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Dodge launches R/Ts including Man Van

by David Zatz on

Dodge announced numerous R/T models today, including the awaited “man van,” the 2011 Dodge Caravan R/T.

With the same engine as the other Chrysler minivans, the 283 horsepower Pentastar V6, the Caravan R/T relies on suspension and appearance tweaks for its uniqueness. The latter include a “dipped” body-color grille, body-color side moldings and exclusive 17-inch wheels.

A new, R/T-exclusive black interior has perforated black leather seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a premium sound system with nine-speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier.

The van has a list price of $31,340 and arrives in the spring. Colors will be colors: Blackberry Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Pearl, Deep Water Blue Pearl, Stone White, Mango Tango Pearl, and Dark Charcoal Pearl (Pearl meaning Pearl Coat).

Other R/T models include the already-announced Dodge Charger R/T with 370 horsepower Hemi and 0-60 in under 6 seconds, starting at $30,995 and having optional AWD and three “lifestyle” packages (Plus, Road & Track, and Max); Durango R/T, with a 360 horse Hemi, starting at $36,315; Dodge Journey R/T, witih 283 horse V6, starting at $29,745 (front drive; rear drive starts at $31,445); and, of course, Challenger R/T, with 376 horsepower Hemi and either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, starting at $30,495.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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