• Apr 13, 2011
Mopar 2011 Charger – Click above for high-res image gallery

In 2010, Chrysler released the 2010 Mopar Challenger with a 500-unit production run. Chrysler tells us the gussied-up pony car was so popular with the die-hard Mopar faithful that the entire production run was sold out in three days.

Team Pentastar is looking to make similar headlines for 2011 with the official introduction of the 2011 Mopar Charger. The sedan comes only in Pitch Black with a Mopar Blue stripe that stretches across the top of the entire body, and a rear spoiler is standard fare on this limited production model.

Inside, this special edition Charger features Mopar-branded Katzkin leather seats with contrasting Mopar Blue stitching that also appears on the steering wheel. The Mopar Charger also features the next-generation Pistol Grip combined with Auto Stick, which enables the driver to select a higher or lower gear while a transmission controller ensures that you're not over-revving. Further differentiation comes courtesy of special instrument bezels and an identifying plaque on the instrument panel. The Mopar name again appears on the floor mats and door sills.

Continue reading: 2011 Mopar Charger ready to rumble



Photos copyright 2011 Chris Shunk/AOL


We were hoping the Mopar Charger would feature Chrysler's new 6.4-liter Hemi engine, but instead the automaker decided to stick with the 5.7. The mill features 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, which is nothing to sneeze at, and acceleration, handling and braking are enhanced with Mopar's Super Track Pak. Also standard is a 30mm stabilizer bar up front and a 20mm stabilizer out back, which will provide added stability when this big rear-drive sedan gets pushed to the limit.

Out back, the Mopar team added a 3.91:1 final drive ratio to improve acceleration, and the fruit of that labor is a 0-60 time "in the low five second range." We're guessing that's a conservative estimate, and our instrument-testing colleagues at the magazines will boast times in the high fours when the final numbers are tallied.




The Mopar Charger also features blacked-out 20-inch wheels that originate from the Green Envy Challenger. Those wheels are wrapped with Goodyear F1 Supercar 245/45/ZR20 tires all around. The folks at Mopar gave that pricey rubber a workout courtesy of a burnout, which you can watch by clicking on the Autoblog Short Cut above.

Chrysler tells us that the special edition Mopar Charger will be available over the summer with a starting price of $39,750 (destination included). Initial volume projections are for 500 units, though we've been told that the automaker would like to push for 1,000 units if possible. Chrysler is holding off on a 1,000 unit production quota due to issues with securing enough radios due to production issues being experienced at a Japanese supplier. We asked if they can simply go to Best Buy to procure different audio, but we were told that a lot of the controls for the Mopar Charger run through the audio hardware.

Click on the Autoblog Short Cut video below for a two-minute walk-around of the 2011 Mopar Charger with Mopar Sales Director Jim Sassorossi.





Photos copyright 2011 Chris Shunk/AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This car from a financial standpoint makes no sense.
      Appears to be about $8000 more than a regular rt charger.

      So for this money you get some undersized tires and wheels and some new sway bars, gears and some seat covers?

      There's little to be had here of any value.

      Compare this to the boss mustang which can also be had for about 8 grand more than a stock mustang, but runs the quarter mile a second quicker, god only knows how bad it's going to slap around the stock mustang on a road course, distinctively new styling on the body and the wheels, the track key.

      Come on, this charger is a joke in the value department.
      Only a nonsensible mopar fanatic would buy this car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just want to go on record i'm not comparing the boss mustang to the charger. I'm comparing the value of upgraded model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, now put a stick in it....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I finally got some seat time in an R/T Performance Package and was thoroughly impressed. For a refresh of an existing car it feels quite a bit better than the former model.

      The steering is surprisingly sharp and the 5.7L engine feels extremely strong, almost as much as my G8 GXP. Not surprising since the R/T Edmunds dyno'd was putting out near 400hp.

      The interior though not luxurious is as huge a leap as the Grand Cherokee's and in line with the car's image and class. It's like a four-door Mustang inside and to drive now.

      If something bad happened to my G8 I would be looking long and hard at a new Charger SRT8 to replace it.

        • 3 Years Ago
        @neevers1

        I understand some of your discontent, but there are a couple of factors you must consider. The most obvious is that not many people want to row their own anymore, particularly in something that is not a compact/sport compact or a sports car.

        The other is the past. The originals this new Charger emulates were mostly 2 and 3-speed automatics.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some people are easily convinced to drop tons of cash on a poorly designed pile of crap. "Mopar" doesn't exactly have a reputation these days for being great at engineering performance. About the only thing they did to this vehicle is slap some Pep-Boys crap on it and call it a day. Great job Mopar.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i cant get over the stripe. aren't we passed that "offset stripe on a sedan" phase yet?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed, nothing screams Detroit more than those stripes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Invisible

        "Sorry, but it doesn't need the redneck trailer trash stripes all over the bodywork."

        You must live near some pretty nice trailer parks.

        The ones near where I live usually have 20 year old Hondas, Tauruses, and Caprices with with faded paint, gaudy wheels, and spoilers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nope. For some reason, it suits this car. I'd take this over any other similarly priced sedan on the market.

        If you want V8, rwd muscle with plenty of room for 3 passengers, where else are you going to go that isn't back in time?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like. It's three speeds and some wider rubber away from awesomeness, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just in time for $5.00/gal gas.

      This is deja vu for me. I came of age with $$ to buy a 3 year old 1970 Dodge Charger with a 440CI just as we entered this nations first gas crisis, high unemployment, and expensive gas. I didn't buy the car.

      History does repeat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah because 25 mpg in a car this size is just terrible.... lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really want to like this car (or rather, the bone stock model) but it just doesn't seem to do it for me.

      As for looks, they'll get a B+ because I don't think they finished it. The back end looks nice, but it lost the hard edges on the previous model. The extending break lights / futuristic style is cool, but its too soft for a "badass" car - take cues from caddy please!

      I've drove a few of the stock ones (not quite rung them out) and they're a great improvement over the last model. The handling is a lot lighter and they feel like theres more pickup. But, it still feels big and bulky (which it is) rather than small and nimble.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Silly of folks not to recognize what is going on with Dodge. Dodge is slowly integrating a blend of traditional MoPar magic with classic Italian go fast. Translation- Dodge gets a dose of both sides of the marriage and what folks get is what made the HEMI king + + what put Ferarri on top = ?? . I'm not sure exactly what the end product will be, but these two proud performance oriented companies could turn the Charger into a BMW sedan killer, the Challenger into the muscle car dominator, the Avenger into a euro inspired performance FWD line-up, the next generation Dodge compact into a econo box burner and the Viper into OH MY, OH MY!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your comment:


        @nukem

        Hey champ, key word there is "slowly." As in they've only been
        together for two years. Go ahead, claim you could do better in such a
        short time! We'll all be able to further vote you down :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice clean dash. Love it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1. I adore the new interior. :)
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