Location:Home > Parts information > Turbo of Turbine wheel > 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 Test Drive Review: The Past, Perfected for Perpetuity

2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 Test Drive Review: The Past, Perfected for Perpetuity

Time:2019-02-14 03:38Turbochargers information Click:

2018 tes CHARGER dodge Daytona

2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392: The Pros

You can get the Daytona with either a 5.7-liter V-8 or the stonking 6.4-liter Hemi—the 392 cubic inches in "Daytona 392," if you will—and there's no question the bigger engine is worth the $5,000 upcharge. Casual drivers would say that's a lot of cash for a little extra passing power, but in a loud car like this, there's no sense in half measures. Spring for it and you'll be rewarded with the 392's loping rumble, prodigious torque, and addictive ferocity. 485 horsepower is plenty to have all the extracurricular fun you want, without being a chore to manage in normal situations. It's a hilarious time.

The Charger Daytona 392 handles better than you'd expect for an overpowered rear-wheel-drive car without adaptive suspension. The R/T model on which the Daytona is based comes with Bilstein performance shocks that do a solid job holding the 4,200-pound bruiser through technical turns, even if you can barely feel anything through the wheel. (Just don't turn off traction control.) Your sole transmission option is the ZF eight-speed automatic seen across the Fiat-Chrysler universe, which doesn't quite snap off shifts as fast as you'd want it to but generally does a good job making all that power accessible and usable.

Kyle Cheromcha

I'll admit that the exterior design has some weak points—the snake-like front end and forgettable tail chief among them—but I'll always stand up for a car with a recognizable three-box sedan shape. It's a solid, unfussy profile that will age better than most car-blobs today. And the Destroyer Grey paint job on my tester pulls double duty, both looking great and turning down the visual volume on the Daytona decals package. 

To these smudgy fingers, Uconnect remains one of the best infotainment systems out there. It's simple, easy to navigate, and eminently customizable. Response time is brisk, voice commands to adjust the temperature worked every time without a glitch (though there are also old-school buttons aplenty in the Charger), and the in-depth Performance Pages that track all sorts of nerdy data are always fun to peruse. The giant power button that shuts the whole thing down is also a nice touch, because let's face it: You've got all the aural entertainment you need on the other side of the firewall.

There's a real time-warp feel to the Dodge Charger Daytona 392, and it's not just because it's stupid fast. As I turned onto a dirt road to get to the windmill, I kicked the rear end out in a nice, controlled slide before taking off in a cloud of dust. The 2018 car is obviously built for a different market, with different expectations than those of 1969—but dammit if the Charger didn't feel like a barnstorming good ol' boy as it bounced around. In that moment, it wasn't trying to be an ersatz track machine or a wannabe quarter-mile star. It just felt like a regular old car; one that wasn't designed primarily to fly across hard-packed dirt, sure, but one whose simple fundamentals make it (hilariously) capable in surprising situations.

Kyle Cheromcha

2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392: The Cons

Copyright infringement? Click Here!