The Dodge Blacktops Have Arrived



Dodge has unleashed three very special packages for the Avenger, Challenger and Charger. They’re called Blacktop, and along with their darked-out, stealth-fighter  look, they’re designed to supply extra content and excitement at a price you can’t refuse.


The Avenger Blacktop (above) starts with the SXT model and adds a unique Gloss Black grille, 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with matching center caps, dark-tinted headlamp bezels and a body-color rear spoiler. Standard Blacktop features are too numerous to name here, but they  include six-speed Auto Stick transmission, eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six speaker audio and automatic temperature control.  The select exterior colors offered are Bright White, Redline Red 2, Tungsten Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic—and deep, sinister Black, naturally.


The Charger Blacktop is offered on the R/T and R/T Plus models and includes the 5.7L, 370 hp HEMI V8.  Gloss Black grille, 20-inch Gloss Black wheels, and body-color rear spoiler are included, while available exterior colors include  Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Metallic, Granite Crystal, and two luxurious Tri-Coat finishes, Redline Red and Phantom Black. A real driver’s machine, the Charger Blacktop also includes steering-wheel mounted paddle shifter, performance-tuned suspension, and dual exhausts.


Completing the blacked-out theme, the Challenger R/T Blacktop also employs Gloss Black 20-inch wheels and Gloss Black Grille surround, but then adds a Matte Graphite full-length body stripe with red accent. Along with the 5.7L, 375 hp HEMI V8, standard equipment includes the Super Track Pack with performance brake linings, shocks, and steering gear. All business, the Challenger Blackout is offered in three colors:  Granite Crystal, Billet Silver Metallic, and Pitch Black.


All three Blackout packages offer exclusive appearance features as well as extra content at a significant savings over purchasing the options separately—see your dealer for a complete list of equipment and pricing info. “All the Blacktop packages have a very blacked-out look to them, hence the name. ” says Richard Cox, Dodge Brand Director. “Blacktop is a vehicle that gives you a customized look, that makes you want to get out on the open road—the blacktop. That’s what the Blacktop packages are all about.”


  • Dave
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Why is Ford over 400 hp with only 5.0 liters and we’re only 375 with 5.7 liters, and what’s with a 20 hp drop from the truck to the cars?

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      What are the torque numbers? Secondly, you can have a 1000 hp but if you do not put it to the pavement it makes no difference.

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      They are probably blown engines not naturaly aspirated look at the blown dodge engines and itll put ford to shame

      • Rob
        Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

        The Mustang GT and Boss 302 5.0L are NA. The GT500 gets a blown 5.8L

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Do you know nothing about push rod engines and dohc engines? And i guess tq doesnt matter?

  • Moore
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Ford is terrible. My buddy has a 2013 Mustang California Edition and all it does is burns oil. Down 2quarts every couple of weeks and less than 5000 miles. Ford Fix or repair daily.. My 2012 charger puts that thing to shame in looks and performance.

  • Steve
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I had a 2011 Chevy Camaro SS and didn’t like it so I traded it in for the 2012 5.0 mustang which was a huge improvment over the Camaro but still not quite there so a few months ago I traded the mustang in for the 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 special edition with the 6.4 liter with 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and I’m loving every minute of driving this beast.

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      you are just a bad driver, Camaro is much better

      • Wil
        Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        My friends with Mustangs and Camaros have a difficult time competing with my SRT8 Challenger all the time. And they don’t get the attention from other people that the Challenger draws. They are truly great cars. This coming from a former GM fan.

        • Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

          I am not arguing which is better, I have both SRT8 and SS. It all comes down to who is the driver. I like my SS better because it’s more solid in handling and high speed. It is also the same reason why I continue to get speeding tickets.

        • george
          Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

          i sold my SRT challenger for my 2012 Boss 302. dodge made promises it didn’t keep!!! lets hope ford keeps its word!!

    • StockRT
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      That’s awesome glad you found a real muscle car!

  • Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Hope they tune the crap out of the trans and suspension on the avenger, otherwise its pointless.

  • Fast Ed
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Looks nasty, way to separate from the hohum.

  • Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Why no engine information for the Avenger? All show no go?

  • Chris
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Camaro is NOT better…check the stats. Look at the suspension set-up.

  • Chris
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I have a Charger SRT8 and I love it.

  • Harvey Brabbin
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    If I buy a new Challenger,I want the 7.2 (440) hemi in mine.

  • Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    is there a way we can win that ?

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