Lost in the hubbub surrounding the 2013 Dodge Dart were two production debuts from Chrysler’s catch-all accessory/service/parts brand: the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline and 2012 Chrysler 200 Super S.
The Charger Redline is almost an exact clone of the concept shown at the 2010 SEMA show. The Stage One kit consists solely of cosmetic add-ons, including a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber door “scoops” patterned after the 1971 Charger R/T, unique blak five-slot wheels with bright accents, a carbon fiber lip spoiler, and a black roof applique. The tweaks are mild, we concede, but do a surprisingly good job of racheting up the Charger’s muscle car flair.
When it comes to actually increasing the Charger’s muscle, however, buyers have two options. The Stage Two package makes use of the R/T’s stock 5.7-liter V-8, but adds on a cold air intake and new exhaust system. Additionally, Mopar also tosses in a front strut tower brace to help improve handling. Need more power? The Stage Three kit throws in a wild 590-horsepower, 426-cubic-inch aluminum-block Hemi V-8 crate engine. Unfortunately, this isn’t currently street legal, but Mopar officials say they’re working on rectifying that situation.
Apart from lacking a two-tone paint job, the 2012 200 Super S is a clone of the concept shown at last year’s Detroit show. The Stage One package builds off the aesthetics package incorporated on the 200S, adding a mesh grille insert with a floating Chrysler logo, a chin spoiler, flared rocker sills, and a mild decklid spoiler. Chrome accents are replaced with satin-finished trim (save for the 200 logo, which is bathed in black chrome), and 18-inch wheels finished in your choice of black or grey.
Power comes from Chrysler’s 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical upgrades added by way of a Stage Two package are limited to a lowered coil-over suspension, a cold-air intake, and a cat-back exhaust system.