2012 Dodge Charger | new car review

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 by

The 2012 Charger is a rear-wheel drive four-door sedan that was launched in the Middle East in 2005. It received a minor facelift in 2011 and is based on the same platform as the Challenger and the Chrysler 300. Though the Charger affords all the conveniences of a sedan, it does look like an American and has an aggressive stance. It also boasts of spirited performance especially with the bigger V8-powered version.

The car’s intimidating appearance coupled with its strong performance and five-door practicality make it a popular choice as a police squad car around the world and in the Middle East too. The big Charger is also a decent family car with seating for five and a sizeable boot.

Available in three variants – SE, SXT and R/T – the Charger is Dodge’s best-selling model in the region. While the SE and SXT are powered by a 292bhp, 3.6-litre V6 engine, the R/T comes with a more powerful but thirstier 370bhp, 5.7-litre V8. The top of the line SRT8 gets a 6.4-litre V8 with a maximum output of 470bhp. All variants get a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

The R/T distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with its dual exhausts and larger 20-inch alloy wheels (the SE and SXT models feature 18-inch alloys) with wider tyres. The interiors though spacious have aged since the car was launched.

Available and optional equipment includes leather seats, power front seats, CD/MP3 sound system, rear DVD entertainment system and leather steering and gear knob. Safety kit includes ABS with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability program and dual front airbags.

Specifications

Price:
3.6L:
AED 107,000 – AED 130,000
5.7L: AED 136,000 – AED 155,000
SRT8: AED 210,000

Engines

3.6-litre V6
Max power:
292bhp
Max torque: 353NM

5.7-litre V8
Max power:
370bhp
Max torque: 536Nm

6.2-litre V8
Max power:
470bhp
Max torque: 637Nm

Transmission

5-speed automatic (rear-wheel-drive)

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