2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline makes its debut

Article by Christian A., on March 27, 2012

Dodge said that its new 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline is priced at $28,745. The new package is a tuned Challenger SXT Plus, which is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that delivers up to 305hp. Typically, an SXT would begin at $24,995 but the additional $3,750 provides a list of go-fast parts that seek to make driving more enjoyable.

Performance updates can be seen through the chassis and drivetrain, one of which is a cold air intake that boosts airflow to the engine. The new front and rear sway bars stiffen the chassis and supposedly makes the car more corner-capable. Rallye Redline edition has 42% firmer monotube shocks in the front and 22% in the rear.

The 2.65:1 rear axle ratio was replaced with a livelier 3.06:1 unit which means acceleration will feel stronger. Braking power comes from larger two-piston calipers at the front and larger vented disc brakes all around. 

From its name, the car receives a centre racing stripe with two smaller lines that run parallel over the car’s length. It gets 20-inch aluminum alloys covered in Firestone Firehawk all-season performance tires, in order to replace the standard 18-inch wheels.

It also has a thick red line that emphasizes the outer edge. The Rallye Redline is a modified version of the SXT Plus and is equipped with the same list of standard features such as heated in the front, bluetooth cellphone connectivity, and electronic stability control.

The new Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline is a combination of refinement and world-class ride with its track-tuned performance suspension and 3.6-liter 305-hp aluminum Pentastar V6 engine delivering an exciting driving experience.

What’s more, the 2012 Dodge Challenger's Pentastar V6 engine is equipped with a cold-air induction system as well as dual exhausts from its headers to its exhaust tips for optimum output. As a result, the engine delivers 305 track-ready horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a torque of 268 lb.-ft. at 4,800 rpm. This torque exceeds 90% of peak value from 1,800 - 6,400 rpm, providing excellent responsiveness and drivability. And thanks to its entirely aluminum design, the Pentastar V6 engine gives the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline a 52.4 / 47.6 weight distribution (front-to-rear) for improved handling and balance.

Moreover, die-cast zinc paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel allow for a more spirited driving with the car’s 5-speed Auto Stick transmission. These paddle shifters are race-inspired with a sense of precision and are ergonomically fixed behind the thick-rimmed 3-spoke steering wheel for utmost control.

To deliver a better overall acceleration, the Dodge Challenger has replaced its 2.65:1 rear-axle ratio with a more responsive 3.06:1.

Upping the ante, the new Dodge Challenger features as standard equipment the Super Sport Group and includes a performance-tuned suspension with 22% firmer rear monotube shocks and 42% firmer front. A larger 1.18-inch front and a 0.78-inch rear-sway bar replace the previous 1.06-inch front and 0.62-inch rear-sway bars, adding to the vehicle’s cornering capabilities. Additionally, performance-tuned steering calibration provides 25% quicker steering and 20% heavier on-center feel. And to top off its handling upgrade, the Dodge Challenger has replaced its 18 x 7.5-inch wheels with larger 20 x 8.0-inch ones, as well as replaced its previous P235/55R18 tires with wider P245/45R20 all-season performance ones.

Press Release

Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline

Evolving into the largest homecoming of modern Dodge rear-wheel-drive performance cars, the seventh annual Spring Festival of LXs marked the perfect opportunity to reveal the new 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline. With its powerful and efficient 305 horsepower engine, paddle-shifting transmission, performance suspension designed to maximize the muscle car's near 50/50 weight distribution for improved handling, and all-new red hot styling enhancements — this new Challenger delivers exactly what Dodge fans want.

"Infused with Dodge DNA, the new Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline adds even more excitement to our iconic muscle car, and to show our appreciation to our most hard-core enthusiasts, we revealed this new model at Spring Fest," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC. "With its unique Redline Red accented exterior details, available Radar Red leather, performance suspension and brakes, and 305 horsepower V6 with paddle shifters getting 27 mpg - this new Challenger fuses the nameplate's iconic heritage with modern Dodge styling and performance."

New red hot styling details

Based on the 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus, the new Challenger Rallye Redline model adds even more 'bad boy' attitude and head-turning style to the brand's iconic coupe.

Flanking the center of the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline's performance hood scoops, roof and deck lid is its signature Redline Red stripe with two thin side stripes for added detail. A body-color painted deck-lid spoiler adds to the performance look, while continuing the Redline Red triple stripe pattern at the center.

Filling the wheel wells, the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline features new 20-inch Pitch Black wheels with a Redline Red lip and inner drum for a one-of-a-kind look. In addition, wider P245/45R20 Firestone Firehawk all-season performance tires provide greater contact with the road and a lower sidewall profile for improved steering precision and at-the-limit handling.

All-new to the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline model is the availability of heated front performance seats in Radar Red leather. In addition, Dodge Challenger's class-exclusive seating for five may be wrapped in Dark Slate Gray leather.

The Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline is available in four colors, including Bright Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Bright White and Pitch Black.

Track-tuned performance

The new 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline combines world-class ride and refinement with its 305 horsepower aluminum Pentastar V6 engine and track-tuned performance suspension to deliver a thrilling driving experience.

The Dodge Challenger's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine features a cold-air induction system and dual exhausts from the headers back to the exhaust tips for maximum output. The result is 305 track-ready horsepower (227 kW) at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. (363 N•m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine's torque exceeds 90 percent of its peak value from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm, which provides outstanding drivability and responsiveness. Thanks to its all-aluminum design, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine provides the new Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline with a 52.4 / 47.6 front-to-rear weight distribution for improved balance and handling.

Enabling even more spirited driving with its five-speed Auto Stick transmission are die-cast zinc steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. Race-inspired with precision feel, Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline's paddle shifters are ergonomically located behind the sporty thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for maximum control.

And to deliver improved all around acceleration, the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline replaces its 2.65:1 rear-axle ratio for a more responsive 3.06:1 unit.

Upping the ante, the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline features the Super Sport Group as standard equipment and includes: performance-tuned suspension with 42 percent firmer front and 22 percent firmer rear monotube shocks. A larger 1.18-inch (30 mm) front and a 0.78-inch (20 mm) rear-sway bar replace 1.06-inch (27 mm) and 0.62-inch (16 mm) bars, respectively and add to the Dodge Challenger's cornering capabilities. A performance-tuned steering calibration delivers 25 percent quicker steering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel. Topping off the handling upgrade are larger and wider 20 x 8.0-inch (replacing 18 x 7.5-inch) wheels with wider P245/45R20 all-season performance tires (replacing P235/55R18 tires).

Making sure the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline delivers world-class levels of stopping power, larger performance disc brakes replace the standard set. At the front, dual-piston front calipers replace single-piston units and larger 13.6 x 1.26-inch (345 x 28 mm) vented rotors replace 12.6 x 1.1-inch (320 x 28 mm) vented rotors. At the rear, 12.6 x 0.87-inch (320 x 22 mm) vented rotors replace 12.6 x 0.4-inch (320 x 10 mm) solid rotors.

Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline also includes a tremendous level of standard equipment found on every 2012 Challenger SXT Plus, including: Uconnect™ hands-free phone, six Boston Acoustic Speakers with 276-watt amplifier, premium Nappa leather faced seats, heated front seats, SIRIUS/XM satellite radio with 12-month subscription, fog lamps, dual exhausts, automatic temperature control, power 10-way driver's seat, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Keyless Enter 'n Go, and six standard airbags.

Just in time for spring

The new Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline is available for ordering now and arrives at Dodge dealerships April 2012 with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,745 (excluding $925 destination).

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