2013 Dodge Charger
The 2013 Dodge Charger is much the same car as the year before. SE and SXT models are paired with a 3.6L Pentastar V6, 5-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive as standard (AWD upgrade as a factory option). A Rallye and Blacktop appearance package, which are new for 2013, up the V6 power production to an even 300 horsepower due to slight improvements in the intake and exhaust. Performance junkies are naturally attracted to the R/T and SRT-8 models, which use a 5.7L (370 HP) and 6.4L Hemi V8 (470 HP) engine, respectively. Despite the new TorqFlite 8-speed transmission having been developed, both V8 packages still rely on the older 5-speed sequential automatic gearbox.
Unparalleled Braking Power
A big brake kit for a 2013 Dodge Charger will totally revamp its braking performance - from actual stopping distance to overall feel. An aftermarket Charger big brake kit is a completely re-engineered, oversized braking system that completely replaces the factory caliper, rotor, pads and associated hardware. New calipers, built with as many as 6-pistons in the front and 4 in the rear (conversely, most factory 2013 Charger brake systems use a twin-piston at the front and a single piston at the back), these massive calipers provide significantly more clamping power, and spread it out over a larger area as to reduce heat and lockup. In order to match these big calipers, the rotors are also supersized by as much as an extra 2" in diameter. Again, this larger rotor provides more surface area for the pads to bite and thereby better decelerate the car. One last piece of the big brake kit puzzle is the inclusion of braided stainless steel brake lines. Compared to regular rubber lines, stainless steel brake lines undergo less expansion as the brake fluid is pushed through. This results in a firmer braking action and improved response. Of note, with a big brake kit being so much larger, they usually require a minimum wheel size of 18".
Keep Things Cool
Too much heat is detrimental to any vehicle. Keeping the engine from heating above its designed operating temperature is paramount in order to draw the maximum performance and longevity out of a 2013 Charger. Dropping in a performance radiator can help solve existing cooling problems and prevent overheating in the future. Performance cooling radiators fitting a 2013 Charger are made of aluminum. Compared to the factory radiator, these aftermarket units feature a larger core and utilize multi-layered cooling rows. The multiple passes through the core expose the coolant to more air for a longer period of time, vastly increasing thermal transfer before the coolant leaves the radiator and circulates back into the engine block. Even in stop and go traffic, these multi-row aluminum radiators provide much improved cooling over single row units.
Updated Interior Vibe
Adding LED interior lighting to your 2013 Charger is a fun and inexpensive way to really change up the interior vibe. Their bright and custom colors allow you to revamp the accent and reading lights within the cabin. Here are the various bulbs situated within the interior:
- Dome light: 578 bulb
- Map light: 578 bulb
- Door sill light: 562 bulb
- Rear reading: 2825 bulb
Replacing them involved simply removing their respective lens and pulling the old bulb out.