Well here you have it, the first official pictures of the new 2011 Dodge Charger. The public has been waiting for this sucker for what seems like forever and while not a huge departure from the original, there are definitely enough differences to get our attention. Many of the new styling queues were lifted directly from Dodge’s iconic second generation Charger, a car that is considered to be one of the most stylish automobiles of all time. The dual hood call outs, recessed door panels and fully wrapped taillights are all features that pay homage to the cars built from 1968-1970. Dodge hopes that this new design will generate some enthusiasm around the new Charger in the hopes that they will win back some of the baby boomer crowd.
Keep in mind that this is not just a cosmetic redesign but an entirely new automobile with the engineers enhancing just about every part of the car. The interior cabin for example has been further enhanced by isolating wind and power train noise. Dual-pane glass is also now used for the windshield and front door side glass, and body silencing foam has been applied liberally to the Chargers uni-body structure. Engine wise the new 2011 Charger will get the new 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar when ordered in SE or RallyE specs, or the 5.7-liter HEMI with a four-cylinder cutoff mode and FuelSaver Technology if the R/T package is ordered. Unfortunately for performance enthusiasts there is no word of an SRT8 model for 2011.
AWD will also make its way back into the Chargers underpinnings and will feature, according to Dodge – “innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel drive vehicles.”
Dodge has a lot riding on its new flagship, but with a great combination of styling, performance and new technology I can see no reason why this car wouldn’t go right to the top of the market.