By on October 5, 2010

For all intents, the 2011 Dodge Charger debuted to the internet two weeks ago… as a police car. Possibly recalling that some civilians might wish to purchase the thing, Chrysler has finally released images of it in R/T guise… but where’s the surprise? The overall design is more delicate and graceful than that of its atavistic predecessor, but it also seems to lack the classical menace of the outgoing model. At least when shown without police livery.

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51 Comments on “2011 Charger: Civilian Edition...”


  • avatar
    Zackman

    ‘Bout time Chrysler added rear doors to the Challenger! At least those windows open!!!

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    The overall design is more delicate and graceful than that of its atavistic predecessor, but it also seems to lack the classical menace of the outgoing model

    It’s still got enough menace, but it thankfully smooths out the retro-inspired “hips” and looks much less slab-sided.  Personally, I always disliked the looks of the Charger: forced, awkward and tacky (and, when I felt nasty, “redneck chic”) got used.
     
    I’d be interested to know a) if this was styled under Cerberus or FIAT, and b) what the 300’s revision will look like.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I like it.  I look forward to the new V6s.  A family car that isn’t a bland-mobile.  I’ve got to have something to buy once the kids start arriving.  :P

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      If you’re intending kids, pray they resurrect the Magnum.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      I was about to quip, “Why they don’t have any more seats than the Charger does.”  But it is one of the few wagons that my sweetie doesn’t think looks like a “hearse” as she likes to derisively say.  I’d really rather have GM resurrect the B-body wagons but that will happen right about the same time the company returns to profitability and can stand on its own two feet.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      The Magnum has one very serious advantage: the hatch opens well back into the roof, which in turn makes loading cargo very easy.
       
      And brother, believe me when I say that having kids involves a lot of loading of cargo.  “Encumbered” is second only to “damp” in adjectives I would use to describe parenthood of young children.

    • 0 avatar
      Stingray

      I’d buy it with HEMI as it is. I’m sure my 18 month baby (or toddler) will enjoy it.

  • avatar

    Less ugly, but still not great — and it could have been great. To their credit, much of it is improved over its unfortunate predecessor — the roofline is excellent, the rear is a little contrived but not awful, etc. But they kept the essence of the nose, which was the worst feature of the original.

  • avatar
    Eric Ethier

    Stunning. I love it.

    I was never a huge fan of the shoulders being so large and forced and they sort of traded that for the 1999 R/T concept’s side door scoop.

    The best selling model was the SXT with the aging 3.5, now with the new 3.6 there is even more incentive o get the V6.

    I am excited!

  • avatar
    Jordan Tenenbaum

    Yeah, I think they did a good job with the Charger. Can’t wait to rent one!

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      I’m even willing to accept one of the new ones as a rental.  At least once.  (I have refused the old ones every time I was offered an “upgrade” ever since my first Charger rental.)

  • avatar
    getacargetacheck

    Disappointed with the front end — should have looked more like a 1969 Charger.  Would have looked like nothing else on the road.  Lose the rear spoiler — ruins the lines.  I like the taillights.

  • avatar
    geeber

    A very nice improvemnt over the current model. I especially like the taillights, which recall the 1970 Charger or 1970-71 Challenger. Let’s hope that the Caliber and Avenger undergo a similar transformation.

  • avatar
    dswilly

    Yawn…..

    • 0 avatar
      Eric Ethier

      Do tell…

      I don’t understand comments such as these. Name a similarily sized and priced new vehicle that is 1/2 as appealing or exciting as this vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      dswilly

      Its personal preference and has nothing to do with value.  I find Chrysler Charger/Challenger products lacking.  This boy-racer styling is all shock with zero staying power and does not age well.  We have had several of these plus Challengers in our studio for work and I was appalled at the horrible fit/finish and general lack of detail to the cars design, the Challenger was 40k+!  Its like they penned these aggressive concepts and fail to bring them into reality well refined. Don’t take it personal, just my opinion.

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    Oooh I like this. It looks a far more rounded car than it’s predecessor, and whilst less obviously menacing, it’s still there in a subtle way. Now here’s hoping that they’ve ditched the crappy 2.7 base engine and done something with the interior.

    • 0 avatar
      Eric Ethier

      They have! New 3.6 V6 (290 HP/260 LB.FT [in the JGC]) will be the only base engine under the 5.7 HEMI.

      Interior is good from the spyshots I’ve seen however, is not as well done as the new JGC.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    Wow…they did a brilliant job with this car. It’s not fat, bland, and bloated like the Taurus…its aggressive and very appealing.  It uses proper V8 and RWD powertrains.
     
    This car is leaps and bounds above the current car.  Chrysler will see TONS of sales…not only from this, but also the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
     
    Chrysler and GM have shown a lot of great products lately…showing that they are continuing to work hard to remain competitive.  Too bad we can’t say the same thing about Ford.

  • avatar

    But how does it drive? How’s the handling? How are the brakes? For a family sedan, am I going to have more fun driving this than my manual v6 Mazda6? I doubt it, but I’m willing to be shown the light.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    I like the look.  This version seems to have cleaned up on the crudest features of the outgoing model.  I always thought that the upper doors were too thick and crude looking on the old one.  From what I have seen both here and on Allpar, the car seems to have improved from every angle.
    Sinistermisterman, tt is my understanding that the 2.7 is gone (hopefully for every model and for good).  The new 3.6 Pentastar V6 is supposed to be a tremendous improvement.

    What I would like to see is a straight up comparison of the new 3.6 Charger vs. the 3.5 (non-ecoboost) Taurus.  I thought about adding the Impala, but I suspect that the Impala is going to sell on price in this class from here on out.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Except for the rear spoiler and the over-sized rims,  I like the styling.  Just the right  amount of aggressiveness and it’s rear wheel drive.

