Fans of modern-day muscle cars have enjoyed a steady stream of special editions in recent months, and that trend is going to continue with the launch of the 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline. First shown at the annual spring celebration of the Chrysler Group’s LX performance vehicles—including the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Magnum, as well as the Chrysler 300—the Rallye Redline takes aim at an under-served market niche as one of the few V6 muscle-car models to get a full-fledged excitement upgrade.
Thus, it’s based on the Challenger SXT Plus, which holsters the Chrysler Group’s award-winning Pentastar V6. The 305-hp powerplant is then mated to the automaker’s five-speed Auto Stick transmission to allow for manual gear selection via ergonomically designed die-cast zinc paddle shifters.
But the Rallye Redline then deploys a higher (3.06:1) rear-axle ratio for stronger acceleration as well as a race-tuned suspension for hotter handling. Specifically, the latest iteration of the Challenger features all the goodies from the Super Sport Group as standard equipment, including:
- Monotube shocks that are 42 percent firmer up front and 22 percent stiffer in the back
- Larger front (30 mm) and rear (20 mm) sway bars
- Performance-grade steering calibration that enables 25 percent quicker steering and a 20 percent heavier on-center feel
- Larger and wider 20- x 8-inch Pitch Black wheels wrapped in wider P245/45R20 Firestone Firehawk all-season performance tires