For the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Dodge has unveiled a very special edition of the Challenger R/T: the Redline. “Building on Challenger’s all-time sales record in 2012, the new Challenger R/T Redline fuses our iconic heritage with a one-of-a-kind customized appearance, ” says Reid Bigland, Dodge Brand president and CEO.
The R/T Redline’s name is echoed in the two-tone Redline Red and Graphite stripe that stretches from the front wheel arch to the tail, tracing the Challenger’s signature character line. On the rear quarters, the graphic incorporates Redline block lettering in the same red/graphite color scheme. Topping off the stunning body treatment, there’s a special body-color grille surround up front.
Further complementing the Redline theme, the 20-inch Black Chrome wheels have a matching red backbone and lip. Buyers can optimize the Redline’s wheel/tire package with the available Super Track Pak, which includes Goodyear Eagle F1 P245/45R20 three-season performance tires, lowered ride height, and high-performance brake linings.
Like all Challenger R/T models, the Redline comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction package. Both manual and automatic transmissions are offered: With the Tremec six-speed manual, the HEMI is rated at 375 hp; with the five-speed automatic incorporating paddle shifter and performance shift calibration, the rating is a nearly identical 372 hp.
With either gearbox, the Redline is equipped with a performance-tuned dual-exhaust system with low-restriction under-floor mufflers and bottle resonators. The special exhaust setup allows 0-60 mph times in the low five-second range and gives the Redline an aggressive growl like no other Challenger.
“The new R/T Redline combines unmatched personalization with the unmistakable performance of the legendary HEMI V-8, ” says Bigland. Available either R/T or R/T Plus trim levels and in four signature colors—Bright White, Pitch Black, Billet Silver, and Granite Crystal—the Dodge Challenger R/T Redline hits the showrooms in April.