2012 Dodge Avenger R/T – Midsize Muscle/More MPG’s!

 
Fun things do come in medium-sized packages as we unveil our midsize muscle, the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T at the annual New York International Auto Show. Now before you muscle car purists cry foul and feel we are taking liberties with the hallowed “Road & Track” nameplate, let us give you some details on the new Avenger R/T.
 
First, it’s powered by our award winning best-in-class 3.6L Pentastar V6 that produces 283 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. When mated to our standard 62TE six-speed automatic transmission, the Avenger R/T will sprint 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and run the quarter-mile deep in the 14 second range while knocking down 29 miles per gallon on the highway. Don’t take our word for it, our friends at Motor Trend tested a similar equipped Avenger Heat earlier this year and were quite impressed with the performance figures. We think the drag strip performance of our Avenger R/T gives it street creds among some of the iconic R/T nameplates of the past decades.
 
Second, our engineers really went after the R/T’s suspension and tuned it for better handling and quicker response. Our team increased roll stiffness by 18 percent and spring rates by 17 percent in the front and more than 12 percent in the rear. Front strut dampening rates also got a bump to 15 percent improvement while the rear strut dampening rates are increased almost 20 percent. The rear sway bar diameter is also 11 percent larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm. These changes make the Avenger R/T very responsive and a blast to drive.
 
Third, on the outside, the folks around you will know you intentions as the Avenger R/T comes with a unique body-color front grille, sinister black headlamp surround, our trademark “war paint” R/T decal on the front fenders and aggressive and unique 18” painted aluminum wheels. The infamous R/T badge is also added to the deck lid all rounded out with a rear spoiler.
 
Finally, the inside of the Avenger comes nicely appointed with unique Z stripe fabric inserts and red stitching. The aggressive leather-trimmed bolsters holds drivers and passengers firmly in their seats when they put the Avenger to the test. Heated front seats sport an “R/T” graphic stitched in red on the front headrests. Get behind the wheel and you’ll notice a unique gauge cluster with a center-mounted tachometer with the “R/T” graphic. Your feet will also feel the SRT-Designed brake and accelerator pedal pads. Your hands will love gripping the perforated leather wrapped steering wheel while you Auto stick and shift up and down the 3.6-liter’s power band. The glowing red LED cup holders in the center console add a nice touch when keeping your favorite beverage in place. You’ll also be able to rock out with a Boston Acoustic sound system that compliments the standard 276-watt touchscreen entertainment center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive that allows you to connect your Ipod or Mp3 player.
 
The new Avenger R/T has all the ingredients to wear the Road & Track badge with honor.
 


  • STEVE SMITS

    Are you ever going to bring back the AWD option in newer models?

  • SUBLIME

    I like the black around the headlights and the stripe on the seat.  It looks good!

  • HEMIhead

    Love the headlights. Looks D-O-D-G-E !
    About time Avenger got some LOVE!

  • moparman

    Now before you muscle car purists cry foul and feel we are taking liberties with the hallowed “Road & Track” nameplate, let us give you some details on the new Avenger R/T.

    First, it’s powered by our award winning best-in-class 3.6L Pentastar V6 ”

    That pretty much says it all.

    Forget about the styling, the doors or anything else. You couldn’t even give it a V-8? I mean ok your gonna make everything a freaking “R/T”, at least MAKE them an R/T. At a minimum, a V-8 with optional manual transmission comes to mind.

    It’s obvious that dodge has taken the “screw you” route with this line of comments about “muscle car purists”.

    It’s truly sad that anyone working for chrysler/dodge really feels the need to take that position with potential customers.

    Good luck with that.

  • Dan

    Give me one with a 6spd manual and I will buy one today.

  • nick

    Please don’t dilute the R/T brand.

  • Lex

    Geez that instrument cluster is hideous. The Charger, on point. The Challenger, on point. The Durango, on point. The Avenger, on the rental car lot.

  • dvntdodge

    THE AVENGER NEEDS A BIT MORE REFINEMENT. IT STILL LOOKS LIKE WHAT  WE ARE TRYIN TO GET AWAY FROM. THE NEW ENGINE SOUNDS GREAT BUT AVENGER NEEDS TO BE ITS OWN ANIMAL NOT A BABY CHARGER.  THATS THE DAMN OF IT ALL. I STILL LOVE IT

  • 440

    Dont know why people dont like the R/T line of cars…

    They are like the old R/T cars back in the day,as back in the day the R/T models mainly consisted of badging and  better suspension,handling..

    Remember you could of bought  a hippo 383 magnum or 440 in a S.E model Mopar back in the day and in the R/T..so what if this has a 6 cyl,the mid size consumer doesnt want a V-8 ! 

    Things change,remember the R/T was on a 318 2 bbl Aspen back in the day..not knocking the Aspen I had a couple,de-lean burned 4bbl solid high 14-low 15 1/4 mile car..like the Avenger R/T..

    I also had a Dakota R/T my brother owns a 03 Durango R/T for the wife and he just bought a RAM R/T !!

    Purists should not blame Dodge,but the Government…they killed the muscle car back in 1972,the 440 was down to compression in the 8′s…and h.p way down…Glad Dodge offers the R/T on its cars and mini vans….I am a Mopar purist and see nothing wrong with it..

    If they put the R/T on a base model 4 banger,skiny tire car..I have a problem with it..So far the R/T cars live up to the R/T image..Road and track !!!

