The Challenger remains offered in three different primary trims--Base, R/T and SRT8--that correspond to different engines, while a number of packages can help give the Challenger quite a range of possible styles and driving characteristics. The base model comes with a new-for-2011 305-horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. For those who must have a V8, the Challenger R/T is the entry model, offering a 379-hp, 5.7L 'Hemi' V8 and either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. At the top of the range is the SRT8, featuring a 475-hp, 6.4L version of the Hemi.
Base Challenger models have the same retro muscle-car silhouette as the others, but they're a little bit more sensible, with a low base price and reasonable fuel economy on the highway, while still providing satisfying enough acceleration for most everyday driving. The V8 models however have a different attitude, with a rumbling exhaust sound, tremendous torque just off idle and a true muscle-car feel. Thanks to Dodge's multi-displacement system, which shuts down some of the cylinders during coasting or cruising to save fuel, either the 5.7L or 6.4L Hemi engine has the power to lay rubber, but can behave itself when cruising.
You sit rather low in the Challenger, and the car's tall shoulders lend a protective feeling. Front seats have plenty of space for the largest folks, and although technically the Challenger is a 5-person coupe its back seat can be quite tight, and entry and exit from the back seats can be a challenge. The trunk however is huge and easily accessed-- Dodge says it's as big as that of the Charger sedan.
The high-performance SRT8 model that's at the top of the Challenger model range is truly where the muscle-car cues all come together. The SRT8 includes hood stripes, a rear spoiler, a functional hood scoop, a satin chrome grille and special SRT-design 20-inch alloy wheels, and the appearance extras make the most of the blunt, aggressive shape and low, wide stance.
Standard features across the Challenger model line include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags and side-curtain bags. The bargain-priced base Challenger isn't luxurious but it includes nearly all the features that are expected at its price level, including keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, power foldaway mirrors and a CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input. In addition to the V8, suspension, steering, and wheel upgrades, the R/T adds fog lamps, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a spoiler.
The SRT8 adds a host of extras in addition to the performance improvements, including HID headlamps, power heated mirrors, a remote start system, heated leather seats, a media center with hard-drive system and Boston Acoustics sound.
Classic Muscle-car Appearance
Modern Tech And Entertainment Features
The Challenger carries into its third year with a new lineup of engines: a new 3.6L V6, a 5.7L Hemi V8 and a high performance 6.4L V8.
18-inch wheels are now standard on the base model, with 20-inch ones available. A pair of Super Sport Groups are now optional. One includes 20-inch wheels and performance suspension. The other includes an upgraded audio system, speakers and a touch-screen interface. A power sunroof is optional, as are an array of center stripes.
Exterior paints got shuffled a bit: Bright Silver is new, as is Billet Metallic and Toxic Orange, Redline and Tungsten. Torred, Deep Water and Mineral Gray have been discontinued.
The 2011 Dodge Challenger is instantly recognizable and one of the most distinctive new cars at any price. With thoroughly modern underpinnings, the Challenger manages to maintain legitimate V8 muscle-car credibility while meeting modern expectations for ride comfort, handling and safety. New tech continues inside too--Dodge offers a completely modern hard-drive-based music jukebox system. Among coupes, the Challenger is surprisingly practical; Dodge says that it has best-in-class rear headroom and legroom; it's also best in class in trunk space.
6.4L SRT Hemi V8 engine
6-speed manual Tremec transmission
Engine oil cooler
Anti-spin rear differential
3.92 axle ratio
Rear wheel drive
Severe duty II engine cooling
730 CCA maintenance-free battery
Independent high performance suspension
Rear stabilizer bar
Performance tuned pwr rack & pinion steering
4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes
Dual rear exhaust
Dual bright exhaust tips
20" x 9.0" aluminum SRT design wheels
P245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires
Tire service kit
Spare tire delete
Functional hood scoop
Dual black center stripes
Satin chrome grill
Solar control glass
Fold-away pwr heated mirrors
Bright fuel filler door
Body-color door handles
Media center 430 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/DVD/MP3 player, USB port, 30GB hard drive w/6700 song capacity, 6.5" touch screen
SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: (1) year service *SIRIUS not available in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas/US Virgin Islands and Barbados*
(6) Boston Acoustics speakers
Remote USB port
Aux audio input
Bluetooth streaming audio
Rear window antenna
Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats
Heated front seats
6-way pwr driver seat
Pwr 4-way driver lumbar
Active head restraints
Rear 60/40 split-folding bench seat
Rear seat armrest w/cupholder
Floor console w/armrest
Luxury front & rear floor mats
Tilt/telescopic steering column
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Steering wheel audio controls
Instrument cluster w/performance display screen
Vehicle info center
Traveler/mini trip computer
Temp & compass gauge
Pwr accessory delay
Pwr windows w/front 1-touch down
Speed-sensitive pwr locks
Satin silver lock knobs
Remote proximity keyless entry
Universal garage door opener
UConnect hands-free communication w/Bluetooth
Pwr trunklid release
Sentry Key theft deterrent system
Air conditioning w/auto temp control
Front & rear climate control outlets
Rear window defroster
Illuminated door pull handles
Silver metal brush center stack bezel
Cell phone storage
12V pwr outlet
Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
Visors w/illuminated mirrors
Passenger assist handle
Front reading/map lights
Rear courtesy lamps
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Cargo compartment dress-up
All-speed traction control
Electronic stability control
Advanced multi-stage front airbags -inc: passenger airbag cutoff
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