INTRO: A lineup of three new extraordinarily powerful engines re-defines the muscle-car status of the 2011 Dodge Challenger coupe - all without sacrificing 21st century 5-passenger-car necessities for safety, comfort and handling.
FEATURES: Of the three trim levels, the SRT8 is the most muscular, boasting a massive HEMI V8 that delivers enormous torque off the line. A functional hood scoop, rear spoiler and 20-inch alloy wheels augment its aggressive profile. Even so, it manages to save fuel while cruising by shutting down some cylinders.
PERFORMANCE: The entry level Challenger is built with a 305 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 and a 5-speed automatic transmission while the mid-level R/T is upgraded to a 376 horsepower 5.7 liter Hemi V8 and either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. The top-end SRT8 features a 470-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 Hemi mated to a 6-speed manual. All models feed power to the rear wheels.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Challenger is $24,670. An SRT8 model starts at $42,555. The Challenger is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: It's all about the power of the machine without leaving contemporary sensibilities at the line in the retro-styled 2011 Dodge Challenger.