Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

  The Dodge Charger has appeared in three different platforms since it was produced in 1966. The first was a pony car produced from 1966-1978, the second was a subcompact car made from 1983-1987, and the third and final version is the current sports sedan which began production in 2006. The Charger combines Hemi power with rear-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension. The current model is powered by a choice of four different engines, but the obvious choice would be the top of the line 6.1L V8 providing 425HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. Other options include a 178HP, 190 lb-ft of torque 2.7L V6 engine, a 250HP, 250 lb-ft of torque 3.5L V6, and a 368/372HP, 391/401 lb-ft of torque 5.7L V8 engine. These engines are mated to either a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission.

Dodge has unveiled details on the new 2011 Charger that will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010. The car’s exterior is inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s. The 2011 Charger gets a lower hood line, faster windshield and radically raked back headlights.

The interior gets a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel, premium soft-touch materials and four available distinct interior color combination. The aluminum hood features dual "scallops" that bring a sculptured, performance look to the front end, while large body-side scallops deliver a striking undulating A-line across the doors. The new Charger also gets an all-new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature “racetrack” graphic.

The 2011 Charger will be offered in three trim levels: SE and Rallye featuring a new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine and R/T powered by the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver Technology.

UPDATE 10/11/2010: Dodge has just dropped a new teaser image of the 2011 Charger’s interior. Check it out in the gallery!

Updated 11/02/2010: The new 2011 Charger will go on sale two trim levels SE and R/T and AWD and RWD versions. Prices are as follow: Charger SE: $25,170; Charger SE (with Rallye Package): $27,420; Charger SE (with Rallye Plus package): $29,170; Charger R/T: $30,170 / $32,320; Charger R/T (with R/T Plus Package): $32,170 / $34,320; Charger R/T (with Road and Track Package): $33,170 / $35,320 and Charger R/T (with Max Package): $35,170 / $37,320.

Press release after the jump.

Technically speaking, the 2011 Dodge Charger has yet to be made official by Chrysler , but despite that, the Charger Pursuit police car based on the 2011 Charger has already been released.

We don’t know if this was intentional on Chrysler’s part or if it was just a bad case of wrong timing, but it does come across as weird that the official car hasn’t been introduced yet and the police-ready version of the same car already has a video circulating of its appearance at the annual Police Fleet Expo.

In this video, which appears to have been taken at the Fleet Expo, the Charger Pursuit police car is shown completely unobstructed, giving us the first in-depth look at the new Charger, including that much talked-about rear end that was, apparently, inspired by the Charger’s cousin in the Dodge family tree, the Challenger .

Check out the video to see what the 2011 Dodge Charger should look like, minus all the police-related decals and features, of course.

More videos after the jump.

Source: You Tube

Here’s some more bad news for the bad guys out there: Chrysler has unveiled the 2011 Charger Pursuit and will begin taking orders for them in September. The new car combines tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency, and an iconic design.

The 2011 Charger Pursuit comes with performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels, and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The interior will get a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment, and more. Adding to the safety of the vehicle will be multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring, and more.

The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit is powered by an all-new standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) and available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).

How do you guys think the Dodge Charger Pursuit will hold up against the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car ? Hit us up in the comments section below.

UPDATE 09/24/2011: During a recent test drive, the Dodge Charger Pursuit established a new record time at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests. The car ran the Grattan Raceway in an impressive time of 1:33.70.

That wasn’t the only feat either. The new Charger Pursuit also scored impressive sprint times during its evaluation: 0-to-60 mph in 5.83 seconds, 0-to-70 mph in 7.38 seconds, 0-to-80 mph in 9.18 seconds, 0-to-90 mph in 11.43 seconds, and 0-to-100 mph in 13.65 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

Who would’ve thought that in a world of spy photos and teaser shots, you’re going to find the first image of a new vehicle – in this case, the next-generation Dodge Charger in, of all things, a t-shirt.

The scene was the Mopar Nationals at the National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio last weekend. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the event caught the attention of auto scribes because of something that was printed on the T-shirts that were being given out during the weekend. It might take a closer look at the tee, but once you scan the printed graphic on it, you might notice the rear end – the distinct rear light bar, to be more specific - of a car that looks suspiciously like a Dodge Charger.

Nobody knows who was behind the graphic design of the shirt, but given that it was in fact included with the rest of the regulars at Mopar gives credence to the growing rumor that the new Dodge Charger may very well inching closer and closer to reality.

Source: MoparNats
Posted on by Charlie Austin 1

With the 2011 Dodge Charger ’s debut only a few months away, even more spy shots have come in, and it seems as if the new Charger has shed some clothing. And if that isn’t enough, ninjas even got some interior shots.

The new Charger seems to be a bit more edgy than before, with big alloys and detailed headlamps. Sporting a ram head logo, the spied car differentiates from the double stripe logo that the division says will make the future vehicles stand apart from the separated Ram trucks division.

Expected to hit the market at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model, the more aggressive Charger will fit into Chrysler’s new five-year product announcement. The new Charger will sport Chrysler’s new V6, with a V8 in the R/T version. A later SRT8 version is expected to be powered by a massive 450-hp 6.4 liter V8.

With production set to start in October, expect prices in the $25,000+ range.

