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2021 Dodge Charger: When in Doubt, Just Add Horsepower

White 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye on a race track 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Manufacturer image

Choose your folksy phrase to describe the Dodge Charger: Long in the tooth? Getting up there in years? Has a lot of miles on the odometer? The point is, the Charger’s been around for a while. Its current vehicle platform was introduced in 2011 — and, in fact, you can trace the Charger’s first platform back to the Mercedes-Benz W211 E-Class, from the DaimlerChrysler years. (Yes, that’s two mergers ago.) As Dodge introduces the 2021 Charger, rather than give the four-door muscle car a complete redesign, it’s doing what it does best: adding horsepower.

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To be more specific, Dodge is adding horsepower to vehicles that already have over 700 hp, as the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat sees its power figure increase from 707 hp to 717 hp (matching the Challenger SRT Hellcat). If that’s not enough, 2021 also sees the addition of the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and, like the Redeye version of the two-door Challenger, it boasts a whopping 797 hp.

Price

Pricing for the Charger lineup sees some modest increases. SXT and GT models see no increase. Neither does the SRT Hellcat — making those extra 10 ponies a bargain. The R/T and Scat Pack both see sub-$1,000 increases, but the price of the Widebody model for the Scat Pack appears to have actually dropped by $500, giving that version (our favorite of the Widebody Chargers, at least so far) a mere $100 price increase. At the top of the lineup is the SRT Hellcat Redeye, starting at just over $80,000 before options.

Pricing for the 2021 model year is as follows:

  • SXT: $31,490 (no change)
  • GT: $33,490 (no change)
  • SXT AWD: $35,090 (no change)
  • GT AWD: $36,490 (no change)
  • R/T: $38,490 ($500 increase)
  • Scat Pack: $42,590 ($600 increase)
  • Scat Pack Widebody: $48,090 ($100 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat: $71,490 (no change)
  • SRT Hellcat Redeye: $80,090 (new for 2021)

All prices also include a $1,495 destination fee.

Barring a drastic shift in law, both Hellcat versions will also be subject to an additional gas guzzler tax (for the 2020 Charger Hellcat, that meant an extra $2,100), so add a few thousand dollars to your budget if you’re looking to buy one of those.

Release Date

Ordering for 2021 Chargers opens in September, and Dodge expects deliveries to begin in early 2021.

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