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Dodge debuts 2011 R/T lineup

by Bill Cawthon on

Dodge is taking the wraps off its signature R/T performance models for 2011. Visitors at the Chicago Auto Show will see see a lineup with vehicles from minivans to muscle cars for drivers who want an extra measure of performance in their daily drive.

Five new R/Ts, including a Charger, Challenger, Journey, Durango and Grand Caravan deliver power, performance and modern technology combined to create the heart and soul of each vehicle.

“We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC. “Our Dodge R/T models give buyers the chance to stoke their love of driving while still taking care of their families and responsibilities. Driving these R/T models will absolutely leave a smile on their face.”

The Road & Track name has been the performance moniker for Dodge since the muscle car era of the 1960’s, and the brand is delving into its rich heritage to pave the way for the future.

“We’re going back to our roots, when Dodge R/T meant a higher level of dynamic capability,” Gilles added. “In addition to exterior design cues and sporty interiors, every Dodge R/T vehicle will have unique handling characteristics, high-tech, high-performing engines, special exhaust tuning, a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires that grip the road. These Dodge R/Ts have definitely earned their stripes.”

2011 CHARGER R/T: With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, 370 best-in-class horsepower, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger R/T is the Dodge brand’s flagship, delivering premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value. The MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T is $30,170 (excluding an $825 destination charge) and it’s available at Dodge dealers now. For more info, see the 2011 Charger Page.

2011 DODGE DURANGO R/T: The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango is a driver’s SUV that delivers on-road performance and capability by combining handling characteristics with the flexibility of a three-row SUV. An independent suspension on all four corners combined with nearly 50/50 weight distribution and 25 percent stiffer platform transmits a solid driving feel that is usually found in much more expensive SUVs. Taking it to another level, Dodge is also offering a Durango R/T model for 2011 that is ready to wind through the turns with unexpected driving dynamics. Coming the Spring, the 2011 Dodge Durango R/T model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $35,465 (excluding $850 destination). Check out the new Durango at Allpar’s Fourth-Generation Durango page.

2011 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN R/T: Dodge is giving the Grand Caravan an extra dose of mojo for 2011. The result is the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T – a minivan that delivers the driving dynamics of a performance sedan and a little bit of attitude. Affectionately known internally within the company as the “man van,” the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T throws down the gauntlet for a whole new level of cool transportation for families on the go. At the heart of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T is an all-new powertrain. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle and delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 horsepower compared with 197 horsepower in the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine) and more torque (260 lb.-ft. versus 230 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.

Uniquely designed both inside and out, the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T proves a driver doesn’t have to give up a spirited driving experience or their identity when they have a family. The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $30,595 (excluding $835 destination) arrives this Spring at Dodge dealers nationwide.

2011 DODGE JOURNEY R/T: The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T features the powerful new Pentastar V-6 engine, a re-engineered suspension geometry, premium tires and redesigned steering system that gives drivers a better response and feel of the road. It’s designed for customers who want a sporty, stylish, versatile vehicle to meet their active lifestyle demands. Like the Grand Caravan R/T, the Journey R/T is powered by the new 283 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed transmission. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive and can seat five or seven passengers. From behind the wheel, the 2011 Dodge Journey R/T feels nimble, composed and handles well in all driving and road conditions.

The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T front-wheel drive model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $28,995 (including $750 destination); the Journey R/T all-wheel drive model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $30,695 (including $750 destination). Visit Allpar’s 2011 Dodge Journey page for details.

2011 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T: The new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T delivers more of what muscle-car enthusiasts want – improved handling with its new second-generation chassis architecture, the legendary HEMI® V-8 engine with transmission refinements and even more athletic styling — all executed with quality and precision. It features the new second-generation E-segment architecture with redesigned front- and rear-suspension geometries, premium suspension hardware and all-new electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) system for world-class ride and handling. For the enthusiast, the 2011 Challenger R/T’s legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers up to 376 horsepower (280 kW), 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 N•m) and 25 highway mpg. When paired with the newly refined Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission’s Track Pak, the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The U.S. MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is $29,670 (excluding an $825 destination charge) and it’s at your local Dodge dealer now. Check it out at Allpar’s 2011 Challenger page.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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