2015 Dodge Charger R/T With Painted Front Bumper Is Less Terrifying, More Premium and Sporty

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Whisper it – but my favorite of the Dodge Charger/Challenger has always been the Charger. Not only do I prefer the name – I just like its style and long/low/wide scale better than the retro two-door.

The latest updates for the 2015 model-year look thorough and helpful for improving the current Charger’s weakest link: its cabin.

New performance pages from the SRT stable are included in this R/T model – along with a totally redesigned interior with more configurable digital screens in between the main gauges of the instrument cluster.

On the outside, the car is still as scary as ever. Is it a victim of its own success with law-enforcement? Highway patrols LOVE the Charger – to the point where even seeing one in the center median of the interstate is enough to slam your smile away and bring in the fear.

This the Charger that debuted in New York faced some critiques that its blacked-0ut lower bumper was too aggressive, too similar to the Dart, and just overall not a big hit.

I do not mind it much, but the latest photos of the car with a painted center bumper do look newer and more sophisticated. Overall, anything to distance the new car from state police cars is a good thing for its wider market prospects. Yes, there will always be people who like to drive what looks like “a cop car” to 95-percent of road users. These are the odd folks would would put CB radio antenna’s on their Mercury Gran Marquis.

A small group of people, then.


For the rest of the market – the car should look like a full-size, full-power V8 American sedan. And this is where the Charger really holds a big ace up its sleeve. It is fast as hell with the new eight-speed automatic and 370-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 Hemi. It is also much quicker as a V6 than ever before thanks to this new autobox.

In person, the thing that really intrigued me about the Charger was the triple LED foglight setup in either bumper corner. Cool, classy and new. As a huge LED fan, I am thrilled to see this.

And along with the Durango-style black headlights — these LED fogs will help me relax when I see one on the highway. Hopefully the police-issue cars can look a little less cool for 2015 — if only to keep my heart rate relaxed while speeding!

The new Charger is promised in Q4 of this year – so first deliveries to showrooms by mid-October or early November are likely.

  • Charger with Painted Bumper


  • Charger with Black Fascia/Bumper








Safety Highlights

  • More than 80 available safety and security features
  • New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist+
  • New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop Functionality+
  • New Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus with Crash Mitigation+
  • New ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera+ with dynamic gridlines to show projected vehicle path based on steering input

Exterior Highlights

  • All-new iconic styling, from the signature crosshair grille to the new three-piece low profile spoiler
  • All-new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and available LED fog lamps
  • New full-width racetrack LED signature taillamp has a seamless and smooth lit appearance
  • 10 wheel options, including six 20-inch wheels and the new lightweight forged aluminum wheels with Hyper Black II finish
  • New B5 Blue heritage color

Performance Highlights

  • Available legendary 370-hp 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine
  • Award-winning 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, with up to 300 hp, provides Best-in-Class 31 highway mpg+ V6 fuel economy+
  • TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick and available paddle shifters
  • All-new Dodge performance pages with configurable drive modes on Charger R/T Road & Track

Interior Highlights

  • New class-exclusive 7-inch TFT configurable digital cluster display+—standard across all models
  • Next-generation Uconnect® System with an available 8.4-inch touchscreen, your own WiFi Hotspot and downloadable apps
  • New performance-inspired electronic shifter
  • Two auxiliary power outlets (12-volt), one USB/SD card/AUX media hub and two USB charging ports
  • Eight all-new interior trims, including an available new black and ruby red Nappa leather trim and a black and pearl Nappa leather trim

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MOPAR Upgrades

Among the Mopar products available as accessories for the new 2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will be:

  • Cold air intake

  • Anti-sway bar kit

  • Suspension lowering kit

  • Brake kit

  • Cat back exhaust

  • Hood pin kit

  • Hood kits

  • Grille kit

  • Wheel options (11)

