Dodge, until recently, had been steering the Charger in the same retro-muscle-car direction as its Challenger coupe. But starting with the 2015 Charger, this big, four-door sedan takes a different tack. Instead, it gets a more modern look on the outside—one that serves almost as a counterpoint to the Challenger's faithful retro-revival, all with preserving these models' uniquely American take on performance.
The primary upgrades to the Dodge Charger for the 2015 model year were upgraded electronics (more gadgets) and a transmission upgrade for V8s. The Charger also boasted a new shifter, which feels like a traditional type; it has a secondary gate for manual-override shifting (paddle shifters are also standard on R/T, optional on SXT).