Last week’s photograph showed a door on the 2012 Dodge Charger, and few readers were fooled because of the reverse scoop styled into the door, which sets the new Charger apart from other cars. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Drew Cerra, of North Augusta, who wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AIKEN: Kevin Hooks
AUGUSTA: Lowell Fritsche said: “That door is pretty obvious. I had three Dodges.”
Also, Angela Sinns
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This is the car that my son-in-law recently really wanted to buy after having one as a rental for most of a week in Las Vegas late last year.
“He had it for only part of the week because he wound up testing the safety of this vehicle in an encounter with an extremely large deer returning from a day trip to Utah just after nightfall.
“The car held up well despite a solid collision that completely sheared the left front fender off the car, and thankfully no one inside the car was hurt. Unfortunately, we’re fairly certain that the deer met a more dire fate, even though he somehow left the scene and could not be located.
“Shortly after the return from that Vegas trip, my daughter and son-in-law went to replace their daily driver Pontiac G6 with more than 200,000 miles. They drove and briefly considered a new Charger but because it had to have that famous Dodge Hemi, they could not quite handle the $30,000-plus price tag.
“Rather than fall back to the base level Charger SE with the 3.6-liter Pentastar 292-horsepower V-6 for around $25,000, they opted instead for the smaller top-of-the-line Dodge Avenger R/T with that same 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 but with nine horsepower less than the base Charger for slightly less money than that Charger SE.
“My son-in-law received his first ticket in that Avenger the first week he owned it and has since received a warning as well. I truly do not think that his bank account can afford for him to have a Hemi!”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The vehicle shown in this week’s edition of ‘What Is It?’ is the 2012 Dodge Charger.
“Available with a wide selection of powertrain and suspension options, the Charger can be equipped to serve as a mild-mannered daily commuter, a hot street and strip muscle car, or anything in between.
“Base power is provided by a 292-horse V-6 coupled to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination provides a respectable 31 mpg, just the ticket for a daily work commute.
“On the other end of the spectrum, the SRT8 variant can be ordered with a fire-breathing 470-horse 6.4-liter Hemi capable of passing almost everything – except the gas pumps.
“Indeed, Dodge has done an admirable job trying to be most things to most people. With a total of eight different trim levels and submodels, the Charger covers a large portion of the four-door sedan market.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “The car pictured is a 2012 Dodge Charger. Imported from Detroit!”
MCBEAN: Robert Lamb
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller, Jim Muraski and Don Wilcox
NORTH AUGUSTA: Anthony Stubblefield and Jonathan Waits
RALEIGH, N.C.: Reggie Simpson
WATKINSVILLE, GA.: Joe Arp wrote: “The ‘What Is It?’ for this week is a Dodge Charger – a truly beautiful automobile.”
NO CITY LISTED: Deon Glenn, Bennie Riley and Willie Thomas.