The wind, snow and ice might be blowing into Chicago in true February fashion, but it’s business as usual for Dodge at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
As is true every year, that means bringing a host of new cars including a higher performing variant of the HEMI-powered Challenger R/T muscle car. It’s the same performance package the maker first presented during the 2012 New York Auto Show for the V6 model.
In that case, the car actually got a more aggressive axle ratio, meaning acceleration would feel stronger. Sadly, that’s not the case here, but given the V8’s 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, Dodge probably thought it better to leave well enough alone.
Otherwise, the packages improvements remain the same. That means buyers can look forward to a stiffer suspension, 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes and re-calibrated steering. Those bigger rims feature red pin striping — something that continues along the car’s sides.
Power is directed to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Opting for the Redline package cost V6 buyers $3,750, but it’ll actually be cheaper for the V8. Dodge is asking for $1,995 in this case — probably because of the less extensive mechanical changes.
Interested parties can start bothering their local dealers this spring, but if all you want is a closer look at the car it’s sitting on the Chicago show floor and will likely be in other venues leading up to the on-sale date.