The 2019 Dodge Charger family is getting a handful of upgrades. Granted they’re probably less splashy than the 797-hp Challenger Hellcat Redeye, but there’s some stuff to talk about.
First, the SXT trim will now be the all-wheel-drive version and the new GT will be the RWD model. Both get 300 hp and an eight-speed automatic transmission; the rear-drive version gets 30 mpg. Like the Challenger family, the GT Chargers and up get Dodge’s performance suspension. The GT also comes with the company’s Performance Pages option on the infotainment screen, which is how you sort through the driving modes, check acceleration, braking times and g forces.
New for 2019, the big daddy Charger Hellcat now comes with launch control, line lock, the Demon’s After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve, which closes a bypass valve to prefill the supercharger and manages fuel flow and spark advance to balance engine rpm and torque, generates a reserve of torque that is delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop.
It also gets new instrument panel badging, a satin black hood option, those sweet Brass Monkey gold wheels and a microsuede package.
The Scat Pack also gets line lock and launch control with a new switch on the dashboard to control it. It also comes with dual air inlet grille from the Hellcat and a few new interior options. A Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping suspension is also offered.
The basic R/T Charger gets the upgraded hood, fascia and side sills, performance suspension, 2.62 rear axle ratio, paddle shifters and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, in addition to the 370-hp, 395-lb-ft 5.7-liter V8.
Like last year, the Dodge sedan comes in a bunch of classically named colors such as Go Mango, Plum Crazy, TorRed, IndiGo Blue, and then B5 Blue Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite Crystal, Maximum Steel Octane Red, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle.