I know that people are going to ooh and aah over the new Pentastar V6 that Chrysler is putting in the new 2011 Dodge Challenger, but I think it may be just a bit premature. The previous Challenger V6 made a paltry 250 hp / 250 lb-ft of torque and while not completely anemic, it simply became downright overpowered when asked to push along the Chally’s chubby-chub curb weight of 3,819 lbs. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar pumps out a respectable 305 hp / 268 lb-ft or torque, but the main problem that we’re seeing is that there has been no weight loss.
If you compare the numbers between the Challengers two main rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, you’ll see that it is simply outgunned before it even gets to the starting line. For example the Camaro’s V6 puts out 312 hp / 278 lb-ft of torque and weighs 100 lbs less, then there’s the Mustang with the same 305 hp, but another 12 lb-ft of torque and 366 less lbs. Now granted as of yet there have been no official performance tests done, but if were just looking at numbers here I’m thinking that the new 2011 Dodge Challenger V6 is in for a tough time.