We normally think of the Dodge Charger (and its Chrysler 300 brethren) as being rear-wheel-drive muscle sedans, but we mustn't forget about the fact that all-wheel drive is available as well. And in an effort to give the AWD models a bit more presence, the all-season Dodge sedan will be getting a new sport package for the 2013 model year.

The AWD Sport pack – available on SXT, SXT Plus, R/T and R/T Plus trims – gets you a raft of visual upgrades including a gloss black grille, unique 19-inch wheels and a body-color rear spoiler. Inside, the package adds paddle shifters and sport seats in either cloth or leather, depending on trim.

This Sport pack retails for $1,395 on SXT models with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, and $1,195 on R/T cars with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. As part of the new package, the eight-speed automatic transmission also receives a more aggressive sport setting.

Interested customers can order their cars now, with production spanning from December until February. See the new Sport model for yourself in the gallery above (and yes, we've asked Chrysler to pass along some photos that have the whole car in the frame), and scroll down to read the full press blast.
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New 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport Delivers More Power, Precision and Prowess

- More precision and style: Dodge brings unique Gloss Black split-crosshair grille, Gloss Black accented 19-inch aluminum wheels, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters with sport-mode, rear spoiler, sport seats and segment-exclusive Beats Audio to Charger AWD Sport

- Best-in-class V-6 all-wheel drive fuel efficiency: up to an EPA estimated 27 mpg highway, thanks to segment exclusive eight-speed transmission

- Most advanced AWD system: segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system for optimal fuel efficiency and all-weather traction

- More power: new cold-air induction system and sport-tuned exhaust on 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine raise output to 300 horsepower on Charger SXT and SXT Plus AWD models with AWD Sport Package

- More value: Dodge Charger AWD Sport package arrives at Dodge dealers this winter with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,195

December 17, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

With Old Man winter around the corner, Dodge is launching the all-new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport just in time to deliver tactical performance and efficiency to combat the most inclement driving conditions. The Charger's new AWD Sport package delivers two powerful engines delivering up to 370 horsepower, the segment's most advanced all-wheel-drive system for best-in-class V-6 fuel economy, new "blacked out" exterior accents for a menacing look, and first-time available to Charger AWD paddle-shifters with "sport mode" for precision worthy of its legendary nameplate.

"With the instant success of the sinister-styled Charger Blacktop, the new Charger AWD Sport delivers a similar aggressive look with the added capability of all-wheel drive," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO- Dodge Brand. "The new Charger AWD Sport offers the unmistakable combination of up to 370 horsepower, the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in its class, best-in-class V-6 fuel efficiency, and a style that sets it apart from any other car on the road, all at an amazing value."

Orders for the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD are open now. Vehicles will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant from December through February.

New design and performance features never previously offered on Charger AWD models

Building on the success of the rear-wheel drive and blacked-out styled Dodge Charger Blacktop - an enthusiast-desired package that has accounted for up to 25 percent of Charger SXT sales - the new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport provides a new frontier for the Dodge brand to expand the ominous style, world-class performance and enthusiast-desired technologies into the Charger AWD model range.

The new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport is available on the Dodge Charger SXT and SXT Plus AWD models for a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of just $1,395 and Charger R/T and R/T Plus AWD models for just $1,195. The Charger AWD Sport package offers added value with a 40 percent package savings discount and includes a unique Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille and grille surround, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black pockets, all-season performance tires, the first application of steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and sport mode transmission calibration in a Charger AWD, rear body-color spoiler and sport seats in black cloth (SXT and R/T), or premium black or red heated Nappa leather (SXT Plus and R/T Plus).

In addition, the new Dodge Charger AWD Sport features the Beats Audio technology with a powerful 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, creating the high-definition sound required in professional recording studios. Delivering the mid- to high-range needed for studio-quality sound are three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors. Two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers deliver bass, while two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio. Maximizing how music genres from hip hop to Motown should sound and feel, an 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer with sealed enclosure delivers tight, powerful, punchy bass.

More power, precision and prowess

From winding through twisty stretches of mountain roads, to escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport has a commanding design presence and the power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst precipitation Mother Nature can dish out.

