2007 Charger New Car Test Drive
The Dodge Charger is a full-size, four-door sedan that makes a bold design statement and backs it up with serious horsepower. The Charger SRT8 boasts a 425-hp 6.1-liter high performance Hemi V8. And that's pretty serious.
A range of V6 and V8 models is available, however, and even the sub-$25,000 Charger SE feels sporty and entertaining. All of these cars are comfortable cruisers, offering drivers a comfortable haven from traffic and bumpy freeways.
The Charger illustrates just how multi-talented and accomplished today's high-performance cars are compared to the uni-dimensional hot rods of yesteryear. The Charger has all the pavement-ripping, gut-thumping power of the old muscle cars, but it's packaged with modern creature comforts and tempered by handling competency. Put another way, it rides, turns and stops as well as it goes.
The Dodge Charger is fun to drive and enjoyable for just cruising along. It's perfectly in its element when making time on a freeway. Granted, this is no sporty, svelte coupe. It's a big, heavy, full-size sedan measuring more than 16 feet in length and tipping the scales near two tons, but it is responsive and entertaining. The 3.5-liter V6 is entirely adequate, while the V8s generate thrilling acceleration performance and make all the right noises.
Now in its second model year, the Charger lineup expands for 2007 with the availability of all-wheel drive. Ordering your SXT or R/T with all-wheel drive should add greatly to your Charger's ability to handle winter weather as well as enhancing its stability on wet roads. Other new options packages are available for 2007 as well.
A choice of engines is available. A 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 comes standard on SE and SXT; a 340-hp 5.7-liter V8 comes on R/T models, which can be upgraded to 350 horsepower by ordering the Road/Track or Daytona packages; and the 425-hp 6.1-liter V8 exclusive to the SRT8. All come with a five-speed AutoStick automatic. A 190-hp 2.7-liter V6 is available for SE fleet models that comes with a four-speed automatic ($21,900).
The SE ($22,800) comes with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; soft-finish urethane-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; floor mats; power door locks, outside mirrors, windows and remote trunk release; two power points; driver and passenger lumbar adjustment; and AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack. Steel wheels with bolt on covers wear black sidewall, all-season, P215/65R17 tires. The Protection Group ($640) adds front and rear side-curtain airbags, cabin air filtration and self-sealing tires. Also available: an engine block heater ($40); a Smoker's Group ($30) that adds a lighter and ash tray. The SE Convenience Group 1 adds an eight-way power driver's seat and adjustable pedals ($505).
The SXT ($24,905) upgrades with an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 60/40 split folding rear seat with fold-down center armrest, Boston Acoustics stereo with six speakers and 276-watt amplifier, fog lamps, trunk cargo net and cast aluminum wheels. For 2007, the SXT is available with all-wheel drive ($28,155). Options include leather-trimmed seats ($640), a power sunroof ($950), power adjustable pedals ($125), six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability ($400), satellite radio with one-year subscription ($195), rear-seat entertainment system ($1150), Bluetooth capability ($360). Also available: 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with P225/60R all-season tires coupled with a sportier suspension ($325). In addition to the Protection Group and Smokers Group, there's a Comfort Seating Group with heated front seats, leather-trimmed bucket seats, power adjustable pedals and 8-way power front passenger seat ($1395). New for 2007 is a Convenience Group III that bundles automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control and auto down/up front windows ($375) and the DVD-based navigation system available previously only on the R/T ($1,895).
The R/T ($30,215) is a V8-powered, high-performance model also available with all-wheel drive ($32,215). The R/T upgrades with folding, heated mirrors, 160-mph speedometer, upgraded brakes, polished aluminum 18-inch wheels, larger fuel tank, dual exhaust, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Options include DVD-based navigation ($1895) and a seven-speaker Boston Acoustic stereo with a 322-watt amplifier and subwoofer ($535). Convenience Group II ($955) includes dual-zone, automatic climate control; heated front seats; power adjustable pedals; 8-way power front passenger seat; and one-touch, automatic up and down power windows with anti-pinch auto-reverse. The Electronics Convenience Group ($630) adds a security alarm, programmable universal garage door opener, trip computer, selectable vehicle information display, compass and a set of steering wheel-mounted, redundant audio controls. The Road/Track Performance Group ($3,350) features unique aluminum wheels with black accents, sportier steering, self-leveling shocks, sport seats, performance suspension, a tweaked V8 making 350 horsepower, front and rear spoilers, and 20-inch wheels. The Daytona R/T package is mostly the R/T with the Road/Track performance group but with a tuned exhaust, assorted aero add-ons, flat black graphics front and rear and a host of interior upgrades that includes a numbered plate on the instrument panel.
The SRT8 ($35,920) comes with a 6.1-liter V8 generating 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, a uniquely tuned suspension, a re-programmed ESC system, Brembo brakes, Goodyear Supercar F1 tires on 20.