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The 2011 Dodge Charger added styling from the late-1960s Dodge Charger to the existing Charger (as we predicted). The base engine was a 292 horsepower V6, with 8-speed automatic managing 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway — yet zooming from 0 to 60 in a mere 6.6 seconds. [Dodge Charger and other reviews and test drives]
The Dodge Charger SRT8, with 470 horsepower, had a different look to match its different engine; and the Dodge Charger Fast Five Edition, Dodge Charger Blacktop, and Mopar ’11 Charger all have different looks and features.
The Dodge Charger Blacktop was new for the 2012 model year. It was available in SXT or SXT Plus trim, in black, tungsten, or bright silver. The car had sport seats (cloth or leather), 20-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels, a gloss black grille, 506-watt stereo with 9 speakers including subwoofer, paddle shifters, and sport mode (which changes transmission shift points).
Hemi gas mileage has been aided through “interactive deceleration fuel shutoff,” which cuts all fuel to the engine around 5% - 8% of the time the Charger is moving (according to Police Fleet Manager). AWD cuts gas mileage to 18/27 thanks to higher-friction tires, greater wind drag, and greater weight.
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The model lineup was, in 2011 (prices include destination and were valid in 2011)...
For 2014, Charger Redline has 20-inch black chrome wheels with a red lip, Beats audio, and a V-6 with sport mode, cold-air induction, and tuned exhaust, raising output to 300 horsepower. New colors are Header Orange, TorRed, and Plum Crazy.
In 2014, market research showed that 27% of buyers did not cross-shop Dodge Charger; 24% also looked at Challenger, 22% at Camaro, and 20% at 300. The Charger was seen as adventurous, aggressive, and exciting. Top purchase reasons included image and style (20%, vs 13% for all full size cars) and fun to drive (11%, vs 5% for all full size cars). Charger had the highest retail share in 2013, at 14%, beating Impala, Avalon, 300, Maxima, and others. Retail sales growth was 85% in 2011, 43% in 2012, and 11% in 2013.
For 2013, a black roof option was added, with cold air induction and tuned exhaust on Rallye and Blacktop V6, raising output to 300 hp. UConnect 8.4N graphics were upgraded. New colors were Billet Metallic, Granite Crystal Pearl, Jazz Blue, Ivory Tri-Coat Pearl, Copperhead Metallic, and Phantom Black Tri-Coat Pearl. Dodge Charger Daytona returned. “Ramman” added that the Dodge Charger Sport adds the 300-hp V6 and spoiler to the SXT and SXT Plus; it also adds 19-inch wheels, black grille, spoiler, paddle shifters, Sport mode, Beats Audio, and special leather (SXT stays with cloth).
For 2011, Charger gained better aerodynamics, with a lower hood line, faster windshield, raked headlights, tighter wheel openings, lower sill, and flat underbody.
The aluminum hood has dual “scallops,” while body-side scallops deliver an undulating A-line across the doors. Running front to rear is the iconic horizontal “coke bottle” or “double-diamond” body-side styling that creates a tapering silhouette accented with muscular front and rear fenders, giving the Dodge Charger a distinct profile. Defining the fastback’s wide stance is a new taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature “racetrack” graphic and gives the new Charger its unmistakable character from blocks away.
Using its world-class structural stiffness, Dodge Charger engineers were able to tune the cabin for sound quality (rather than sound level) by isolating powertrain, road, and wind noise. Charger’s unibody includes dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals, and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin. The result is among the best sound quality in the E-size segment.
As the Dodge brand’s flagship, the chassis of the 2011 Charger was engineered and tuned to deliver “a level of quality, capability and refinement that rivals the very best European, Asian and North American E-segment sedans.” The suspension had a new geometry making for a nimble, balanced chassis.
Hemi power starts with the Dodge Charger R/T, which has optional all-wheel-drive (AWD), 19-inch wheels, and, with AWD, an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system that improve fuel economy by up to 5%. (When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy. The system uses a clutch, and in cold weather automatically starts out in all wheel drive until it detects the absence of wheel slip.)
The 2011 Dodge Charger’s interior had premium materials throughout, and a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip. Four available distinct interior color combinations (one apparently including red seats) feature soft touch surfaces. Electronics include Garmin® navigation, dual-zone climate controls, and the ability to check fuel prices with the integration of available SIRIUS Travel Link.
Law and Order wrote that Chrysler changed the seats dramatically, benchmarking the Lexus LS460:
...most seats start out with a stamped steel seat bottom. To that, different layers, thicknesses and densities of foam are added. That means seat comfort comes only from the foam layers. The most comfortable seats, however, start out as a tube frame with a nylon web seat the bottom. And that is what the new Charger has.
The 2011 Dodge Charger also had better foam layers, with the webbing covered with a layer of firm foam, then a layer of memory foam.
The 2011 Dodge Charger had more than 65 safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready-alert Braking and Rainy Day Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance both on and off the track. Safety and security features available for the first time on the Dodge Charger included adaptive-cruise control (ACC) with forward-collision warning (FCW), blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross path (RCP) detection and ParkView™ rear back-up camera with grid lines, all designed to provide the driver with added confidence while behind the wheel.
While somewhat less powerful than the same engine in the 2011 Dodge Challenger, the Pentastar V6 was far more powerful and quieter than the 250 horsepower 3.5 liter, with better gas mileage; and had better acceleration than most of the “original” Dodge Charger V8 cars could provide.
Built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Dodge Charger arrived in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010. Brampton also built the 300C, Challenger, and, many believe, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and a Lancia 4-door sedan identical to the 300C except for badging and grille.
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