avenger_014AV.jpgStiffened suspension, best-in-class horsepower, center-mounted tachometer and performance-inspired design give the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T a performance edge.

    The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T made its worldwide auto show debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, starting with media days on April 20. Consumers who visit the auto show can check out the new Avenger R/T model April 22 through May 1, 2011.

    With exceptional V-6 fuel economy, the new Dodge Avenger is the perfect
    sedan for the customer who wants an enthusiastic driving performance at a
    great value. With a stiffened suspension, best-in-class 283 horsepower
    engine, center-mounted tachometer and performance-inspired interior and
    exterior design, the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T ups the driving fun factor.

    “The Avenger R/T makes driving a mid-size car a really fun, engaging
    experience,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand —
    Chrysler Group LLC. “The Avenger R/T offers performance design cues both
    inside and out, as well as unique handling characteristics and a
    sport-tuned suspension. It’s a vehicle that is ready to earn its stripes
    as part of the Dodge performance family of vehicles.”

    In 2011, Dodge introduced the new Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedan. With
    more standard features than other vehicles in the segment – an all-new
    interior, a new powertrain, including one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines,”
    the best-in-class 283 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to
    a six-speed automatic transaxle, a significantly updated suspension
    that results in exceptional driving dynamics and an updated design – the
    Dodge Avenger is a vehicle packed with value and a style all its own.

    The new for 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T model builds on all the improvements
    made to the 2011 model giving mid-size sedan customers an unmatched
    driving experience along with Dodge attitude. Dodge engineers amplified
    the driving experience by giving the Dodge Avenger R/T a superlative
    powertrain and performance-tuned suspension. The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T
    is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed
    automatic transaxle, which has an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city
    and 29 mpg highway.

    To make it stay true to the Dodge R/T DNA, engineers tuned the Avenger’s
    suspension specifically to the R/T model. They increased roll stiffness
    by 18 percent, and spring rates by 17 percent in the front and more
    than 12 percent in the rear. Front strut damping rates are increased 15
    percent, rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20 percent and
    the rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to
    21 mm. The suspension changes result in a spirited, performance sedan
    driving experience. With best-in-class 283 horsepower, and still
    delivering 29 miles per gallon on the highway, the Avenger R/T is
    unmatched in its class.

    The Dodge Avenger R/T model exterior has unique exterior design
    elements, including a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge,
    menacing black headlamp background, the “war paint” R/T decal on the
    front quarter panel and unique 18-in. painted aluminum wheels. The
    performance elements carry through to the rear of the vehicle with a
    spoiler and the “R/T” badge.

    The interior of the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T sports distinctive Aunde
    fabric with Z stripe fabric inserts, red stitching and aggressive
    leather-trimmed bolsters that hold drivers and passengers firmly in
    their seats when they put the Avenger to the test. The front seats are
    heated and sport an “R/T” graphic stitched in red on the front
    headrests. Drivers will notice a cockpit unlike other Avenger models. It
    features a unique gauge cluster with a center-mounted tachometer with
    the “R/T” graphic and SRT-inspired brake and accelerator pedal pads. The
    steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather with red accent
    stitching. A Boston Acoustic sound system compliments the standard
    276-watt touchscreen entertainment center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive.
    The excellent sound system and remote start are some of the many
    standard features on the Avenger R/T model.

    The Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan is a 2011 Insurance Institute for
    Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, and provides customers an abundance of
    standard safety and high-tech features designed to keep drivers
    connected with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Standard
    safety features include advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags,
    front seat side air bags, electronic stability control with electronic
    traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, supplemental side curtain
    air bags and LATCH child seat anchor system.

    For 2011, the Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan is available in four
    different configurations, and features a five-year, 100,000-mile
    powertrain warranty. The Avenger Express, Avenger Mainstreet, Avenger
    Heat and Avenger Lux are available in Dodge dealerships now. The 2012
    Dodge Avenger R/T model will start arriving in dealerships in the third
    quarter of 2011.

    The Dodge Avenger is built at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant.

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