2013 Dodge Charger All-Wheel Drive Sport Starts at $33,685, Adds More Power, Paddle Shifters, and Sport Mode

By Trevor Dorchies | December 17, 2012
What's better than a brand new Dodge Charger? How about a brand new Dodge Charger with all-wheel drive, a sport mode, paddle shifters, and a bump in power? If that sounds enticing then meet the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport. It's based on the Charger SXT and SXT Plus models and offers all of the aforementioned features, plus the usual creature comforts found in the regular Charger trim levels. Depending on which engine you choose will dictate the price for the AWD Sport package. If you opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (SXT and SXT Plus trims), you'll now get 300 horsepower (up eight hp from the regular 2013 model) courtesy of an all-new sport-tuned dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system. The EPA rates the V-6 with AWD at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway, down from 19/31 mpg for rear-wheel drive models. With the V-6 Pentastar engine, the AWD Sport package will set you back $1,395. These modifications are also found on the Blacktop Package and Rallye Appearance Group as well. Oddly enough, if you decide that the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine is more fitting (only available on R/T and R/T Plus trims), then you'll still get 370 hp and 395 pound-feet of torque but the AWD Sport package actually will cost you $200 less than the V-6 variant checking in at $1,195. The V-8 mill with AWD has been rated at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, down from the rear-wheel model's 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Both engine configurations are mated the all-new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.
Despite whatever engine you settle on, you'll still get features like a gloss black split-crosshair grille and surroundings, 19-inch aluminum wheels dipped in gloss black paint, all-season tires, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters with sport mode. Other standard features on the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport include a rear spoiler, sport seats, and Beats Audio. The Beats Audio system includes a 12-channel amplifier, three 3.5-inch speakers found in the instrument panel, two 3.5-inch speakers in the rear doors, two 6x9-inch speakers in the front doors, another two 6x9-inch speakers in the rear shelf area, and an 8-inch sealed subwoofer behind the rear seat as well.
Perhaps the most interesting features on the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport are what's in the name. The all-wheel drive system goes from rear- to all-wheel drive without hesitating and doesn't require the driver to engage anything for the process to take place. If AWD isn't required, the system automatically disconnects itself from the front axle in order to boost fuel economy. As for the "sport mode," when it's engaged, expect gear changes to be quicker and for engine revs to be held longer for even stronger acceleration. Die-cast steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow for quick gear shifting instead of using the shifter located in between the front seats. A full color Electronic Vehicle Information Center is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster to tell the driver what gear has been selected. Pricing for the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport includes a $995 destination charge and goes as follows: $33,685 for the SXT, $35,635 for the SXT Plus, $34,685 for the R/T, and $36,685 for the R/T Plus trim level. It also should be noted that the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport will only be built at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario, Canada assembly facility from December 2012 through February 2013. Once the calendar turns to March, 2013, all of these Charger variations will be gone. Dealers are already taking orders with delivery expected to arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2013. What say you? Should Dodge offer an all-wheel drive version of the Charger regularly or keep the lineup as it is now? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Chrysler