The 2020 Dodge Charger muscle car looks to keep the title of America’s best selling full-size sedan that the nameplate has held for a couple of years now, and aims to do so with more standard content up front, and is capped by more extreme levels of performance with the new Charger Hellcat Widebody and Charger Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition.
Let’s start from the beginning. The 2020 Dodge Charger SXT comes in at $29,895 before destination with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood, piping a max of 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque through a proven ZF eight-speed automatic. It’s slightly higher than 2019’s pricing, but you do get a rear park assist system, a 7-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4 infotainment, and Keyless Enter ‘n Go standard for the money.
Up next is the 2020 Dodge Charger GT and the Charger SXT AWD. These will set you back $31,895 or $33,595 before destination, respectively. Both are powered by the same 3.6-liter Pentastar, although in those applications, the mill churns out 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. New for 2020, the Charger GT features 20-by-8-inch Satin Carbon wheels with 245/45ZR20 performance all-seasons as standard.
The 2020 Dodge Charger R/T – the point of entry for a V8-powered four-door Mopar muscle car – starts at $36,395 before destination, to the Scat Pack’s $39,995 base MSRP plus a $1,495 destination fee. The former, still powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque, now wears standard 20-by-8-inch Satin Carbon wheels like the Charger GT. The latter still gets its motivation from a 485-horsepower/475-lb-ft 6.4-liter Hemi. Tack on another $6,000 to step up to the Scat Pack Widebody, which packs massive 11-inch-wide wheels with sticky Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires under its flared fender arches in all four corners. We’re not sure of any other vehicle beyond the Dodge Charger/Challenger widebody vehicles that deliver so much tire for the money.
Now for the big guns. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is one of the most capable four-door sedans in the world, with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds, a top speed of just under 200 miles per hour, and the ability to hold .96 g on the skid pad. This street brawler of a family sedan was revealed earlier this summer, and now has been officially priced at $69,645 plus $1,495 destination. It replaces the standard body style of the Dodge Charger Hellcat in the lineup, and shaves off a couple miles per hour in top speed for the added benefit of more cornering grip and a more intimidating aesthetic than before.
For comparison’s sake, a $104,000+ BMW M5 – a sedan – crosses the quarter mile in 11 seconds. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Dodge is still far ahead of other marques when it comes to delivering on performance for the dollar.
Lastly, at the absolute top of the 2020 Charger range, is the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. It’s also a widebody, but the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition Package adds another 10 horsepower thanks to airflow upgrades, totaling 717 hp. Just 501 units will be built – the same number as Dodge built of the original 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. This special edition commands an MSRP of $74,140, plus a $1,495 destination charge.
Look for the revised 2020 Dodge Charger lineup at a dealer near you starting in early 2020.