Say a driver loves the way the Challenger R/T or SRT8 looks…
…but is not down with driving around town with a high-output V-8 engine under the hood.
For some time, Challenger fans happened to be restricted only with the SXT or SE model, both of which are rather bland in styling in comparison to the R/T and SRT8.
But, Dodge came to bat by introducing the 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline.
This mid-level 2012 Challenger came with Dodge’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 motor, exactly like the Challenger SXT.
This meant that the drivers didn’t have the capacity to go out there and compete with the likes of the Camaro SS and the Mustang GT when it comes to performance.
However, they didn’t have to stop at every other gas station to top up like they have to do with other 2012 high-performance models.
Pitting apple against apple, the 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline was a solid opponent only for the V-6 powered versions of the 2012 Chevy Camaro and the 2013 Ford Mustang.
From the word “go” the Rallye Redline is simply a sick looking car.
It screams “custom car” to people, which do not understand that it is in fact a production car.
It was offered in 4 optional exterior colors:
bright silver metallic, pitch black, tungsten metallic and bright white…
…which is like a pewter color.
All three colors feature a thick red racing stripe that is painted directly down the center of the vehicle, front to rear. I
t also includes the Challenger’s signature nostrils on the hood, along with a rear spoiler and a front bumper lip.
Together with the attractive paintwork, the 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline also comes with a set of aluminum 20-inch rims.
But these are not just any rims of course, as Dodge painted them all pewter with a red stripe around their circumference, remaining true to the “Redline” name.
At the rear of the Challenger there are dual rectangular exhaust pipes that look like they are staring at you, giving it the appearance of an R/T model to an outsider.
Regarding the 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline interior there you will find leather seats in both red or slate gray color.
About the dashboard area, we can say that is very clean and simple, dang near classic looking.
For some people this can be even a little too simple, but honestly, we prefer less clutter and a more conventional looking dashboard.
It has and a console-mounted USB port with iPad control, plus Chrysler’s Uconnect voice control and Bluetooth streaming audio capabilities.
This 2012 Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 motor that is capable of punching out 305 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 268 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm powers.
Though this is the same engine the SXT has, it should be a tick faster to 60 mph than the SXT’s 6.8-second time, thanks to a 3.06 axle ratio compared to the SXT’s 2.65 ratio.
What this ratio means is that for each revolution of the driveshaft, the wheels turn 3.06 times, as opposed the 2.65 times at the SXT model…
…which means faster acceleration.
When it comes to the transmission, the Rallye Redline features a five-speed transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, rather than the SXT’s standard “AutoStick.”
Also, the transmission features a sport mode for more aggressive shifting, that leads to even greater responsiveness.
The motor and transmission combine to allow the Challenger to get 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
As if the Rallye Redline edition of the 2012 Challenger didn’t set itself off enough from the SXT…
…we left the best for last.
Dodge aimed heavily on the Rallye Redline’s, suspension, steering and braking, allowing it to be much superior to the SXT.
It started off with the addition of the Super Sport Group suspension system, which includes 42% stiffer shocks in the front and 22% stiffer ones in the rear.
Dodge also increased the thickness of the front and rear stabilizer bars to help prevent body roll through the twisties.
When we are speaking about dealing with the road, The Rallye gives the driver a better feel, as its steering is 25% quicker to respond than the SXT’s and feels 20% heavier on center.
Dodge threw in a set of 245/45R20 V-rated high-performance, all-season tires on each corner to round out its stellar handling.
What good is driving fast if you cannot stop the vehicle?
This is what my dad taught me…
Well, Dodge also took care of that in the way by slapping dual-piston front brake calipers in the place of the SXT’s single piston calipers.
Dodge wrapped it all up by increasing the front rotors to 13.6 inches in diameter and the rear rotors to 12.6 inches in diameter.
This works very simple:
The larger the rotor, the more heat dissipation…
…the more heat dissipation, the quicker the vehicle can stop.
This 2012 Challenger’s in 2012 came with a base MSRP at $28,745, plus the dealer fees applicable for different areas of living.
As you have already noticed through this article, the 2012 year Challenger Rallye Redline is very well equipped from its base MSRP…
…so there were not many options to choose from.
Still, there were some features available through Dodge’s “Build My Own” option, so in below check what kind of goodies were available.
Regarding the outside there were only two options to choose, one of which makes no sense to us.
First was the power sunroof:
Which comes with an extra $995.
The second one:
which is the nonsensical one, is the spare tire delete.
This feature eliminates the spare tire and replaces it with a can of fix-a-flat, essentially.
This would save you a whopping $75 – of course, not worth it.
Inside of the car we go with the first interior option:
The Sound Group II, which adds in a 40 GB hard drive…
…huh, a car with a hard drive, a 6.8-inch touch screen display, then seven-speaker sound system with a subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an upgraded radio with 368-watt amp.
This option was available at a cool $1,115.
The Electronics Convenience Group brings power heated mirrors, alarm, remote start, temperature and compass display, TPMS display (some form of TPMS has to come standard per federal law) and a universal garage door opener.
The package was available for a $695.
The Interior Appearance group by Mopar was available for $945 and was featured bright door sill guards, car cover, bright pedal kit, premium floor mats, and T-grip shifter.
We think “bright” in this package indicates chrome plated.
The last and most expensive interior option on the 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline was the Premium Sound Group.
This adds in an outrageous 12-speaker sound system and a 900-watt amp.
This is for the audiophile in all of us.
On the bad end, it appears to default the audio system to the base-level receiver, eliminating the touch screen and hard drive.
Totally decked out, this machine that looks so impressive would run $32,800, which is not too bad for a car having all these high-end features and some pretty neat gizmos.
BUT, Today you can find this bad-ass car for around $20,500 – $21,500 depending on the seller. Totally WORTH.
For the 2012 Challenger Rallye Redline we are free to say that is not just a mean machine which is pumping out 305 horsepower from only 3.6 liters of engine displacement.
But also a machine that is a refreshing revision to an already awesome car.
You should take into consideration that depending on the number of these Dodge builds, it may become a collector item.
It’s doubtful, but it is a possibility.