The 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on Charger SXT and SXT Plus models) features the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – now with 300 horsepower thanks to the addition of a new sport-tuned dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system. Even with the added performance, the aluminum mill still delivers best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (18/27 mpg). For drivers who demand even more performance, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 370 horsepower, 395 lb-ft of torque and four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology, the Dodge Charger AWD Sport also can be configured from the Charger R/T and R/T Plus models.

Both V-6 and V-8 models feature the segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. The AWD system in the Dodge Charger AWD Sport seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

In addition, the new Dodge Charger AWD Sport features paddle shifters and "sport mode." With Sport Mode active, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use the die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and view gear election through the full-color EVIC centered in the Dodge Charger AWD Sport's instrument cluster.

Available this winter

Built at Chrysler Group LLC's Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport models arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2013 and have the following U.S. MSRP excluding $995 destination charge:

Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT) $32,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on SXT Plus) $34,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T) $33,690
Dodge Charger AWD Sport (based on R/T Plus) $35,690

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      • 2 Years Ago
      It's staggering how far Dodge has gone nowadays compared to just 10 years ago. They still need to keep trimming some junk from their lineup (lookin' at you Avenger) but newer products like this just reminds me of the amazing progress they've made.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Avenger with the Pentastar V6 engine is actually a good value. Chrysler practically gives them away, and they're pretty comfortable and smooth-driving cars, not to mention unexpectedly fast. I even think they look half decent (for the price).
          Michael Powers
          • 2 Years Ago
          I agree with you when it comes to the Avenger, the front end is UGLY and looks like it was designed in the 80's, but a much better looking alternative is the Chrysler 200s, good looking for a convertible, and the 3.6 is a joy to drive. If Dodge were to completely revamp the Avenger to a more modern design, they would have a car that could compete with Ford's Fuzion, the Camry, the Altima, and the Accord. Dodge needs to get away from trying to make it look like a mini Charger and give the Avenger it's own identity.
          • 2 Years Ago
          I think they look terrible, and still aren't a good car overall. Next to the now dead Galant, no other vehicle in its class has worse resale value.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's an awesome shot. Car looks bad ass
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an AWD Charger and it seems to be a pretty rare bird, I've never come across another one. Its a fantastic choice for people who want the advantages of AWD without having to buy a SUV. I've never liked the way RWD vehicles handle in the snow or the wet, and I've never liked the way FWD vehicles handle at all. I had an Explorer before my Charger and grew to hate the tipsy-turvy ride and horrible mileage. The Charger is obviously an improvement in both areas and as a bonus is actually better in the snow than the Explorer ever was.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        That depends on where you live. My neighbor across the street has one, and I know a couple other people with AWD Chargers. I live in the northeast.
      • 2 Years Ago
      now put AWD in the Dart and you have my attention...
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lead photo is badass. Definately wallpaper-worthy!
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2012 AWD is the cats ass! It handles, has power, and looks great. Go Dodge! If you haven't driven one, go to a dealer and try it before you put your whiney comments all over the boards...
      • 2 Years Ago
      But -- there is nothing even remotely sporty about this car. Had one as a rental a few weeks ago and the steering felt like I was piloting a large boat (too much input lag) and pressing down the gas pedal resulted in no additional go (or noise) for what felt like an eternity. This was jut an all-around dim-witted disappointing ride.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sure you didn't drive a 4-cyl Avenger?
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh God... That press photo.... I just hits all the marks of the "you need AWD if you live anywhere where it snows 3 inches a year. With AWD you can basically keep driving like it was the middle of summer!" And the consumers effing love it...
      Slacker R
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they are calling a "Sport package", but failed to include anything sportier than some some paddle shifters and a more aggressive transmission tune. Okay. Why couldn't they be just honest and call it a "Sport Appearance package".
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just don't see the people wanting larger Dodge models wanting AWD...but, hey, you know....winter weather states. I guess. It could certainly make for some fun Blizzak co-marketing.
        Chris Burns
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have an 06 Daytona that I love and drive almost daily. Great car. no issues to date. the only problem I have with it at all is that its useless to me in the winter months. I live in WV and we tend to get a good amount of snow and ice. i would love to have a new AWD R/T. the market may be small, but the market is there
          Mr E
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris Burns
          Have you tried dedicated snow/winter tires? I know it's a pain to change wheels, but they can make a huge difference.
      • 2 Years Ago
      All wheel drive,V8,for less than 40k,sounds like a great value to me.
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