Source: LeftLaneNews
Posted on by Alexander + 12

Just last month, Dodge president Ralph Gilles talked a little about the future of Dodge’s vehicles , stating that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee was just the beginning of Dodge’s plans. Today, a reader was able to catch another glimpse into their future with a photo taken of the backend of the 2011 Dodge Charger . He was able to catch the muscle car taking a break from its testing in Florida and, although it is still bandaged up, could see some revised taillights and some hid headlights. The reader was able to take a peek on the inside and that revealed a unique two-tone leather interior that he said “looked upscale for a Dodge.”

In last month’s discussion, Gilles mentioned that the company was looking into a “higher-power version of the Pentastar V-6 with unique power rating” for the 2011 Dodge Charger. The sounds coming from the exhaust of the test vehicle assured us that a higher power version was found and utilized. Another interesting feature our reader noticed was the square cutouts in the bumper housing the dual exhaust which is similar to the feature found on the Chevrolet Camaro .

See anything else? Let us know in the comments section below.

During a conference room table in Chrysler Group LLC’s headquarters, Ralph Gilles talked about Dodge’s future. According to him, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is just the beginning. It will be followed by a slew of new or redesigned vehicles.

He said that the new Charger and a new crossover will arrive this fall while a new Durango will arrive this November, but most likely featuring a new name. A new Viper is also a possibility for 2012, so it seems the company has "a lot going on." For the new Charger the company is looking to get "a higher-power version of the Pentastar V-6 with unique power rating."

"The brand is becoming hipper already. And the brand is getting controversial, in a good way. We’re really starting to smell different, act different. We showed up a few weeks ago at the super bike event in Utah. We had a drift competition and hundreds, thousands of people were lining up for these thrill rides."

Part of the interview after the jump.

Source: DetNews
Posted on by Alexander + 8
Dodge Charger Police Edition

Dodge is making some serious claims that the new Charger, set to be launched in November, will outdo Ford Ford when it comes to the police fleet market. Of course, we are not talking about the actual Charger that will be available to consumers, but the engine-enhanced, seat-altering model that is being prepared for our guys in blue.

"We will go after that market hard," Peter Grady, Chrysler’s head of network development and fleet said Tuesday in a speech before the NAFA Fleet Management Association at Cobo Center.

Ford has had the police market cornered since GM discontinued the Caprice in 1996, but the competition is now stirring up as Dodge and GM launch different models for their attack. General Motors is launching a 2011 Chevy Caprice and Dodge, of course, is full steam ahead with their Charger. Dodge is also prepared to bring another model to add to their arsenal; the new Chrysler 300 police fleet model complete with extra covered storage bins and a few more cupholders. Dominating the market at 70%, Ford has their ammo as well with the2011 Ford Interceptor based on the Ford Taurus and a modified Ford Explorer joining the fleet at a later date.

Source: DetNews

There’s something about quarter-mile times that car tuners seem to have a fixation with. Whether it’s trying to post world record times or just seeing how fast their tuned-up creations can go the quarter-mile run has seemingly become a badge of honor of sorts - post the fastest time and wait for somebody else to beat it.

The folks over at SpeedFactory seemed to have that record in mind when they completely overhauled a 2006 Dodge Charger and put a Gen III Hemi stroker motor boosted by a Vortech supercharger engine underneath the hood, tuning up an already fast 900-hp sedan into a mind-numbing 1,000 horsepower.

The result, as you can imagine, is a car that could very well challenge the world record for fastest quarter mile time, and that’s exactly what the
souped up Charger did, clocking a time of 9.453 seconds at 145.38 mph.

We’re still going to need confirmation on whether the car broke the world record for fastest quarter-mile time, but either way, a 9.453-second time is ridiculously fast.

Check out the video and see how SpeedFactory’s tuned-up Charger fared in its quest for quarter-mile immortality.

Press Release after the jump

Posted on by Terence 2

Last year towards the end of the NASCAR season we had the opportunity to talk with three time Daytona 500 winner and South Florida native Bobby Allison about his life in the stock car circuit. One of his more memorable machines was a red and gold Coca-cola sponsored 1970 Dodge Charger Daytona , that oddly enough never even turned a wheel in competition, recently went up for auction at the 2010 Mecum Auto Auctions in Kissimmee, FL.

What makes this car so special, aside from the over sized wing towering over the rear end that was designed to provide down force and stability at over 200 MPH on the high banks of super speedways like Talladega and the track the car was named after, Daytona. For the 1970 season, the man in charge of NASCAR, Bill France, handicapped the big winged race cars by limiting their displacement forcing racers to choose between sheer power and aerodynamic optimization. Never being one to back down from a challenge, Allison and car builder Mario Rossi decided to try their luck with a destroked version of the 426 Hemi that only displaced 305 cubic inches.

Any enthusiast knows that there is no replacement for displacement, but any engine builder will tell you that for every 0.1 Liters you lose, the motor gains about 2,000 RPM. While the new combination looked promising for the 1970 NASCAR season, Mr. France flexed his muscle once again and banned the car from competition, so the world was never able to see what a big winged high revving Hemi could have done on track. Unfortunately the one of a kind test mule didn’t sell at auction despite registering a high bid of $210,000.

Press release after the jump.

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