What Changed for 2008:
- Interior refresh with new instrument panel, center console, cruise control stalk and door trim panels
- Tire-pressure monitor now standard on all models
- Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights newly available
- MyGIG hard-drive radio newly available
- Sirius Backseat TV offered
- UConnect hands-free cell phone link now has iPod interface
The Charger is Dodge's largest sedan and is built on the same platform as the Chrysler 300 sedan and the Dodge Magnum wagon. Like the Magnum, it has a sportier design than the more formal Chrysler version. The Charger name recalls the muscle-car era of the 1960s. The Charger is available with a Hemi V-8 engine and has seating for 5. While most Chargers are powered only by their rear wheels, an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system sends 38 percent of the engine's torque to drive the front wheels. The Charger is offered in three standard line models and the high-performance SRT8.
The 2008 Dodge Charger SXT and R/T are available with AWD. The SE comes with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; driver and passenger lumbar adjustment; remote keyless entry; AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; and P215/65R17 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. The SXT adds an 8-way power adjustable 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 6 speakers and 276-watt amplifier; interior air filter; power-adjustable pedals; Sirius satellite radio with one-year subscription; fog lamps; and P225/60R18 tires on aluminum wheels. The R/T adds to the SXT leather upholstery; heated front seats; folding heated mirrors; automatic headlights; dual-zone automatic climate control; 6 Boston Acoustics speakers; and an 8-way power front passenger seat. The R/T offers a Road/Track Performance package with sportier steering; self-leveling shocks; sport seats; performance suspension; 10 more hp; front and rear spoilers; and P245/45R20 tires on aluminum wheels with black accents. The Daytona R/T package adds to the Road/Track Performance Group a rear spoiler; a painted Hemi engine cover; flat black graphics; and interior trim that includes a numbered plate on the instrument panel. The SRT8 comes with a performance-tuned suspension; a reprogrammed ESC system; Brembo brakes; Goodyear Supercar F1 tires on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels; and a 180-mph speedometer. Options include remote engine starting, sunroof, and-new for 2008-Sirius Backseat TV and Chrysler's MyGIG hard drive radio, offered with or without a navigation system.
Four engine choices are offered on the 2008 Dodge Charger models. Standard in the SE is a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 178 hp at 6400 rpm and 190 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. All of the other engines are paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with a manual shiftgate. The SXT has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 250 hp at 6400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The R/T comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that generates 340 hp at 5000 rpm and 390 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The 5.7-liter V-8 engine has Dodge's Multi-Displacement System, which shuts down four cylinders under light loads to conserve fuel. The SRT8 gets an even higher-performance version of the Hemi: a 6.1-liter unit that provides 425 hp at 6200 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The SRT8 is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2008 Dodge Charger are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 2.7-liter engine; 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 3.5-liter engine; 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 5.7-liter engine; and 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the 6.1-liter engine. AWD models get slightly less fuel economy.
Standard on all 2008 Dodge Charger models are 2-stage front air bags and a tire-pressure monitor. Head-protecting side curtain air bags for both seating rows, torso-protecting front side air bags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard on all models but SE, where they are optional. The Dodge Charger has earned 5-star front-impact ratings for the driver and front passenger in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash testing. The Charger also received a 4-star rating for the driver and a 5-star rating for the rear passenger from the NHTSA in side-impact tests, and a 4-star rating in rollover resistance tests.
Dodge's MyGIG hard drive radio comes in two versions: the MyGIG Entertainment System and the MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System, which adds a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic information. Both have a 6.5-inch touch screen and a 20-gigabyte hard drive to hold songs, pictures, and, in the Multimedia version, navigation map information. Songs can be ripped to the hard drive directly from CDs.