Is the new 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline a V6 muscle car?

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I like where America is going with these beefy V6s sitting in the engine bays of muscle cars. For a while, Dodge trailed Ford and Chevrolet with an anemic 6-banger. Now, there’s a lovely 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that puts out a respectable 268 lbs-feet of torque while getting 26 mpg highway.

Yes – it’s not quite as quick and frugal as Ford’s V6, but it now batting in the same league.

Now there’s a new trim package that enhances the Challenger Rallye called the Redline. This is a feature laden accessory addition as the Challenger Rallye Redline is more comprehensive than a bunch of stickers and fancy stickers.

Here are the details about the 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline and what it comes with:    

“New Redline Red exterior striping paired with Pitch Black 20-inch wheels with Redline Red accented lip deliver a modern muscle car look –

  • Standard Dark Slate Gray or new Radar Red leather performance seating
  • Available this April with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,745 (excluding $925 destination)
  • 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. 
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  • 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.
  • 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. 
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  • 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.” – – Chrysler Group LLC

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I like the revised gearing and beefier brakes. I think this 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline has the moxie to justify a V6’s existence inside a muscle car’s body.

It’s a bummer that there is no manual available. 

Here’s our take on the Dodge Challenger SRT8 with an automatic… in the desert! 

 

 

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