• Sep 18, 2010
Leaked pages from the 2011 Dodge Challenger brochure – Click above for high-res image gallery

Specific outputs have been put to engines in the 2011 Dodge Challenger lineup, and the increases are substantial at the bottom and the top of the range: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will turn out 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet, the 5.7-liter Hemi will crank 379 hp and 410 lb-ft., while the 6.4-liter Hemi tops the charts with 475 hp and 460 lb-ft.

That's a 50-hp and 18 lb-ft. rise for the 3.6-liter V6 over the current 3.5-liter, which ought to make Dodge's muscle car much more competitive with base models of the Camaro and Mustang. Moving up, there is a 50-hp bump in ponies alongside a 40-lb-ft. increase in torque for the top-shelf 6.4-liter that should help the SRT8 compete with Ford's GT500. The man in the middle, the 5.7-liter, makes do with an increase of seven horsepower and ten pound-feet.

Much more intriguing than that is the tale that Ralph Gilles, Dodge's CEO, said that the SRT8 would do the 0-to-60 run in less than four seconds. The current Challenger has been tested by various outlets to run anywhere from 4.8 to 5.5 seconds. Dodge doesn't officially list its own time, but the EVIC information page on the Challenger site displays a 4.90-second time.

If Gilles did actually say the 2011 would get it done in "the 3-second zone," then there's a year's haul of Deadly Catch in Denmark because 50 additional horsepower won't cut an entire second. A Cadillac CTS-V weighs about 60 pounds more than the Challenger SRT8 but has 81 more ponies that help it break the four-second barrier. The truth is in there somewhere – the question is, where is it, and how fast will it be? Thanks for the tip, challenger64hemi!



[Source: Ontario Street Car]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      SWEET!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I am a hardcore enthusiast who wants the best"
      *GT500 picture shown*

      Can someone tell Chrysler they're accidentally advertising the Mustang in their brochure?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really the camaros and mustang's at the bottom shows the Challengers direct competition. It can't compete with v6 mustang or 5.0
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're not- this is a marketing/"messaging" document, for Chrysler to instruct dealers on how they want the car to be promoted. Part of that is identifying the car's key competitors. This isn't a brochure intended for consumers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, firstly, that is NOT A BROCHURE. That is the 2011 Model September Allocation/Ordering Information released to dealerships on dealerconnect. In that same "brochure" they also show interior shots of the upcoming new Stow n' Go seating, the Stow n' Place roof rack, and the new Super Console on the minivans, talk about the new Avenger, 200, Caliber and Nitro. While they do have a picture of the GT500 and I am sure they benchmark it against the car, it does not state nor has it ever been stated the car will do 0-60 in under 4 seconds. If it does, color me very surprised.

        No one seems to have remarked on the fact that the R/T received a slight power bump as well. 379hp/410 torque. Doesn't say with which transmission though (NVM yes it does, MTX only)
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, I didn't get that either, unless they are doing it to show what others from Ford and Chevy would be buying???
        • 4 Years Ago
        3 Camaros and a Mustang Shelby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We knew the Phoenix V6 was due for the base Challenger.
      Put a manual trans in it and price it around the Mustang 3.7 and I'd give it a serious look.

      I'll give up 300lbs... The Challenger so sexy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sub 4 sixty time sounds slightly optimistic. However, if they gear it real short with that 8 speed, they might be able to pull if off like the GTR pulls off low 3 second times with an unfavorable power/weight. Of course this lack of power will start to show after the quarter, but on the street, it will feel awesome...minus the fact that you have to likely buy the autotragic to make it happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only way the viper & ZR-1 pull sub 4 second 0-60 is because they do not shift.
        They make it to 60, just barely, in 1st gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GTR has a double clutch transmission and way more traction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        hello... it seems silly to compare the challenger to the mustang...the mustang may even seem like a big car to some( to be considered a sports car)... the challenger on the other hand is in a class of it's own... and owns well. the challenger is down right huge, giant pig of a car...and a pig of an engine and now a bigger pig... which is down right sick. and every one who likes the car just a little, should get one....new steering wheel and new sport steering...just what the doctor ordered. I saw one driving down the road in santa monica ca. just last week...in hemi orange... and wow, what a cool car... didn't think for a second what it's 0 - 60 score was... you know it's just fast and loud...
        • 4 Years Ago
        And yet, nothing was released on anything regarding the weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was as close as you can be to buying a car with the 5.0 Mustang, but decided to wait at least until the 2012 model year (next year). I never even considered the Challenger since it was so overshadowed by the Mustang/Camaro, but maybe my patience will pay off if Dodge steps up their game between now and then.

