Dodge Expands Blacktop Appearance Package to 2013 Avenger, Challenger R/T

Dodge’s Blacktop package appears to be popular – in fact, Richard Cox, director of the Dodge brand, says nearly a quarter of all 2012 Charger V-6 models were ordered with the package. And why not? By way of black wheels, and black exterior trim, the Blacktop Package lends the Charger an oh-so-sinister look. Next year, that same look will be attainable on both the 2013 Dodge Challenger and 2013 Dodge Avenger, as both models receive Blacktop packages for the first time. 2013 Avenger Blacktop Applying the Blacktop Package to an Avenger requires starting with a 2013 Avenger SXT. Buyers can choose between black, redline red, bright white, Tungsten metallic, and billet silver exterior paint colors, but exterior trim? You’re locked into gloss black. The Avenger Blacktop gains 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, gloss black front grille, tinted headlamp bezels, and a body-color rear spoiler. No extra interior dress-up parts are included in this cosmetic dress-up, but the Blacktop package does add Sirius satellite radio and an upgraded touch-screen media center, which normally increases the price by about $695. Buyers can also upgrade from the stock cloth seats to leather trim for $400; doing so on a normal SXT would normally add another $795 to the purchase price. 2013 Avenger SXT models usually start at $21,495 – including $995 in destination fees -- and the Blacktop package adds an extra $595. Buyers who want to upgrade from the standard 2.4-liter I-4 to the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 can do so for an extra $1795. 2013 Challenger R/T Blacktop Chrysler hasn’t issued any press images of the new Challenger R/T Blacktop, but it’s inspired in part by the 2008 SEMA concept of the same name (pictured). Although it does without the concept’s nifty elongated nose panel or deep chin spoiler, the 2013 R/T Blacktop does gain 20-inch gloss black wheels, a gloss black grille insert, and a gloss black fuel filler door. Customers can choose between pitch black, billet silver, and granite Crystal exterior paint colors, but all Blacktop Challengers receive a matte grey stripe – highlighted with thin red accent striping – running from nose to tail. There’s an extra bonus: tick the box for the Blacktop package, and the 2013 Challenger R/T also receives the Super Track Pak, which adds a quicker steering ratio, performance brake pads, monotube dampers, Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car performance tires,  and a three-mode stability program that allows drivers to completely shut off ESC. According to Chrysler, transforming a 2013 Challenger R/T into a Blacktop requires adding an extra $1995 atop the $30,995 base price. That said, it’s not as raw a deal as it may seem: The Super Track Pack alone runs an extra $590, but adding the package also requires the addition of 20-inch aluminum wheels and a 3.92:1 rear axle ratio. Subsequently, the Blacktop decor essentially costs $405. Although the Charger Blacktop package is available now – even on model year 2013 cars – the 2013 Avenger Blacktop and 2013 Challenger R/T Blacktop will arrive at dealers in December 2012. Source: Chrysler

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