 Charger Daytona 392 is based on the 5.7L-powered Daytona, adding the bigger Hemi, the Brembo big-brake package from the Hellcat models, unique badging and striping, heated and cooled Nappa leather performance seats, lightweight 20-inch wheels and a Mopar cold air intake kit. The hotter Daytona package has an MSRP of $46,090.
The highest-performance 2018 Charger with the 6.4L Hemi is the SRT 392. This model shares many attributes with the Hellcat models, including the big brake kit, the adaptive suspension, the wheel/tire package and all of the premium interior goodies. This package has an MSRP starting at $52,240.
Finally, the most powerful 2018 Dodge Charger – and the quickest, fastest and most powerful gasoline-powered sedan in the world – is the SRT Hellcat. This model packs the supercharged 6.2L Hemi with 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, with big Brembo brakes, an adaptive suspension system, lightweight wheels wrapped in high performance rubber, the premium interior amenities and the distinct badging.
The fastest four-door sedan in the world has an MSRP of $69,090.
All of these models are available in dealerships right now. If you were to go shopping for a 2018 Dodge Charger today, which model would you be most interested in? Tell us in the comments below.