This week we’re getting our first chance to get behind the wheel of the new Charger R/T Scat Pack. While the Hellcat is stealing headlines for its supercar-level power, the R/T Scat Pack is no slouch either, and at a 40% discount, it makes for a compelling alternative for those who might not have the desire (or means) to pony up for a $65,000 vehicle.
From a performance standpoint, the Scat Pack option for the Charger is essentially what the SRT “Core” model was for the previous two years – a stripped down version of the SRT model that boasts the same 4-piston Brembo brakes, performance exhaust, gearbox, and 6.4-liter V8 as the SRT model, but for substantially less money. While the Scat Pack models do not share the six-piston Brembo brakes, three-way adaptive suspension and other SRT-specific features included with the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, the Charger R/T Scat Pack comes in at a significantly more affordable price point, which starts at $39,890. That makes this the most powerful sedan you can currently buy for under $40K.
That re-tuned Hemi feels noticeably stronger for 2015, and it’s happier than ever to fry the tires from a stoplight whenever your right foot gets the slightest inclination. Dodge says the Charger Scat Pack is capable of 0-60 sprints in the mid four second range and quarter mile times in the mid-12s. A substantial factor in the 2015 model’s quicker acceleration over the similarly powered 2014 SRT model can be attributed to the new quick-shifting 8-speed TorqueFlight automatic which shares the same gear ratios as the Hellcat models. Coupled with a great sounding active exhaust system, brakes that can get the big coupe to a stop from sixty miles per hour in under 120 feet and a taut suspension that effectively corrals body roll without resorting a punishingly harsh ride, and the Scat Pack Charger offers a lot of fun and capability for relatively little coin.
Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat.
We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe!
Our videos will always be free to watch, but if you're feeling extra generous you can support our video efforts on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/windingroad
Who we are:
Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts.
http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers.
Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com
Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing