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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: SEMA Show


author photo by Josh Sadlier November 2014

What Is It?

Featured at the 2014 SEMA Show, the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack is the most cost-effective option if you want a Charger with the epic 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. Previously, the 6.4 was only offered in SRT8 trim, and that means big bucks -- $48,380 last year, to be precise. For thousands of dollars less, the R/T Scat Pack gives you the same 485-horsepower monster V8 as the SRT8. If there's a better 4-door value for the money, we're not aware of it.

The upgraded engine is the Scat Pack's centerpiece, of course, but there's more going on than just what's directly under the hood. Probe further and you'll find an 8-speed automatic transmission, offered for the first time with the big V8. That's great news because the old 5-speed transmission was an obvious weak link in all V8-powered Chargers, and the 8-speed brings the high-performance models completely up-to-date. Additionally, there are paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which provide rev-matched downshifts on demand.

Dodge could have stopped right there -- with the 6.4-liter V8 and the new 8-speed automatic -- and still had a screaming bargain. Instead, they continued by adding handling and braking upgrades, too. Four-piston, red-painted Brembo calipers handle the stopping duties, while a sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels with wide Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires ensure that the Charger R/T Scat Pack goes where you point it. Inside, a sport steering wheel joins forces with sport seats and a unique Scat Pack startup screen for the excellent 8.4-in touchscreen infotainment system to create a distinctive, focused environment. There's also Dodge Performance Pages software with driver-configurable vehicle settings (including steering effort and transmission programming), as well as launch control for reliable drag-strip holeshots.

How Much?

$40,990

When Can You Get It?

By the end of the 2014 calendar year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Although the 707-hp Charger Hellcat gets all the press, the truth is that the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack is arguably just as gratifying on the street, and it doesn't need a supercharger to get the job done. For pure V8 performance at a remarkably reasonable price, the Charger R/T Scat Pack is in a league of its own among other 4-door sedans.

Other Cars to Consider

Chevrolet SS -- Like the Charger, the SS is a full-size American sedan with an old-school V8. It also offers a manual transmission for 2015, whereas the Dodge is automatic-only. Watch the bottom line, though; the SS started at over $45,000 for 2014.

BMW 335i -- How about something completely different? With its underrated 300-hp turbocharged engine, the 335i isn't that much slower than the Charger R/T Scat Pack -- and it's more sophisticated inside, with a surprisingly roomy back seat.

Used BMW M5 -- We're talking about the E60 M5 here -- the one with the naturally aspirated V10. The maintenance bills aren't for the faint of heart, but if you can finagle some kind of extended warranty, you'll be getting a whole lot of purebred German performance for a Scat Pack price or less.

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: SEMA Show - Autotrader