2019 Dodge Charger SRT vs. 2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Charger SRT are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Charger SRT’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Charger SRT and the 6 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 6 Series Gran Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Dodge Charger SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger SRT has a standard 220-amp alternator. The 6 Series Gran Coupe’s standard 170-amp alternator and largest (xDrive) 210-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 392 more horsepower (707 vs. 315) and 318 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 332) than the 640i Gran Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 264 more horsepower (707 vs. 443) and 171 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 479) than the 650i Gran Coupe’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 155 more horsepower (707 vs. 552) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 502) than the M6 Gran Coupe’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 115 more horsepower (707 vs. 592) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 502) than the M6 Gran Coupe Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Charger SRT is faster than the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (automatics tested):

Charger SRT

640i Gran Coupe

650i Gran Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

5.6 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.2 sec

15.1 sec

10.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.7 sec

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

14.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

97 MPH

109 MPH

Top Speed

204 MPH

155 MPH

146 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger SRT 392’s fuel efficiency. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger SRT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Charger SRT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Charger SRT’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 6 Series Gran Coupe:

Charger SRT

6 Series Gran Coupe

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Charger SRT stops much shorter than the 6 Series Gran Coupe:

Charger SRT

6 Series Gran Coupe

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

209 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Charger SRT has larger tires than the 6 Series Gran Coupe (275/40R20 vs. 245/45R18). The Charger SRT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series Gran Coupe (275/40R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The Charger SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 640i Gran Coupe’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 640i Gran Coupe.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger SRT’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the 6 Series Gran Coupe (120.4 inches vs. 116.7 inches).

The Charger SRT Hellcat handles at .94 G’s, while the 640i Gran Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Charger SRT Hellcat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the 650i Gran Coupe (24.4 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .77 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger SRT’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s (39 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The Charger SRT’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the M6 Gran Coupe’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger SRT a Large car, while the 6 Series Gran Coupe is rated a Compact.

The Charger SRT has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 6 Series Gran Coupe (104.7 vs. 97).

The Charger SRT has 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Charger SRT has a much larger trunk than the 6 Series Gran Coupe with its rear seat up (16.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Charger SRT has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 6 Series Gran Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger SRT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Charger SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Charger SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Economic Advantages

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The Charger SRT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Charger SRT will retain 48.13% to 48.66% of its original price after five years, while the 6 Series Gran Coupe only retains 39.17% to 44.13%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger SRT will be $11355 to $31448 less than for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Charger outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 26 to one during 2017.

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