Dodge Charger Named One Of Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Vehicles In America – Video
Strategic Vision has named the Dodge Charger to its “Most Loved Vehicles in America” list for the fourth consecutive year.
“Dodge Charger exemplifies the energy, design, performance and quality cues that exemplify passion,” said Christopher Chaney, senior vice president – Strategic Vision. “This is what the ‘Most Loved Vehicle’ award represents, and why Charger is the segment leader.”
Strategic Vision has spent the past 40 years developing metrics that quantify emotion, culminating in The Edwards Commitment Scale®, which captures emotional responses ranging from “I hate it” to “I love it,” with “satisfactory” as the intermediate option. Integrated into Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience Study (NVES), this scale becomes the key factor in the Customer Love Index™ (CLI), which directly measures Love in 120 different aspects of the ownership experience. These, combined with dozens of additional questions, gauge the strength and type of emotional connection buyers have with their vehicles to identify the Most Loved Vehicles in each segment.
Strategic Vision surveyed 34,064 new vehicle buyers, who purchased Oct. 2016 – Apr. 2017, after their first 90 days of ownership.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. torque and can be paired to either the Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
The proven Hellcat HEMI engine features additional cooling measures including a low-temperature circuit with two air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing. This setup is designed to keep air temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit, under extreme ambient conditions, while enabling air flow of up to 30,000 liters per minute.
So effective is this feature that engine power will not be de-rated due to cooling demands after 20 minutes of hard driving on a road course at an ambient temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before the new SRT Demon V-8 engine was introduced, the supercharged Hellcat HEMI V-8 was the most powerful passenger-car engine ever produced by FCA US, which made the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat models the most powerful and fastest coupe and sedan ever. The new engine was also named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2015.
In addition to its wider, more menacing stance, this new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody delivers improved lap times, lateral grip, acceleration and braking, compared with the already ferocious performance numbers of the Hellcat:
Road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap, approximately 13 car lengths after one lap
¼ mile elapsed time (ET) improved by approximately .3 sec (10.9 ET in Widebody vs. 11.2 ET in standard Hellcat)
Lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g (.97 g in Widebody vs. .93 g in standard Hellcat)
0-60 mph acceleration improved by .1 second (3.4 in Widebody vs. 3.5 in standard Hellcat)
Top speed of 195 mph.