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Dodge does Blacktop Editions for 2013 Avenger, Challenger

Exterior upgrades -- and a performance modification for the Challenger -- darken the lineup.

By Car_and_Driver Nov 9, 2012 12:21PM

Encouraged by the success of last year’s Charger Blacktop edition—first previewed by the Blacktop Challenger concept from 2008’s SEMA show—Dodge has decided to expand the program to include the Avenger and the Challenger for 2013.

Comprised largely of signature exterior visual cues—and a few select performance mods in the case of the Charger and the Challenger—the Blacktop package allows buyers to get a slightly more aggressive appearance with a single check on the order sheet. Pricing, colors, and kit vary from model to model, so pay close attention.

Based on the SXT trim level, the Blacktop Edition Avengers come in Black, Redline Red 2, Bright White, Tungsten Metallic, and Billet Silver Metallic exterior finishes. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and the grille get treated to a coat of gloss black, which is accented by dark-tinted headlight bezels and a body-colored rear spoiler. When it’s all said and done, the Blacktop Avenger’s exterior modifications add $595 to the bill.

Using the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8–powered R/T as a starting point, Challenger Blacktop editions come swathed in Pitch Black, Granite Crystal, or Billet Silver Metallic exterior finishes highlighted by a matte graphite body stripe with red accents running from front to back. The 20-inch aluminum wheels, the grille surround, and the fuel door all get the gloss-black treatment. Unlike the Avenger, Blacktop Challengers come equipped with the Super Track Pak, which includes high-performance-steering gear, brake linings, and monotube-shock absorbers. The performance mods and eye candy of the Challenger’s Blacktop package will set you back $1995.

Previously available only on V-6 Chargers, the Blacktop package has been extended to the V-8–powered Charger R/T and the R/T Plus for 2013. Exterior color options include Pitch Black, Billet Metallic, Granite Crystal, Bright White, Redline Red, and Phantom Black. Gloss black covers the 20-inch aluminum wheels and the front grille, and a body-colored rear spoiler sits out back.

Perhaps most exciting in this package, however, are the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A 10-speaker, 552-watt Beats Audio system with subwoofer is, if nothing else, loud. The Blacktop treatment will add $1795 to the bottom line of the Charger, regardless of which trim level you start with.

-- Andrew Wendler

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Nov 9, 2012 4:22PM

nice, a little icing on the cake.

saint marchionne will introduce 15 great and very interesting models in the next three years too.

can't wait for the barracuda.

what a miracle way to turn the company around.

hats off to chrysler and there workers.

Nov 10, 2012 6:54AM
Beautiful machine !!!!!  And just under $600 for the exterior mods ....NICE !!!!!
Nov 10, 2012 2:00PM
Great to see Chrysler doing these things.  Wonderful cars with nice accents.
Nov 13, 2012 9:16AM
I'll keep my 2010 SRT8 chally and modify it myself. Unless something happens to it, then I'll get a tricked out new one.
Jan 12, 2013 5:32PM

The comment about smoke and mirrors = junk, does not apply to Chrysler since it was partnered with MB years ago. The one glaring deficiency of Chrysler in the 60's, 70's,80's etc was the quality of the interior and overall feeling quality assembly.

Under Fiat partnering the interior quality issue has been completely solved. The various special editions are a great idea. Nearly all the cars are purchased off the lots now, as opposed to the much earlier years when one could order a car with extensive options in materials for the interior, exterior, and engine transmission and axle ratios.

Nov 11, 2012 10:10AM
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