  • Mopar wheel center caps

  • Rear spoilers

  • Decal kit

  • Stripe kits

  • Bright pedal kit

  • EVTS

  • Wheel locks

  • Remote start

  • Audio upgrades

  • Battery charger

  • Uconnect Web

  • Park distance sensor kit

  • Engine block heater kit

  • Fog light kit

  • Ambient lighting

  • Washer solvent heater

  • Emergency kit

  • Door sill entry guards

  • Hitch receivers and trailer tow products

  • Bike/Ski carrier products (hitch mounted)

  • Vehicle cover

  • Engine covers

  • Splashguards

  • Floor mats/slush mats

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2015 Dodge Charger

2015 Dodge Charger: The World’s Only Four-Door Muscle Car Gets New Exterior, 300 Horsepower V-6 With Best-in-class 31 MPG Highway, Standard Segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed Automatic Transmission and World-class Handling and Refinement

  • Dodge designers resculpt and refine nearly every body panel on the new 2015 Dodge Charger, including dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear

  • Standard segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is now paired with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine on 2015 Dodge Charger R/T models, as well as the fuel-efficient and powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine

  • Award-winning Pentastar V-6 paired with standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivers best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg)

  • New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and color combinations

  • Charger offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, ParkSense rear park assist systems and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call

  • Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot

  • New mobile app lets 2015 Charger owners start and lock their vehicle from a distance

  • Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker

  • Charger’s segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience



The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.


“Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Charger’s all-new exterior design combined with its standard new TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.”


The 2015 Dodge Charger will be available in four models: SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Road & Track. Charger is built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Charger continues to grow its market share

The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car.  In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.


The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.


The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.


To help Charger keep its edge, Dodge is loading up the new sedan with a slew of new technologies and a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest technologies and impressive powertrain options, along with a new exterior design that is distinctly Dodge. New feature updates for 2015 include:

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New exterior styling

  • New hood

  • New fenders

  • New front and rear fascias

  • New front doors

  • New three-piece spoiler (standard R/T)

  • New Dodge signature LED racetrack tail lamps

  • New projector headlamps (high-intensity discharge headlamps on premium trims)

  • New LED fog lamps (SXT and R/T)

  • New center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL)

  • New wheels for all price classes, including available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels

  • New 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models

  • Six different 20-inch wheel styles available

  • New heritage colors, including B5 Blue, which accompanies classic high-impact TorRed

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New interior styling and materials


  • New 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital gauge cluster

  • New instrument panel center stack with next-generation radio and 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreen displays with 3-D navigation and downloadable apps

  • New three-spoke thick rim steering wheel with available paddle shifters

  • New performance-inspired electronic shifter

  • New Dodge Performance Pages (R/T Road & Track)

  • Eight all-new interior trims, including:

    • New Black and Tungsten cloth (replaces Light Frost Beige on SXT and R/T)
    • New Black and Pearl leather (replaces Tan leather)
    • New Black and Ruby Red (replaces Radar Red leather)

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Technical highlights


  • Included trial of Uconnect Access ServicesNew Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist

    • 9-1-1 call/Assist Call
    • Roadside Assistance Call
    • Theft-alarm notification
    • Uconnect Access App for remote services
    • Yelp
    • Voice texting
    • Wi-Fi hotspot (service available)
  • New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop

  • New advanced Brake Assist

  • New full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus

  • New dynamic gridlines displayed with the rear camera view to show projected path of vehicle based on driver steering input

  • New TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on all models

  • New fully hemmed rear wheelhouse to accommodate larger tires

  • All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect available on SXT and, now for 2015, SE model

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‘Pure’formance, Aero’dramatics’ and ‘Fun’ctionality in Design

Inspired by its performance-enthusiast roots when Charger first launched more than 45 years ago, the new Charger successfully pays homage to past muscle cars while offering distinctly modern all-new exterior and interior appointments.


The all-new exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, and for 2015, specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. With its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform and proven power, the Charger’s modern take on old-school muscle is sure to resonate with today’s enthusiasts.


