2012 Avenger R/T – First look image

For 2012, Dodge will market an R/T version of its Avenger midsize sedan.

The 2012 Avenger R/T is powered by a 283 horsepower version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway), mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle. It features uprated suspension for better handling and a body kit to look the part.

The key changes to the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T are the front and rear springs, with the fronts seeing an increase of 17% in the spring rate and a 15% improvement in damper rate while the rear spring rate has been increased by 12% and the rear damper rates jump by 20%. Overall, this allows the Avenger R/T to boast roll stiffness 18% better than the non-R/T Avenger models currently sold as 2011 models.

Aesthetic changes are minimal. The R/T gets a body-color grille, black headlight surrounds, unique 18-inch wheels, and Dodge’s “war paint” hash marks on the front fenders.

The cabin gets leather-trimmed bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats with red stitching. A center-mounted tachometer rounds out the package. The Avenger R/T also gets a Boston Acoustics sound system.