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Hi there! I was wondering if I should get a R/T Charger or a SCAT Charger as a daily driving vehicle? Most of my driving is highway miles, so I am not to worried about gas. In Florida(During COVID) I see a lot of used R/T Chargers that have 20k to 40k miles on them going for 29,000 to 35,000. I also see some used SCAT Chargers going for 38k to 43k. I test drove them both, I cant seem to decide what is the better car. I am coming from a 4cylinder Car to a V8. Also with my insurance company there isn't a difference in price between a R/T Charger and SCAT Charger.
 

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Depends on how much performance (HP/TQ) you want built into the car. Adding HP/TQ to an R/T for a 2015+ model is more expensive now due to locked PCM, etc... Adding HP/TQ to an R/T to equal a SCAT is even more expensive. Generally requires adding forced induction to gain the extra 100 HP.
It also depends on the option packages of each car. A fully optioned R/T can be more enjoyable (creature comforts) than a stripped down SCAT. Depends on your priorities (performance vs comfort).
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I don’t see what the virus has to do with anything other than maybe the crazy used car economy you much find right now. If you are not worried about gas and the insurance isn‘t an issue, get the Scat if you have the money and can find because the moment someone outruns you if you get an R/T you‘ll wish you had that extra 115hp that basically has no downside because the engine isn’t really significantly bigger.
 

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I had a choice. A loaded R/T or a stripped down Scat Pack.
I chose a loaded R/T Daytona.
It is fast enough, especially since the cops seize your car for 14 days if you go 50km/h(30mph) over the speed limit or 40km/h(26mph) over in any speed zones that have lower speeds than 80km/h.

THe extra power would be nice, but it is rare that I even need or do use full throttle without worrying about losing my car/license and all the heavy traffic.
 

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I used my Scatpack as a daily driver for a 70 mile round trip highway commute. Loved it. Comfy and fast.

Would I buy another one? Probably not. Once you get past the fast and the looks, there's some niggly quality issues to contend with and two of the largest shareholders of the company that owns Dodge are now the French and CHINESE governments.

Stellantis - Wikipedia

If you're ok with that and don't mind the occasional quality challenge, it's a good highway cruiser.

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Either would be great for daily drivers. The two main things a car like the Charger would have going against it (as far as being a daily driver is concerned) is the fuel mileage and the size of the car, for parking into tight spots. I've had several RT's as rentals and they are fun to drive. They sound great and are plenty fast enough. Obviously jumping up to the 392 unleashes another level of power, but it is really too much for the daily driver.. in the sense that you are typically "wasting" more of the power than you are using. Most of the time, you won't be using all of the power of the 5.7, let alone the 6.4.

Either are a good choice. I guess it would come down to if you can afford the extra car, and if its REALLY worth it for you to pay the extra. Some people are more than satisfied with having an SXT, some think they wouldn't survive without driving a Hellcat. I had this debate between ordering my SPWB and getting a Hellcat. I went back and forth for about two weeks...ultimately I chose the SP. The extra money didn't make sense for me. Nearly identical cars other than some minor option difference, and of course the SC. The cars have the same power (feel) driving wise, up until you are at highway speeds and punch it.
 

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X 2 on what Zaimer has said. The used car market right now, is terribly inflated, as is the real estate market.
If you can wait, you'll be able to get a SP for closer to the current price range of an R/T once the market comes back from stupidity.

I paid $23k out the door for my '14 R/T back in October of '16. It was a one owner, with 29k on it. There is no way I would pay todays inflated pricing for an R/T, or Scat.

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I agree, I'd wait. No way I would pay $43k for a used Scat Pack with 30k miles on it. I paid $27,9 for my 2013 Super Bee in 2016 with 50k miles.

If it was up to me, I'm going 392 all day everyday over a 5.7. I had a fully optioned 2010 R/T and now drive a bare bones 392, and I'd take the power all day over some of the amenities that the loaded R/T had.

-no sunroof, didn't use it
-no power passenger seat, not my problem
-4.3 UConnect, use Waze anyway
-no heated seats, never used them once

The only thing I miss is the shiny leather seats BUT, the cloth to me are easier to keep nice. I also don't slide around in the slick leather like I did in my R/T.

