2005 Commemorative Edition
In 2005, Dodge released an SRT-4 Commemorative Edition. This model (along with the Commemorative Edition versions of the Viper SRT-10 and Ram SRT-10) was created to celebrate the SRT vehicles.
This limited, numbered version included:
- «Electric Blue» painted «Viper» stripes over the «Stone White» colored body.
- Blue stitching on the floor mats, shift boots, seats, and steering wheel.
- Stainless steel «SRT-4» door sill plates.
- A total of 200 Commemorative Edition SRT-4’s were built.
- A «XXX/200» numbered metal plaque, inset just ahead of the cup holders.
- A Commemorative Edition booklet (same booklet included with the Commemorative Vipers and Ram SRT-10’s).
- No performance extras were added on the Commemorative Edition.
Whats new for 2018
The most notable Charger changes for 2018 are in the lower price/performance trim segment. Last year’s Charger SE is gone. For 2018, four trims are equipped with a Pentastar V6 engine — the rear-wheel drive Charger SXT and SXT Plus and all-wheel drive Charger GT and GT Plus.
All 2018 Charger models have rearview cameras and rear parking assistance. The base-level infotainment system starting with the Charger SXT has a 7-inch touchscreen display for the Uconnect 4 system and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other 2018 changes include new colors, badges, trim accents, and wheels, plus new brake options on specific models.
In 2003, Cory O’Brien and Erich Heuschele drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America.
In SCCA ProRally racing, the SRT-4 (and more recently the ACR version) has dominated the Group 5 (2WD) class since 2003. In just its first year competing, the Dodge ended the stranglehold that the FWD DSMs and Volkswagens had on the class. With three competing the following year, the SRT-4 won every 2004 series race and end-of-season award. The SRT-4 has won every Group 5 and 2-Wheel-Drive class championship in US ProRally and Sno Drift since 2003, and its unprecedented dominance in 2004 helped Dodge earn its first US ProRally Manufacturers Championship in 28 years.
In 2005, Jeff Lepper drove the SRT-4 to its first ever national road racing win in the NASA US Touring Car Championship at California Speedway in Fontana.
In 2005, Dale Seeley, Kolin Aspergren, and Jamin Cummings drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America.
In 2006, the Dodge SRT-4 officially became the world’s fastest production 4-cylinder car, averaging 221 mph (356 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in a car driven by Jorgen Moller. The vehicle was vehicle was tuned by Dave Harris and Phil Hurst for Racedeck Racing.
Robb Holland and Dan Aweida’s SPEED World Challenge SRT-4s
Multiple SRT-4s were raced in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge – Touring Car Series, and in 2006 – their second year of competition – had become one of the more successful platforms in the series. Robb Holland, of 3R Racing, became the first Pro driver to put the SRT-4 on the podium with his 3rd-place finish at Road America in August 2006. This was Dodge’s first podium and first manufacturer’s points in World Challenge Touring Car competition. Holland would finish the season with 3 top 10 finishes and two top 5 qualifying efforts in the SRT-4.
In 2007, Doug Wind, Devin Clancy, and Ken Brewer drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 5th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America.
In 2007, George Biskup drove SRT-4 (02) Factory Blue/White/Black to many SCCA T-2 National wins as well as set Track Qualifying Record at Road America (2:33.922 beating John Buttermore’s CTSV by .031 sec, that record held for a few years). Back in April 2005, Biskup won the first SCCA National race entered with the (02) SRT-4 at Gingerman Raceway in the snow, as the race was run under yellow and finishing positions were as qualified, SRT-4 was on the pole.
In 2007, Curt Simmons won the U.S. Touring Car Championship in an SRT-4 and Dodge won the season manufacturers points championship by 29 points over Honda behind the strength of several SRT-4’s.
In 2007, Stan Wilson won the Speed World Challenge Touring Car Rookie Driver of the Year and the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Year awards driving the Sorted Performance Dodge SRT-4. This was Dodge’s first title in Speed World Challenge Touring Car.
In 2008, Curt Simmons attempts to defend his USTCC series championship, winning in June 29, 2008 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
In 2012, Russ Deane set a new world land speed record for four-cylinder production cars (SRT-4) of more than 226 mph (364 km/h). He surpassed the previous record of 224 mph for a Class F/PS vehicle. Deane and his Hinckley Automotive race team were participating in Speed Week at the Bonneville Speedway. His race team included Jim Hinckley, Dave Harris (chief), Craig Ohlson, «Camel» Joe George, Troy Cheney, Stuart Gosswein, and Jim Hinckley Jr.
