The biggest news pertaining to the 2020 Dodge Charger is the introduction of the long-awaited widebody package, which is standard on the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. Those supercharged models have gotten all of the attention, but in the grand scheme of things, those widened models will only account for a small percentage of sales in the next model year. Today, we bring you a look at the engine options and power levels for the rest of the 2020 Charger lineup, all of which come standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
We should point out that there haven’t been any huge changes, so for the most part, the engine lineup for the 2020 Dodge Charger is unchanged from 2019, but to help squash the rumors of power increases while also providing information for new model year shoppers – here is the list of engines available across the trimlines when the 2020 Charger goes on sale later this year.
Officially, there are only 6 trim levels for the 2020 Charger - SXT, SXT AWD, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack and Hellcat – but there are packages which were previously trim levels of their own. This includes the R/T Daytona, the Daytona 392, the R/T Scat Pack Widebody and the new SRT Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, all of which are addressed in the piece below.
2020 Dodge Charger V6 Models
The “base engine” for the 2020 Dodge Charger is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which is standard in the SXT, SXT AWD and GT models. In the SXT, the 220-cubic inch V6 delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the SXT AWD and GT models offer a little more at 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Again, these models all come with the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Dodge Charger Hemi Models
The “entry V8” for the 2020 Dodge Charger is the 5.7-liter Hemi, which is standard in the R/T and R/T Daytona Edition. This 345-cubic inch mill delivers 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque with help from an 8-speed automatic transmission and is the longest-running engine in the modern Mopar lineup.
Next up, we have the 6.4-liter “SRT” Hemi that is standard in the 2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, the Daytona 392 and the R/T Scat Pack Widebody. This 392-cubic inch Hemi offers 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, arguably making the Scat Pack models the best performance bargains in the sport sedan market.
Last, but most certainly not least, we have the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi. This is the standard engine in the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the new SRT Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, but they offer two slightly different power levels. In the SRT Hellcat – which comes with the standard widebody design for 2020 – drivers enjoy the same 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque as those folks who bought 2019 models. However, thanks to a tweak to the engine computer, the SRT Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition offers 10 extra horsepower, topping out at 717.
Not surprisingly, the 1,000 horsepower models that had been rumored are nowhere to be found in the 2020 Dodge Charger lineup, but with just the small increase in the Hellcat Daytona models, the Mopar sport sedan is still unrivaled in terms of power and performance.
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