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KSP Picks Dodge Challenger With V8 Power For 2012 Car Raffle

Date of News Release: 01/26/2012

2012 Dodge Challenger

(Frankfort, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police is featuring a modern interpretation of a heritage-inspired American muscle car for its Trooper Island raffle this year: the 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic.

Shrewdly engineered with modern performance advancements and the DNA of its legendary forefather, the Challenger hits the road with a 5.7-liter, 372-horsepower HEMI V8 MDS VVT engine that delivers a throaty rumble and fuel saving technology of up to 25 mpg highway. It's driver-friendly with a five-speed automatic transmission and its rear-wheel drive suspension transfers hardcore power to the road providing moves to match its muscle.

A sculpted, pitch black exterior makes this pony a real looker with a lean, menacing, low profile that features a stylish, long-nose form with functional hood scoops, hood-to-fender stripes, a rear spoiler and power sun roof. The upscale, dark slate gray cabin provides comfortable seating for five and best in class rear head and leg room.

Topped off with a spacious 16.2 cubic inch cargo trunk and more than 45 safety and security features, the Challenger sits apart from the pack with an unbeatable combination of fun, nostalgia, power and functionality.

Other features include:

  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Air conditioning
  • Electronic Stability Control provides instant aid when sensors detect vehicle veering from intended path and pumps brakes in rainy conditions to keep rotors dry for optimal performance.
  • 4- wheel, anti-lock braking system with brake assist
  • All-speed traction control
  • Remote engine start
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • 20-inch heritage style aluminum wheels
  • 19.1 gal. fuel tank
  • 6-way power driver's seat
  • Leather trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Front power windows
  • Power, heated mirrors with manual fold-away
  • Dual rear exhaust
  • Fog lamps
  • Security alarm
  • 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty
  • 3-year/36,000 mile basic limited warranty

What The Experts Say

NASCAR Auto Guide: "Classy, retro-modern design channels the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s nearly perfectly."

Car & Driver: "An appealing reincarnation of the 70s original."

Consumer Guide: "Challenger's flashy retro styling continues to turn heads."

AutoSpectator.com: "Delivers exactly what muscle car enthusiasts want—a powerful engine, performance suspension designed for maximum grip and athletic, head-turning style—all executed with quality and precision."

Autoblog: "Its fresh drivetrain and revised suspension geometry make for a compelling package."

One consumer reviewer said it all when he wrote: "This is a car that makes you sit a little taller and makes you proud to drive and own American."

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.

Tickets are $10 each. For a chance to put your brand on a 2012 Dodge Challenger, contact any Kentucky State Trooper, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer or any of the 16 KSP posts located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 26th at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees. Charitable gaming license #0000633.

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