        I've always liked the styling of the new Challenger better than the Mustang and Camaro (more retro, much classier), but have never stood up to that of the 'Stang/Camaro. Hopefully that will change!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I stopped reading right where it said 5-speed-auto transmission. Seriously? In 2011?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The no ratio spread MB transmission is the Achilles heel.
        4.32:1 ratio spread sucks.
        The ZF 8 speed auto can not get here soon enough.
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        That thing has got a long ways to go before it can compete with the Shelby Mustang, and V6 challenger and Challenger RT are no match for the V6 Mustang and the Mustang 5.0 GT
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you'd probably be right if it was actually based on the old E-Class as you're implying, but that's not quite true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, so you've driven it, then. What didn't you like about the updated model?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lar/some1

        Idiots, much?

        Also, this is excellent news! I'm sorry, but the current six in the Challenger/Charger is just dog slow (kind've like the old six in the Mustang Coupe) and almost makes you NEED the HEMI just to make her go anywhere. I think having 300+ will do wonders for both models, much the same way the V6 Camaro is almost considered "as good as or better" than the SS, because it's "enough" power.

        Woohoo for Dodge!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just bought an SRT8 yesterday (traded in my 2.7L Chrysler 300)


      This is a pic of it from 300C forums. http://www.300cforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=4894&size=1

      I am extremely happy to see this because I thought it was going to have over 500HP. If it only has 475, that's not such a huge difference over my car. I can use a PREDATOR and get 475.

      But gas on this thing is insane. I used half a tank of gas giving rides to my friends and family. And the Brake dust is unbelieveable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good thing you got out from under that 2.7L you had in the 300.
        You can buy dodge Intrepids dirt cheap with this more often than not blowen engine on Ebay.
        Chrysler has some good six cylinder engines the 2.7 is not one of them.
        The Challenger has a presence that is greater than the others.
        That said, I would buy the Mustang as my personal preference.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's no comparing the CTS-V coupe and the SRT8.

        The SRT8 is the bigger, better car. The CTS-V just has more refinement.

        I drove the CTS-V coupe and posted a video on Youtube. I considered getting it before I decided it was too small and choose the SRT8.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvRzVaSO7s

        The CTS-V's magneto shocks make the road feel a little too unnatural, however, it does offer the faster, smoother ride. The SRT8 provides greater ass-in-yo-seat thrust and rides more connected to the road.

        If your interested in an SRT8, you can get one now, used with less than 25K, fully warrantied, for less than $30,000. That's what I did. thing is, the HEMIc is more sensible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you click the source link, you'd see that the Challenger is being underrated, so insurance companies don't take it up the ass.

        But, i'm glad Chrysler is keeping the Challenger competitive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, but I think that "0 to 60" time under 4 seconds for the new Challenger must be 60 kpm. This new Italian ownership is messing up their numerology.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fail.

      The SRT8 needs more than 475hp to keep up with the GT500 and LSA-powered
      Z28 (which reportedly puts down 489hp on a chassis dyno).
      N8dawg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really want to see the SRT 392 vs BOSS 302
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps the SRT will get the ZF 8HP transmission (the Charger and 300 will). With 475 HP and the extra gears, maybe a sub 4 sec 0-60 is possible... time will tell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      475hp and 460lb-ft is a healthy amount of power, enough to make the SRT8 a solid 12 second ride.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unless something has changed the 392 HEMI is an iron block, but an aluminum surprise would be nice.

      The zero to 60 isn't overly optimistic either, it could easily be accomplished with steep gearing, much like it was accomplished back in the 1960s. Top end suffers sure but most people will never ever top out their cars on public roads.

      I have had the pleasure of driving the Challenger on a few occasions and it is an very good car. It certainly has a character or X-factor about it that the Camaro and Mustang just don't have, as good as they are. I am happy to see Chrysler is keeping it competitive with powertrain and interior updates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they're using lead paint and it's the (MM8) stripe delete option -$250? LOL
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