Anyway, if you must, my vote is the 392.
 
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Last piece of advice - never drive something more powerful without driving the "lesser" first. If you drive the RT, love the power, price, etc... then you have the chance to really ask yourself what you're willing to pay MORE to have more power. If the RT blows you away, there is no reason to go up.

It is much more difficult to start at the top and work your way down.
 

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Last piece of advice - never drive something more powerful without driving the "lesser" first. If you drive the RT, love the power, price, etc... then you have the chance to really ask yourself what you're willing to pay MORE to have more power. If the RT blows you away, there is no reason to go up.

It is much more difficult to start at the top and work your way down.
I second this advice... when I was upgrading from my 2006 R/T R&T last year I was fine with getting an R/T. For me the eagle headed Hemi and the 8 speed were a big upgrades performance wise and with the Plus Package it had so many more creature comforts too. I was trying to find the best value R/T or Scat with the Plus Group but no sunroof.... that's hard to find used.

I generally keep my used cars another 8-10 years so I figure I can always step up again to a Scat or the electric Charger when the time comes!
 

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If you've driven both cars and don't really notice much difference between them, that tells me you did't really drive either one very hard to know. The difference in performance would have made me to know instantly. Everyone has different wants and needs. I personally would go with the Scat Pack, but if you're not going to use it, the 5.7 engine R/T might be great and save you some money. It's all about what works best for you.
 

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When buying my car I considered the resale value and the smiles per gallon.
I originally wanted a Scat Challenger however I stopped at the dealership and saw the Scat Charger and one test drive and I was hooked,
6k off of list wasn’t to bad either it’s been almost a year and I am loving every time I drive my Scat.
List was 51k payed 45k now thinking Redeye 😱
 

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If you've driven both cars and don't really notice much difference between them, that tells me you did't really drive either one very hard to know. The difference in performance would have made me to know instantly. Everyone has different wants and needs. I personally would go with the Scat Pack, but if you're not going to use it, the 5.7 engine R/T might be great and save you some money. It's all about what works best for you.
Is this directed towards someone..? I believe it seems most of the posts on here reflect that the ScatPack has more power than an RT.
This is also why I had said if you’re satisfied with the 5.7, there’s no reason to drive a 6.4..because you’ll almost be forced to go with the more expensive car.
 

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Comparing apples to apples, depending on the tax rate, the difference is about $5K.
Yep, and $5K is nothing in the grand scheme of things when you consider the difference. I've owned both, and the 392 totally transforms the car - well worth $5,000 to me.
 

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Yep, and $5K is nothing in the grand scheme of things when you consider the difference. I've owned both, and the 392 totally transforms the car - well worth $5,000 to me.
I agree. I factory ordered my SPWB, but $5k can be quite the increase for some people. Personally, I wouldn’t buy an RT..but that is me and my situation. I’m not knocking the 5.7 either, because they are still good/fun cars and a dream for many people.
 

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Is this directed towards someone..? I believe it seems most of the posts on here reflect that the ScatPack has more power than an RT.
This is also why I had said if you’re satisfied with the 5.7, there’s no reason to drive a 6.4..because you’ll almost be forced to go with the more expensive car.
It was in response to the OP who said, "I test drove them both, I cant seem to decide what is the better car. I am coming from a 4cylinder Car to a V8." I completely agree with what you said, which is why I voted to go 5.7 R/T in the poll up top.
Speaking from my own experience, I had a gorgeous '10 5.7 PCP R/T Classic 6 spd with custom white Katzkin interior. My first Challenger! When the '11 392 SRT came out one year later, I bought a 6 spd GWE SRT. I had both cars for awhile, but the difference between the two left me only wanting to drive the SRT.
Coming from a 4 cylinder, the OP doesn't sound like there's a crying need for to much power, in much the same way I don't really need a HC. Sure, I'd love one, but truth be told, I can't even go all out with my SPWB in the area that I live, so a HC wouldn't work for me.
 
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