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A Dodge Avenger… Rally Car?

Posted in Bizarre, Dodge, Hoonage, Videos by Kurt Ernst | April 13th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

The Rally Avenger. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC

When you think of rally cars, what comes to mind? For me, it’s a mix of compact four door sedans, like Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution and Subaru’s WRX STI, and compact three door hatchbacks, like Ford’s Fiesta and Citroen’s DS3. What doesn’t come to mind is a non-enthusiast oriented midsize sedan like the Dodge Avenger. Dodge really wants you to know that the bad old days are behind them, and that the 2012 Avenger is a much improved ride over the 2011 model. Dodge also wants to show off their relationship with Magneti Marelli, the Italian performance products manufacturer. What better way to do so than to build a 300 horsepower Dodge Avenger, equipped with a data logger, GPS, roll cage, cold air intake, high performance exhaust and retuned ECU? Throw Magneti Marelli brakes on it, festoon with vinyl graphics and call it a day. Video below.

I loved Ralph Gilles’ comment that it’s the fastest Avenger he’s ever driven, which may be damning by faint praise. There are no plans to actually campaign the Avenger in any pro rally series, but it’s likely the car will be used to launch a line of high performance parts, including custom wheels, brakes and intake / exhaust components. Expect the Rally Avenger to make it’s official debut at next week’s New York Auto Show.

Source: Dodge

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5 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Lots of noise but no go! Dodge and Chrysler need to sit put and keep doing what their good at doing, producing cheap cars for rental agencies, and making great minivans.

  2. J D Stadler says:


  3. BigRuss says:

    have you guys driven the new V6 Avenger? its a sleeper… its just like the SRT4 Caliber from a few years ago… its got more motor than car…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      I’ll hit up the local Chrysler rep to see if there’s an Avenger Heat or R/T in the FL press fleet…

      • BigRuss says:

        Negative on the R/T model bruda…. they discontinued it with the “new” body style… but make damn sure they give you a 3.6L Pentastar… the 4 banger just doesnt cut it in that car… its got power but not like the V6