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Mopar '11 Charger

by Patrick Rall

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At an event at an event to announce the new strategic partnership with Shell Oil and Magnetti Marelli, the Mopar division fully unveiled their newest production vehicle - the Mopar '11 Charger. Like the Mopar '10 Challenger issued last year, the Mopar-modified Charger features a variety of interior, exterior and performance modifications to help the limited edition performance sedan not just look great - but also rip from 0 to 60mph in the low 5 second range.

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The Mopar '11 Charger is offered strictly in the brilliant "Pitch Black" exterior with an offset "Mopar Blue" starting at the front fascia, running along the driver's side of the hood, roof, trunk lid and down the rear fascia. The Dodge logo from the lower right quadrant of the Dodge crosshair grille has been removed in favor of a chrome Mopar badge and a set of 20-inch 5 spoke "Envy" wheels - finished in the same Pitch Black paint as the body adds to the sinister, sporty look of this muscular sedan. Finally, Mopar added a dual pedestal spoiler to the rear to cap off the Mopar '11 Charger's exterior package.

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Inside, the Mopar '11 Charger features the same black and blue look as the outside, with Katzkin black leather seats finished with a Mopar Blue stripe running along the driver's seat and the driver's side of the rear seating area - mirroring the stripe on the outside of the Mopar '11. A unique carbon fiber Mopar shift handle has been added, along with Mopar branded floormats and a unique "Mopar '11 Limited Edition" plaque on the passenger side of the dash.

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Other than the Mopar Blue accents and stripes, the entire interior is finished in black from the dash to the door panels to the carpeting with a splash of chrome and carbon fiber adding some sporty style to the full sized sedan. The interior alterations for the Mopar '11 Charger finish up with a set of brushed silver Charger doorsill plates and a set of bright polished pedal covers. All of these items are added to the standard 2011 Dodge Charger R/T interior, which already includes the massive touch-screen based infotainment unit, multi-zone climate control, and a premium sound system.

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The new Mopar '11 Charger begins with the 5.7L Hemi V8, packing 370 horsepower and 395lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels via a W5A580 5-speed automatic transmission. There have been no modifications made to the engine to increase the power, but the performance of the Mopar '11 is improved by the Mopar Super Track Pack. This adds a 3-mode stability control system, performance tuned steering, a sport suspension setup and a heavy duty, high performance braking system. This brake system uses vented rotors measuring 345mm x 28mm in the front with dual piston calipers and out back, rotors measuring 320mm x 22mm and straddled by a single piston caliber setup.

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Next, Mopar added larger stabilizer bars measuring 30mm in the front and 20mm in the rear with cross-car strut tower braces in the front and rear - although for those looking to use their trunk for larger cargo the rear brace can easily be removed. Helping the Mopar '11 Charger to dash from 0 to 60 in around 5 seconds, Mopar has replaced the 3.06 gears from the Super Track Pack in favor of a 3.91 gear setup and helping to make the most of the suspension improvements along with adding the best grip for hard acceleration, a set of Goodyear F1 Supercar 245/45ZR20 tires is wrapped around the sexy 20" Pitch Black rims.

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Mopar will build 1000 Mopar '11 Chargers with 900 of them intended for the US market and the other 100 will be sent to our Canadian neighbors. The Mopar '11 will become available next week (the week of April 18th, 2011) with an MSRP of $39,750. Those lucky 1,000 Mopar '11 Charger buyers in the US and Canada will also receive a personalized owner kit in a unique Mopar '11 box. This kit includes a brochure highlighting the vehicles special features, a certificate with the car's VIN, information on production of that specific vehicle including the actual build date, and the number (out of 1,000) of that specific Mopar '11.

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