As America’s only four-door muscle car, the Dodge Charger returns for the new model year virtually unchanged. The Charger continues to offer one of the most diverse lineups in the automotive industry ranging from 300 horsepower V6 with optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) to a 797 horsepower rear-wheel-drive (RWD) that makes the Dodge Charger the fastest, most powerful, mass-produced sedan in the world.
So, let’s take a look at everything we know about the 2022 edition of the four-door muscle sedan…
For the 2022 model year, the Dodge Charger is available in 8 different trim levels (SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye). There are also several different packages within those trims, the offer even more attitude and performance.
SRT Hellcat Redeye –
Introduced last year, the 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world. At the heart of the Hellcat Redeye is a detuned version of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HO V8 engine.
The engine is rated at a whopping 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to an 8-speed 8HP90 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The combination is good for a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds, a top speed of 203 mph, and a quarter-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.6 seconds @ 129 mph.
The Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye features an aggressive, modern widebody exterior with fender flares integrated into the front and rear fascias, which adds 3.5 inches of width over the wider wheels and Pirelli tires.
SRT Hellcat –
If the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a little much, you could opt for the SRT Hellcat. Like the Redeye it comes standard with the Widebody exterior and makes room for 20-inch x 11-inch wheels riding on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires, and an SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Competition suspension.
Under the hood, is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT V8 delivering 717 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard Hellcat model is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds, a top speed of 196 mph, and a quarter-mile ET of 10.96 seconds. Impressive numbers for the big sedan.
Charger SRT Hellcat models also feature 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece brake rotors with 6-piston front calipers for improved stopping power, heat management, and longevity, producing 60 to 0 mph stops in 107 feet.
The Charger Daytona and Daytona 392 packages offer even more performance and heritage-inspired styling to the naturally aspirated 5.7- and 6.4-liter 392 HEMI® offerings. Daytona models are based on the R/T trim, while the Daytona 392 models are based on the Scat Pack models.
Daytona models feature unique Daytona Satin Black painted exterior accents (hood, roof, and deck-lid), unique “Daytona” embroidered performance bolstered seats, Dodge performance steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters, and model-specific interior trim finishes. Performance brake pads help increase stopping power on the R/T-based models and for Scat Pack models there is a set of ultra-high-performance Brembo brakes with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brake calipers.
The Dodge Charger GT is available in both RWD and AWD options. For the RWD version, the award-winning Pentastar V6 is rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque.
The GT has the performance looks from the Scat Pack, which includes a performance hood, performance front fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler, and seats. Its performance-bred chassis includes a standard performance suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, and Black cloth bolstered performance seats.
For the 2022 model year, there are 5 available engine combinations for the Dodge Charger.
- 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque on SXT, 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque on SXT AWD, GT, and GT AWD models
- 5.7-liter HEMI “Eagle” V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque on R/T
- 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI “Apache” V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque on Scat Pack
- Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI “HELLCAT” V8 with 717 horsepower and 656 lb.-ft. of torque on SRT Hellcat
- Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI “HELLCAT” HO V8 with 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque on SRT Hellcat Redeye
Every 2022 Dodge Charger comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. There are 4 different variants used across the lineup.
- 8-speed 8HP50 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SXT and GT)
- 8-speed 850RE TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SXT AWD and GT AWD)
- 8-speed 8HP70 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (R/T and Scat Pack)
- 8-speed 8HP90 TorqueFlite automatic transmission (SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye)
AWD System –
The Dodge Charger SXT AWD and GT AWD feature Dodge’s high-performance all-wheel-drive system. This technologically advanced system includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for excellent all-season performance and fuel economy. The Charger AWD seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100% of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels. This preserves the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling characteristics inherent to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. When sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the system automatically engages the front axle, instantly transitioning Charger into all-wheel-drive mode.
Enhanced with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), the Charger AWD has impressive handling on all surfaces, especially snow and ice. VDC provides excellent traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path. Enhancing the on-road dynamic performance using precise front-to-rear torque control integrated with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, VDC maintains Charger’s fun- to-drive character, regardless of road conditions.
In addition, the Dodge Charger GT AWD features paddle shifters and Sport mode. With Sport mode active, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use the die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and view gear election through the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) centered in the instrument cluster.
Dodge does not rate the 2022 Dodge Charger with a tow rating.
Option changes –
There is only one update change for the 2022 model year. As part of the Dodge brand’s way of helping to crack down on the theft of its vehicles, Dodge has now made a deluxe security alarm standard on its performance lineup (Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye). Those with SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, and R/T models can opt for the new security alarm when they choose the Driver Convenience Group package.
Wide body option –
Dodge will continue to offer the available Widebody Package on Scat Pack and standard on SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. The package adds 3.5-inches of the overall width of the Charger and equips the car with 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires mounted to 20-inch x 11-inch wheels and includes electric power steering (EPS) system and SRT Drive Modes.
The Scat Pack Widebody also gains the larger adaptive damping suspension, Brembo 6-piston brakes, performance shift indicator, and 20-inch x 11-inch aluminum wheels from the SRT Hellcat Widebody models.
Known for its high-impact palette of colors, the 2022 Dodge Charger doesn’t disappoint with 13 available exterior colors. Those exterior colors include Frostbite, F8 Green, Go ManGo, Granite Crystal, Hellraisin, IndiGo Blue, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, Smoke Show, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.
There are more than 70 available safety and security features, including Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path Detection.
The 2022 Dodge Charger is manufactured at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto). The 2022 Dodge Charger will start production in January of 2022.