2012 Dodge Avenger R/T with beefed up suspension

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Dodge is planning to introduce its latest 2012 Avenger R/T at the 2011 New York Auto Show this week, which features a beefed up suspension and few minor exterior and interior revisions.

Dodge is aiming for a more spirited, performance sedan driving experience by tightened up the suspension system. The suspension is now stiffer with the increase of the front spring rates by 17 percent and damper rates by 15 percent. And in the rear, the rear springs get an increase of 12 percent while the back damper rates jump by 20 percent. In addition, the Dodge Avenger R/T gets a larger rear stabilizer bar – 21 mm.

The 2012 Dodge Avenger is still power by the same 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine as the 2011 Avenger R/T, and the same six-speed automatic transmission as well. Dodge claims the V6 engine provides a fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

As for the exterior revisions, the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T gets a body-color grille and R/T graphics on the front fenders along with19-inch alloy wheels come as standard. And in the interior, it gets a special gauge cluster with the tachometer, a special perforated leather steering wheel and new pedals.

The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T model will be available in dealerships in the third quarter of 2011.