There’s more horsepower and better style for the all-wheel-drive models of the 2013 Dodge Charger with the new AWD Sport trim package. Dodge CEO Reid Bigland said in a statement that the AWD Sport package is very similar to the blacktop treatment that the rear-wheel-drive cars were subjected to. It offers the same aggressive appearance with the additional capability of all-wheel drive.
The rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger is already available with the Blacktop package, which features black wheels, a black crosshairs front grille, and black wheels to the U.S. sedan. Dodge divulged that the Blacktop option is ordered by around 25% of those who buy the Charger. Similar packages were developed for the Avenger sedan and Challenger coupe. It has become available once again to all-wheel-drive Chargers. The AWD Sport treatment starts with a gloss-black crosshair front grille, a set of gloss-black 19-inch wheels, and a trunklid wing.
The improvements for the interior include sport seats that may be finished in red Nappa leather as an option. It also gets a Beats Audio sound system with a 12-channel amplifier and improved speakers. The most significant change however is its performance. Just like with the Blacktop models, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine in SXT and SXT Plus models received a cold-air intake and sportier exhaust.
Its power has increased from 292 hp to 300 hp, while torque has grown from 260 lb-ft to 264 lb-ft. With this boost in performance, the Dodge Charger joins the list of 300hp cars. It’s also one of the least expensive in this group. Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter V-8 in all-wheel-drive R/T and R/T Plus Chargers has not been changed and still delivers 370 hp and 395 lb-ft.
In addition, all the versions get paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. This is actually the first time for the all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger to get it. Ultimately, the AWD Sport upgrade receives a bit more style and performance for those who require four driven wheels. On the SXT and SXT Plus trim levels, the package costs $1395 while on the R/T and R/T Plus models, it has a price tag of $1195.
So, a 2013 Dodge Charger SXT AWD Sport is priced at $33,685 (including a $995 destination charge). An SXT Plus AWD Sport is priced at $35,685 while an R/T AWD Sport costs $34,685. A $36,685 price is attached to an R/T Plus AWD Sport. Dealerships have begun to take orders for the Dodge Charger AWD Sport. The cars are scheduled to arrive in dealerships early next year.
The new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport highlights a commanding concept design and all out power which is capable of carving through whatever mother nature dishes out – from driving through a ski resort covered in snow to winding through mountain roads with twisty stretches.
This model is inspired by Chargers SXT Plus and SXT model that features the renowned 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with an output of 300 hp which is brought by the cold-air induction and the sport-tuned dual exhaust systems. The fuel economy stays at 18/27 mpg for highway and city even with added performance due to the aluminum mill feature. For those who demand additional performance, configurations from the R/T as well as the R/T Plus models are also available and these include the well-known 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces 370 horsepower, a torque of 395 lb-ft and a Fuel Saver Technology with four-cylinder mode.
Both the V-8 and V-6 models feature the active transfer case and the front-axle disconnect system exclusive to the segment to provide practical fuel economy. The combination of these independent technologies is so rare that no other leading automotive manufacturer produces this blend.
One of the very convenient features of this model’s AWD system is that it allows the car to transition from rear-wheel drive to AWD without intervention from the driver. And if it is not in need of AWD, the system disconnects automatically from the front axle to provide an exceptional drive performance and excellent handling.