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SRT, a high-performance automobile group within FCA US, 2003–2014
|SRT-10||Dodge Ram SRT-10|
|The only SRT-branded vehicle.|
2018 Dodge Charger engines
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2018 Dodge Charger 370 hp 5.4L Hemi V8
2018 Dodge Charger 485 hp 6.4L Hemi V8
2018 Dodge Charger 292-hp or 300-hp 3.6L V6 (tuned for different trims)
2018 Dodge Charger 707 hp 6.2L Supercharged V8
Dodge uses four engines in five different states of tuning for the 10 newest Chargers. All are paired with a TorqueFlight 8-speed automatic transmission.
The SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT Plus Chargers have a 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine. This engine is tuned to produce 292 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 260 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm on the SXT and SXT Plus trims and 300-hp and 264-lb-ft of torque at the same rev levels on the GT AWD and GT Plus all-wheel drive (AWD) trims.
The 3.6-liter V6 uses regular gasoline. On Charger real-wheel drive SXT and SXT Plus models, the Environmental Protection Agency rating is 19 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined driving. Charger GT and GT Plus models with AWD are rated 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg in combined driving.
Charger R/T and Daytona trims use a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 rated at 370 hp at 5,250 RPM and 395 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The EPA fuel economy ratings are 16 mpg for city driving, 25 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. You can use regular gas, but Dodge recommends midrange 89 octane for the 5.7-liter Hemi.
A 6.4-liter HEMI V8 powers the Charger R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392 and SRT 392 models. This engine cranks 485 hp at 6,100 rpmand 475 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. This engine runs best on 91 octane gas. The 6.4L Hemi’s EPA fuel economy rating is 15 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined.
The Charger SRT Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 delivers 707 hp at 6,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The Charger SRT Hellcat’s EPA mileage ratings — 13 mpg in the city, 22 mpg for highway driving, and 16 mpg combined — surprised many people. The concept of a production sedan that turns in 11-second quarter miles and hits 22 mpg on the highway remains a head-scratcher.
Here’s a quick table of the model and engine matchups:
|Engine/Model pairs||3.6L V6||5.7L Hemi V8||6.4L Hemi V8||6.2L Supercharged V8|
|Charger SXT||292 hp|
|Charger SXT Plus||292 hp|
|Charger GT||300 hp|
|Charger GT Plus||300 hp|
|Charger R/T||370 hp|
|Charger Daytona||370 hp|
|Charger R/T Scat Pack||485 hp|
|Charger Daytona 392||485 hp|
|Charger SRT 392||485 hp|
|Charger SRT Hellcat||707 hp|
- Car and Driver magazine’s 2005 John Lingenfelter Memorial Trophy
- Was one of «Eight Great Rides» as decided by Sport Compact Car magazine (SCC) in 2003, 2004, and 2005 — all three years the SRT-4 was produced.
- Named the 2003 Car of the Year by SCC.
- Won numerous comparisons in several U.S. automotive magazines from 2003 to 2005, including:
- 1st place -, Car and Driver magazine, November 2005. The SRT-4 competed against 14 other performance vehicles, finishing 1st in the front-wheel-drive division.
- 1st place -, Serial Thrillers comparison test, Car and Driver magazine, May 2004.
- 1st place -, Automobile magazine, March 2004.
- 1st place -, Sport Sedans Comparison, Edmunds, August 2003
- 1st place -, Sport Compact Car Shootout, January 2003.
Dodge SRT-4 engine
215 hp (160 kW) (2003 model) 230 hp (170 kW) (2004–2005 models) In 2004, the SRT-4 received a power increase, with larger fuel injectors and a recalibrated engine computer.
