As we all know very well, Chrysler enjoys releasing special edition models throughout its range of vehicles and they seem to be getting cooler just about each year. Dodge is one brand that receives more than its fair share of special edition models and it is has just unveiled three more special edition models.
The three affected models are the Dodge Avenger , Charger R/T and Challenger R/T. This kit, which Dodge has dubbed the Blacktop package, won’t add much in terms of performance to their base model. However, in terms of flat out styling, they are all three rather chilling looking – as much as a from-the-factory car can be.
The Avenger has certainly received quite a beating from experts, despite the fact that it is the most powerful mid-size sedan on the market today. Will this Blacktop Edition package make things better for it?
Click past the jump to read all about the 2013 dodge Avenger Blacktop Edition to find out.
To say the design of the all-new Avenger Blacktop is “sinister” is likely an understatement, as Dodge took great care to add just enough gloss black accents to set this car off. It’s incredible what minor additions can do to a car’s overall appearance.
On the outside, Dodge has taken the Avenger SXT and added a set off 18-inch aluminum rims coated in gloss black paint with gloss black center caps. Also donning a coat of gloss black is the front grille. Dodge also tossed in a body-colored rear spoiler and dark tinted headlight bezels. The bezels are likely the coolest part, as they really add some character to the typically boring Avenger front fascia.
There are five exterior colors available with the Blacktop package and they are: Black, Redline Red 2, Bright White, Tungsten Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic. On the outside, the Blacktop Package also boasts standard fog lights and automatic headlights, for those that just can’t seem to remember to turn them on at night.
On the inside, Dodge didn’t add anything really special to the Avenger, but it does equip it rather well. It includes standard: 8-way power seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, electronic climate control, heated mirrors, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), and six airbags. For an extra $400 on top of its MSRP, you can have the Blacktop with premium black leather interior with heated seats. You can also add on a power moonroof, premium audio system with navigation and a 6.2-inch screen.
We wish that Dodge would have added in a few “Blacktop” emblems to the interior, but with its low base price, we can understand why it did not.
Under the hood is the same base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that the Avenger SXT comes with, which gives the Blacktop 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque and 31 mpg on the highway. You can add the power 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine to the Blacktop package and bump its output to 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while getting 29 mpg highway.
Engine and Drivetrain Specifications
|Standard Engine||2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder|
|Standard Horsepower||173 Horsepower|
|Standard Torque||166 Pound-Feet|
|Standard Transmission||6-Speed Automatic|
The 2013 Dodge Avenger SXT comes in at a base price of $21,495 and the Blacktop package only runs an extra $595, bringing its total MSRP to $22,090. With leather, it jumps up to $22,490.
|Blacktop W/ Leather||$22,490|
The Avenger has long been one of the more boring cars in Dodge’s lineup. In fact we don’t know which version of the Avenger is more boring, the one from the 1990s or this one. Fortunately, the Blacktop Edition adds a little bit of flair to the Avenger, and it is really affordable. We still doubt this will save the Avenger, as we figure on seeing it axed any year now.
- Nice additions to the outside
- Nicely equipped
- Those headlight bezels are sweet!
- Still a boring old Avenger
- Needs to come standard with the V-6 engine
- May extend the Avenger’s life in Dodge’s line up (yeah it needs to go)
Gallery Dodge Avenger Blacktop Edition
Dodge Infuses Sinister Styling into Special-edition 2013 Dodge Blacktop Packages
Avenger, Challenger and Charger round out current Blacktop offerings
- The sinister style of the Dodge Blacktop models deliver customers exclusive customized design with an exhilarating driving experience and exceptional value
- One-of-a-kind exterior appointments, including unique dark wheels, grille, headlights, rear spoiler and more give Dodge Blacktop models eye-catching appeal while still offering customers great value
- Dodge Avenger – America’s most affordable and powerful mid-size Car - gets more menacing and more equipment with the Blacktop package, available for orders now for just $595 MSRP
- Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop delivers world-class performance, handling and “blacked out” style wrapped in iconic American muscle
- Dodge Charger Blacktop with its menacing styling is now available on both the best-in-class 300 hp V6 with best-in-class 31 highway miles per gallon (mpg) and the 370 hp HEMI® V8 R/T
November 2, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Halloween may be over, but highways and parking lots across America are about to get more sinister as the Dodge brand expands its lineup of Blacktop special editions. New for the 2013 model year, Dodge will include the Avenger, Challenger R/T and Charger R/T to its Blacktop lineup.
Built to give customers a sporty, distinct look at a great value, the Dodge Blacktop vehicles add larger, unique Gloss Black wheels, select exterior paint colors, Gloss Black-painted “split-crosshair” grilles with Gloss Black matching grille surround, darkened headlamp bezels and body-color spoilers, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.
“The Blacktop package on the Dodge Charger has proven to be a resounding success by combining a customized one-of-a-kind appearance with great value - a trademark of the Dodge Brand," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Dodge Brand. "Now we’re expanding this successful formula to the Avenger, Challenger and Charger R/T, making great style and performance even more accessible, starting at just $595."
Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop is presently available, while production for all the Avenger, Charger R/T and Challenger R/T Blacktop packages will start in December of 2012 as 2013 model year vehicles.
Dodge Avenger Blacktop
America’s most affordable and powerful mid-size sedan, the Dodge Avenger, gets a menacing new look and a distinct set of new features with the Blacktop package, which also offers incredible value with a U.S. MSRP of just $595.
