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2012 Dodge Avenger R/T: 2011 New York Auto Show

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The Chrysler 200 has a hit Super Bowl commercial and Eminem at its back--but what does the nearly identical Dodge Avenger have, aside from its quasi-superhero name?

For the 2012 model year, the Avenger gets the R/T trim level it's been promised since Chrysler refurbished it last fall, complete with new trim and new suspension turning.

The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T takes the top Avenger sedan, outfitted with the 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, and twins it with a six-speed automatic transmission, preserving the 19/29 mpg EPA fuel-economy rating found in other six-cylinder Avengers.

The distinctions that earn the R/T badge are all in the shocks and springs. Dodge says the Avenger R/T gets higher spring rates front and back, tauter shocks, and thicker rear anti-roll bars, for "spirited" handling. Does that mean less torque steer than other Pentastar-powered Avengers? We'll reserve that for a first drive to come.

Styling tweaks include 18-inch wheels, R/T badging, and a distinctive grille on the outside; inside, you'll find new seat fabrics and red stitching with R/T logos and leather bolstering; new gauges with a center-mounted tach; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The R/T gets the Boston Acoustics audio system and touchscreen entertainment system as standard equipment, along with remote start.

The Avenger still has more up its sleeve, with a dual-clutch version yet to come. We'll bring you more from our coverage of the 2011 New York Auto Show.

For more coverage, see MotorAuthority's 2011 New York Auto Show page

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