On this blog, we’ve talked extensively about several features of the American-Canadian Charger and Dodge Challenger. Today, we will talk about the different trim levels of these cars because they tend to cause some confusion. Rightfully so because some of these trim levels look very much alike. Here’s a quick answer:
Dodge Chargers and Challengers have several different trim levels. These include, but are not limited to Standard Edition (SE), Standard Xtra (SXT), Grand Touring (GT), Road/Track (R/T, including the Scat Pack) and, the Street and Racing Technology (SRT, including the 8, 392 and Hellcat (Redeye)).
However, that certainly doesn’t tell you the whole story. Below we’ve outlined the differences and similarities between all these trim levels and explain in detail what each of them has to offer. Read on!
What Do The Different Trim Levels Mean?
On a Dodge, SE was available between 2009 – 2017 and stood for Standard Edition. It indicates that this is the most basic version of a Dodge in terms of interior and exterior design and engine. In the Charger and Challenger case, this normally means the car has a modest V6 engine that produces around 300 horsepower.
Did you know that the SE is one of the few versions of the Dodge Charger with an all-wheel-drive available? Read more about the different drive systems of the Charger in this blog that we wrote earlier.
On a Dodge, SXT stands for Standard Xtra, and it indicates this car is slightly better than the SE version in terms of interior features. The SXT normally has a better audio system and voice-activated navigation compared to the SE. After 2016 the SE versions were discontinued, making the SXT the current ‘standard version’ of the Charger and Challenger.
On a Dodge, GT stands for Grand Touring and indicates that the car is designed for comfortably traveling longer distances. The GT versions of the Charger and Challenger carry the same engine as the SXT versions. However, the GT versions have larger wheels and better audio and infotainment systems than the SXT versions. The GT normally costs around $3,000 more than the SXT.
On a Dodge, R/T stands for Road/Track, and it indicates the car is designed for situations where increased power, control, and traction is preferred. R/T versions of the Charger and Challenger have a larger engine and more power compared to the SE, SXT, and GT versions of these models. An R/T also has larger wheels and costs $1000 – $4000 more than a GT.
R/T Scat Pack
On a Dodge, R/T Scat Pack stands for Road/Track, whereas the term ‘Scat Pack’ refers to a Dodge that’s able to run a quarter-mile in under 14 seconds. The R/T Scat Pack is the most powerful R/T version of the Charger and Challenger. It’s also more powerful than an SRT8. However, the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat are more powerful than the R/T Scat Pack.
Did you know that there’s also a trim level called the R/T Daytona? In this blog, we explain the difference between the R/T Scat Pack and R/T Daytona!
On a Dodge, SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology, and it indicates the car is designed for performance purposes. SRT versions of the Dodge normally have the best engines made for high octane fuels, the highest quality parts, and larger wheels. The terms SRT is combined with additions such as 8, 392, Scat Pack, and Hellcat.
On a Dodge, SRT8 stands for Street and Racing Technology, whereas the number 8 indicates that the car has a V8 engine. Before 2014 these were the most powerful versions of the Charger and Challenger. After 2014, the Charger and Challenger performance versions were renamed SRT 392, Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat.
On a Dodge, SRT 392 stands for Street and Racing Technology, whereas the 392 refers to the number of cubic inches of the 6.4L HEMI-V8 engine. The SRT 392 versions of the Charger and Challenger were manufactured between 2015 – 2018 and were as powerful as the R/T Scat Pack but less powerful than the SRT Hellcat.
The difference between the R/T Scat Pack and the SRT 392 was that the SRT 392 had wider 275/40R20 tires compared to the 245/45R20 tires of the R/T Scat Pack. Furthermore, the SRT 392 had six-piston Brembo brakes compared to the 4 -piston Brembo brakes of the R/T Scat Pack. Also, the SRT 392 had a functional hood scoop and HID headlights, whereas the R/T Scat Pack had no hood scoop and projector headlights.
On a Dodge, SRT Hellcat stands for Street and Racing Technology, whereas Hellcat refers to the American Grumman F6F ‘Hellcat’ fighter aircraft of World War II. The Hellcat refers to the most powerful version of a Dodge Charger or Challenger and features a 6.2L supercharged HEMI-V8 with 707 horsepower.
Some Hellcats have the term ‘Redeye’ added to their name. ‘Redeye’ refers to the red lights that are added to the headlights of this car which symbolize that a demon possesses this Hellcat. The reason for this is that this car features a 6.2L supercharged HEMI-V8 with a larger supercharger than a normal Hellcat. This gives a total of 797 horsepower.
More information about the fastest Dodge Chargers? Read this blog we wrote earlier: What Is The Fastest Dodge Charger? (All Generations Compared)
Differences In Price Between Trim Levels
Naturally, there are also going to be differences in prices between the different trim levels. Below we’ve gone through the effort of sorting the retail starting prices of the 2021 Charger to give you a clearer understanding of what each car costs:
- SXT RWD: $31,125
- SXT AWD: $34,725
- GT RWD: $33,125
- GT AWD: $36,125
- R/T: $38,125
- Scat Pack: $42,800
- SRT Hellcat Widebody: $71,125
- SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody: $71,125
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