Popularized by NASCAR and TV, the Dodge Charger is one of America’s most revered performance nameplates. Originally an icon of the muscle car era, the Charger has been reborn as an affordable performance sedan. No longer a two-door muscle car, the latest Charger has a comfy ride, affordable price and available all-wheel drive.. Think of it as a muscle car the whole family can enjoy.
The current Dodge Charger was heavily overhauled for 2011. Although it maintained the platform of its predecessor, it is largely a redesigned model. Besides styling changes, interior quality, driving involvement and overall refinement were updated. Its new V6 engine was also a huge step up from the old six-cylinders. In the current Charger’s first year, only the SE and R/T trim levels were available.
Although it’s closely related to the current model, the Dodge Charger from 2006-’10 differed in many ways. At its debut, only SE, R/T and SRT8 trims were available. The SE had a 250-hp 3.5-liter V6, while the R/T had a 340-hp version of the current car’s 5.7-liter V8. The SRT8 came with a 6.1-liter V8 good for 425 hp. All came with a five-speed automatic transmission.
From 2006-’10 Dodge offered a couple performance packages for the Challenger R/T — the Daytona and Road/Track packages included sport-tuned suspension and steering. There was a SXT trim level from 2008-’10; it came standard with the 3.5-liter V6. Other notable changes for this period included an improved interior and new features in 2008 and an increase to 368 hp for the R/T for ’09.