2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: How about a supercharger-less Hellcat?

2015-05-29 11:13:26
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: How about a supercharger-less Hellcat?
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: How about a supercharger-less Hellcat?

One of the best things to come out of the German conquest of Chrysler was the production of full-size Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 at the start of the century. At that time, it was Daimler Chrysler. The duo based on the skeleton of W210 Mercedes Benz E-class signaled the return to power of the rear-wheel-drive, which paved the way for muscle car glory. The 2015 model follow the muscle and attitude of this duo.


The new model for 2015 infuses fresh life into the old base and makes it one better the list of Charger performance vehicles to add another with the R/T Scat Pack model. The new R/T Scat Pack in a sense renew the duty of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee, giving the same 6.4 Liter basic big Hemi at a price tag of $40,000. It was not convincing to customers at that time, but the current Scat Pack actually shares bad-boy exterior with the Charge Hellcat that costs $25,000 more. The car has menacing lower front fascia, LED running lamps and NACA hood scoop like the Cat.

We tested the Scat Pack equipped with a 6.4 Liter Hemi producing 485 horses and ably assisted by a ZF eight-speed automatic.  The combination rocketed the Scat Pack to a 4.1 seconds timing of 0-60mph rush. The quarter mile was an equally quick 12.4 seconds. The timings are slower to the supercharged Hellcat with 77-hp but speedier than the 5.7 Liter garden variety Hemi Charger R/T with 370-hp. Braking numbers and road grip are akin to the Hellcat numbers, and they are 153-feet and 0.91g dressed in  245/45R-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, which are smaller.

However, the numbers do not reveal the real qualities of the Charger R/T Scat Pack in driving.  Well, one can argue that the Hellcat does the same, but most of its qualities can be used more in real-time. This muscle sedan is weighed 4300 pounds, but moves like 3500 pounds pony car, if visualized, would look like a Ford Mustang GT with four-doors built by Ford.  The front seats are well bolstered to keep passengers safe during much-spirited driving, but the bucket seats are capable of accommodating 50-year old derrieres in comfort too.   Of course you cannot ignore the whine of low-speed axle and the sizzle that seems there forever from the Eagle F1 Supercar rubbers. But you can drive the Scat Pack throughout the day and still won’t grow tired.

The Scat Pack is with front-engine and rear-wheel-drive design and can seat five passengers while being a 4-door muscle sedan. The engine with a displacement of 6417 cc produces 485 maximum horses at 6000 rpm, and the 475 lb-ft of torque is optimally available at 4200 rpm. The ZF eight-speed automatic is coupled with the engine to distribute power to the wheel. The base price of the vehicle is $40,990, and the test example cost $41,880.  The EPA-rated fuel economy for the Scat Pack is 15/25mpg for city and highway, and we observed 17mpg during our test drive.

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