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When Dodge boss Ralph Gilles introduced the 2011 Dodge Charger at the LA Auto Show, he said that they call it the “car that makes other sedans wet their pants.” When he introduced the 2011 Dodge Challenger, he smiled.
He explained that all of the work that had gone into remaking the Charger had been transferred over to the Challenger as well. The suspension and steering upgrades, combined with the upgraded Hemi V8, make the car handle like it weighs 500 pounds lighter than it really does. That should bring it into Camaro, if not Mustang, territory. Also new for 2011 is the Pentastar V6 in lesser Challengers, as well as a new 392 Hemi in SRT8 392 special edition models.
That new 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 produces 470 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque. The SRT8 392 will cost $42,555 and will be introduced with an inaugural series of 1,100 units in the States. The Pentastar V6 equipped SE models will produce 305 hp and will start at $24,670. Dodge will also offer just about every option previously available on only one trim level across the board now, so you won’t have to upgrade to an R/T to get 20-inch wheels for instance.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
Official release with pricing after the jump:
With pretty much all the data on the new 2011 Challenger having already been leaked, Dodge has now dropped the official info, confirming the arrival of the more powerful and efficient Pentastar V6 as the new base engine. With a total of 305-hp and 268 ft-lbs of torque the base Challenger gains 55-hp and 18 ft-lbs over last year’s model. This also puts the Challenger in the same numbers gave as its two major competitors with the Camaro boasting 312-hp and the Mustang with 305-hp (although the Stangd weights 400 lbs less).
Paired with a new six-speed automatic the 2011 Challenger will get a bump in fuel economy as well, with Chrysler claiming that across its fleet the engine will represent a 7 percent increase in miles per gallon.
With the recent introduction of the Pentastar V6 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Charger and Dodge Journey, Chrysler has announced that this new engine will replace seven other engines in the next three years, with those engines ranging in displacement from 2.7-liters to 4.0-liters. The plan is to not only improve fuel economy and power, but to reduce overhead costs by simplifying the engine offerings.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger
Official release after the jump:
Thanks to leaked documents from the recent Chrysler dealer meeting we have the official output numbers for the 2011 Dodge Challenger. Of note are the base-model V6 and top dog SRT8 with big power increases.
On the V6 side, the Challenger gets Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar motor with 305-hp and 268 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 50-hp and 18 ft-lbs.
The mid-range 5.7-liter HEMI V8 gets a slight bump of 7-hp and 10 ft-lbs for totals of 379-hp and 410 ft-lbs.
As for the SRT8, well, it gets a larger 6.4-liter V8 that Dodge has targeted against the Shelby GT500 – which seems like a long shot. The new HEMI is rated at 475-hp and 460 ft-lbs, an increase of 50-hp and 40 ft-lbs.
That’s way off the Shelby’s 550-hp number, but there’s a real chance this engine is underrated as Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles reportedly told dealers the car would hit 60-mph in under 4 seconds – a reduction of as much as a second compared to the current SRT8.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger Brochure
Outside, the biggest changes are to the lower rear fascia, the door handles and the lip spoiler. An upgraded interior will also be a part of the package.
More importantly, however, is a new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 480-hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque. Pricing is expected to be set at $45,601 with the new engine also making for improvements in the fuel economy department.
In the future, both acceleration and fuel economy will improve further with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
For those interested in the SE model, it gets a new Pentastar V6 displacing 3.6-liters and making 290-hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 40-hp and 20 ft-lbs. It’s also expected to deliver fuel economy of 20/26-mpg (city/highway) up from 18/25-mpg.
[Source: Detroit News]
Several spy photos captured (and later removed) by MoParts forum member coronet1966d clearly show the updated 2011 Dodge Challenger.
The differences to the car aren’t major with updates limited to a revised lower front fascia, new wheels and new door handles that are tipped to be part of an easy-access system that will allow owners to enter the car by just having the key job in their pocket. The interior is also slated for updates, but no photos of that are yet available.
The new 2011 Challenger will get more significant changes under the hood, although not for this R/T model. Bigger changes come for the base SE model, which gets a new Pentastar V6 displacing 3.6-liters and making 290-hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 40-hp and 20 ft-lbs. It’s also expected to deliver fuel economy of 20/26-mpg (city/highway) up from 18/25-mpg. Better still, the SRT8 model is expected to get a new 6.4-liter V8 with 480-hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque.
As for pricing, it’s also expected to go up with NADAGuides recently listing a base Challenger at $26,050, the R/T at $33,520 and the SRT8 at $45,601.
On a side note, this story may also serve as a warning to automaker employees who want to become internet famous for snapping a few spy photos of vehicles inside the company’s compound. MoParts forum member coronet1966d has now taken down the pics and could even face charges for his actions.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger Spy Photos
We’ve heard several reports about what’s coming for the updated 2011 Dodge Challenger, but now it appears as though the updates will come at a cost. While Chrysler hasn’t released any official info, car buying site NADA Guides has a listing for the 2011 Challenger with what appears to be the new 2011 info and pricing – including the new engine options and increased sticker prices
While the photo provided shows the 2010 model, the list of engines includes the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 6.4-liter Hemi V8. According to the numbers shown on the site, a base Challenger with the new V6 will cost $2,310 more in 2011, rising from $23,695 to $26,055. The R/T climbs $1,910 from $31,610 to $33,520. As for the big-dog SRT8, it’s priced at $1,921 more than the 2010 model for a rather significant $45,601.
As much as we hate to see prices go up, there’s arguably good reason. Not only are we likely to see some interior trim upgrades in the new Challenger, but the new engines are poised to make big improvements in power and fuel economy. The base SE model with the new V6 is slated to get 40-hp and 20 ft-lbs for a total of 290-hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque. Fuel economy should also get a boost, up from 18/25-mpg (city/highway) to 20/26-mpg. As for the SRT8 model, that new 6.4-liter V8 should deliver 480-hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque, an increase of 55-hp and 40 ft-lbs of torque.
[Source: NADA Guides via Autoblog]
In a bid to stay competitive in the ever-constant muscle car horsepower wars, the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is set to get a big increase in power. We’ve already heard numerous rumors of a new 6.4-liter V8 replacing the current 6.1-liter unit, but now comes word that along with improved efficiency, the new engine will boast 480-hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque – increases of 55-hp and 40 ft-lbs respectively. The new engine is also touted to get ZF’s new 8-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and fuel economy.
As for the R/T models, they will retain the same engine and output levels, while the base SE will see significant improvements thanks to the use of a new Pentastar V6 engine, which just launched in the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. That new powerplant will bump output by 40-hp and 20 ft-lbs for a total of 290-hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque. Fuel economy should also get a boost, up from 18/25-mpg (city/highway) to 20/26-mpg.
A host of other changes are also set to debut on the refreshed 2011 model Challenger.