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Ralph Gilles does a burnout in a 2011 Dodge Charger R/T - Click above to watch video after the jump

Jay Leno recently got the chance to spend a little time with the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles stopped by to answer the funny man's questions. If ever there was a guy who could accurately compare the Charger to its predecessors, Leno would be it. The man knows a thing or two about Mopar history and exactly what has made the original models so sought after to begin with. He's also an unabashed Chrysler fan through and through, so it's interesting to see his take on the newest iteration of the Charger legacy.

While we always enjoy the chance to listen to Gilles talk shop and Leno crack jokes, the best part of the clip is watching the Dodge CEO himself educate the comedian on how to properly execute a burnout with Hemi power at one's command. Is there anything more enjoyable than a CEO behaving badly?

Probably not.

If you listen closely, you might even hear Gilles say that Chrysler is investigating whether or not to bolt a manual transmission into the Charger due to high interest. We like the sound of that action. Hit the jump to watch the video.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      dodge would definitely get my interest if they FINALLY put a proper manual in the Charger, i have been looking for a rwd 4 door sedan with a manual that's NOT a luxury brand for a long time...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ GM FanBoi

        No.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How many G8's did GM sell with manuals?

        Oh and BTW do you really think that the Caprice that will be offered here with a manual trans for police use?

        I'd like to have what your smokin, because honestly at this point Chrysler is the only manufacturer that offers a RWD full sized sedan at a decently affordable pricepoint.



        • 4 Years Ago
        GM is the way to go buddy

        Chrysler has terrible reliability

        Ford doesn't know how to make a RWD car and they won't put a manual in anything plus they are probably worse in reliability than Chrysler

        Just buy a used G8 or wait for the civilian version of the Caprice
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GMFanBoi

        Yes, and GM is well known for their reliability.

        /s
        • 4 Years Ago
        YES to the manual, for certain. I'm no Chrysler fanboy (more often a critic), but a manual transmission offering in a non-SRT8 version of the Charger would be tempting. Even the V6 might be fun if you could row your own.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GMfanboi

        Of the Big 3, I would say GM is by far the worst off, from an enthusiast's standpoint. Their inability to make the Impala a viable Charger competitor makes me wonder just how stupid they really are.

        Is sexy Impala with rwd and a V8 optioned SS too much to ask? Considering how long it took them to return to the pony car market, it would appear so.

        Listening to you talk up GM is like listening to "Shallow Hal" go on and on about how hot his fat girlfriend is!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @11SX

        RE-READ MY POST!

        I said the Civilian version, not the Police version
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi

        The Caprice will be only offered as a PPV (POLICE PATROL VEHICLE).

        GM (like the idiots they are) will not offer it as a "civilian" model.

        Hope you enjoy getting pulled over in your Impala by a Caprice that you can't buy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's not how many manual G8s they sold, it's how many they built. And they only put the manual in the GXP model. But he's right, the G8 is the best bang for the buck. It's huge, handles great, can be had used for around $23K (GT model), and looks a hell of a lot better than any Dodge I've seen.

        $40K+ for a Dodge Charger is a joke when you can get a used GXP for around $27K and look better driving it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Video won't play, 'failed to load xml file'. Tried it with FF and IE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Manual transmission in an R/T = me writing a check.

      I hear rumors that the SRT-8 will offer a six speed manual.

      I've checked out two new Chargers - a base model which sold the day it arrived at the dealership, and an R/T awd which only lasted a few days. The R/T rwd looks like it's gone too.

      Silver, red interior, stick. Check.

      Say it with me, Chrysler.

      The only way I'd write a check faster is if the car came in B5 blue with white leather.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you will see it soon, especially with Mr. Gilles at the helm of Dodge. He is a true motor head that understands that while it may not be super-hot seller, a manual trans Charger will still pull sales from other brands, and maybe even aquire some long term customers. I think a 3.6L/6 spd combo would even be fun, and they may sell a lot of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just an FYI for ya...Ralph Gilles is in charge of design for ALL of Chrysler, and he is the head of the entire Dodge division...has been for the better part of the year. He is definitly in a decision making position.

        The Challenger already uses the outstanding Viper (RIP) 6 spd Tremac box, and Tremac themselves already sell a bolt in kit to put that 6spd in the 2006-2010 Chargers, so we know it fits. It's just a matter of making the decision, and I think Ralph is smart enough to make the call.

        ...and GM Fanboi. Please keep your uninformed, biased statements to yourself. It serves no usefull purpose to hear someone bash a vehicle they have probably never driven.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What we have here is Leno giving his blessing to the best American big car, ever, regardless of origin.

      Edmunds just had a review of the most basic Chrysler 300 and said it was inherently well designed and manufactured. Further they gave a thumbs up to it's form factor as excellent family transportation. Why wouldn't a great police car based on a Mercedes platform also be great family transportation? The only problem with this car is that it's so good, even better ones are on the way. Can't wait for that 300 SRT or the 290hp Pentastar hooked up to that ZF 8 speed with 30 hwy mpg or with optional AWD or some Maserati version or......
      • 4 Years Ago
      G8 doesnt come with a manual..unless u spring 30k+ for a 2 yr old G8-GXP..

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame that nobody remembers what a real burnout is. My dad had a '70 Mach 1 and if you gave it full gas and popped the clutch, it would stand perfectly still while spinning the tires. No sound from the tires either, other than a hiss. No screeching, no squealing, no chirping, just a 351 Cleveland and a bunch of airborne tire.

      Cars have only gotten more powerful since then, so what gives?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @GMFanBoi

      Shut up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Comment system fail, once again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for GM to bring back the G8Commodore as a Chevy to compete with the Charger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoever that is in the main picture looks very small in the Charger. Or maybe the car is too big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chargers are supposed to be big!! Every one with the exception of that hatch back one from the 80s has been large. It's the Challenger that is a little too big.
      • 4 Years Ago
      gilles seems like a pretty cool dood
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Manual transmission in an R/T = me writing a check."

      I'm waiting on buying an R/T in the hopes 2012 comes with a 3rd pedal....

      that, and I need more time to convince the wife to let me buy a Toxic Orange one....definitely needs the wing delete, though
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