2012 Dodge Avenger R/T Roars Into 2011 New York Auto Show

2011 New York Auto Show


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    2012 Dodge Avenger R/T Picture

    The performance-oriented 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T made its world debut on Monday in advance of the 2011 New York Auto Show. | April 18, 2011

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2011 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The performance-oriented 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T made its world debut Monday in advance of the 2011 New York Auto Show.
  • The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Pricing has not been announced, but Dodge told Inside Line the 2012 Avenger R/T will slot in above the Dodge Avenger Heat model.

NEW YORK — The performance-oriented 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T, which had been missing from the Avenger lineup in the 2011 model year, made its world debut Monday in advance of the 2011 New York Auto Show.

"This is different from the 2010 Avenger R/T in that it has performance differences," said Kathy Graham, a Dodge spokesperson, in a phone conversation with Inside Line on Saturday. "Before, the R/T was just a model, but the 2012 R/T has different suspension tuning and some design cues."

Pricing has not been announced, but Graham said the 2012 Avenger R/T will slot in above the Dodge Avenger Heat model, which starts at $24,495, including a $750 destination charge, for the 2011 model.

The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T gets the uplevel 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Dodge says it is rated at 19 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway.

The 2012 Avenger R/T gets a tauter suspension. Dodge said in a statement it increased roll stiffness by 18 percent and spring rates by 17 percent in the front and more than 12 percent in the rear.

Exterior cues include a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, black headlamp background, an R/T decal on the front quarter panel and rear, a rear spoiler and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.

The cabin gets leather-trimmed bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats with red stitching. A center-mounted tachometer rounds out the package. The Avenger R/T also gets a Boston Acoustics sound system.

Edmunds.com says: The Dodge Avenger R/T is back, but will it be enough of a hot rod for enthusiasts? — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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