2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop packs sinister look, improved performance
The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop begins on the outside where buyers can pick from three exterior paint colors - Pitch Black, Granite Crystal or Billet Silver Metallic – with all three choices coming with a matte graphite stripe with red trim running down the middle of the car. Next, the Challenger R/T Blacktop gets unique Gloss Black 20” aluminum wheels with Gloss Black center caps, a Gloss Black grille surround and a Gloss Black exterior fuel door. Inside, the Blacktop models sport the standard dark cloth interior with sport bucket seats up front found in other Challenger R/T models. Luckily, those who want more out of their dark themed 2013 Challenger Blacktop can also opt for the R/T Plus package which adds heated Nappa leather seats in Dark Slate Grey or Radar Red along with added goodies like a 6 speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 276-Watt amplifier, ParkSense rear park assist, power heated mirrors, EVIC with temperature gauge, a tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle security alarm, and HomeLink universal garage door opener.
Whether buyers of the 2013 Challenger R/T Blacktop pick the standard R/T or the R/T Plus, their new Mopar muscle car comes powered by the 5.7L Hemi V8 which packs 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque when mated to the standard Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. There is also an optional 5-speed automatic transmission that drops the power output to 372 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque but on the plus side, those who pick the automatic transmission get a remote start system with the Blacktop package.
Where the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop edition really gets interesting is in the inclusion of the Challenger Super Track Pak. This high performance option group adds a sport tuned steering system, heavy duty brakes with high friction pads and specially tuned antilock braking system sensors that aid in high speed stopping/cornering, a sport suspension system with monotube shock absorbers and a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3-season performance tires. The Super Track Pak also includes a unique version of the Electronic Stability Control system that allows the driver to select a true “full off” mode – which is ideal for time spent on the race track when you do not want the stability control kicking in as you soar through a high speed corner.
The Blacktop package for the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T carries an MSRP of $1,995. The Challenger R/T with the 6-speed manual transmission starts at $29,995, making it the least expensive V8 powered American muscle car on the market today and with the Blacktop package – the standard R/T will set you back right around $31,990 (not including tax, title, etc). Those who want the more luxurious interior appointments can get the Challenger R/T Plus starting at $31,995 so when equipped with the Blacktop package, this higher end model will run you $33,990.