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MUSCLE-CAR FANS WILL DIG THE CHARGER R/T

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It falls just one short of the SRT Hellcat, which Dodge has loaded up with a mind-numbing 700 horsepower. Our 2016 Charger R/T Scat Pack test drive was equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, which still packed a massive punch at 485 hp @ 6000 rpm and 475 pounds-feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. And that is more than plenty for this full-size sedan, mated to an 8-speed auto transmission. The rear-wheel-drive speedster takes the edge off sharp bumps and breaks with composure because of the assuring independent front short-long arm with high upper A arm and 5-link rear suspension, both performance tuned. Keeping torque steer to the minimum is the rack and pinion electric power-assist steering offered in comfort, normal and sport modes.
Ensconced on a unitized steel body, the front fenders of our Charger sported a “392 Hemi” badge while the rear was etched with R/T as well as LED tail lamps, spoiler and dual chrome tips. The air-intake hood meets up with an intimidating black matte honeycomb grille and Scat Pack badge, which is surrounded by quad halogen reflector headlights. That this is a race-inspired cabin is evident from the rounded 180 mph speedometer and 7000 tachometer gauges with fuel and temperature readings, and a driver information center. Lending taste and elegance to the cabin are aluminum lithographic splashes on the center stack, shifter, dash and door-switch bezels. Other standard goodies are eight-way power front seats, 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen, 7-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster, 60/40 rear seat, spacious 16.5-cubic-foot trunk, compass and a distinctly-designed T-handle shifter with drive or sport mode.
Safety is vital for Dodge with dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, driver knee airbag, active head restraints, Electronic Stability Program, traction control, hill-start assist, front/rear crumple zones, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
Muscle-car aficionados, crave for that throaty exhaust growl (it is a Hemi!) as you turn on the ignition? Like to mash the pedals for a speed-demon-like takeoff? Then the Charger will fit the bill. To a T.

CHARGER R/T
Tires: 245/45/ZR20 all season
Wheelbase: 120.2 inches
Length: 200.8 inches
Weight: 4,400 pounds
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
City: 15 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Base price: $39,995
Web site: www.dodge.com

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