Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 models will enter the 2013 model year with the addition of two new exterior colors: Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange combined with full-length dual center stripes. Dodge also offers a series of updates for both the exterior and the interior.
The SRT8 392 version has been further enhanced by the addition of a series of new and improved high-tech performance features, including an expanded adaptive-damping suspension that allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning. Unfortunately, no updates have been made under the hood, so both the R/T and SRT8 392 versions keep their usual HEMI V-8 engines.
What you will get for the 2013 model year are two new, well, new-old colors: Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange. And just as it should be, these iconic colors are only available in the R/T and SRT8 392 models, so purists won’t have to lose their minds at the sight of a Plum Crazy or HEMI Orange V-6 model…
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392.
The 2013 Dodge Challenger will continue to feature the same exterior design elements that were unveiled for the 2011 model year. This means we will see the same trapezoidal front air dam with large openings that provide a better engine cooling, a large "duck bill" front spoiler. In fact, all these design elements have always been a mark of the Challenger model.
For the 2013 model year, Dodge added two new exterior colors for the R/T and SRT8 392: a limited-production run of Plum Crazy available for Challenger R/T Classic and Dodge Challenger SRT8 editions and a HEMI Orange paint offered for Challenger R/T and SRT8 models.
2013 Dodge Challenger R/T exterior features:
- Fog lamps
- Automatic headlamps
- "R/T" grille badge
- "HEMI" hood badges
- Rear body-color deck-lid spoiler
2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Adds:
- Dual throwback A-line body-side R/T stripes in matte black or white
- Large 20-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and black painted pockets
- Available forged "Heritage" wheels
- 3.92 rear-axle ratio
- "Challenger" fender badges in classic script
- Heritage "R/T" grille badge
- Functional hood scoops
- High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
Entering the car you will notice the same trapezoidal race-inspired instrument panel with four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and sport-themed graphics. There is also a three-spoke Dodge steering wheel wrapped in leather and featuring silver metallic painted spokes.
2013 Dodge Challenger R/T
- Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth
- Console-mounted USB port with iPod control
- Auxiliary audio input jack
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 12-month subscription
- LED-illuminated instrument cluster with 160 mph primary speedometer
- Instrument panel with mini-carbon bezel
2013 Challenger R/T Plus 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
- Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with temperature gauge
- Location specific tire-pressure monitoring and compass
- Vehicle security alarm
- HomeLink universal transceiver
- Remote start included with the five-speed automatic transmission
The R/T version is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, while delivering a fuel economy of up to 25 mpg. This engine mates to either a Tremec six-speed manual transmission or an available five-speed automatic.
The SRT8 392, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and a peak torque of 470 pound-feet. This engine can also be mated to either a Tremec six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic and delivers a fuel economy of 23 mpg on the highway.
R/T Drivetrain Specifications:
|Engine||5.7-liter HEMI V-8|
|0-to-60 mph||5.4 seconds|
SRT8 392 Drivetrain Specifications:
|Engine||6.4-liter HEMI V-8|
|0-to-60 mph||4 seconds|
|0-100-0 mph||15 seconds|
|Quarter mile||12 seconds|
|Top Speed||182 mph|
Suspensions and brakes
For the 2013 model year, the SRT8 392 version has been improved with an expanded adaptive-damping suspension that allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning. Dodge also installed a new launch control that provides enhanced straight-line acceleration.
Depending on the model, the 2013 Challenger can be ordered with cast-aluminum wheels up to 20-inch with black-painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers.
The 2013 Challenger R/T starts off at $31,090 and the R/T Plus bumps that price to $33,090.The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic starts out at $33,995 and there is no premium for the Plum Crazy color. The SRT8 392 version at $44,775 and HEMI Orange is a no-charge paint option. The new Plum Crazy will be available starting this spring, while HEMI Orange will arrive in May.
|Challenger R/T Plus||$33,090|
|Challenger R/T Classic||$33,995|
|Challenger SRT8 392||$44,775|
When you want to buy a muscle car, there are basically three models to choose from: Challenger, Mustang or Camaro. Each of them is unique in its own different way, and picking the right one depends just on your taste and expectation.
The 2013 Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower. This output puts it somewhere between the R/T and SRT 8 Challenger versions, but the Mustang has the advantage of being a little bit cheaper than the upper-level R/T models: $30,750.
On the other hand, you have to consider that the Mustang is the dream car of any 16-years old kid, so maybe you want to do a little bit better than that.
The Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 426 horsepower — an output that also place it between the R/T and SRT8 versions — but like with the Camaro is also a little bit cheaper that the top R/T trims: $32,635.
And again, if you ask us the Camaro is not quite the right choice for a man who looks for an aggressive car, and we consider the Challenger a more appropriate choice.
The 2013 Dodge Challenger has always been an icon in the American muscle-car market, and, while its true no major updates have been offered for the 2013 model year, it still remain a first choice for people looking for a high-performance car.
- We just love those two new exterior colors
- Looks very aggressive
- Highly equipped
- We would have appreciated some engine upgrades
The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T and track-ready Challenger SRT8 392 models deliver exactly what modern muscle car enthusiasts want - two powerful HEMI V-8 engine choices with up to 470 horsepower, iconic and functional muscle-car styling and a world-class performance suspension designed for maximum grip - all executed with quality and precision. And now with the addition of Plum Crazy and HEMI® Orange high-impact paint, some of the very best heritage hues will help make the Spring of 2013 that much brighter on American roadways and raceways.
Built at Chrysler Group LLC’s Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant, the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and Challenger SRT8 models in historic Plum Crazy arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide this spring. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy is $33,995, while the high-performance SRT8 model is $44,775 (both prices exclude $995 destination, SRT8 includes gas-guzzler tax).
In addition, head-turning HEMI Orange paint follows Plum Crazy in May and will be available on all HEMI-powered Challenger models, including the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T, R/T Plus and R/T Classic, as well as the Challenger SRT8 392. The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T model is America’s most affordable V-8 muscle car at $29,995 MSRP (excluding $995 destination).
2013 Dodge Challenger R/T
Designed for the performance enthusiast, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T is powered by the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in the low 5-second range and up to 25 miles per gallon (mpg), Tremec six-speed manual transmission or available five-speed automatic, performance-tuned suspension, performance-disc brakes, performance-tuned steering calibration, 3.73 rear-axle ratio, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, console-mounted USB port with iPod control and auxiliary audio input jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 12-month subscription, 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.
2013 Challenger R/T Plus
For drivers who want even more premium refinement and details, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus 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, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (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.
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Designed for the Dodge enthusiast who wants performance with even more nostalgic muscle-car cues, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic adds dual throwback A-line bodyside R/T stripes in matte black or white, large 20-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and black painted pockets or available forged “Heritage” wheels, 3.92 rear-axle ratio, “Challenger” fender badges in classic script, heritage “R/T” grille badge, functional hood scoops and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.
2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
For 2013, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 adds even more new and improved high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. Powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower, the performance machine promises a balanced performance approach with outstanding straight-line acceleration, world-class ride and handling, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control. And it still delivers up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.
New for the 2013 model year is an expanded adaptive-damping suspension that allows for three-mode selectable suspension tuning, while new launch control is standard and provides enhanced straight-line acceleration. Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); goes from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reaches a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stops from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.
Full-length dual center stripes are also available with the limited-edition Plum Crazy or HEMI Orange Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. For a from-the-factory customized look, three SRT-specific stripe colors are available, including Black, Silver and Medium Metallic Gray, all finished in high-gloss.
SRT Track Experience included
Owners of the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 in Plum Crazy or HEMI Orange will receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.