Winter is upon us and Dodge has launched a special-edition Charger specially developed for all driving conditions. The Dodge Charger AWD Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines – a V-6 and a V-8 – plus an updated exterior look.
As it name suggests, the new Charger AWD Sport will be offered with a new "Sport Mode" that will allow driver to change transmission’s gears a little bit quicker. The model will comes with a specially designed gloss-black split-crosshair grille, a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels in gloss black, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters with “Sport Mode” and a new rear spoiler.
The new special edition Charger will be built on the 2013 SXT, SXT Plus, R/T and R/T Plus models, and will carry a slight price increase over their respective base.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport.
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Exterior and interior
On the exterior, the new Charger AWD Sport model will feature a new gloss-black-painted split-crosshair grille and grille surround, plus a new rear spoiler painted in the same color as the rest of the body. The car sits on a new set of 19-inch polished-aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires.
On the inside, Dodge will include the company’s first application of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and sport mode transmission calibration. The company also installed new sports seats wrapped in either black cloth, or premium black or red heated Nappa leather.
The model will also be offered with a new Beats Audio technology that includes:
- Powerful 12-channel amplifier
- Three 3.5-inch speakers
- Two 3.5-inch speakers
- Two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers
- Two 6 x 9-inch speakers
- Center-mounted 8-inch speaker
- 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer
The 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines: a V-6 and a V-8. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is now comes with a new sport-tuned dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system that has increased the output to a total of 300 horsepower. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivers a total of 370 horsepower and a peak torque of 395 pound-feet.
Both engines will be offered with the segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. Thanks to this system, the AWD system will only be used when it is actually required; in all the other situations it is automatically disconnected, which helps save some fuel.
The new Charger AWD Sport will also be offered with a "Sport mode" that allows gears to be changed quicker.
The 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013. Prices will be as follow:
|Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT)||$32,690|
|Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT Plus)||$34,690|
|Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T)||$33,690|
|Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T Plus)||$35,690|
The list of competitors will include the usual Nissan Maxima and Ford Taurus . The 2012 Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 290 horsepower — 10 ponies less than the Charger V-6 model. Also, the 2012 Maxima does not offer an AWD version and it is a little bit more expensive that the Charger at $34,450.
The 2013 Taurus is also a little less powerful than the new Charger: it is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 290 horsepower. On the other hand, Taurus is the cheapest model from all the three models at $26,600.
New Sport mode
Two engine options
No performance figures released
Complex AWD system could lead to high repair bills
With Old Man winter around the corner, Dodge is launching the all-new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport just in time to deliver tactical performance and efficiency to combat the most inclement driving conditions. The Charger’s new AWD Sport package delivers two powerful engines delivering up to 370 horsepower, the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive system for best-in-class V-6 fuel economy, new “blacked out” exterior accents for a menacing look, and first-time available to Charger AWD paddle-shifters with “sport mode” for precision worthy of its legendary nameplate.
“With the instant success of the sinister-styled Charger Blacktop, the new Charger AWD Sport delivers a similar aggressive look with the added capability of all-wheel drive,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO- Dodge Brand. “The new Charger AWD Sport offers the unmistakable combination of up to 370 horsepower, the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in its class, best-in-class V-6 fuel efficiency, and a style that sets it apart from any other car on the road, all at an amazing value.”
Orders for the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD are open now. Vehicles will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant from December through February.
New design and performance features never previously offered on Charger AWD models
Building on the success of the rear-wheel drive and blacked-out styled Dodge Charger Blacktop — an enthusiast-desired package that has accounted for up to 25 percent of Charger SXT sales — the new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport provides a new frontier for the Dodge brand to expand the ominous style, world-class performance and enthusiast-desired technologies into the Charger AWD model range.
The new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport is available on the Dodge Charger SXT and SXT Plus AWD models for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of just $1,395 and Charger R/T and R/T Plus AWD models for just $1,195. The Charger AWD Sport package offers added value with a 40 percent package savings discount and includes a unique Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille and grille surround, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black pockets, all-season performance tires, the first application of steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and sport mode transmission calibration in a Charger AWD, rear body-color spoiler and sport seats in black cloth (SXT and R/T), or premium black or red heated Nappa leather (SXT Plus and R/T Plus).
In addition, the new Dodge Charger AWD Sport features the Beats Audio technology with a powerful 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, creating the high-definition sound required in professional recording studios. Delivering the mid- to high-range needed for studio-quality sound are three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors. Two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers deliver bass, while two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio. Maximizing how music genres from hip hop to Motown should sound and feel, an 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer with sealed enclosure delivers tight, powerful, punchy bass.
More power, precision and prowess
From winding through twisty stretches of mountain roads, to escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport has a commanding design presence and the power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst precipitation Mother Nature can dish out.
The 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on Charger SXT and SXT Plus models) features the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – now with 300 horsepower thanks to the addition of a new sport-tuned dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system. Even with the added performance, the aluminum mill still delivers best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (18/27 mpg). For drivers who demand even more performance, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 370 horsepower, 395 lb-ft of torque and four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology, the Dodge Charger AWD Sport also can be configured from the Charger R/T and R/T Plus models.
Both V-6 and V-8 models feature the segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. The AWD system in the Dodge Charger AWD Sport seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
In addition, the new Dodge Charger AWD Sport features paddle shifters and “sport mode.” With Sport Mode active, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use the die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and view gear election through the full-color EVIC centered in the Dodge Charger AWD Sport’s instrument cluster.
Available this winter
Built at Chrysler Group LLC’s Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport models arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2013 and have the following U.S. MSRP excluding $995 destination charge:
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT) $32,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT Plus) $34,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T) $33,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T Plus) $35,690