Manufacturer’s specification when the SRT-4 was released was 230 hp (170 kW). However, several independent tests have produced results indicating 230-238 whp and 250-262 lb-ft. This would indicate that the SRT-4 produces more power than the manufacturer claims. The flywheel power is estimated to be 255-265 hp(190-198 kW) and 260-270 lb-ft torque(352-366 N·m)
|Torque:||245 lb⋅ft (332 N⋅m) @ 3200-4200 rpm (2003 model)250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) @ 2400-4400 rpm (2004–2005 models)|
|0-60 mph (97 km/h) time:||5.6s (2003) 5.3s (2004, 2005)|
|1⁄4 mile (400 m) time:||14.1s (2003) 13.9s (2004, 2005)|
|1⁄4 mile speed:||102 mph (164 km/h) (2003) 103 mph (166 km/h) (2004, 2005)|
|Top speed:||Car and Driver magazine achieved a maximum speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).|
The SRT-4 used the same basic engine block as the naturally aspirated 2003+ 2.4L, and was different from the years previous used in the naturally aspirated Chrysler 2.4L mid-size cars such as the PT Cruiser and four-door Stratus. The SRT4 engine had many improvements, including: stronger crank case webbing, a thicker deck with 11 mm head bolts (vs 10 mm), an oil drain back for the turbo, a cast aluminum structural oil pan, a higher capacity oil pump, a crankshaft of higher hardness steel, improved machining of bearing journals, oil squirters (to cool underside of pistons), eutectic aluminum alloy pistons made specially by Mahle, and forged connecting rods with cracked caps and 9 mm bolts. The cylinder head was also different for turbo engines, from naturally aspirated. The turbo version (PT Cruiser GT Turbo and SRT-4) included: larger diameter valves and seats, exhaust valves made of Inconel, improved cooling and larger oil drain back passages, different camshafts. The PT Cruiser Turbo engine package differs from the SRT-4 because the intake manifold, turbocharger plumbing and intercooler are different. The SRT-4 intercooler was a front-mounted cast aluminum 8-row unit produced by Valeo, unique in its efficiency and computer designed end tanks for air flow.
The turbocharger was a reverse rotation Mitsubishi TD04LR-15Gk with a 6 cm2 (0.93 sq in) turbine inlet. Tight packaging forced some creative thinking on the turbocharger. The TD04 compressor has a compressor bypass valve built right into the compressor housing. The exhaust manifold and turbine housing were cast in one piece by Mitsubishi from high-nickel Ni-Resist steel. The one-piece design improved flow, reduced size and reduced thermal mass for quicker cat light-off. The turbine discharge was also part of the manifold/turbine housing casting, and it looped back around and hit the manifold again on its way to the catalytic converter. Where they met, there was a wastegate valve; keeping the wastegate valve away from the turbine housing improved flow where it mattered most. Maximum boost in stock form was around 14 psi (97 kPa). Piston velocities and valve-train components force a rev limit of 6240 rpm although MOPAR upped the ante with their Stage 2 and 3 kits which have a rev limit of 6500 rpm.
The exhaust system for the vehicle consists of 2.25-inch (57.15 mm) steel tubing, which is run first through the catalytic converter, then through two resonators. The exhaust then splits into two separate sections of piping, exiting through two 3.75 in (95 mm) stainless steel tips at the rear of the vehicle. The exhaust system is unique in that there is no muffler, instead relying on the turbocharger and resonators to reduce the exhaust volume. The end result is a very distinctive and audible exhaust note, specific only to the SRT-4.
|Block height:||9.375 in (238.1 mm)|
|Displacement:||2,429 cc (148.2 cu in)|
|Stroke:||3.976 in (101.0 mm)|
|Bore:||3.445 in (87.5 mm)|
|Rod length:||5.944 in (151.0 mm)|
|Main journal diameter:||2.36 in (60 mm)|
|Deck clearance:||0.200 in (5.1 mm)|
|Combustion chamber volume:||50.0 cc (3.05 cu in)|
|Head gasket thickness:||0.040 in (1.0 mm)|
This factory competition version included:
- Wider 16×7-inch (410×180 mm) BBS RX racing wheels with 40 mm (1.6 in) offset
- Wider 225/45/16 BFG KDW2 tires
- Lowered ride height (Front: 10 mm (0.39 in) from spring seat lowering, additional 22 mm (0.87 in) through smaller diameter tire; Rear: 23.5 mm (0.93 in) from spring seat lowering, additional 22 mm (0.87 in) through smaller diameter tire)
- 5 position adjustable performance Tokico Illumina dampers. Proportional compression and rebound damping adjustment is accomplished via multiple oil bleed orifices within the damper.
- Thicker rear stabilizer bar (19 mm)
- Stiffer bushings in the rear tension struts
- ACR embroidered, Viper-styled, racing seats with pass-throughs for a racing harness
- ACR decals on the bottoms of the front doors
- Full diameter P205/60R15 spare tire
- Vehicle Speed Sensor gear changed from 20 tooth to 21 tooth to correct speedometer for different stock tire heights.