Available in Black, Redline Red 2, Bright White, Tungsten Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic, the 2013 Dodge Avenger Blacktop is based on the 2013 Dodge Avenger SXT model and adds standard 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with Gloss Black center caps, Gloss Black front grille, dark-tinted headlamp bezels and a body-color rear spoiler.
Additional standard features on the Avenger with the Blacktop package include: a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that delivers up to 31 mpg, automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six speakers, automatic temperature control, body-color heated exterior mirrors, SiriusXM Radio, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), four-wheel disc anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six airbags and much more.
For an added dose of luxury with the customized black appearance, Avenger Blacktop offers a premium leather interior with heated front seats for only $400 MSRP, making Avenger the most affordable mid-size car with leather in the United States.
Available optional equipment includes: the 3.6-liter variable-valve timing Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while providing impressive V-6 highway fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon (mpg), power sunroof, premium audio system and 6.5-inch touch screen with Navigation.
The 2013 Dodge Avenger offers great value with loads of standard features that customers appreciate and a starting U.S. MSRP of only $18,995. The Dodge Avenger was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” in 2012, the fourth consecutive year the Avenger has been named a “Top Safety Pick.”
An athletic yet refined exterior, a high-quality, well-crafted interior, a spirited driving experience, fuel economy of up to 31 mpg highway and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty make the 2013 Dodge Avenger the smart buy for sedan buyers, which explains why Avenger has set sales records for six of the past seven months.
Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop
The 2013 Dodge Challenger delivers exactly what muscle car enthusiasts want — a powerful and efficient engine lineup, iconic muscle-car design and performance suspension designed for maximum grip — all executed with quality and precision.
The new 2013 Challenger R/T Blacktop, available on the Challenger R/T – America’s most affordable V8 muscle car at just $29,995 U.S. MSRP – and R/T Plus, adds sinister style to the Dodge brand’s iconic muscle car. Available in Pitch Black, Granite Crystal or Billet Silver Metallic, the Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop model includes Gloss Black 20-inch Aluminum Wheels with Gloss Black center caps, Gloss Black grille surround, Gloss Black fuel door and a new matte graphite body stripe with red edge accents running from the front to rear fascia, creating a truly one-of-a-kind appearance
For added performance, the Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop is equipped with the Super Track Pak, which includes a high-performance-steering gear, brake linings, and monotube-shock absorbers, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode ESC with “full off” mode. All-Season tires are available at no extra charge.
The Dodge Challenger Blacktop package is available for a US MSRP of only $1,995.
The Challenger R/T is designed for the performance enthusiast. It includes the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering up to 375 horsepower, Tremec six-speed manual transmission (or available 5-speed automatic), performance-tuned suspension, performance-disc brakes, performance-tuned steering calibration, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, console-mounted USB port with iPod control and auxiliary audio input jack, SiriusXM Radio, automatic headlamps, LED-illuminated instrument cluster with 160-mph primary speedometer, instrument panel with mini-carbon bezel, fog lamps, “R/T” grille badge, “HEMI” hood badges and rear body-color deck-lid spoiler.
The Challenger R/T Plus is for drivers who want even more premium refinement and details in their muscle car. It adds premium Nappa leather seating in Dark Slate Gray or Radar Red, heated front seats, six Boston Acoustics premium speakers with 276-Watt amplifier, ParkSense rear park assist, power heated mirrors, EVIC with temperature gauge, location specific tire-pressure monitoring and compass, vehicle security alarm, and HomeLink universal transceiver. Remote start is included with the five-speed automatic transmission.
Challenger has set monthly or all-time sales records in six of the past nine months.
Dodge Charger R/T Blacktop
Dodge introduced the very first Blacktop model in 2012 model year based upon the Charger V6. For the 2013 model year, Dodge is building on the success of the Charger Blacktop package available with the 300 hp, 31 mpg Charger SXT and SXT Plus models, by introducing the Blacktop package with the 370 hp HEMI V8 Charger R/T and R/T Plus – America’s most affordable V8 sedan.
Available in Pitch Black, Billet Metallic, Granite Crystal, Bright White, Redline Red Tri-coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat, the Dodge Charger R/T Blacktop model adds Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, Gloss Black center caps, Gloss Black front grille, body-color rear spoiler, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Sport Mode, 3.06 rear axle and Beats Audio, which includes 10 speakers with subwoofer and 552-Watt amplifier. The Blacktop package is available for only $1,795 U.S. MSRP.
With its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, performance-tuned suspension with larger performance disc brakes and standard LED racetrack lighting, dual exhaust and Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, the Dodge Charger R/T is designed for the customer who wants the intoxicating exhaust note and low-end torque that only a V8 can provide, 0-60 mph in the low 5-second range, rail-like handling and state-of-the-art technology. And with a U.S. MSRP starting at just $29,995, the Charger R/T is the most affordable V-8 sedan in America. The R/T features 370 track-tearing horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology and a proven five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that delivers up to 25 mpg highway.
For customers who want added curb appeal with interior comfort, convenience and technology features, the Dodge Charger R/T Plus model adds on to the Charger R/T’s standard equipment list with premium Nappa leather seating, heated first- and second-row seats, 12-way power front-passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, heated/cooled cup holders, vehicle security alarm, LED-illuminated, front-row overhead lighting and LED-illuminated footwells.
About the Dodge Brand:
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 41 mpg 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.