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, its 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. Dont 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/Ts 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 youll 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-liters power band. The glowing red LED cup holders in the center console add a nice touch when keeping your favorite beverage in place. Youll 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.