2011 Dodge Charger

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Continuing on the LX chassis, Chrysler has gave the Charger a makeover for the 2011 current model year, which the new models began production late last year. The Charger has many trim levels, SE, Rallye, R/T and a AWD version of the R/T, called the Max, with the engines, the 3.6L Pentastar V6, that produces 292 hp, or the 5.7L EZD HEMI V8 that produces 370 hp, with a 5-speed automatic gearbox, in 2012, there is an option to have the 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

The new Charger has a few new features, such as, more styling cues from the early ’70s models, the SRT-8 trim level will be made available next year, coming with the SRT-8, is the 6.4L ESG HEMI V8 that produces 465 hp. Other features of the Charger is the new AWD system, with a segment-exclusive active transfer case with front axle disconnect, for improved traction and grip, and fuel efficiency when the extra grip is not needed.

New hydrobushings with new monotube shock absorbers, adjusted spring rates and redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries, to improve handling, smoother and better braking characteristics, and to deliver a more comfortable ride. There is also new upper- and lower-control arms with shock-absorber bushings, new half shafts that has high-precision bearing units that are sealed for improved quality and durability.

Other neat performance enhancements are the new electro-hydraulic power steering, known better as EHPS, which gives quicker and softer steering that also gives a more precise road feel, improved center tracking while reducing steering noise and increasing fuel efficiency.

Some negative remarks about the new styling that has been applied to the new Charger, saying that it’s looks more like an Evo X then a Chrysler muscle car. Which can be noticable from the front facade and the sides with that sloping cruve that runs along the doors.

The base model, the SE trim, has a starting price of $25,395 USD, the price for the Rallye start at $27,645 USD, the R/T starts at $30,395 USD, and the R/T Max costs about $35,395 USD, prices for the SRT-8 have not been released yet and will be put on sale end of this year, as 2012 models.


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