The Charger’s easily recognizable Coke-bottle design and scalloped body sides, sinister front crosshairs and aggressive stance and signature LED “racetrack” tail lamps all get a major makeover for 2015 with cleaner lines to create a sleek, chiseled, nimble and lighter weight appearance. The exterior redesign includes changes to the hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, headlamps, tail lamps, front doors and spoiler.


Starting up front, the 2015 Charger’s new front styling features an all-new crosshair grille, LED fog lamps (on SXT and R/T), turn signals and daytime running lights (DRLs), and new projector-beam headlamps (HID lights on premium trims). The Charger’s all-new forward-leaning front fascia gives it a superhero’s confident stance. Blacked out front-end graphics create a mask that creates a family resemblance with the Dodge Dart and Durango. Slim, elongated DRLs and a full-width grille enhance the width of the sedan; Dodge logos are echoed in the outside corner of each headlamp.


In profile, the 2015 Charger carries forward its muscular Coke-bottle styling, with streamlined side scallops, while headlamps and tail lamps are now wrapped around each corner to create a trim, sinuous and tailored look. The net effect is that the car appears significantly lighter and more nimble.


The rear styling makeover begins at the touchdown point of the C-pillar, which is moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance combined with a shorter rear overhang. A new three-piece spoiler is more integrated into the decklid, while the signature “racetrack” LED tail lamp takes on the same continuous glowing ribbon of light that debuted on the new 2014 Dodge Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the decklid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger’s backup camera.

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All-new wheels and heritage colors complete the palette

All Charger models receive new wheels. A total of 10 wheels are available with 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models. In fact, six different 20-inch wheels are available on Charger for 2015, including an available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheel finished in matte Hyper Black II paint. Special heritage colors include TorRed and new B5 Blue, along with Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl and Bright White.


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Segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic now standard on all

Dodge Charger models

Once limited to sedans costing twice as much, the new 2015 Dodge Charger democratizes this exclusive world-class technology, offering the segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on every model, including new for 2015, on Dodge Charger SE models and HEMI-powered R/T models.


The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T and R/T Road & Track models integrate the TorqueFlite electronic eight-speed automatic transmission. By design, this state-of-the-art gearbox provides world-class shift quality, refinement and fuel efficiency. Paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and its 370 best-in-class horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Charger R/T models can deliver 0-60 mph performance in the high-5 seconds.


Best-in-class 31 mpg with standard Pentastar V-6

Dodge Charger SE and SXT rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models are powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers 292 horsepower (218 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) of torque at 4,800 rpm and a best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.


For Dodge Charger customers who want 31 mpg V-6 fuel economy with even more power, the Dodge Charger SXT model offers the Rallye Appearance Group – providing up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to a unique cold-air induction system, sport-tuned exhaust and engine calibration. 


The Pentastar engine features double-overhead camshafts (DOHC) with dual-independent cam phasers (DICP), integrated exhaust manifolds, polymer-coated piston skirts, forged connecting rods and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration.


Refinement was a key objective for every component during the design phase of the engine and was achieved by using advanced computer-aided engineering techniques. Structural, intake and exhaust areas of the engine are designed to deliver low levels of overall sound. Combined with the use of premium hydraulic powertrain mounts, the 2015 Dodge Charger delivers refinement in all powertrain applications and at all RPMs.

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Charger’s available HEMI V-8 engine delivers best-in-class 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque

For the muscle-car enthusiast, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T featuring the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (536 Nm), now combines the engine’s four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology with three additional gears from the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for maximum performance and efficiency.

For even more responsiveness, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track model features a unique 3.07 rear axle ratio (versus the standard 2.62 rear axle ratio) and a high-speed engine controller with unique engine and transmission calibrations. In addition, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T model lineup’s Fuel Saver Technology seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine also features variable-cam timing (VCT) to improve fuel economy in two ways. First, it reduces the engine’s pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the wheels instead of being lost out of the exhaust port as heat. VCT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power.

Segment’s most innovative All-Wheel Drive system delivers best-in-class fuel economy

The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT are available with AWD capability thanks to a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system that improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.

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