2015 Dodge Charger: The Car and the Rumors
The Dodge Charger is due for a second refresh in 2015; the basic look and feel of the car is expected to remain intact, with some modifications.
The main emphasis for 2015 should come in four areas:
- Power (supercharged 6.2 Hemi arrives with around 580-660 horsepower, as a rare, expensive option)
- Electronics (UConnect 2, Via Mobile, parking aids, and more)
- Eight-speeds for all (the ZF eight-speed automatic will be used for all engines, not just V6).
- Suspension tuning (revised for a lighter feel)
The renderings by JackRatchett on this page reflect expectations that the Charger will be remade along the same lines as the Maserati Ghibli (from the Chrysler 300C basis), in either 2015 or the 2017-19 “new car.”
The feel of the original “new Dodge Charger” and 300C was “heavy and safe;” however, since Daimler departed, the company has been going for a lighter, more “fun” feel. The 2011 Charger’s suspension was substantially retuned to make it feel hundreds of pounds lighter though it was, in fact, heavier. We expect that changes made to the double wishbone front suspension by Maserati (which uses a low stacked wishbone vs a high wishbone design) will be lightly echoed by Dodge, though the full impact won’t be felt until new cars arrive in 2018-to-2020 — and, given production and development realities, the changes are likely to be relatively small in 2015.
At that point, while Maserati will still benefit from lighter-weight materials in some places, Ferrari-built engines, and other expensive upgrades, we believe Charger and 300C will follow Ghibli’s changes to the platform.
The following image is an overlay showing the Ghibli against Dodge styling, used in the renderings above.
JackRatchett wrote, “Looking at the Ghibli and 300, both at a side angle facing the same way, it looks as though there is more length to the fender between the front wheel well opening and the door’s edge. They may have lengthened the front rails or moved the front suspension forward to give the front end a longer look. If so, this would be how they can say it’s a different platform.”
The rear suspension appears to be fairly similar to that of the 300C and Charger, save for even greater use of aluminum (including in the strut towers).
JackRatchett also used the Ghibli, 1999 Charger concept, and current Charger together to project a possible 2017 Dodge Charger design:
As for the powertrains: the eight-speed automatic is expected to become the standard, sole powertrain, and some believe it will now be controlled by a shift knob rather than the “feel free” electronic shifter of the current cars. That would be supplemented by gear up/down paddles on the steering wheel, similar to the current controls on selected V6 Chargers and 300s.
The supercharged Hemi V8, of 6.2 or 6.4 liters, is said to be a monster engine, intended to deal with top modified versions of competing muscle cars, and may generate peak power numbers greater than the Viper V10 (though presumably without the big ten’s flat torque curve). This will be an expensive option, given the amount of engineering and special materials required, the small volumes, and the need to beef up the rest of the car.
The standard Hemi is reportedly being upgraded as well, possibly moving up to an even 400 horsepower.