On paper, the Challenger Rallye Redline looks pretty excessive. The engine has only six cylinders, but it still makes 305 hp, enough to hustle this car around at police-annoying speeds. The stereo, which is the second of three levels (it’s an optional extra, but audiophiles can pay extra for a more capable setup), is ear-splittingly loud. The wheels are 20-inchers; while this won’t impress your local rap superstar, they’re still really big. “Really big” also describes the Challenger’s body, which appears to have eaten a smaller muscle car on its way to your driveway.
With that said, the V-6 Rallye Redline Challenger is a good trim level because it’s less excessive than you might think. The car rides well and has a comfortable interior (albeit one you can’t see out of), while the V-6 engine will return 27 mpg EPA highway. The Challenger doesn’t handle like a Mustang or a Camaro, and it would lose to both in a drag race (to be honest, it handles like a pull-out couch and would lose to a 2013 Honda Accord V-6 coupe in the quarter-mile), but most Challenger V-6 drivers couldn’t care less.
The Challenger Rallye Redline brings all of the muscle car look and feel to the table but skips the huge gas bills, weighty clutch pedal, stiff suspension, and expensive tires. In other words, it ticks all of the right boxes for “muscle car looks” but leaves the questions of performance to other cars.
Ben Timmins, Associate Web Editor
God bless remote start. Not only does it warm the car in single-digit winter temperatures but it also makes it easier for me to tolerate having an automatic transmission in such a sporty car.
It seems silly that the automatic transmission has only five forward speeds, though, what with the related Charger offering an eight-speed automatic with this engine. While we’re talking about fundamental engineering changes that don’t make sense for Chrysler’s bottom line, it’d also be wonderful if the Challenger were about a foot narrower. This car feels simply massive, so even though it looks sporty, it doesn’t feel that way.
The Redline model looks pretty cool in red and black. Even the wheels have red rings on the perimeter and red on the inner-bowl portion. I also love this vintage-style hood. In this instance, being straight outta 1970 is a good thing.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
2013 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline
MSRP (with destination): $30,690
PRICE AS TESTED: $33,255
3.6-liter DOHC V-6
Horsepower (hp): 305 @ 6350rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 268 @ 4800rpm
WHEELS AND TIRES:
20-inch aluminum wheels
245/45R-20 99V Firestone Firehawk GT tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
Cargo: 16.2cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.0/32.6 in
Headroom (front/rear): 39.3/37.4 in
Black/Slate Gray and Radar Red
SiriusXM satellite radio w/one-year trial subscription
6-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system
Heated front seats
Performance steering and suspension
3.06 rear axle ratio
Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Red racing stripe
20-inch black-chrome aluminum wheels
Rear parking assist
Keyless entry and ignition
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Sound Group II- $1295
Uconnect 430 6.5-inch touchscreen w/40GB hard drive
7-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system w/subwoofer and amplifier
Uconnect 430N navigation- $595
SiriusXM travel link w/one-year subscription
Electronics Convenience group- $750
Temperature gauge, compass, and tire pressure display
Heated exterior mirrors
Spare tire delete- $75
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Power sunroof- $995
Uconnect 730N navigation- $790
Mopar interior appearance- $945
Rallye Redline trim debuted in spring of last year and returns for 2013. The more modest 430N navigation system is updated with crisper graphics and more accurate guidance.