    You guys complaining about the R/T should complain to Honda as they use the R/T on its vehicles now..Check out the Honda Ridgeline R/T !!!!!! Bet you like the Avenger R/Tnow..dont you ?

  • moparman

    Wait, so you actually think that being able to option your “SE” car back then makes it ok to offer an “R/T” anything with less than a V-8?

    Obviously you like comparing apples and mangos.

    I could care less what Honda does. I buy Honda motorcycles (mostly dirt bikes), not Honda cars. Nothing they do would influence me to like the car pictured above, ever.

  • STEVE SMITS

    Sorry Guys I agree with 440 on this one.
    We own an 08 Avenger RT and i must say it has plenty of power and the awd system makes it a better performer in all conditions than even most of the older v8′s cars out there. The new 2012 model is probably superior to ours so I feel is is worthy of the nomenclature.
    STEVE

  • moparman

    Um, that wasn’t me, just some bleepity bleep using my name AGAIN. Thought this had been fixed, but I guess not.

    It is sad that some people feel the need to act this way.  Very childish actually, using someone elses screen name to make them look bad.  Against the law I think too.

    Please RLD, stop this, and delete the above post.   

  • ROADNTRACK

     A two door would be worthy!  Something significant about the vehicle
     needs to be unique to be labeled an R/T please!

  • moparman

    Thank you, RLD.

  • peteMT

    I think this is a fine vehicle. It’s got plenty of power – no need for a V8. Improving the handling is a very logical step and could make the car a blast to drive.
     
    Now, where’s that six speed manual…

  • Dan

    Someone stop me! I drove a Mustang today with the V6 and 6spd manual. If Dodge doesn’t give me a 6 spd in the Avenger by fall I guess after 35 years of being a Mopar guy I will be moving on.

  • ROADNTRACK

    I would be interested in the Avenger if it was available as a 2dr. Since the 200 is
    avb. as a 2dr cnvt. you would think it would be do-able?

    An R/T should have a manual trans option!

  • spc.

    i have been die hard gm.. all my life to a point i nearly have a shrine of delorian. loved olds gone loved pointiac owned several grandprix gtp (tapshift) gone now what camaro? 31,000 min for a decent one? let see 31-32,000 for a rs camaro fully loaded 312 hp fully loaded avenger heat. 23-24,000 sticker? 283 hp spend what depending how u look at it or what way u go turbo like they should take from the caliber rt, or just a bunch a little mods exhaust and intake , chip im spending still less then 30,000 and now prob out driveing in just bout all aspects that camaro.. im just saying give us the turbo from the caliber ur killing or a manual or the tap shift atleast i love from the grandprix. would be a good start. im just saying

  • http://justgotthe2012r/t Jerry Marshall

    and i LOVE IT!!! the engine, the styling, the ride…everything about it is awesome. it compliments my 2010 charger r/t completely! both are black!!
    one thing that should have been done but wasn’t is that the R/T logo in the tach gauge should have been made to illuminate, i can see it fine during the day but at night it disappears, should light up red like the rest of the gauges!

  • clarkekent

    Having never owned a mopar in my life, I would seriously consider the R/T version that came with a manual. Automatic only? Not even a second glance.
    I think you could convince some naysayers about worthiness of the v6. Trying to market a performance version to enthusiasts though, without a real (manual) transmission- what were you thinking?

    • Jerry Marshall

      well the Charger R/T comes with the auto as well, and it has a manual shift mode that is almost as good as a true manual without all the work. do i wish it had a manual, sure, but im good with it

  • AC Points

    I just test drove a 2012 Avenger R/T.  Overall, it was very impressive (and I went in with a somewhat negative impression of Dodge).  I really liked the power, the handling, the level of features and low noise levels for the price.  But, I have to say the transmission did not live up to the rest of the vehicle.  In the autostick mode the shifts were delayed and unpredictable in length.  For a car of this caliber performance wise the shifts need to be almost instantaneous and consistent.  It needs to be on par with the automatic in the Jetta GLI.  Obviously, a manual transmission would be another potential solution, but with the popularity of automatics nowadays, I think a higher performance automatic would be best for the R/T version of this vehicle.

  • WAYNE

    JUST BOUGHT 2012 AVENGER RT V/6.CORNERING IS EXCELLENT.INTERIOR LIGHTING IS GREAT ON THE DASH.CAR RIDES WELL AND IS QUITE ON THE EXPRESSWAY.CAR WEIGHTS 3607 LBS AND WITH 4;12 GEARS IT GOES TO 60 IN APPROX 6.2 SECONDS..UP GRADES ON THE SUSPENSION AND LARGER SWAY BARS GIVES THE CAR A VERY SPORTY RIDE ESPECIALLY IN CORNERS..THE SIX SPEED TRANSMISSION LOOKS FOR HIGHER GEARS FOR GAS ECONOMY BUT FUNCTION VERY WELL..THE SEATs ARE NOT FOR BIG GUYS,BUT LOOK SHARP AND FEEL GOOD FOR US AVERAGE GUYS..VISION WHEN BACK IS LIMITED AND OBSTRUCTED…TRUNK SPACE IS GOOD FOR THIS MID SIZE CAR.ALL IN ALL PERFORMANCE IS EXCELLENT AND THATS COMING FROM 302 MUSTANG GUY…YOU GUYS NEED TO SPEAK WITH FACTS.