How the 2016 Charger Achieves Power Without Compromising Safety

 

 

The Charger is one of the most powerful sedans on the market, and that statement isn't an exaggeration. One version of the vehicle is actually considered among the fastest and most powerful sedans ever produced, and the other engine offerings also pump out a whole lot of juice.

While the vehicle's mechanics have certainly been designed to compensate for this amount of power, there's still a lot of responsibility on the part of the driver to keep control of their ride. The acceleration or speed may get to a driver's head, and they'll suddenly find themselves off the side of the road with a totaled vehicle. Luckily, Dodge's engineers accounted for this, adding a number of protective and preventative safety features to keep the driver and passengers secure.

Before we dive into the 2016 Dodge Charger's safety capabilities, let's first explore the vehicle's incredible engine options...

 

Performance

 

 

The Dodge Charger could be described as stylish, athletic, luxurious... you'd basically need a thesaurus in order to articulate all of the mid-size car's best attributes.

However, the real stars of the 2016 Charger are the incredible engine offerings. All of these units deliver unmatched power, excellent fuel economy, or a combination of the two.

The Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine is the most powerful of the bunch, resulting in the vehicle being declared the "fastest off-the-line sedan ever built." The unit has earned several other accolades and distinctions, as the brand's website touts that the Charger SRT Hellcat is "the world's quickest, fastest, and most powerful sedan ever." Those declarations may sound a bit lofty, but you'll better understand when you start recognizing the 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque.

The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine is the next in line in regards to power, as the unit delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque. These specs play an important role in the vehicle's low-four-second 0-to-60 mph time.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine is where drivers will begin recognizing the engine's economy. Despite being able to push out 370 horsepower and 395 pounds-feet of torque, drivers can still expect an impressive 25 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine takes those specs to another level. Thanks to technologies like Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control (with integrated Speed Control), drivers can expect a best-in-class 31 mile per gallon highway fuel economy. Power wasn't compromised in this unit, either, as drivers can still expect 292 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque.

 

Mechanics

 

 

Of course, an incredible vehicle like the Charger would be useless if the accompanying mechanics couldn't keep up with the powerful engines. That's why Dodge's engineers were clearly adamant about refining the mechanics to compensate for the horsepower and torque.

The class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission doesn't only play an important role in the vehicle's efficiency. The unit also provides drivers with optimal handling and control, and the performance-inspired electronic shifter makes changing gears an absolute breeze. If drivers prefer, they can even switch gears via the paddle shifters, allowing them to keep their hands on the wheel (and their focus on the road).

The advanced all-wheel drive systems allow for excellent handling in the worst of conditions. Offering an active transfer case and a front-axle disconnect system, drivers will find that they're not slipping and sliding while they're traveling through snow or rain. The system seamlessly switches between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive capabilities to better adapt the Charger to the weather or terrain.

Of course, we can't discuss performance without bringing up the incredible braking system. The available brake offerings can suit any driver, whether they value traction or increased performance. Meanwhile, technologies like the Antilock Brake System and Advanced Brake Assist will ensure that drivers stay out of harm's way.

Same goes for the vehicle's impressive suspension systems. These mechanical inclusions will improve traction and handling, and they'll also help reduce the vehicle's vibration and cabin noise. Based on the chosen suspension system, drivers will definitely find that their Dodge Charger is ready to perform alongside the powerful engine options.

If drivers want to monitor how their vehicle is operating, they can simply refer to the Dodge Performance Pages. Accessible via the Uconnect 8.4 system (and the accompanying 8.4-inch touchscreen), drivers can pull up essential information, regarding their vehicle's performance. Drivers can monitor 0-to-60 times, the current g-force, and a list of engine data. This way, you can anticipate when your Charger is struggling, preventing that issue from getting any worse.

 

Safety

 

 

Driving such a powerful car can be nerve-wracking, even with the dependable accompanying mechanics. Luckily, drivers can relax thanks to the Charger's variety of preventative and protective safety features. The technologies should limit a driver from ever getting into a crash, but if they do, the vehicle should keep all of the car's occupants safe and secure.

Technologies like all-speed traction control and electronic stability control keep drivers in full control when traveling against poor weather. Even with the 4x4 capabilities, you never know when your tire may suddenly travel over a lengthy stretch of ice. These technologies will prevent you from spinning out and possibly crashing.

Meanwhile, several safety technologies will detect a potential accident and alert the driver. Technologies like Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning (with Active Braking) will notify the driver via audible and visual cues if a collision seems imminent. If a crash is all but inevitable, the system will automatically apply the brakes, reducing the impact from the accident. The LaneSense Lane Departure Warning plays a similar role, alerting the driver when it's unsafe to switch lanes.

If you do find yourself in an accident, the sturdy design of the Dodge Charger should keep everyone protected, while also reducing the chance of injury. The solid frame (composed of high-strength steel) and exterior crumple zones should absorb most of the energy produced by the impact. Meanwhile, the various airbags will provide the necessary amount of cushion, while the active head restraints should reduce neck injuries.

 

We understand if you're apprehensive about all of the power pulsing under the Charger's hood. Some drivers aren't used to that much muscle, and they may be worried about abusing these newfound capabilities. Luckily, the 2016 Charger will do everything in its power to prevent an accident from even occurring. This way, you can enjoy your new ride with complete peace of mind.