Dodge has been heating up the pony car market with its high-performance Challenger coupe. For 2012 the Dodge Challenger features the kind of performance and comfort car buyers have grown to expect from the vehicle. Incorporating even more modern technology, Dodge now offers models with automatic transmissions with steering wheel mounted shift paddles similar to what’s used in many race cars.
SXT models come with a V6 engine that provides the 2012 Challenger with 305 horsepower and 268 pound-foot of torque while still achieving an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. R/T models come with a legendary HEMI 5.7 liter V8 engine, which pumps out 375 horsepower and 410 pound-foot of torque. Drivers looking for even more power can option for the SRT8 392 model with the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 engine tuned to thunder out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-foot of torque. SXT models come with either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, while models with the V8 engine only come with the six-speed manual.
The exterior of the 2012 Dodge Challenger features cool retro design cues that hearken back to the Challengers of the early 1970s. Standard are eighteen-inch alloy wheels, while twenty-inch retro-styled alloy wheels are offered as standard equipment on SRT8 392 models and as optional equipment on R/T models. Black racing stripes on the sides, functional hood scoops and xenon headlights are also standard exterior equipment. Heated side mirrors are available as an option.
Unlike other high-performance pony cars, the 2012 Challenger provides spacious and luxurious seating for up to four adults. All accessories on the Challenger are power-operated, including the front seats. Rear passengers enjoy dual AC power outlets to plug in gadgetry. Optional equipment is extensive for the Dodge Challenger, such as fog lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, an iPod input jack for the stereo, heated front seats and a sunroof. SRT8 392 models can come with optional sport front seats, which featured bulkier side bolsters to hold the front seat occupants in place during hard cornering.