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New 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline with 305HP V6 Priced at $28,745*

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The seventh annual Spring Festival of LXs that took place in Irvine, California, this past weekend, saw Dodge performing the public debut of its new 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline edition before it reaches U.S. dealerships in April.

The new model is based on the 2012 Challenger SXT Plus trim level with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 adding some bespoke styling cues but more importantly, a more sportier chassis with changes to the steering system, suspension and brakes.

The Rallye Redline model is available in four colors, including Bright Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Bright White and Pitch Black, all of which come with red racing stripes running through the new performance hood, roof and deck lid.

A body-color painted boot-lid spoiler and new 20-inch Pitch Black alloy wheels with a red lip and inner drum that are wrapped in wider P245/45R20 Firestone Firehawk all-season performance tires, complete the exterior makeover.

Inside, there's a Mopar gear shift lever, a leather steering wheel with zinc paddle shifters, while for the first time, buyers can opt for heated front performance seats in Radar Red leather in addition to the Dark Slate Gray leather upholstery.

While the standard model's 3.6-liter V6 with its 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and peak torque of 268 lb.-ft. (363Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm, remains unchanged, Dodge engineers replaced the five-speed automatic transmission's 2.65:1 rear-axle ratio for a more responsive 3.06:1 unit.

More changes are to be found on the chassis as the Rallye Redline comes equipped with the Super Sport Group package as standard. It includes a performance-tuned suspension with 42 percent firmer front and 22 percent firmer rear monotube shocks, along with a larger 1.18-inch (30 mm) front and a 0.78-inch (20 mm) rear-sway bar that replace the regular model's 1.06-inch (27 mm) and 0.62-inch (16 mm) bars, respectively.

Furthermore, the steering system has been re-calibrated and is said to deliver 25 percent quicker steering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel, while larger performance disc brakes (345x28 mm at the front and 320x22mm at the rear) replace the standard set.

The new 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline is available for order now and will arrive at Dodge showrooms in April with a starting price of $28,745, not including a $925 destination (*) fee.


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5 Comments:

Fernando said... »March 26, 2012

badass

aaronbbrown said... »March 26, 2012

 I like the look but it's rather underpowered for a 4,000lb (1,840k) car.  Only 300 hp and 268 lbft of torque,  making it a 15 second car through the quarter.  I had a 1977 Cadillac Sedan Deville that would do that with a little tweaking of its 425 cu in (7.0 L) engine, with only 180 hp (134 kW) at 4000 rpm and 320 lbf·ft (430 N·m) of torque at 2000 rpm.

 Even with 470 hp it barely breaks into the 12s in the quarter.  It does seem to be able to put the power down pretty well,  better than a Mustang, and it certainly is one of the best looking of the retro styles. 

But it's more of a family car than a pony car, made to appeal to guys like myself, in their 40s and 50s looking to relive the glory days of their youth when they get behind the wheel.  So I suppose from that standpoint it is successful.  But it would be a whole lot more appealing to me, and I'm sure  other segments of the buying public, if it was more like 3500 to 3700 pounds. If it's going to remain this heavy (3900 to 4200lbs) the base engine should be a V-8, or at least a supercharged V-6, with a minimum of 340 hp. and 390lb of torque.2011 Dodge Challenger SE V6PRICE AS TESTED: $31,800 (base price: $25,495)ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injectionDisplacement: 220 cu in, 3604 cc 
Power (SAE net): 305 hp @ 6350 rpm 
Torque (SAE net): 268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm TRANSMISSION: 5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 116.0 in Length: 197.7 in 
Width: 75.7 in Height: 57.1 in 
Curb weight: 3958 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: 
Zero to 60 mph: 6.4 sec 
Zero to 100 mph: 17.1 sec 
Zero to 130 mph: 39.2 sec 
Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.8 sec 
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec @ 94 mph 
Top speed (governor limited): 137 mph 
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway driving: 18/27 mpg C/D observed: 20 mpg 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392    BASE PRICE: $45,080ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection Displacement: 391 cu in, 6410 cc 
Power (SAE net): 470 bhp @ 6000 rpm 
Torque (SAE net): 470 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 116.0 in
Length: 197.7 in 
Width: 75.7 in
Height: 57.1 in 
Curb weight: 4203 lb C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 4.5 sec 
Zero to 100 mph: 10.2 sec 
Zero to 130 mph: 16.3 sec 
Zero to 150 mph: 24.7 sec 
Standing ¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 114 mph 
Top speed (drag limited, est.): 170 mph 
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft 
Roadholding, 200-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway driving: 14/23 mpg C/D observed: 17 mpg

Hugh Jorgan said... »March 26, 2012

You are inibriated by the exuberance of your own verbosity.

Chad Gallion said... »March 27, 2012

"a more sportier chassis with"  Really?  English 101 just called.

Imacyoupc said... »July 28, 2012

I've had my challenger rallye redline for two weeks now, and i am happy to say i like it a lot. A part of me regrets not getting the V8 hemi, just a little. The car is beautiful and fun to drive. I did not buy it to race, no, i bought it to cruise in comfort and sporty style. The build quality is on par with other manufacturers, although i think they all have made sacrifices in quality to save on weight and keep costs down. Overall my early impression is thisnis one sweet ride.

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