• Aug 21, 2010

Reader Spy: 2011 Dodge Charger on the set of 'The Fast and the Furious Five' – Click above for high-res image gallery

Thanks to Autoblog reader Jose Rosario, we can now put the speculation to rest – the 2011 Dodge Charger will indeed receive a new full-width taillamp treatment that echoes that of its two-door Challenger kin. Rosario informs us that these spy shots were taken in Puerto Rico on the set of The Fast and the Furious Five, the latest installment of the durable Vin Diesel street racing franchise.

According to Rosario, the filming appears to be using at least one prototype of the new Charger, "because it has the sides of the current model but has the new front and they added the new rear which light up all in LED lights." The film crew is also using more complete 2011 models, all of which are dressed up as police cars. The cars were used in a chase scene in which two current-model in a matte black finish pull a bank vault along the street, pursued by the Brazilian police cars (Even though the filming is taking place in Puerto Rico, the movie is set in Brazil). Rosario sadly reports that the last scene filmed the day these images were taken were of a current model Charger rear-ending a 2011 model.

Rosario managed to not only get shots of the new taillamps and well-integrated dual exhausts, but also some shots of the front end, which he says looks "more aggressive," including more snout-like grille, new hood, subtly but completely redone headlamps and a revised lower fascia.

As if that weren't enough, our man in PR also scored a shot of the 2011 model's interior, which reveals a much more cohesive look. A new three-spoke steering wheel with redundant audio controls beckons, as does what appears to be a start button. The gauge binnacle eschews the four nacelles of the current car for a more unified cluster that's marked out by a liberal helping of silvery trim and vertically oriented air vents bookend a new infotainment screen. Immediately below the screen, the Charger maintains its simple three-knob HVAC controls (albeit redone), and a step down from there is the CD slot. In the center console, a gated PRNDL surrounded by what looks like faux carbon-fiber trim. All-in-all, it looks like a massive improvement over the dour and workmanlike instrument panel of the outgoing Dodge.

What do you think – will the reborn Dodge Charger and its Chrysler 300 twin offer enough changes to rekindle your interest? Check out our images in the high-res gallery below, and then drop your fellow reader a line in Comments. Thanks for the pics, Rosario!




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, but why are the police car tail lights in photo #7 (driving shot) NOT like the stationary photos of the alleged 2011?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like all American cars, the interior looks very cheap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a stupid movie. License plates in Brazil have always three letters and four numerals like XXX-000 and are always grey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one mean looking muscle car. The Charger is a legendary car.....;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh, is it just me or does that front end remind you of the new lancer
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back looks a little different, but the rest looks almost the same as the current one. I expected more changes. On one hand Charger is very popular so i understand that they did not change a lot, but i certainly expected more. Picture #4, side looks exactly like todays Charger, same head lights, same grill.

      Chrysler need to hire new designers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One of the Chargers is not a "real" 2011 model, just the current one with the new front and rear ends... the 6th picture shows the side of the new Charger.

        "According to Rosario, the filming appears to be using at least one prototype of the new Charger, "because it has the sides of the current model but has the new front and they added the new rear which light up all in LED lights." The film crew is also using more complete 2011 models, all of which are dressed up as police cars."

        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't understand why this comment has half a star. Is there a comment screening gestapo that searches all the comments to 1-star comments posted by people who are not brand fanboys or raving idiots? It's getting to the point that when I see a comment with 3 stars I think, "this is going to be a dumb comment," and when I see a half a star I think, "this guy probably has something really good to say that all the fanboys are butt-hurt over."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now we know how Chrysler gets rid of development / test mules. Instead of a non-stop trip to the crusher they bang them up in the filming of a movie, making product placement, hype in the internet and having fun with the vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's got the rear end it should have had all along.

      Looks like it's going to be a decent overall facelift.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree that this is the rear-end the car should have had from the beginning, but I think this whole "retro" thing with domestic manufacturers is starting to get old. For a while it was great to have throw-back designs, but now it's starting to look like the easy way out of taking a gamble on fresh new designs. With that said, I still love the way the new Camaros, Challengers, and Mustangs look. I just think that a company like Dodge, who hasn't been making very many "knock out" cars for quite a few years now, should look towards the future rather than the past when it comes to their designs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dodge and the entire Chrysler corp cannot (literally) afford to gamble on a revolutionary redesign of their most popular cars., The LX sisters are the main reason why Chrysler ran out of money in 2009 instead 0f 2005. It would be like Porsche completely changing the 911, or BMW doing the same to the 3 series, a misstep could end the company. In regards to retro, if you give designers instructions to create something "modern", you get a Acura ZDX, a Nissan Juke, or a Crosstour. Modern designers wouldn't know beauty and style if it hit them in the face. If you want a successful automotive design out of a modern designer, tell them to simply look at the ancestors work, modernize it, collect their check and go home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The brand new Chrysler vehicles are looking really nice!! Glad to see em in action!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Altough the top of the license board is right (RJ - Rio de Janeiro) the rest is wrong. Brazilian license plates are XXX-nnnn where X is a letter and n is a number
      • 4 Years Ago
      As if we needed more reason to be scared of the police. At least now we can heckle them for their CVs, but once this scary beast is unleashed on our men and women in blue, all hell will break loose
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