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2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG And Performance

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John Bedrow

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August 14, 2020 at 12:26 PM

With a complicated beginning and a comparatively confusing lineup of cars, the Dodge Charger is a four-door sedan with a lot of muscle car characteristics and a performance to back that up. Introduced as a show car in 1964, the first generation Dodge Charger came to the market in 1966. The Charger has changed and evolved quite a lot over the years and is currently in its seventh generation of production since the 2011 model year.

Although the 2011 model got a massive update with a generation upgrade as well, the 2015 Charger received an enormous facelift with a revised exterior with a more modern and sleek looking approach along with a redesigned and modern looking headlights and taillights, most of which are carried forward to the current 2020 model with minor changes. The 2021 model is also expected to look the same without any modifications.

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack gets minor updates 

What’s New with the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack?

The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack is not expected to get any major changes from the outgoing model.

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack

Although not confirmed by the company yet, the 2021 Charger could be expected to be available for dealer orders from the fall of 2020 and should be available in dealers in early 2021. 

Although expected to be priced somewhere around $30,000 for the base model, the Scat Pack trim could be expected to be somewhere around $41,000 with an additional $6,000 for the widebody variant, the Scat Pack Widebody.

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack?

Designed and developed in America, the 2021 Charger Scat Pack is expected to be powered by naturally aspirated 6.4L V8 as the current 2020 model, producing 485 HP and 475 lb-ft. of torque. It’s nowhere near as bonkers as the Dodge Challenger Demon or SRT Hellcat, for example, but it’s a big improvement over the standard charger and even the GT or RT trim level. 

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack gets a 6.4L supercharged Hemi

It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all the power is sent to the rear wheels, it does have a mighty engine for its price. The eight-speed automatic commands the power and split-shift duties rather remarkably for a car that’s stood in the business for the last nine years. Each V-8 engine is awfully quiet when you’re not hammering the gas pedal, too; the subdued burbles and growls are there.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack (Expected)

2020 Lincoln Continental

2020 Kia Stinger GT

2020 Chrysler 300C

Base MSRP

$40,495/$46,495*

$46,305

$39,300

$41,695

Engine

6.4-liter supercharged HEMI V8*

3.7-liter turbocharged V6

3.3-liter turbocharged V6

5.7-liter V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic*

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

485 hp @ 6100 rpm*

305 hp @ 6500 rpm

365 hp @ 6000 rpm

363 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

475 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm*

280 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

394 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

3.9*

5.0

4.8

5.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.3*

13.6

13.3

13.8

*2020 figures used for reference

Although having the characteristics and performance of a full-blown muscle car, its main rivals are other 4-door sedans in the market with proper rear seating, which includes luxury sedans like the Lincoln Continental, Chrysler 300C, etc. and executive sports sedans like the Kia Stinger GT. 

Being a muscle car, the Charger Scat Pack obliterates the competition with the biggest and the most powerful engine of the bunch and having the fastest 0-60 and quarter-mile times. You still have to worry about breaking the rear end loose if you really get on it, but you don’t have to worry as much as you would in the Hellcat.

How well does the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack handle?

American cars, especially muscle cars, have a history of lousy handling with the reputation of not being able to go around corners well. Dodge switched to electric power steering because the widebody suspension would have sunk the hydraulic system used previously. The Charger still holds some of this DNA. Since the 2021 Scat Pack should be mechanically similar to the 2020 model, it should be equipped with a short and long arm front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, rack-pinion steering with electric power assistance 4-wheel Brembo high-performance brakes and 20" x9" wheels. 

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack handles better than the stock car

Until and unless there are any further additions in the 2021 Scat Pack, the handling is expected to be satisfactory. Although instantaneous in a straight line, the handling around corners in the current 2020 model is not up to the mark due to the lack of proper feedback from the steering wheel and sensitive suspension setup. The takeaway here is that the Charger is still a considerably hefty sedan and not a keen sports car. But with the combined grip from the fat Pirelli tires and somewhat stiffer suspension, it doesn't appear so violent.

The hefty curb weight of 4395 lbs. Also doesn't help. Dodge in the 2021 model could address these issues, and we might see a little improvement in the handling of the car. The brakes are reliable nonetheless and have a reassuring feeling to it.

How many miles to the gallon does 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack deliver?

With a big 6.4L Supercharged Hemi V8 under the hood, the fuel economy is not one of the strong points in this car but it's not what the Charger is going for either. But you won’t be buying a high-performance sedan in the first place anyways if fuel economy is one of your main priorities. 

But if you drive carefully enough, you should be able to get 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg in the highway with a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg. Of course, those numbers will hold true only if you drive sensibly but still considering the raw power it packs under the hood, 19 MPG combined sounds like a good deal and it also happens to be similar to many of the best selling pickup-trucks and 3-row SUVs which should make it that much easier to go for.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack (Expected)

2020 Lincoln Continental

2020 Kia Stinger GT

2020 Chrysler 300C

MPG (city)

15*

17

17

16

MPG (highway)

24*

26

25

25

MPG (combined)

19*

20

20

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5*

18.0

15.9

18.5

Range (city/highway) (miles)

278/463*

306/468

270/398

296/463

*2020 figures used for reference

Even with a significantly bigger and more powerful engine, the fuel economy of the Charger Scat Pack is on par with its competitors that have way less performance than the Charger.

