This week we’re taking a look at the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. The Charger comes in many different configurations, and other than the Hellcat, this is probably my favorite.
The Scat Pack name was introduced in 1964 and revived in 2013. There was a Scat Pack Club that started in 1970 because there were so many Scat Pack enthusiasts. There are still today fans of the old and new Scat Packs who have an active facebook page.
The 2019 Charger is the sixth generation of this car, which actually started out as a 2-door in 1966.
The R/T Scat Pack price-wise falls below the 707-horse Hellcat and just above the R/T. My tester is over $27,000 less than the Hellcat.
There are a lot of highlights to the 2019 Scat Pack, but let’s start under the bulging aluminum hood that has a functional air scoop. That’s where you’ll find the 6.4-liter SRT 392 V8, and yes, it’s a Hemi. It propels this 4400- pound beast from zero-to-60 in just 4.2 seconds, and it produces 485-horses. Top speed is electronically limited to 175 miles per hour. For us old-school car guys, I love that they point out on the front fenders that the engine is 392 cubic inches. The Charger only comes with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
This is an unusual color, it is called F8 Green and it’s a throwback color from the 1970s Dodge products. The Scat Pack sits on 20” by 9.5” wheels and tires that look terrific, and you can’t miss the massive red brake calipers.
Moving to the interior, it is very well done. The cloth performance seats are extremely comfortable, and sports the Angry Bumble Bee logo. The dash layout is well done and is true to the retro roots of the original Scat Pack, but with a modern flare. In the middle of the gauges, you get a configurable 7-inch driver information and settings cluster, and you’ll see the 180-mph speedometer.
New for 2019 is a drive mode button on the dash so you can choose track, sport, custom, or auto. You can configure this big beast any way you want to.
You will notice the terrific Chrysler Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation system and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call assist.
U-connect gives you a suite of apps for real-time data, and you can turn the entire car into a Wi-Fi hotspot for multiple users. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can operate the voice activation from the steering wheel.
Standard Equipment and Options
As standard equipment, you get a heated steering wheel with controls, shift paddles, automatic temperature controlled air conditioning, and power heated seats. You also get keyless entry, remote start, and a security system.
Options on my review car total $4700 and include: the Dynamics Package which is the larger Pirelli tires, forged wheels, and Brembo brakes. For $995 you get the upgraded navigation system and 5 years of SiriusXM radio with real-time traffic and weather.
The adaptive damping system, which is terrific to maximize ride and handling, is $995, and the red calipers set you back $495.
For more controlled performance, hit the Dodge Performance Pages on the U-Connect screen which allows driver control over a range of vehicle settings, including steering feel, transmission response, stability and traction controls, and for a really good time, hit launch control. If you want to eat up a set of tires in a hurry, use the line lock button. It locks the front wheels down for an impressive burnout.
The new electronically controlled active exhaust sounds fabulous, but otherwise this Dodge is very quiet inside.
Fuel economy is rated at 15 in town, 24 on the highway, and 18 overall if you behave. Your biggest challenge is going to be learning how not to burn rubber from every take off.
What You’ll Pay
As equipped, this car comes in at a window sticker price of just over $46,000 and for what this car offers, that’s a bargain.
In summary, this is an incredibly fast car that doubles as a muscle car. It makes a great daily driver. It handles great, is exciting from the minute you start it, and if you need to carry 5 people, they’ll all be comfortable. The trunk will hold a ton of cargo or luggage for those long road trips.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
- What I liked most: Performance, handling, most of all the value.
- What I would change: Make blind spot monitoring standard, visibility is limited.
- MSRP: Base price $39,995 as equipped $46,075 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 15 city/24 highway/18 combined.
- Official Color: F8 Green.
- Odometer reading when tested: 3300 miles.
- Weight: 4400 pounds.
- Spare Tire: Inflator and repair kit.
- Length-Width-Height: 200.8” long/75” wide/58.2” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons with the filler on the driver’s side.
- Towing Capacity: N/A.
- 2019 Charger Scat Pack in a few words: A blast to drive to church in the morning, then take it to the track in the afternoon.
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 power train warranty with roadside assistance.
- Final Assembly Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
- Manufacturers website: www.DODGE.com
- Up Next: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.
Photo Credit: Jerry Reynolds/Dodge