2012 LA Auto Show Recap

Just when the anticipation was almost too intense to handle, Dodge presented its newest models to the public at the LA Auto Show. The 2013 Charger Daytona was the star of the show as a modern day muscle car with its never-before-seen color, Daytona Blue, and a HEMI® V-8 engine with 370hp that’s sure to rev your senses. But you won’t be seeing many of these iconic Daytonas tearing up the streets. There will only be 2,500 produced in this limited-edition run.


Also debuting was two of the sinister styled Blacktop Models; the Avenger and Challenger. These new special editions are more than just a pretty paint job. They’re built with larger black rims, “split-crosshair” grilles, darkened headlamp bezels and a stunning interior.


The Challenger Blacktop R/T is equipped with the Super Track Pak, which includes a high-performance-steering gear, brake linings, and monotube-shock absorbers, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode ESC with “full off” mode. And of course, it includes the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

Along with the stealth styling of the Avenger Blacktop model, it includes a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that delivers up to 31 mpg. The exterior also adds standard 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with Gloss Black center caps, Gloss Black front grille, dark-tinted headlamp bezels and a body-color rear spoiler.


Now, the wait begins again for what Dodge has in store for us at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.