I always love a V8, so when the 2015 Dodge Charger RT Hemi Road and Track package arrived, I was quite excited. The Charger with the 5.7 Hemi is one of the best values in cars right now. The as-tested price is around $45,000, and for that you get a 370 horsepower 5.7 liter Hemi engine, a smooth shifting 8 speed transmission, heated and cooled suede seats, 20″ wheels, sport suspension, the list goes on. This car a $1500 black painted roof option, so let’s just take that one out and call it $43,500. Is it any good?
No, it’s great. Dodge says the 2015 Charger RT is the 4 door muscle car- and they’re 100% right. First thing to take note of- this car is not light. It’s a large 5 passenger sedan that with half a tank of gas weighed in at 4345 pounds. The optional sport suspension that comes on this Super Track Pack-equipped Charger does a superb job of keeping the car relatively flat in corners while still soaking up bumps. It’s a very well controlled muscle car.
The 5.7 Hemi is FANTASTIC. It sounds great (even though it’s a little quiet for my taste), and induction and exhaust noise sound really good. The V8 is eager to rev out and is matched to an equally impressive 8 speed transmission. While 8 speeds may seem ridiculous, they mean that the 2015 Charger RT is always in it’s powerband no matter the speed, while having a very long 8th gear for highway cruising. Over 20 miles-per-gallon highway and 370 horsepower? We’re in a golden age here. The transmission in sport mode is very good, but the launch control option, other than at it’s 1500RPM setting is better used on manual cars- the charger launches VERY well on its own without any aid. One thing that is notably absent is a limited slip differential. You only need to upgrade to the Charger Scat Pack with it’s 392 cubic inch hemi animal to take advantage of that. The open differential equipped charger is still fun, but that right rear tire sure loves to spin!
The interior is really comfortable. The red suede seats are supportive enough but not too bolstered to get uncomfortable on a long trip. The 8.4″ Uconnect infotainment system is still very easy to use and fairly bug free- I had it freak out on my once or twice, but it usually worked great. Voice command and steering wheel controls worked great. The paddle shifters work nicely and feel good. The rear seats are roomy enough, but tall rear occupants may feel a bit enclosed by the 2015 Dodge Charger RT’s sloping roofline. It does have room for 5, and very comfortable room for 5 at that.
All in all? I love the 2015 Dodge Charger RT Hemi. The fact that these cars can get such good gas mileage while still having V8 power and torque is really amazing, especially at this weight. Other than the lack of a limited slip differential, this Charger was near flawless. Other than that, I really enjoyed my time with this muscle car. It just makes a lot of sense. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind a V8 and likes that muscle car feel, this is a GREAT choice. Hey Dodge, if you get a Scat Pack, send it down. I might not give that one back though.
Vehicle provided by Dodge.