Dodge has released the first details about the Avenger R/T, ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show. Designed to appeal to younger drivers, the R/T is distinguished by a body-color grille, tined headlights, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is outfitted with fabric/leather sport seats, a Boston Acoustic sound system, and a revised instrument cluster with a center-mounted tachometer. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 hp (211 kW / 287 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. It is mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission, which enables the car to have a fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city / 29 mpg highway. While none of this sounds terribly exciting, Dodge says the car offers "exceptional driving dynamics" thanks to a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer spring rates and a larger rear stabilizer bar. No word on pricing, but look for the 2012 Avenger R/T to start arriving at dealerships shortly.
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