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All You Need To Know About The Dodge Charger Hemi V8

Updated on November 10, 2017
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Gaurav Verma is a creative an Automobile Engineer also a creative Technical writer.

Dodge's charger remains a unique entry into the class of full-size sedan with its muscle car power and bold presence. While it certainly stands out among the rest of the pack is it a worthy choice for a full-size sedan. Well, let's go ahead and find out and take a closer look at this 2017 Dodge Charger R/T. Now the Dodge Charger has pretty much had the same recipe since the debuted way back in 2005 and that is to have a four-door sedan with muscle car power and the Dodge Charger has been in this generation since the 2011 model year.

Dodge Charger
Dodge Charger | Source

Dodge Charger R/T Hemi

It's the second generation of the vehicle and then in Dodge updated the vehicle in the 2015 model year they gave it more features and freshened up the exterior styling. Now our charger we have here is the R/T model it also comes with the Hemi v8 engine and Dodge and Chrysler and Jeep are notorious for having very strong v8 engines with their Hemi and the key fob design for the vehicle. You have your unlock, your lock your remote engine start and to release your trunk and then you have your panic alarm and I love the styling of the charger. I think it has some Europe kin flavors to it but also it retains a very bold American look which I love.

You also do have smart key access on the driver's door and the front passenger door and you do have a full line black cloth interior and your power driver seat controls. I love the charger logo that they put on the dashboard. That's pretty cool and the UConnect touchscreen has also been updated for the 2017 model year. It features faster response and you have the availability of apple carplay as well as android auto. But overall not a bad looking interior, if you want a more luxurious look.

Dodge Charger Hemi
Dodge Charger Hemi | Source

There is a big old brawny 5.7 liters Envy, don't forget a full leather wrap steering wheel, transmission 8-speed automatic and you do have a manual shift ability and you can shift at the end the paddle shifters. When you put the vehicle into reverse it'll display your rear-view camera with guidance lines and trajectories.

I love how dodge went with a traditional kind of shifter. Now they don't have the old shifter that you'll find in the UM bull jeep grand Cherokees and old Chrysler 300. That's not the shifter that goes back to its original position and you do have your headlights come from and the hazard automatic driver's side window as well as front passenger windows.

Now the charger is one of the fastest four-door sedans out there especially in the Hellcat version which packs in more than 700 horsepower. Now the charger also shares many of the same powertrain with the RAM 1500. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 300 unsurprisingly upcoming up front you have halogen projector beam headlights with LED daytime running lights which looks fantastic in the daytime. You also do have these LED fog lights too and LED turn signal indicators. Now powering the charger here is one of the availability of the three v8 engines that you can go for it's a 5.7 liter Hemi v8 that produces 370 horsepower at 5250 RPM and 395 pound-feet of torque at 4200 rpm with EPA estimates being 16 in the city and 25 on the highway. Your base powertrain on the charger is going to be a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that you can go for you.

Dodge Charger
Dodge Charger | Source

Also, find these two powertrains the v8 and the v6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Ram 1500 and there's Chrysler 300 and on the charger, you can also go for a more powerful 6.4 liter v8 and then there's a 6.2 liter v8 that you can get in the Hellcat model. So there's a variety of powertrains that you can get on the charger. However what you won't see is that there is no available fuel-efficient option, there's no hybrid powertrain or anything like that.

If you're looking for a muscle car. Power, the charger will certainly deliver and the fuel economy estimates for this is not too shabby considering how much power it has. The charger has considerably more power than most vehicles in this class but probably its most main direct competitor is the Chevrolet SS sedan. You also do have the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Maxima as well as the Chevrolet Impala

Like I said you're looking at 16 in the city and 25 on the highway. Total vehicle price is thirty-eight thousand three hundred and sixty-five dollars. Of course, you have all of your basic power necessities including power door locks, power windows, and your power mirrors. Interior quality and the charger is okay, at best you will find some soft-touch materials inside of here. Such as on the armrest and the mid door panel bit on the upper door panel on top of the dashboard. It's all hard touch plastic but the grating of it feels pretty nice and overall I think that they need to make the Chargers interior a little bit more luxurious. It's a little Spartan feeling a lot of black going on inside of here but I guess that's what they have that Chrysler 300 for.

If you want a more luxurious view now a pure you also do have roadside assistance as well as a sunglass container and garage home link. You also play that little storage cubby with a 12-volt power outlet and you have another low storage cubby. My biggest complaint about the interior the seats, they are just very firm, there's not a whole lot of questions to them.

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Now the 8-speed automatic transmission also shifts decently there's no problem with this transmission. It never really hesitates to shift which is nice. Most people who get the charger won't go for the v6 but will get the v8. The v6 still provides a good amount of power and it's a little bit more fuel efficient. But if you're going to get a muscle car just go with the v8.

If you're looking for a full-size sedan that packs in a lot of fun, with this muscle car performance and sporty exterior and interior design the 2017 dodge charger is a great fit and deserves a worthy consideration.

© 2017 Gaurav Verma

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