All-wheel-drive models of the 2013 Dodge Charger receive a little more horsepower and style thanks to the release of the new AWD Sport trim package. Largely mirroring the Blacktop treatment applied to rear-wheel-drive cars, Dodge CEO Reid Bigland said in a statement the AWD Sport package “delivers a similar aggressive look with the added capability of all-wheel drive.”
The rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger is already offered with the Blacktop package, which adds goodies like black wheels, a black crosshairs front grille, and black wheels to the American sedan. Dodge claims 25 percent of Charger buyers ordered the Blacktop option; we even selected it on our Four Seasons 2012 Dodge Charger SXT. Dodge also created similar packages for the Avenger sedan and Challenger coupe, and has now expanded availability again to all-wheel-drive Chargers.
The AWD Sport treatment begins with a gloss-black crosshair front grille, gloss-black 19-inch wheels, and a trunklid wing. Interior upgrades include sport seats optionally finished in red Nappa leather, and a Beats Audio sound system with a 12-channel amplifier and upgraded speakers.
The biggest news, however, is under the hood. As in Blacktop models, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine in SXT and SXT Plus models gains a cold-air intake and sportier exhaust. Power jumps from 292 hp to 300 hp, while torque climbs from 260 lb-ft to 264 lb-ft. (That performance boost makes the Dodge Charger one of the cheapest 300-hp cars in the nation.) The 5.7-liter V-8 in all-wheel-drive R/T and R/T Plus Chargers, meanwhile, is unchanged at 370 hp and 395 lb-ft. All versions also receive paddle shifters for the automatic transmission — a first for the all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger.
The bottom line is that the AWD Sport upgrade adds a little more style and performance for buyers who want or need four driven wheels. The package costs $1395 on SXT and SXT Plus trim levels, and $1195 on R/T and R/T Plus models. As a result, a 2013 Dodge Charger SXT AWD Sport costs $33,685 (after a $995 destination charge), an SXT Plus AWD Sport is $35,685, an R/T AWD Sport is $34,685, and an R/T Plus AWD Sport costs $36,685.
Dealers are taking orders for the Dodge Charger AWD Sport now, and the cars should reach dealerships in early 2013.