Diversions 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max — The new Bluesmobile? — Volkswagen Passat R

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By Dan Scanlan —

It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic plant; it’s got cop tires, cop cop shocks.”

So sayeth Elwood to Blues as they drove a Dodge Monaco police car a 375-hp 440 Magnum V-8.

we weren’t on any mission from God our plain white 2013 Charger R/T Max rolled up for a test, just like an undercover cop car for the next Blues Brothers” And with its 370-hp HEMI V-8 and all I can do is repeat what Jake when told We got a full of gas, half a pack of its dark. ”

Hit it.”

• What do you is it the new Bluesmobile or what?” — When revived the legendary Charger in 2006, it thankfully forgot the front wheel drive and remembered the rear-wheel-drive 1966 to rear wheel drive car. But it oddly made the new a 4-door sedan instead of the it once was. The blocky first version changed in into the more carved and body we see here, offering a of nostalgic ’69 Charger in the flanks. The model has the same thrusting nose with black grille and chrome crosshair, a heritage R/T” badge in one The lower air intake is deep and the lens of the Forward Collision cruise lens inset a pointed lower air dam. fog lights live in side under glaring hooded headlights. A power dome flows off the prominent grill, fake exhaust vents into it.

The latest generation Charger a more rounded front line with gentle flares framing 5-spoke alloy wheels wearing Pilot P235/55R19-inch rubber. a hint of the old Charger in the rising fender line that off the side scallop shape into the doors. In back, the Charger’s design is mimicked in a 164 taillight display over two big steel-tipped exhaust pipes in a lower fascia. The rounded gets a very police gloss black panel allows the swept-back windshield to flow right into the Our all-wheel-drive Charger R/T sits a .15 lower, with a half-inch tire-to-fender alignment. Like an police car, our Charger R/T a bit basic in white with the alloy wheels, no chrome and a few badges (HEMI fender among them). One friend it looked like a base V-6 I thought it was ready to accept a bar and stripes and patrol the road. It fit in with my local PD’s although only our Highway uses Chargers.

• You traded the for this?” — Open the front wide, so wide I had to lean out to the door handle to pull it when seated, and you’ll as cabin Jake and Elwood have loved to ride to in. The R/T gets a one-piece padded leather-grained dash top design a very nice patterned gray aluminum fascia and console trim. A power 3-spoke steering wheel a chunky leather-clad rim and cellphone, Uconnect, voice command, computer and cruise control in front, and the usual Chrysler stereo controls. The wheel a retro-style pair of black-faced with red needles and white with a full-color trip screen in between that offered turn-by-turn navigation

Mid-dash and mounted high is a big color LCD touch screen Garmin navigation and a 552-watt Beats AM-FM-SiriusXM-CD sound My 18-year-old son took an approving look at the red b” badged speaker especially the subwoofer tucked into a corner of the huge The system sounded powerful and not great. It also has Sirius with access to weather, fuel prices, sports and information, all of it via touchscreen or voice Below that, big rubberized for the basic audio needs a fan speed knob and dual-zone control, like the rest of the a bit less classy than expect.

The red leather bucket were comfortable, with power adjustment for the driver and a to power-adjust the pedals. I could done with a bit more support. The stitched red door did a lot to lighten the interior, each map pockets with a water slot. Our R/T also had some stuff like adaptive-cruise that maintains speed and between you and the car in front down to 20 It also has Forward Collision which flashes a bright red alert on the trip computer and beeps loud when you are too fast on the guy in front of you. a blind-spot monitoring system flashing triangles in the side plus parking sensors and a view camera for tight There’s even a Rear Path detection system alerts you to folks coming the right or left rear as you out of a driveway. Those side also have small lights in the mirrors themselves, an odd to put them, but they light up the

The base of the dash center gets a storage nook 12-volt outlet, the hard pad in it scratched on our 7,400-mile-old test One issue – to heat or cool the seats, you have to tap the touch menu twice to get to the button – I’d seat buttons please. I did and constantly used, the cooled or cup holders on a center console. cup holders are illuminated in ice blue, as are the console storage space and handle alcoves. The center storage area was big and housed 12-volt outlet and the USB and MP3 audio The glove box was big, with a

In back, lots of head and leg for two perps – uh, guests, with air and rear seat heating under the air vents at the back of the console. The fold-down center has twin cup holders. The rear split and fold to offer room to what is already a flat and wide trunk, for whatever the undercover cop needs to One classic sports car touch – the is next to the spare tire the trunk floor for better balance. One design note – the release button is in the CHMSL.