What to expect from the Dodge Charger Scat Pack’s interior?

Like the exterior, the interior of the 2021 Scat Pack is also not supposed to improve and will remain more or less the same as the 2020 model. With four-doors and proper rear seating, the Charger is quite obviously much more spacious than a typical two-door muscle car. Interior comfort is on par with what you'd expect. The front seats are reasonably supportive -just apt for along drive with the family.

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack gets bespoke Scat-Pack upholstery

The cabin's simple design is classic muscle car nostalgia, but options are plentiful. Although not the best interior in terms of looks and the materials used, it is quite industrial-looking and highly functional. You won't call it luxurious, and the interior does remind you that you are inside a high-performance super-sedan or a muscle car, if you want to say so. The Charger's wide roof pillars impede your view. A small rear window and a sloping windshield also affect visibility. 

Models

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack (Expected)

2020 Lincoln Continental

2020 Kia Stinger GT

2020 Chrysler 300C

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.6/59.5/41.8*

39.3/58.3/41.8

38.3/56.4/42.6

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.6/57.9/40.1*

37.7/55.9/41.3

37.0/54.8/36.4

37.9/57.7/40.1

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

16.5*

16.7

23.0

16.3

*2020 figures used for reference

The Dodge Charger Scat Pack and its competitors are in the same ballpark when it comes to interior dimensions. Same is the story with boot space as well, although the Kia Stinger GT beats the competition in this regard by quite a margin.

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack: Infotainment and Connectivity

Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack is also expected to be equipped with an 8.4” touchscreen display for the infotainment display in the center console. The infotainment system is relatively easy to use. It is equipped with a 6-speaker Alpine music system as standard to upgrade to a 9-speaker Alpine Audio System or even a more premium 19-speaker Harman Kardon Audio System. 

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack gets the latest U-connect Infotainment

Moreover, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration should also come as standard along with HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Additionally, three driving modes should also be available viz—street, Sport, and Track.

Some of the luxury tech expected in the 2021 Charger Scat Pack includes an 8-way power driver and passenger seat with 4-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, air filter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, etc all of which will be controlled by the U-connect Infotainment system.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack?

Although the 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack didn’t get any exterior changes from the 2019 model, the 2020 model did introduce a new widebody version of the Scat Pack which is going to be standard on this model. The standard charger might fit in an average single car garage, but the Scat Pack is just a bit more significant, and it would be a snug fit. It measures 201.0 inches in length, 78.3 inches wide, and 57.8 inches tall. It also rides on a 120.0-inch wheelbase and clears the pavement by just 5.2 inches. 

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack gets the widebody package as standard

And the same is expected to be carried forward to the 2021 model as well. As the name suggests, the Scat Pack Widebody is wider than the standard Scat Pack, making room for a wider tire for more traction. Admittedly, the wheels and tires seem to be a bit wider, which is done to compensate for the wider fender flares. Meanwhile, the rear end is dominated by that deck spoiler, the somewhat bland insert in the rear fascia, and the Scat Pack logo on the rear deck lid.

Models

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack (Expected)

2020 Lincoln Continental

2020 Kia Stinger GT

2020 Chrysler 300C

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4395*

4224

3829

4380

Length (in.)

198.4*

201.4

190.2

198.4

Width (in.)

75.0*

NA

73.6

75.0

Height (in.)

58.3*

58.5

55.1

58.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.6*

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

120.2*

117.9

114.4

120.2

Track Width (in.) F/R

64/63.7*

63.2/64.1

62.8/64.8

63.4/63.8

*2020 figures used for reference

The Dodge Charger Scat Pack is more or less in the same ballpark with most of its competitors, the Kia Stinger GT, on the other hand, is comparatively smaller in every dimension and with a significantly lower curb weight, it should, in theory, be better in fuel economy as well as braking and overall handling of the car. The Dodge on the other hand is the heaviest of the bunch, but the Brembo high-performance brakes do manage to stop the car pretty well.

Will the Dodge Charger Scat Pack be worth my money and time?

If you want a dominant muscle car, but don’t want to negotiate on the practicality of a 4-door sedan, you don’t have many options but to get a Dodge Charger. Out of the five primary trim levels expected to be available for the 2021 Charger, the Scat Pack provides a sweet spot in pricing and performance. Although not as mind-shatteringly powerful as the top-of-the-line SRT Hellcat, it is also not as crazy expensive as the Hellcat. 

Competing with more luxury-oriented sedans in the market, the Charger is a unique car on its own with its value proposition and unique characteristics. No other vehicle in its price range has this unique combination of raw power and performance, along with decent comfort and aggressive muscle car styling. That being said, if fuel economy is not a concern, you won’t go wrong buying the Charger Scat Pack, and you’ll have a blast every time you drive the car. And since the 2021 Charger Scat Pack is not expected to get any significant changes from the outgoing model, there’s no point waiting for it. You might as well go for the current 2020 Scat Pack if you are planning to get one.

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