You’re probably aware of the 2016 Dodge Charger’s incredible abilities. After all, when the “least powerful” engine offering still pumps out 292 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque, you know you’re dealing with one sporty vehicle.
Of course, Dodge’s engineers did an excellent job of styling their Charger to help complement all of that power. The crosshair grille and unorthodox side design present that traditional, athletic look, while the prominent hood certainly makes the vehicle more modern.
Still, there are several ways to make your Dodge Charger even sportier. There are a variety of color options to choose from, and Dodge enthusiasts will appreciate the return of one of the brand’s more iconic paint jobs. The variety of wheel options can positively impact performance, while the exterior lights deliver optimal visibility.
Some of these features come standard, while several are available via specific trims. Either way, these various amenities (which we’ve compiled below) can help transform your sporty car into the sportiest car on the road.
In recent years, Dodge enthusiasts have seen the return of the beloved “Plum Crazy” purple, “B5 Blue,” and “Sublime” green paint jobs to the Dodge Charger. The brand unleashed another iconic color from their vault just in time for the 2016 model, bringing back one of the most popular colors in the nameplate’s history: Go Mango.
The bright red-orange shade was first included in the legendary 1970 Challenger, and customers could have it added to their Charger R/T Daytona models up until 2006. The vehicle also made its long-awaited return to the 2016 Dodge Dart, helping accentuate the brand’s peppy, stylish rides.
Unfortunately, the color option isn’t available on your standard Charger. Drivers will have to opt for either the SRT 392 or SRT Hellcat versions if they want their vehicle to be adorned with the popular ‘Go Mango’ color scheme.
“Powerful performance cars like our Dodge Charger and Challenger demand high-impact colors,” said Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat. “Dodge muscle cars have a long history of unique paint colors with iconic names, and we’ll continue to reach back into our paint code archive to give our enthusiast customers what they want.”
Furthermore, the previously-mentioned “Plum Crazy” is also among Dodge consumers’ favorite paint offerings. Orders for this specific Dodge were supposed to end in late 2015, but Dodge extended production for another month.
If the Go Mango color doesn’t do it for, you’ll have a plethora of alternative options, including:
- Bright White Clear Coat
- Redline Red
- Pitch Black Clear Coat
- Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
- Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
- Jazz Blue Pearl Coat
- TorRed Clear Coat
- Ivory White Tri-coat
- Maximum Steel Metallic
- Plum Crazy Pearl Coat (limited edition)
Racing stripes may look a bit tacky on some vehicles, but they definitely belong on the athletic Dodge Charger. If drivers opt for the Charger SRT Hellcat, their vehicle will be covered in dual full-length body stripes. The new design is composed of a carbon fiber pattern, and the stripes cover the entirety of the body (including the front and rear fascia, as well as the roof and deck lid). Engineers even added a noticeable design surrounding the NACA duct hood vent, reminding fellow drivers that you’re operating a Dodge Charger Hellcat.
While you may think you’ll be content with the standard Charger (which is certainly reasonable), there’s no denying the capabilities of the Charger SRT Hellcat. The vehicle is equipped with a 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine, which can pump out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. These specs lead to a 204 mile per hour top speed, as well as an 11-second quarter-mile time (certified by the National Hot Rod Association).
Besides the engine, drivers will also appreciate the inclusion of the Laguna leather interior, as well as the Uconnect 8.4 NAV system. Providing an 8.4-inch touchscreen, drivers can access a variety of applications, including SiriusXM radio and SiriusXM Travel Link.
Your tires and wheels serve two main purposes. First and foremost, they’ll keep your vehicle cruising, maintaining a consistent grip with the road. Secondly, they can be quite stylish, and you’ll find that fellow drivers are gawking at the lower half of your ride.
Each of the Dodge Charger’s 12 wheel options (that’s right, 12 options!!) are perfectly capable of performing in any kind of conditions. The options include:
- 17-inch satin silver aluminum wheel
- 18-inch satin carbon aluminum wheel
- 18-inch polished aluminum wheel with graphite pockets
- 19-inch polished aluminum wheel with graphite pockets
- 20-inch satin carbon aluminum wheel
- 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets and satin finish
- 20-inch classic II polished forged aluminum wheel
- 20-inch hyper black aluminum wheel
- 20-inch polish aluminum wheel with graphite pockets
- 20×9.5-inch matte black lightweight forged aluminum wheel
- 20×9.5-inch brass monkey lightweight forged aluminum wheel
- 20×9.5-inch hyper black lightweight forged aluminum wheel
Sure, as a car buyer, you should certainly expect your new ride to contain several exterior “lights.” However, the 2016 Dodge Charger is taking that inclusion to a whole new level. The vehicle delivers LED fog lamps and projector/High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, as well as a whole lot more.
The center high-mounted stop lamp is certainly eye-catching, and it will provide fellow drivers with another cue that you’re slowing your roll. The LED racetrack taillamp adds an air of sportiness to the vehicle, as do the LED side markers. There are even “puddle lamps” added to the bottom of the exterior power mirrors, providing some much-needed light as you exit your vehicle on those dark and stormy evenings.
There are several other ways to personalize your 2016 Dodge Charger. Customers could opt for the exclusive painted black roof, or they can choose to equip their sedan with the power sunroof.
The options feel endless when it comes to the nameplate, meaning it’d be rare to find a pair of Chargers that are completely identical. Drivers have the ability to choose the color, wheels, lighting options…even exterior stripes and accents.
The 2016 Charger is one of the sportiest sedans available, but you can take that athleticism to another level by selecting any combination of these exterior features for the ultimate charge.