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Your guide to the world of modern Mopar muscle

In some of the latest Dodge commercials, Vin Diesel has been touting Dodge and its products as being the "Brotherhood of Muscle." There are a few Dodge products we would single out as not living up to that reputation, but we did realize that the Mopar brands do have an impressive line of V8-powered machinery, something we thought a lot about as we recently tried out its latest and greatest. So we decided to look at all of the rumbling V8 models the company has, and sort them out based on their power and performance. All of the cars are listed from the least to most powerful, and each model is represented by the cheapest trim level to offer a particular V8. After all, who wants to spend more than they have to to get their high octane kicks?
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2018 Dodge Durango R/T
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Dodge Durango R/T - 360 HP / 390 LB-FT

The bottom of the Mopar V8 hierarchy is the Dodge Durango R/T. It has the lowest output of any V8 model from the American arms of Fiat-Chrysler at 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That's still not a bad amount of power and torque, and it does allow the Durango to tow up to 7,400 pounds. It has room for seven people, something no other vehicle on this list can claim. It's also one of only two ways to power all four wheels with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 - 360 HP / 390 LB-FT

With the same power and effectively the same weight as the rear-drive Durango R/T, we have the Jeep Grand Cherokee. With this SUV, you can only get the V8 with four-wheel drive, and the Limited trim level is the most affordable way to get the V8. But with the Jeep's off-road goodies, this V8 will get you places you wouldn't consider in the Durango.
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Chrysler 300S - 363 HP / 394 LB-FT

Next up on the list is the Chrysler 300, and the lowest trim on which a V8 is available is the sporty-looking 300S. It ekes out a few extra ponies and pound-feet compared with the Durango R/T. But it should be substantially quicker than those numbers would suggest due to the V8-equipped 300 weighing about 800 pounds less than the Durango.
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Dodge Charger R/T - 370 HP / 395 LB-FT

The Chrysler 300's less fancy twin, the Dodge Charger R/T, picks up another 7 horsepower and a single pound-foot of torque. Despite lacking some of the luxurious pretense of the Chrysler, you can save about $3,800 by choosing a base Charger R/T over a base 300S with the V8. So if you're on a budget but need V8 power and four-door practicality, the Charger is your ride.
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Dodge Challenger R/T - 375 HP / 410 LB-FT

The Dodge Challenger R/T manages to squeeze even more out of the 5.7-liter than its sedan counterparts. With a manual transmission, output is 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the automatic will drop that to 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Our choice would obviously be the manual, and the Challenger model line is the only one in the Chrysler set to pair a manual with any of its V8s. The Challenger R/T is also the second cheapest way to get Mopar V8 fun with a price almost $2,000 less than the next cheapest Charger R/T.
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Ram 1500 Tradesman - 395 HP / 410 LB-FT

Interestingly, the most powerful (395 horsepower), torquiest (410 pound-feet) version of the 5.7-liter V8 resides in the humblest of Rams, the 1500 Tradesman. It's available in higher trim levels, too, but this bare-bones, stripped-out model represents the cheapest way to get Mopar V8 power with a base price of $28,445. That's impressive bang for your buck. Of course, you'll have to be ok with the Spartan interior of a work truck.

Also of note is that the 5.7-liter engine is standard in the larger 2500 Tradesman, but with 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, so the 1500 is the way to go, unless...

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Ram 2500 Tradesman - 410 HP / 429 LB-FT

...you choose the 6.4-liter option on the Ram 2500 Tradesman. Now the truck pictured here is equipped with the Cummins straight-six, but a gas-powered one will look just the same, but without the Cummins "C" badge on the fender. Selecting the 6.4-liter option on this heavy duty pickup gets you a bit more power and torque compared with the 1500, and it starts at $34,040. You can also make it a better performer with the addition of a 4.10 rear axle ratio and a limited slip differential for a little extra money. Plus all Tradesman Rams are available in a plethora of colors.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - 475 HP / 470 LB-FT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT also has a 6.4-liter V8, but it's a much burlier version than the Ram 2500's. It makes a healthy 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels. It's capable of a 4.8-second 0-60 time and a quarter mile in the 13 second range.
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Dodge Durango SRT - 475 HP / 470 LB-FT

Despite almost the same stats as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the Durango SRT is actually quicker. It manages the 0-60 sprint in 4.4 seconds on its way to a quarter mile time in the 12 second range. On top of that, it offers more seating, more towing capacity, and a lower price.
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Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack - 485 HP / 475 LB-FT

The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack ups the ante on the regular R/T by using a version of the same 6.4-liter V8 found in the last two SRT SUVs. In this application, it makes and extra 10 horsepower and 5 pound-feet of torque. The Scat Pack also features the more aggressive bodywork that comes on the Charger Daytona. Among the visual enhancements are a hood scoop, mesh grilles, a rear spoiler, and deeper front spoiler and side skirts. It also gets a 392 badge to let everyone know how many cubic inches are under the hood.
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Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack - 485 HP / 475 LB-FT

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the same engine and output as its Charger sibling. But the visual differences are less dramatic between the Challenger Scat Pack and its more humble iterations. The Challenger is also a bit quicker than the Charger thanks to the lighter weight, and it has the added perk of offering a manual transmission.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk - 707 HP / 645 LB-FT

Just as the Grand Cherokee SRT was the first on the list with the 6.4 Hemi engine, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the first with the penultimate Mopar powertrain, the 707-horsepower supercharged Hellcat engine. It makes 5 pound-feet of torque less than the Dodges with the same engine, but the Jeep sends all its torque to all four wheels. It will keep up with the Dodge Hellcats to 60 mph with a 3.5 second time. But it falls behind at the quarter mile. It also features even bigger brakes than the standard Grand Cherokee SRT.
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Dodge Charger Hellcat - 707 HP / 650 LB-FT

And now we come to the first of the hellish felines you fell in love with, the Charger Hellcat. It has the same 707 horsepower as the Trackhawk, but in a smaller, lighter body. It follows the same pattern as the other Chargers and Challengers on this list. It's rear-wheel drive, only comes in automatic, but has the added practicality of four doors. 
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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 707 HP / 650 LB-FT

Now we come to the other side of the Hellcat coin. The Challenger Hellcat is the one everyone really dreams of, complete with a six-speed manual, and that totally awesome air intake in one of the headlights. In this car, the 707-horsepower supercharged V8 can get you to the quarter-mile mark in just 11.2 seconds. And if you opt for the brand-new Hellcat Widebody and its extra fat tires, you'll knock another tenth off the 0-60 time, and three tenths off the quarter-mile time. It handles better, too. Having more tire makes a big difference.
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - 840 HP / 770 LB-FT

In what is easily the least surprising conclusion to an automotive list, we have the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Not only does it have over 130 more horsepower and 120 more pound-feet of torque than the "regular" Hellcat, it hits 60 mph over a second faster than the Hellcat at just 2.3 ticks total. It pulls the front wheels at launch, comes with a custom tool box with goodies in it, and has just one seat. It's an all-around awesome automobile. But get a Demon while you can, because Dodge is only building 3,000 of this year, and this year only.
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