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The 2011 Dodge Challenger

For 2011: The Dodge Challenger!

The 2011 Dodge Challenger trimlines are official

Since the Chrysler Group hosted their 2010 Dealer Announcement Show in Orlando, Florida last week, the automotive world has been given a steady flow of new product information. On Saturday, the first information on the 2011 Dodge Challenger was revealed but not by a press release but rather by a leaked brochure given to attendees at the 2010 Dealer Announcement Show.

Ontario Street Car published images of the fairly straight-forward brochure that includes a few renderings of the seats and badges of the 2011 Dodge Challenger’s new SRT 392 trimline, along with trimline information on each of the four main packages offered at the release of the new Mopar muscle car.

The base model for the 2011 Dodge Challenger comes with no trimline and is referred to only as the Challenger. It is powered by one of the two new engines for 2011, with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 coming over from the Jeep brand to offer 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque – an improvement of 55hp and 18lb-ft of torque over the outgoing 2010 Challenger SE. Sadly, it seems that the 2011 Dodge Challenger’s equipped with the V6 engine will only come with an automatic transmission – giving an advantage to Ford and Chevy as their entry level muscle cars offer a manual transmission option.

The next step up for the new 2011 Challenger is the Rallye package. This comes with all of the standard features of the base model Challenger but adds fog lights and an automatic headlight system on the outside with leather seats and an upgraded infotainment system on the inside. The Rallye package is new for 2011, although the 2010 Challenger featured the Rallye Group package – which offered items that are now standard such as the 18” wheels and bright chrome vintage fuel door.

The entry level V8 option for is the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T. This trimline doesn’t receive any major changes from the 2010 models, shy of an additional 7 horsepower and 10 more lb-ft of torque in the manually shifted models.

The biggest news for the 2011 Dodge Challenger is the addition of the new SRT 392 trimline. Replacing the current SRT8 option as the king of the hill, the SRT 392 features Dodge’s new 392 cubic inch (6.4L) Hemi that packs 475 horsepower and 460lb-ft of torque. This is an improvement of 50 horsepower and 40lb-ft of torque over the 6.1L Hemi found in the 2010 Challenger SRT8 and we can likely expect the 2011 Challenger SRT 392 to yield better fuel economy thanks to the addition of Chrysler’s fuel saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS). The 2011 Challenger SRT 392 will be offered in a limited edition run of 1,100 units in either white with blue stripes or blue with white stripes; with matching themed leather upholstery on the SRT-specific race inspired seats.

The brochure doesn’t go into much deeper detail on the 2011 Dodge Challenger but with the limited edition SRT 392 models expected to launch in late November, we can expect a flurry of official information in the next few weeks. The company brochure does state that the 2011 Challenger will feature retuned suspension and braking components but it doesn’t state whether that is just for the higher end models or if the entire 2011 Challenger lineup will benefit from these changes. In any case, the additional power across the board will certainly help Dodge close the performance gap between their Challenger and the cross town rivals from Ford and Chevrolet.

(Source: Ontario Street Car)

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