Similarities and Differences Between the Dodge Challenger and Charger
Is that a Dodge Charger or a Dodge Challenger? When one of those speed demons whiz past, it can be hard to tell which is which. Both models have similar features, and if it weren’t for the difference in the grilles and the body type, the two may as well mesh into one. With rumors of one or both being discontinued to make way for a new model lineup, a fusion could very well be a possibility, but that’s all just speculation. Let’s look at the similarities and differences between the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.
2018 Body Types
The 2018 Dodge Challenger is a two-door coupe. Two separate grilles can be found integrated into the front fascia, and every model has some form of a hood scoop to allow the introduction of cold or atmospheric tempered air into the engine versus the surrounding hot air under the hood. All Dodge Challenger models also come with round headlights and two rectangular tail lights.
In contrast, the 2018 Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan, although many would call it a sports car or even a muscle car sedan. The Dodge Charger also has two separate grills integrated into the front fascia of the car, but the top is more narrow and slanted at the ends to encompass the similarly slanted headlights. A long single strip across the rear fascia makes up the taillights for the Dodge Charger, and select trims come with a hood scoop to allow for cold air induction. These include the 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona, Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger Daytona 392, Charger SRT 392, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Both vehicles have dual rear exhaust tips, and both share the same engines for all but one trim.
2018 Engine Types
The 2018 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger share much of the same in their engine lineup. Powering the Dodge Challenger SXT, SXT Plus, and GT with all-wheel drive, and the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, SXT Plus with Leather, and the Charger GT and GT Plus with all-wheel drive is the award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) technology and able to generate 305 horsepower for the Challenger, 300 horsepower for the Charger.
Next up is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI optimized with VVT and a multi-displacement system (MDS) for fuel efficiency. This engine can generate up to 375 horsepower for the Dodge Challenger and 370 horsepower for the Dodge Charger. Consumers can find this engine under the hood of the Dodge Challenger R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, T/A, R/T Plus Shaker, and the T/A Plus. Only the Dodge Charger R/T and Daytona trims are powered by this V8 HEMI engine.
Originally the second-most powerful engine in the Dodge lineup was the 392 (cubic-inch) HEMI V8 engine with MDS. Here’s where the engines become more uniform, because the engine is able to generate 485 horsepower in both, the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger. This 392 HEMI V8 engine can only be found under the hood of the R/T Scat Pack, 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker, the T/A 392, and SRT 392 trims for the Dodge Challenger. Only three Dodge Charger trims can be powered by the 392 V8 HEMI – the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, Daytona 392, and SRT 392.
Both, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat are powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, capable of generating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be found on the SRT Hellcat trims only, including the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Only the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Demon V8 that has been optimized with over 97 new parts for that Demon speed difference.
Aside from similar exterior and interior features and options, both Dodge models start out with the next-generation Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities. Either model can upgrade to a premium six-speaker system, but only the Dodge Challenger has the ability to come with a nine-speaker system with subwoofer. The Dodge Charger is, however, available with a BeatsAudio ten-speaker system through the Beats Audio Group, or a 19-speaker system with a subwoofer (Daytona 392 option only). In contrast, the Dodge Challenger has an 18-speaker system with a subwoofer available on select trims, and the ability to limit the sound system to a two-speaker stereo to keep the weight down on the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.