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Ralph Gilles Shows You The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

Posted in Dodge, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW by Kurt Ernst | April 20th, 2011 | 9 Responses |

The 2012 Avenger R/T. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles. First, he’s the most approachable CEO I’ve ever met, and he’s a car guy at heart. You can tell that he’d much rather be behind the wheel of anything with wheels and horsepower than trapped in a corporate boardroom explaining PowerPoint graphs on P&L to Sergio Marchionne. He’s a driver, so things like lift throttle oversteer and rotation are part of his vocabulary; when he tells you what a car can do, it’s not because an engineer gave him the specs. Instead, you know that Gilles has been crossed-up in a new Avenger R/T, counter steering to catch the back end with an ear-to-ear grin on his face. If only more companies had CEOs with Gilles’ passion for their industry, the world would be a far better place.

The video below does a great job of taking you through the Avenger R/T, which returns to the Dodge product line in 2012, but here’s what you need to know: it’s got 283 horsepower and a lower, stiffer suspension. Even the rear sway bar has been beefed up, which means that the new Avenger R/T will do more than just understeer when you turn in to a corner. I’ll reserve judgement until I have a chance to get behind the wheel of one, but I’ll admit to being disappointed over the absence of a manual transmission and bigger brakes. Look for the Avenger R/T to hit Dodge dealers sometime in the third quarter of this year.

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9 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Gilles is the dude who’s working closely with the Fast Five team, I saw him in that video and thought to myself “WOW, THATS THE CEO OF DODGE?!” he wasn’t old or anything! I hope good things for Dodge with this new CEO. Does anyone know when he became CEO of Dodge?

  2. J D Stadler says:

    The body kit! I know, it doesn’t mean anything to the car itself, it’s power, how it drives, etc. But that front bumper is just killin’ me, it looks cheap.

  3. BigRuss says:

    cant wait to drive this thing…. dooo need this on my car lot like last week

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Thought of you when I was writing this up. I figured you’d like the news.

      • BigRuss says:

        i almost cried today when the only Avenger Heat left our lot… but then i remembered, my buddy bought it and i can drive it sometimes…

        but yeah i love these lil cars

  4. PFULMTL says:

    The style of the car looks very bland. Big props on the MPG for a large car though.

  5. Mr.X says:

    The Dodge Avenger series is a respectable one.
    NHTSA’s impeccable safety rating indicates the serious effort of Chrysler LLC.
    V6 unit is a gem,while 2.4-litres 4-banger is “just enough” in my impression.
    Whether 4-speed auto or 8-speed one,this 173bhp unit propels her in 16.5-17sec for 1/4miles(0-400m),commendable yet no fire-cracker.
    Hence the next-generation Avenger/200C,probably based on the new Alfa Giulia compact executive,would be powered by a turbocharged Tigershark unit,I do expect.