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2012 Dodge Charger R/T Review

2012 Dodge Charger R/T Review
Jan 3, 2012
2012 Dodge Charger R/T Review
by Mathieu St-Pierre , Auto123.com
Sometimes we overlook or accept certain things because we want to. If I'm over at a friend's place and his cat's all over the dining room table, I'd think how unsavoury the situation is; however, should you ever come over to my house, you'll find both my hairballs on the table, one licking itself, the other one frantically scratching an itch. I love my putty tats and I don't care what they do.

2012 Dodge Charger R/T front 3/4 view
As tested, my full-load R/T Road/Track with Track Pack with options rolled out to just over $44,000. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Auto123.com)

Cars are kind of the same. For example, the Porsche 911's rear seats would be unacceptable in any other car. The MINI Coupé's sight-lines and overall outward visibility are terrible; few others vehicles could ever get away with this. The Dodge Charger is brash, big, brutish and bullish; a nice car should never be any of these things.

What's in a name?
The Dodge Charger is this and much more. And it's quite OK. The Dodge Charger was a favourite of mine in the full-size category back in 2006 when it first resurfaced on Dodge dealer lots. Unlike the Challenger, Chrysler didn't make us wait 73 years through 219 concepts before the real thing was introduced. The car was everything it was supposed to be: muscular, civilized, comfortable and relatively easy to live with. It may have been marginally low on full-on character but Chrysler fixed what needed to be fixed and left well-enough alone the good elements of the old and they were carried over to the new.

From its very beginnings, the Charger has been about performance, about on-road presence and good times. It is quite possible that the general idea was lost in the ‘80s; however, I'd kill for a go in a Shelby Charger GLHS! The current Charger is a blissfully well-conceived blend of old and new with all the right angles, creases and all-important in-your-face face!

In fact, as far as American sport sedans go, the Charger is as close to aesthetic perfection as possible. The only qualm I have with the car's outer shell are its taillights and only at night and only when I'm following one. The two bazillion LEDs are far too bright, blinding even. If you own the car, there's no reason to care about this, if you get my drift...

2012 Dodge Charger R/T rear 3/4 view
From its very beginnings, the Charger has been about performance, about on-road presence and good times. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Auto123.com)
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