2014 Dodge Charger | new car review
Extremely well priced and practical
Interior isn't of the nicest quality
Currently in its seventh generation, the 2014 Dodge Charger goes up against the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro to fight it out for a piece of the muscle car segment. With a blacked out grille, indents in its hood and a tail light that resembles a race track, the butch exterior of the Charger makes its intentions clear from the very first glance. For those of you struggling to convince your wife it’s a perfect family sedan, the two extra doors in comparison to its rivals should help you out massively.
Keeping in mind that the Charger is more of a performance oriented sedan, the designers haven’t spent a great deal of time thinking about what trim colour or soft leather should be wrapped around the seats. Instead, they’ve worked at making the dashboard more driver oriented, fitting wonderfully supportive seats and even the extra mile by throwing bits of carbon fiber trim around the cabin in SRT guise.
Based on the current trend of maximizing the number of gears, (Land Rover has reached 9) the Dodge Charger seems a little outdated. Equipped with only a five-speed transmission, the Charger may have you thinking it isn’t all that good, but hold your horses because lesser number of gears translates into reduced unnecessary shifting and quicker power availability; just what you need from a sporting sedan.
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Three versions of the Charger ranging from the basic 292 horsepower 3.6L V6, right up the 370 horsepower R/T and absolutely mental 6.4 litre 470 horsepower SRT are available in the UAE. For those interested more beauty than braun, the standard version with a V6 should do just fine. But if it’s kicks out of driving a tail happy car you’re after, then it’s definitely the V8 R/T or SRT version you’d want to look into.
The Dodge Charger has recently paid a visit to the cosmetic surgeon and has come out looking a lot, lot nicer; both inside and out. If you can wait for the 2015 model, then by all means we’d recommend waiting. But if you’re slightly impatient or just can’t wait to own a muscle car, then go on and get yourself a Charger because at AED 3,000 less than a Mustang and AED 27,000 less than a Camaro, it’s a bargain.