• Our of Blessed Acceleration, don’t me now.” My last Charger was a 2012 SRT8 with HEMI with a whopping 470 of torque, the same as the 2-door Challenger SRT8. It could hit in 4.3 seconds with some shifts from the 5-speed Our Charger R/T didn’t have the Patrol-spec motor. But its 370 hp 5.7-liter V-8 and all-wheel-drive meant it just dug in and to 60-mph in a satisfying 5.8 seconds. hard, we could get a bit of rear-wheel of the line before the system the fronts, the HEMI V-8 rumble and the perfect soundtrack. When drive is not needed, it disconnects the axle to maximize fuel The engine’s multi-displacement technology off four cylinders at highway to save fuel. Fuel wasn’t stellar — 20-mpg on regular, dipping as we into the gas pedal.

The R/T gets an independent short/long arm suspension with one-piece control arms and a stabilizer The back wheels hang off a independent rear suspension stabilizer bar. The sum total of is a firm and fairly sporty that was comfortable but responsive for a car. The Charger R/T was sure-footed due to its especially in the rain. Bumps, and cobblestone roads were handled with a comfortable easily, making this a civilized muscle sedan. the R/T into a turn and it honored its and Track moniker. With a of lean and a bit of heft due its weight, the R/T turns easily, staying on Understeer nibbled at us in tighter but a touch of throttle could it behave more neutrally.

is no BMW, but the R/T did play like a big sedan, feeling a bit less due to its 2-ton weight. Want – get the SRT8 with a stiffer and rear wheel drive. Our power steering had a precise But the brakes were only OK, feel not as sharp as I’d like, and feeling a bit long with brake bite than I’d

• This place has got everything.” — The Dodge Charger with V-6 at $25,995. The Charger R/T Max AWD takes base up to $32,495 with aluminum wheels, performance-tuned and exhaust, performance brakes, LCD screen, HID headlights and power A $6,500 preferred option adds almost everything like adaptive-cruise control the collision/backup/forward collision alerts, spot and rear cross alerts and backup camera, premium audio, Uconnect with Garmin navigation, TravelLink, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, power-adjustable and seats and .19-inch rubber. The painted roof adds for a total $41,490. For safety, seat-mounted side/front and rear curtain air bags, plus traction and stability control.

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As for the all-wheel-drive $39,000 Ford SHO is the most direct one, the front-wheel-drive $33,000 Volkswagen and AWD $37,000 Buick LaCrosse, Audi A6 and $39,000 Mercedes-Benz Sport also in the ballpark. The leads in power, with a twin-turbo V-6; the Audi’s V-6 has 310 hp, while the other V-6s in at 248-hp (Mercedes), 280-hp and 303-hp (Buick). As far as 0-60 mph they are all quick, ranging 5.7 seconds (SHO and Passat) up to 6.8 (C300). All five handle well, the lighter Audi and the slickest, while the others are good at being sporty. All decent room, the Taurus by far the in passenger and trunk space. But the is also the largest, almost 20 longer than the Mercedes, 5 than the Audi and almost more than the Charger.

• Bottom line — No blues in my brothers. The Charger R/T is closest to a car in this class, with the of a full-bore SRT8 version 470-hp and rear wheel This Brampton, Ontario-built car a subtle attitude in plain but offers some serious patrol juice when you It’s also very roomy and usable, hampered by its so-so fuel mileage and – it just fit in my garage. Its mission – that muscle can be accompanied by and some precision.


type- 4-door, 5-passenger full-size sports sedan

price — $32,495 (As — $41,490)

Engine – iron block OHV 16-valve V-8 deactivation

Displacement – 5.7-liter

(net) — 370 hp at 5,250 rpm

(lb-ft) — 395 at 4,200 rpm

— 5-speed automatic shifting

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