As part of the company’s ongoing model makeover, the Dodge Charger went under the knife for 2011, gaining sculpted looks that evoke the model’s past, a new interior, and a new V-6 powerplant.
Although there is no new Charger SRT8 as of yet, there remain two trim levels: SE and R/T. Charger comes standard with rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is optional on R/T models.
The new 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 powers the SE, while a carryover 370 horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 powers the R/T. Both engines pair to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior
The re-skinned Charger uses sculpting that is reminiscent of the previous generation, but there are retro themes galore, such as the taillights that straddle the width of the car. Dodge officials say that there is a “Coke-bottle” influence in the exterior design, particularly on the sides.
The interior is much improved over the previous generation, offering nicer materials and a much better look. Dodge was aware that its interiors were roundly criticized on previous models, and made an effort to make it right this time.
As noted above, the previous 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V-6s are gone in favor of a new Pentastar V-6 that makes 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 in the R/T makes 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge is mum on a future SRT8 model, but odds are one will show up. If so, it might have the same 6.4-liter V-8 from the Challenger SRT8 392, although it might not make that engine’s 470 ponies. We shall see in the coming months.
Rear-wheel drive full-size sedans are a dying breed. The most obvious choice for Charger competition is perhaps the front-wheel drive Ford Taurus SHO.
Charger pricing clocks in thusly: $25,170 for an SE, $30,170 for an R/T, and $32,320 for an R/T with AWD. There are several options packages available, such as a Rallye Package.
When Can I Buy One?
The 2011 Dodge Charger should be hitting showrooms soon.
Love it: V-8 power
Available all-wheel drive
Leave it: No SRT8 (yet)
Needs a little more refinement.