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Leaked Documents Reveal Dodge Modernizes 2011 Challenger Lineup With 305HP Pentastar V6, 475HP SRT 392 V8

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Leaked Documents Reveal Dodge Modernizes 2011 Challenger Lineup With 305HP Pentastar V6, 475HP SRT 392 V8

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

Thankfully, the 2011 Dodge Challenger has earned itself a boost in technology and performance. The outputs of the new and expected power trains have been revealed, as well as the cars' specific targets through some leaked documents. And we're happy to say the power outputs are a pleasant surprise.

Scroll down for the full details, but here's the gist of it. The base Challenger model gets the new Pentastar V6 that puts out 305 horsepower to truly compete with the other two V6 Pony cars (let's hope Dodge did something about that heft, though).

Power is routed through a 5-speed automatic, one gear down compared to Ford and Chevy's 6-speed auto's. The base model gets a sporty suspension, dual exhaust, rides on 18's, and the car in its sights at the dealership across the street is the Chevy Camaro 1LT.

Also targeting the Camaro 1LT is a Rallye version of the V6-powered Callenger. The Rallye option snags fog lights, standard leather/heated seating, U-Connect/Satellite radio, and a 276-Watt amp pumping power to 6 Boston Acoustics speakers.

Going up against the more powerful yet comparably plain 426-horsepower Camaro SS will be the 379-horsepower / 410 lb-ft Challenger R/T. Power comes from a Hemi 5.7 liter V8, while the rest of the car gets performance-calibrated steering, suspension, and brakes. There's a color-coded spoiler, while inside is a 160-MPH speedo and some carbon trim.

Finally, the big dog: the one and only SRT 392. Packing a 6.4 liter V8, the newest Challenger daddy drops a 475-horse bomb likely through a 6-speed manual transmission. Torque figures sit at 460 lb-ft. The new SRT gets the necessary 392 badging, some carryovers from other models (although in this case there's a 180-MPH speedometer), and Brembo stoppers behind 20-inch rims. Inside is premium leather and a performance display in the dash.

The SRT's target is the new Shelby GT500, meaning that there will have to be something special about the Challenger to make up for its lack in brute force. Hopefully we'll get a more impressive interior to better battle the Mustang's primo seating area and continue to put the Camaro's to shame (before GM's 2012 update).

As soon as Dodge deems it time to officially release the 2011 Challenger, we'll let you know.

By Phil Alex

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/leaked-documents-reveal-dodge.html

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2011 Dodge Challenger Specs Leaked...Again

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

September 20th, 2010

Back in July we got our first taste of the 2011 Dodge Challenger's spec sheet, confirming the 6.4-liter HEMI for the SRT8 and putting pricing in the $25,000-$43,000 range. Today, what looks to be an internal dealer document has surfaced, revealing more details--including specific horsepower figures.

The numbers aren't a surprise: the 6.4-Liter HEMI is rated at 475 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of twist according to the leaked info. Those figures are a touch on the low side of what was expected, but still enough to give Dodge the idea that the new Challenger SRT8 will offer some competition for the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

Having driven the 2011 Shelby GT500 on track at VIR, however, Dodge will have to do some serious work on weight and suspension to keep pace with the nimbler, more powerful Mustang.

The 5.7-liter HEMI under the hood of the R/T turns out 379 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, a mild upgrade from the 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of the current 2010 Challenger, but again lagging behind the 2011 Mustang GT and Camaro SS.

In the base V-6 car, output jumps more noticeably from 250 horsepower to 305 horsepower, right on par with the new generation V-6s from Ford and Chevy. Torque is up as well, from 250 to 268 pound-feet. The engine also grows 0.1 liters to 3.6 liters in displacement, indicating it's a massaged version of the new Pentastar V-6.

Check out the link below for the full brochure.

[Ontario Street Car]

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049517_2011-dodge-challenger-specs-leaked-again

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