Review: 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody Hemi Orange

2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody
The Charger embodies a fascinating place in the American market: a long-toothed sedan that Dodge’s product and marketing departments have transformed into a vehicle high on the wish list of many muscle car fans. It’s also slated to be replaced by EV power in 2024, which could be the death knell, except Dodge seems intent on keeping the same DNA. We can’t imagine what that will look like, but we do like what Dodge is currently producing for 2022-23. The 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody I drove has several features that will break necks as you cruise around town at breakneck speed. Have no fear, because Dodge has opened the gates of Hell and made room for the infamous Hellcat with the Dodge Charger Scat Pack, because you never have to worry about being seen or heard.

Dodge continues the tradition of offering drivers an exciting and powerful rear-wheel drive V8 monster with this release. The 2022 Dodge Charger will continue to offer several models, including the following:

  • Charger SXT
  • Charger GT RWD
  • Charger R/T
  • Charger Scat Pack
  • Charger Scat Pack Widebody
  • Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
  • Charger SRT Jailbreak

Chargers are available with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter Hemi, 6.4-liter 392 Hemi, or supercharged 6.2-liter (376ci) Hemi, rated up to 807 horsepower. All are equipped with an eight-speed switchable automatic transmission.

The car
MSRP of the 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack starts at $47,385 and can end up in the neighborhood of $65,000 for the Widebody model, like the one I drove. Start by choosing from a plethora of exterior paints, including White Knuckle, Octane Red, Go Mango, or Pitch Black — ours was Smoke Show gray ($95). If the paint isn’t enough to tempt you, don’t miss the stripe and satin black painted bonnet/roof/roof/trunk/spoiler options. Add the Scat Pack Widebody ($5,995), then spec the standard five-spoke 20 x 9-inch low-gloss Granite Crystal wheels or choose one of two optional 20 x 11-inch wheels, one low-gloss black or the other seven-spoke Carbon Black jobs. The latter is only available when the Hemi Orange package is specified (more on that below) and in combination with certain shades (black, grey, silver or white). You also have the choice of selecting the standard 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires or, for the modest price penalty of $695, upgrade to the three-season version. If you absolutely need more distinction, you can select the red calipers for that enhanced wow factor.

Some notable packages include: the Plus Group ($2,095, includes many comfort and convenience features), Carbon/Suede Interior Package ($1,595), Driver Confidence Group ($890, includes HID headlights and lock nuts), Hemi Orange Package ( $1,500), Navigation & Travel Group ($995, with 8.5-inch touchscreen, GPS, Sirius XM Travel Link, and Traffic Plus), and Harman Kardon Audio Group ($1,795), which lets you crank up the surround sound, powered by a Harman Kardon GreenEdge amplifier driving 19 Harman Kardon GreenEdge loudspeakers.

You may have heard of the “Last Call” series of Dodges being serialized as a way for Dodge to end the gasoline era with several limited edition vehicles. Those vehicles share much of the same equipment, but due to their limited edition status, they may be priced differently than what is listed above.

2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Photo by Dustin W. Johnson

Exterior
The first thing that caught my eye was the unique Smoke Show shade. I’ve noticed several manufacturers use pastel or matte color options, and Smoke Show is one that sets you apart from most other vehicles on the road, aside from the day-glo High Impact colors. But then all of a sudden you’re smitten with the offset black stripe with orange tracer, compliments of the Hemi Orange package, which also includes orange brake calipers, 392 badges, flat bottom steering wheel (also included in the Widebody package), custom interior with ventilated seats and orange stitching, and more. But what really sets this Charger apart from other Chargers you’ll see on the road is the Widebody package with its body-colored fender flares. The addition gives the Charger Scat Pack character not often found in a family sedan.

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2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Photo by Dustin W. Johnson

Interior
Whether you’re looking for a thrilling ride for everyday use or something that can carry your entire tribe, the Charger Scat Pack Widebody offers plenty of legroom and comfort for up to five passengers, though the middle rear passenger can sometimes decline. The 16.5 cubic feet available in the trunk can easily hide several bodies, if not several American Tourister bags. Aside from size and storage, the sheer sense of luxury, comfort and convenience is exceptional. Ventilated power front seats, illuminated rear cup holders, premium stitched dashboard, LED lights all around, power tilt/telescopic steering column, real carbon fiber interior accents and suede headliner really add confidence, making you feel king (or queen) of the road. The Hemi Orange package also includes orange accent stitching in the interior, heated seats for left or right rear passengers, and even a two-way power passenger seat.

engine
Coming at you with a 485 hp 6.4 L V8 SRT Hemi, the Charger moves… allow me to clarify: it MOVES! Zero to sixty is reached in just over 4 seconds. A guy with a badge might even say he’ll take you from zero to jail in no time. Trust me – you won’t be disappointed if you have to step on the gas. The 475 lb-ft of torque pushes you back in your seat enough to give you that thrill you may be looking for (if not the thrill you may have missed). I was deeply impressed (and somewhat shocked) that a car like this is available to anyone with a driver’s license. It even made me a little curious to get into the higher performing trims like the Hellcat Redeye.

As for fuel economy, I hope you don’t want to economize on gas, though the Multi-Displacement system can help you outperform the combined city/highway average of 18 MPG (15 City/24 Highway) if you hold an egg between your foot and the accelerator pedal. In addition, the “SRT button” offers the option of presets (Auto/Street, Sport or Track) or personalized custom settings to suit your driving style. My favorite was the Track mode, thanks to the engine response and perceived aggressive exhaust note. Interested in doing some burnouts? The line lock function that you can activate allows the front brakes to be locked independently of the rear brakes via an electric solenoid that controls a valve that allows the brakes to be applied separately. Super easy and effective! There are so many more features to cover, which you can see in the video to learn first hand what’s all at your fingertips.

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2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Photo by Dustin W. Johnson

The ride
I’m pretty sure I made it clear that this car moves, but what’s the overall driving experience like? First impressions suggest that everything feels very well made and sleek, which I would expect given that this vehicle weighs just over 4,300 pounds. The Charger’s size and weight don’t get in the way of control, with the turning radius and handling surprisingly nimble for a midsize car (yes, the EPA classifies size by interior volume, and the Charger is in this regard no big car). The suspension seemed a little on the stiff side, but it certainly helped with twisty roads and tight corners at medium speeds. The road noise is actually on the low side and if you’re concerned about the drone coming out of the exhaust, you won’t even notice it when you let off the throttle or drive down a local street at conservative speeds. Don’t get me wrong – if you want to hear the exhaust, give it a little throttle and your urge will be satisfied.

In terms of safety ratings, Dodge did well to earn a five-star overall vehicle safety rating compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight, according to NHTSA. I felt extremely safe driving the Charger as long as it was in my possession (as did my wife, although I wasn’t trying to drift with her so…!). Safety features include Blind-Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts as part of the Plus Group.

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The verdict
The 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack, especially as a Widebody, is a fine combination of performance, style and value that only an American brand can. Expect to spend a decent amount of gas as your idea of ​​fun floats down the roads and gets pushed back into your seat. To get the most bang for your buck, I recommend the Scat pack because of its reliable and prodigious V8 performance and extensive customization options. Don’t overlook the Wide body package, because it not only gives the Charger an unparalleled stance, but also because it adds upgraded suspension, powerful brakes and wider tires with more grip.

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