Since I was born in 1983, I don’t have a connection to the original Dodge Charger and the fact that it was sold only as a two-door car. When Dodge brought back the Charger name, and slapped it to a sedan, I didn’t have a problem with it. In today’s world, two-door cars just don’t sell that well, and Dodge has a two-door muscle car; the Dodge Challenger.

Why do I bring this up? Because Dodge, especially with the refreshed 2015 model, has made one bad-ass four-door sedan with the Scat Pack and it’s a car you should look at if you want power, performance, and a dose of practicality.

(Full Disclosure: I begged FCA for a Scat Pack Charger loan, and surprisingly they obliged. Maybe it was to keep me quiet? Anyway, it was a glorious week.)

The Scat Pack Charger is a 2015 Dodge Charger with a big V8 under the hood. Unlike the lesser R/T model, the Scat Pack gets the 6.4L, 392 cu/in, 485hp V8 from straight from SRT. If you pop the hood, it even says “Powered by SRT” on the engine cover.

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That scoots this full-size family car to 60mph in under 5 seconds, and through the quarter-mile in a hair over 12 seconds. There’s even a computer on board that will track those metrics for you!

Having nearly 500hp under the hood makes everything better. Literally everything. Just cruising around town, the performance exhaust makes the engine sound fantastic. People turn and look to see what is coming. It’s just as fun to cruise in as it is to mash on the go pedal.

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The rear-wheel drive only sedan only comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Challenger Scat Pack we tested in the fall, that could be ordered with either an automatic or manual transmission.

But that’s okay, because this transmission is sourced from the German company ZF, and it’s damn near perfect.

Throttle response, gear changes, steering input, and traction control can all be adjusted through the Dodge Performance Pages. Pressing the Sport mode lays off the traction control, speeds up the gear shifts, and stiffens up the steering. Shifts are executed in 250 milliseconds or less, and will even cause the exhaust to bark loudly during the gear change. The word glorious again comes to mind.

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I also think the Charger looks great in Scat Pack (and higher) trim. There’s lots of openings in the front bumper to get cool air into the engine compartment. The functional scoop in the hood looks great, and you can see it from behind the wheel.

Of all the colors available, the B5 Blue just looks stunning in person, and gets a lot of attention itself. Of all the press cars I’ve driven, this one, so far, has got the most attention. It’s the color I’d get.

But even with the big wheels, loud engine, and performance suspension, the car is extremely comfortable in the normal day-to-day. While it doesn’t ride as comfortable as a Mercedes-Benz Maybach, it’s more comfortable than you’d think by looking at it.

It also has loads of space. A big trunk can scoop up all of your belongings for a road trip, and seating for five means you can take friends with you. Rear-seat passengers are comfortable and have plenty of room, and two USB charging ports in the back keep them connected and powered.

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You can load up your Scat Pack with a lot of creature comforts as well. Our test unit was pretty basic, but you can equip yours with blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control, a premium Beats Audio system, HID headlights, and more. But even if you skip that, the $39,995 starting price is quite a deal for everything you get.

As you’d expect, a big V8 doesn’t get the best fuel economy in the world. But it does best the manual-equipped Challenger we tested last fall. Why? Because the 8-speed has more gears for fuel economy, and the engine also has cylinder deactivation on the automatic.

The EPA rating for the Scat Pack is 15 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, or 18 mpg combined. Keep in mind, the Scat Pack also requires premium unleaded. During my week of driving, with lots of both highway and city driving, I got 19.6 mpg. During a particularly long highway drive, I saw 24.4 mpg. With a little bit lighter of a foot, it’d be easy to get the average into the 20s and keep it there. I’m happy with that considering the car’s performance.

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Adding two extra doors to the Dodge Challenger makes me go from a car I really like to a car I absolutely adore. The Charger Scat Pack is everything you could really ever want from a high-performance sedan at a great price.

If you want, you can upgrade to the SRT Charger, but it has the same engine. The major differences are the suspension has three adjustable settings, and you get 6-piston brakes instead of 4. On the street, I promise you you won’t notice too much of a difference, especially to justify the much more expensive base price.

  • Fantastic looks.
  • Great sound.
  • Awesome V8 performance.
  • Practical and spacious.
  • Fuel economy could always be better.
  • It’s not in my driveway.
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