- There were a total of 1,175 SRT-4 ACR’s produced for the public: 225 Flame Red (PR4), 211 Orange Blast (PVK), 306 Stone White (PW1), 433 Black (PX8).
2003 SRT-4 Extreme LightWeight
In 2003, Dodge engineers built a special SRT-4 Extreme LightWeight for the 2003 SEMA show. It was designed to showcase the factory upgrade parts available for the SRT-4 from Mopar. The vehicle featured lightweight, carbon fiber body pieces (produced in-house), a polycarbonate rear window, and the front window glass removed for weight reduction. The interior was stripped completely, with only the stock dash remaining. A single Recaro racing seat, a harness, and a roll cage were installed for safety. The car featured the first stage 3R Mopar engine performance kit and stage 3R coilovers. Overall, the weight of the vehicle was reduced by 405 lb (184 kg) to 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) wet, and was dyno’d at 360 hp (270 kW) and 383 lb•ft (519 N•m) (at the wheels) by Sport Compact Car magazine. On drag slicks, it ran an 11.83-second pass at 123 mph (198 km/h) in 70 °F (21 °C) weather. This one-off SRT-4 was used for media events and testing of the Mopar development parts, and was destroyed as an asset reduction move in 2009.
2018 Dodge Charger tech
Chargers, like all muscle cars, are designed for speed, but the handling matters, too. This year’s Chargers have electronic stability control, antilock brakes, brake assist, and hill start assist as standard equipment.
All Chargers have rearview cameras with backup assist gridlines shown on the infotainment system display. Rear parking assistance is also included with every trim. Blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on the Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat but optional on all other trims.
Other passive safety and driver assist features are available either as a package or individually for all but the bottom (SXT) and top (Hellcat) trims. Dodge’s decision to exclude two models may have been made based on very different factors. The plan could be to give potential SXT buyers incentive to step up at least one trim level. The Dodge speed mavens possibly also figure that Hellcat owners prefer to be in total control of acceleration, braking, and steering — even when they’re not on the track.
The three tables below list which safety and assist tech features are standard, optional, or not available for each trim. The standard features are in bold for clarity.
|Passive Safety/Driver Assist Features||2018 Charger SXT||2018 Charger SXT Plus||2018 Charger GT||2018 Charger GT Plus|
|Rearview camera with backup assist gridlines||Standard||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Parking assistance — rear||Standard||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path alert||Optional||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Adaptive cruise control with stop||Not available||Optional||Not available||Optional|
|Auto high-beam headlamp||Not available||Optional||Not available||Not available|
|Lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert||Not available||Optional||Not available||Optional|
|Full speed forward collision warning with active braking||Not available||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Passive Safety/Driver Assist Features||2018 Charger R/T||2018 Charger Daytona||2018 Charger R/T Scat Pack|
|Rearview camera with backup assist gridlines||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Parking assistance — rear||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path alert||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Adaptive cruise control with stop||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Auto high-beam headlamp||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Full speed forward collision warning with active braking||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|Passive Safety/Driver Assist Features||2018 Charger Daytona 392||2018 Charger SRT 392||2018 Charger SRT Hellcat|
|Rearview camera with backup assist gridlines||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Parking assistance — rear||Standard||Standard||Standard|
|Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path alert||Optional||Standard||Standard|
|Adaptive cruise control with stop||Optional||Optional||Not available|
|Auto high-beam headlamp||Optional||Optional||Not available|
|Lane-keeping assist, lane-keeping alert||Optional||Optional||Not available|
|Full speed forward collision warning with active braking||Optional||Optional||Not available|
Впечатления от езды
3.6-литровый V6 двигатель на 305 лошадиных сил стал базовым для седана Charger. С двигателем хорошо сотрудничает автоматическая коробка передач на восемь ступеней, гарантируя плавность переходов. Хотя придраться к моделям с V6 двигателями почти невозможно, все же они не производят такого впечатления как их коллеги из силовыми агрегатами Hemi. 5.7-литровый V8 гарантирует 375 лошадей, в то время, как модели SRT могут похвастаться 6.4-литровым V8 Hemi на 485 лошадиных сил. Если смотреть с позиции наилучшего сочетания цены и производительности, то первым становится R/T. Сорвиголовам по душе придется модель Charger SRT Hellcat с 707 лошадиными силами под капотом. Это автомобиль предназначен исключительно для азартной, динамичной езды. В целом линейку Charger можно описать как плавную и с хорошей обратной связью.