2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport (Hemi V8 and Pentastar V6 Versions)
The 2013 Charger AWD Sport series comes with a handful of styling and comfort features, paddle shifters and a “sport mode” for the transmission and the option of two engines, a 370hp Hemi V8 and a 300hp Pentastar V6.
The Sport package is available on the Charger SXT and SXT Plus AWD models for $1,395 and on the Charger R/T and R/T Plus AWD models for $1,195, which according to the Detroit carmaker, represent a 40 percent package savings discount if the extras were to be ordered separately.
What the Sport edition adds to the AWD models is a Gloss Black split-crosshair grille surround, 19-inch polished alloy wheels with Gloss Black pockets shod in all-season performance tires, the first application of steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and sport mode transmission calibration on Charger AWD models and a boot spoiler.
In addition, the SXT and R/T feature sport seats in black cloth, while the Plus models get the option of black or red heated Nappa leather sport seats.
A Beats Audio system with a 12-channel amplifier, 8 speakers, 2 woofers and a large trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer come as standard on all Sport AWD models.
Dodge plans to produce 2,500 examples of the new 370hp HEMI V8 Charger Daytona that will be offered as a $2,995 package on the R/T and $2,500 on the R/T Road & Track models, for an MSRP of $32,990 and $36,495 respectively. The first cars will begin to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.
Both Daytona models are available in Daytona Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver or Pitch Black colors, with the package adding dark accents in the form of satin black finishes for the front crosshair grille, the custom vinyl hood graphic, roof wrap, rear R/T spoiler and the “DAYTONA” graphic on the rear quarter panels.
The V8-powered sedans ride on bespoke 20-inch five-spoke polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black painted pockets, while other features include a ‘Daytona Blue’ engine cover, performance 3.06 rear axle ratio, high-speed engine controller, paddle shifters with sport mode and performance steering and suspension.
As for the interior, the Road & Track models sports unique black performance Nappa leather and suede heated and ventilated seats with Daytona Blue stitching and piping, with the R/T offering the same look but with a cloth treatment for the seats.
Other touches include an aluminum trim surround for the 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch screen and gauges on the instrument panel, a Mopar bright pedal kit, a 552-watt 10-speaker Beats and a numbered “DAYTONA” badge.
Dodge offers the 2012 Charger Pursuit with either a 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 370-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, with the company claiming that the latter delivers the police sedan segment’s fastest acceleration times:
0-to-60 mph (5.83 sec)
0-to-70 mph (7.38 sec)
0-to-80 mph (9.18 sec)
0-to-90 mph (11.43 sec)
0-to-100 mph (13.65 sec)
The Detroit maker offers the Pursuit version with a choice of six factory-installed police packages, which include numerous goods such as a push bumper, front- and rear-corner LED lamps, and a siren speaker.
LEDs, LEDs Everywhere: LEDs to Trickle Down to More Mainstream Models
It wasn’t too long ago when LED (light-emitting diodes) lights were a feature one could only find in the top end premium cars. Today, they have become cheap enough to be produced in large quantities and as a result, are storming the car market.
LEDs are much more energy-efficient than conventional halogen bulbs because they do not generate light from heat. For example, a Visteon-designed LED headlight for a Bentley requires only 15 watts for the low beam, whereas an equivalent halogen bulb needs 65 watts to do the same job. They last longer as well; about 10,000 hours or 10 times longer than a halogen unit.
According to a forecast by London-based L.E.K. Consulting, by 2016, 29 percent of all vehicles made in North America will be fitted with LED taillights – an increase of 10 percent compared to this year.
L.E.K. Consulting predicts that only 1 percent of NA vehicles will have LED headlamps in 2016, while 12 percent will have xenon headlights.