With plenty of raw power under the hood and retro-styling, the 2012 Dodge Challenger two-door coupe looks and sounds like the classic muscle cars you have come to know and love. Even though you’ll find the 2012 Dodge Challenger at a modern new car dealership, it might look like you walked onto a lot from the several decades ago. The Challenger features a broad grille, standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tips, body-colored door handles, front and rear bumpers, and mirrors. Fog lights, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a sunroof, and 20-inch rims are optional.
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and an 18-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo are two of the newly available features for 2012. Additionally, the 2012 Dodge Challenger has three different engines to choose from and competes directly with the likes of Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang for muscle car consumer attention.
Back to the engines, it all starts with a standard 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 268 pounds-feet of torque, followed by the R/T’s 372-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks-out 400 pounds-feet of torque when paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. When mated to an optional six-speed manual, the R/T produces 375 horsepower and 410 pounds-feet of torque. The R/T’s automatic transmission saves fuel with cylinder deactivation, which operates only four cylinders when less power is needed. EPA Fuel estimates vary between 14-18 mpg in the city and 23-27 mpg on the highway depending on which engine you choose.
For additional power, the SRT8 392 comes with it’s 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 that generates 470 pounds-feet of torque and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph under five seconds. This engine can be paired to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Drive one at All Star new and used Dodge dealer in St Louis.