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2011 Dodge Challenger is a Modern Throwback

By Death Writer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Death Writer via Wikimedia Commons
Though sometimes overshadowed by its more famous Charger sibling, the Dodge Challenger has always been an object of affection for muscle car aficionados. Powerful, fun to drive and affordable, the Challenger has long typified what made the pony car an American icon. The 2011 Challenger carries on that legacy admirably, with an abundance of power and a range of options packed into a suitably muscular and stylish package.

Pentastar Power

Among the changes ushered in by the 2011 model year, perhaps the most notable was the introduction of a newly designed 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The Pentastar employs a number of technological advances to bring the power output up to 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, which is 55 horses more than the 3.5-liter V6 it replaced. Reworked suspension geometry and a new power steering system give the Challenger surprisingly crisp and enjoyable handling, making the modern pony a true joy to ride.

The Challenger Recrafted

Though the exterior styling changed little from previous years, not much change was necessary. The boldly flaring lines and broad, muscular angles already have a striking aesthetic, creating a distinctly modern appearance while simultaneously channeling the spirit of the muscle car’s golden era. The interior of the 2011 Challenger, however, was entirely redesigned. High-quality materials abound inside the cabin, from upscale trim to optional Nappa leather seats that would look perfectly at home in a German luxury sedan. Best of all, the cabin is far quieter than would be expected of the typical muscle car, reducing road noise without tuning out the throaty growl of the exhaust.

A Car Out of Time

In a modern world that largely values efficiency and practicality, the 2011 Dodge Challenger is utterly anachronistic. It’s big, it’s brash and it’s far from practical, but its raw power and aggressive throwback styling ads up to a pure muscle car with a magnetic appeal. Add in the long and rich history of the model line, and it’s not hard to understand the undeniable attraction of the 2011 Challenger.

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