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Launched: Charger Sport

by David Zatz on

 

As predicted by Allpar, Chrysler has released the Dodge Charger Sport, an all wheel drive car with a standard 300 horsepower V6 and an optional 370 horsepower Hemi V8.

The Dodge Charger AWD Sport package has best-in-class V-6 fuel economy, new “blacked out” exterior accents, and  paddle-shifters with sport mode.  Ordering is now open; as stated by oh2o and “RamMan,” the Charger Sport will be built from December through February.

Building on the success of the Dodge Charger Blacktop, which accounts for around 25% of Charger SXT sales, the Charger AWD Sport is based on the Charger SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, and R/T Plus; it costs $1,395 on top of the V6 range and $1,195 on top of the V8 range, and includes the 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 heated Nappa leather in red or black (SXT Plus and R/T Plus).

The standard stereo is the Beats Audio setup with a 12-channel amplifier, three 3.5-inch speakers in the instrument panel, two 3.5-inch speakers in the rear doors, two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers, and two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker in the rear-shelf area.

The Pentastar V6 was boosted to 300 horsepower by a dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system; its city and highway mileage remain best in class at 18/27 mpg. 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, a unique combination.

Charger AWD Sport starts in the U.S. at $33,685 and peaks at $36,685, including destination.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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