2012 Dodge Challenger

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What's New for 2012:
- Three trim levels replace single-trim strategy

Exterior Features
The Dodge Challenger is a full-size coupe, a modern version of the early 1970s model. The 2011 model featured several performance upgrades, which carry over for 2012. The 2012 Challenger is available in SXT, R/T, and SRT8 392 trims, each of which features a different engine. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, with 20-inch wheels available or standard on the SRT8 392.

Interior Features
The Dodge Challenger base model features keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, 6-speaker sound system, and power accessories. The R/T adds automatic headlights, fog lights, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The SRT8 392 features sport seats, hydraulic power steering, higher-performance brakes and suspension, and other upgrades.

Optional Features
Many option packages are available at each trim level. The SXT Plus package adds leather upholstery to the base model, as well as heated front seats, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Super Sport package includes larger wheels, several higher-performance features, and a rear spoiler. The Electronics Convenience, Interior Appearance, and Sound Group II packages round out the list. On the SRT8 392, a navigation system and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system are optional.

Under the Hood
The Dodge Challenger SXT is fitted with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated at 305 horsepower that works with a 5-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The R/T trim comes with a 6-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission is optional) and a 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 376 horsepower that delivers 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-8 engine in the SRT8 392 trim is a 6.4-liter model that delivers 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. With this engine, a 6-speed manual transmission is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Dodge Challenger are:
- SXT: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- R/T with automatic transmission: 16/25/19 mpg
- R/T with manual transmission: 15/24/18 mpg
- SRT8 392: 14/23/17 mpg

Standard safety features on the Dodge Challenger include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Challenger received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. To date, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not conducted tests on the 2012 Dodge Challenger.


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  • Name SXT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 25195.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Name R/T (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
  • Name R/T Classic (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
  • Name SRT8 392 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 44125.00 Engine 6.4L/392 City/Hwy MPG 14/23
  • Name SXT Plus (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 25195.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Name R/T Plus (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
  • Name Yellow Jacket (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 44125.00 Engine 6.4L/392 City/Hwy MPG 14/23
  • Name Rallye Redline (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 25195.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Cloth low-back bucket seats
  • 6-way pwr driver seat
  • Pwr 4-way driver lumbar
  • Active head restraints
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding bench seat
  • Rear seat armrest w/cupholder
  • Floor console w/armrest
  • Floor carpet
  • Luxury front & rear floor mats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Instrument cluster w/display screen
  • 140-MPH speedometer
  • Vehicle info center
  • Traveler/mini trip computer
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Pwr windows w/front 1-touch down
  • Speed-sensitive pwr locks
  • Satin silver lock knobs
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless go
  • Remote proximity keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Tip start
  • Pwr trunklid release
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Air conditioning w/auto temp control
  • Front & rear climate control outlets
  • Rear window defroster
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Illuminated door pull handles
  • Instrument panel mini carbon bezel
  • Cell phone storage
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Rearview mirror
  • Driver side visor w/mirror
  • Passenger side visor w/mirror
  • Passenger assist handle
  • Front reading/map lights
  • Rear courtesy lamps
  • Illuminated entry
  • Trunk lamp
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Cargo compartment dress-up
  • 160-MPH speedometer
  • Instrument panel mesh finish bezel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Visors w/illuminated mirrors
  • Bright pedals
  • Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Temp & compass gauge
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Security alarm
  • Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Instrument cluster w/performance display screen
  • 180-MPH speedometer
  • Silver metal brush center stack bezel
  • Steering wheel mounted shift control
  • 18" x 7.5" aluminum wheels
  • P235/55R18 all-season performance BSW tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color fascias
  • Satin chrome grill
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Solar control glass
  • Fold-away pwr mirrors
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Bright fuel filler door
  • Body-color door handles
  • Rear body-color spoiler
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • 20" x 8.0" aluminum wheels
  • P245/45R20 all-season performance BSW tires
  • Functional hood scoop
  • Dual black R/T side stripe
  • HID headlamps
  • Fold-away pwr heated mirrors
  • 20" x 9.0" aluminum SRT design wheels
  • P245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires
  • Tire service kit
  • Spare tire delete
  • Dual black center stripes
  • Rear spoiler
  • 20" x 9.0" aluminum wheels
  • Black satin gloss side stripe
  • Accent color grill
  • 20" x 8.0" black chrome clad aluminum wheels
  • Red center stripe
  • 3.6L V6 VVT engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Autostick automatic transmission
  • Hill start assist
  • 2.65 axle ratio
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Heavy duty engine cooling
  • 730 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • 160-amp alternator
  • Independent touring suspension
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Electro hydraulic pwr steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Dual rear exhaust
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • 5.7L Hemi VVT V8 engine
  • 6-speed manual Tremec transmission
  • Anti-spin rear differential
  • 3.73 axle ratio
  • Independent performance suspension
  • Performance pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock HD disc brakes
  • 3.92 axle ratio
  • 6.4L SRT Hemi V8 engine
  • Sport mode
  • Severe duty II engine cooling
  • 220-amp alternator
  • Independent high performance suspension
  • Performance tuned pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Active dampening suspension
  • 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes
  • 3.06 axle ratio
  • Electronics convenience group -inc: body-color pwr heated mirrors w/fold-away, remote start system, security alarm, temp & compass gauge, tire pressure monitor display, universal garage door opener *Deletes remote start system w/DEC transmission*
  • Brake/park interlock
  • All-speed traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Brake assist
  • Hydraulic assist brake booster
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Knock back mitigation
  • Advanced multi-stage front airbags -inc: passenger airbag cutoff
  • Supplemental front side airbag
  • Supplemental side airbag
  • Supplemental front & rear side-curtain airbags
  • (5) 3-point seat belts
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Child seat upper tether anchorages
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp
  • Dual-note electric horns
  • Tire pressure monitor display
  • SRT track experience
  • Media center 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player
  • (6) speakers
  • Aux audio input
  • Rear window antenna
  • SiriusXM satellite radio -inc: (1) year service *SiriusXM not available in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas/US Virgin Islands & Barbados*
  • Remote USB port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • UConnect hands-free communication w/Bluetooth
  • (6) Boston Acoustics speakers
  • 276-watt amplifier
  • Media center 430 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/DVD/MP3 player, USB port, 40GB hard drive w/28GB available, 6.5" touch screen

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