Car Reviews

2011 Dodge Challenger – Gets It Right This Time

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Auto Gurus’ Words:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger might give the look of a muscle car, and can even go like a muscle car, but the superb ability of the Challenger to become a grand American touring coupe is what makes it the most inhabitable of the re-introduced pony cars. Our review tells in detail about the car.

Ups:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger comes with:

  • Superb V6 and V8 engines
  • Acquiescent ride
  • The immensely comfy and spacious cabin
  • Enormous trunk
  • Upscale interior quality
  • Distinctive External styling
2011 Dodge Challenger

Downs:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger suffers from:

  • Compromised back visibility
  • It doesn’t handle as its rivals

What New Does 2011 Dodge Challenger Has?

Talking about the V6 powered 2011 Dodge Challenger is no more an embarrassment, as Dodge has introduced a totally new immensely powerful and efficient base V6 engine. The SRT8 model gets an even stronger V8 engine, and all the Dodge Challenger models get benefited by the steering, suspension, and brakes. As a result of which you have a more pleasing car to drive. There are plenty of other advanced types of equipment fitted in the car that complements the immensely comfortable steering wheel and reshaped seats of the car.

Preface:

The Dodge Challenger reentered the market in 2008 but sadly didn’t got the welcome that the company expected for this reborn. As a matter of fact, many of the customers even dismissed the car and said it was too big, heavy and doesn’t have the shape you expect from a sharp handling car. But it turned out that there was a plethora of appeal hidden under its retroactive-styled sheet metal. With its comfy seats, compliant suspension and abundant power, the challenger represented both, the rebirth of the classic American coupe and rebirth of a Classic American Muscle car. Now, we have the 2011 Dodge Challenger, which enters the market eliminating many of the faults that its precursor had, and yet retains the lovable muscle car experience.

Ergonomics:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger comes in a single body style of a 5 seat coupe.

Available Trim Levels:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger was offered in 3 trim levels which correspond to a wide range of engines: R/T, SRT8 392 and SE.

Standard pieces of equipment Offered:

The list of standard equipment for the 2011 Dodge Challenger includes 18-inch alloy wheels, complete power accessories, keyless entry, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, remote ignition (you need to have an automatic transmission for this), automatic climate control, rear A/C outlets, an 8-way power driver seat having a manual lumbar adjustment, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-swathed steering wheel having audio controls, a trip computer and a 6 speaker sound system having a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Optional Equipment Available:

The 2011 Dodge Challenger comes with a plethora of optional equipment including an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and Bluetooth. There also are some optional packages like the Rallye package, which includes all these aforementioned features and in addition gets fog lamps, automatic headlamps, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a 6 speaker Boston Acoustics sound system. Then there is the SuperSport Group, which adds performance-tuned suspension, steering and brakes, and 20-inch chrome-clad wheels. In addition to all these, there are plenty of other optional types of equipment available for the 2011 Dodge Challenger.

Powertrain:

All three trims of 2011 Dodge Challenger are powered by different engines. The Challenger SE has a brand new 3.6 ltr V6 engine churning maximum power of 305 horses and maximum torque of 268 pound-feet of torque. The engine here is mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Challenger R/T, on the other hand, has a 5.7 ltr V8 engine good enough for generating 372 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque. The standard transmission for this V8 engine is 5 speed automatic and there is an option of getting 6-speed manual transmission while ordering the Super Track Pak Group. Getting the 6-speed manual increases the maximum power to 376 hp and maximum torque to 410 pounds-feet.

The range-topping Challenger SRT8 392 comes equipped with a 6.4 ltr V8 engine which generates a maximum power of 470 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of maximum torque. The standard transmission here is a 6-speed manual, with the Track Pak.

Safety:

The safety equipments for all the trims of 2011 Dodge Challenger includes antilock disc brakes (power and size can differ on the basis of trim and firm option packages), traction and stability control, front side airbags, active front head restraints, and side curtain airbags.