    • 0 avatar
      daga

      I agree – loved the evolution until I got to the rear.  Spoilers on cars like these seem so 1995 Domestic.  I’m sure there’s a spoiler delete option, but I fear many dealers may not tick that one off.

  • avatar
    340-4

    Dear Dodge,
     
    Want, want want. Wantwantwantwant. Want.
     
    Okay, now that that is out of the way:
     
    This car needs to be available in better exterior colors than the previous model years. After spending some time looking at classic Chargers – you have a great opportunity here.
     
    B5 blue!
     
    That amazing olive green color used on ’69 Chargers. Wow.
     
    I could go on.
     
    Also, be sure to offer a red or blue interior.
     
    I await with shaking checkbook.

    • 0 avatar
      Stingray

      Agreed on the want want want… I hope they export this bitch with the steering on the wrong side.
       
      Mine would be yellow, with the falta black stripe, HEMI lettering in the rear quarter.
       
      Where are the interior pics?

  • avatar
    thatsiebguy

    I like it, especially now that the oversized hips are gone. Is the next 300 still based on the LX or is the Charger all that’s left? Still makes me long for another Magnum though. :(

  • avatar
    Amendment X

    Nice tail treatment.

  • avatar

    Nice!
     
    Is it just me or does this softened version remind anyone else of the Maserati Quatroporte? Especially that front quarter shot. Good connotations anyway style-wise and plenty menacing enough without getting cartoonish (which the outgoing model kinda had)

  • avatar
    ajla

    Are those the actual exhaust tips?

    • 0 avatar

      Nope. Merely tacky add-ons to the rear fascia. I’ll bet you can see the tiny, round, unfinished exhaust pipe through ‘em.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      No, they look an awful lot like what I see on some new GM products – the chrome “tip” is part of the rear fascia and the exhaust pipe is inside the “tip”, able to move freely. Probably stops warranty claims for misaligned exhaust tips if nothing else.

  • avatar
    th009

    I note that there is not a single photo of the interior.  Will it be significantly better than the current one, which was apparently cobbled together from surplus plastics from Wal-Mart dumpsters?
     
    And will visibility be any better than the current model?

    • 0 avatar
      thatsiebguy

      It’s roughly the same LX layout, just more up to date. Not sure if I like it or not yet: http://bit.ly/cY70Ni http://bit.ly/d4yR97

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      The dash looks more reasonable than before.  Certainly no threat to Audi, but then I wouldn’t expect it in this price range.
       
      Whether the switchgear is now gathered from the same rubbish bin (rather than a bunch of random ones) will have to wait for the rental fleet experience.  Which should happen soon enough, given Chrysler’s 39% fleet sales rate.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    Interior is fine. Think Last-Gen Intrepid mixed with previous Charger. In other words: what it should have been last time around. Nice door panels. Really nice door panels. Billet gauge bezel.

  • avatar
    dolo54

    The front still looks dumb and angry. The rest is an improvement. I feel like if you really want your car to look that angry, maybe you are a bit insecure.

  • avatar
    cardeveloper

    I hope they have fixed some of the STUPID current issues, like every LX requires replacement ball joints in 10-30k miles, or the stupid $0.01 plastic part inside the transmission shifter that fails when it gets hot out jamming the shifter so it can’t be shifted ($500-700 repair), or a few other nuances that drive owners crazy.
     
    I’m still partial to the 06-10 design :)

    • 0 avatar
      nrd515

      That little pink part that broke hasn’t been in a charger/300 for about 3 years now. I know, I bought a billet replacement and when I started to install it, oops, something was changed.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Chrysler’s on a roll. Finally.

  • avatar
    340-4

    I wonder how many of these they’d sell in R/T trim with a six speed manual.
     
    I know they’d sell me one.

  • avatar
    jacob_coulter

    I’d buy one of these in a heartbeat if I had faith in Chrysler quality.  It’s a great looking sedan with plenty of power from the Hemi V8.
    I came awfully close to buying the now discontinued Magnum wagon version with the Hemi, but had previously owned a Dodge Dakota R/T that had a RIDICULOUS amount of problems.  Didn’t want to risk the repair costs or the horrible resale.
     
    Chrysler should put their main focus on quality.  No matter how sexy their offerings, people won’t pull the trigger on such a large investment if they think the cars is going to be a money pit later on.

    • 0 avatar
      nrd515

      My 08 R/T’s issues have been the seat split on the corner a couple of months ago. That’s it, with almost 36K on it. I have several friends with 300’s, Chargers, and a Magnum, and all have been pretty much trouble free. I don’t count the tranny my friend’s 300SRT blew the day he bought it, as who knows what happened to it in the year it was around before he bought it. It was fixed under warranty, and it’s been great since. We are all very happy with our cars.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Virgil Exner would be proud

  • avatar
    IronEagle

    This is a great package! I have had no issues with my 06 Ram MegaCab and would trust Chrysler’s quality now. Previous vehicle before the truck was an ’04 RX-8 and am quite picky when choosing a vehicle. The Charger’s new styling is beautiful but I do agree the front end should have had more heritage styling like the rear does now. It has a very Mitsubishi Lancer look. The sides look much better. This would be on my short list if I was in the market.

  • avatar
    Slowtege

    I liked what I saw in the police version (another set of headlights to memorize, I know), and this does not disappoint. I liked the design of the 06’s but it was crude overall. The SRT8 version made that design cohesive. This redesign brings sophistication to it–love the rear 3/4 view (taillights especially). And now there is a decent V6 to go along with it in base trim (finally, no 2.7 or any of the other 2 billion V6’s Chrysler’s offered recently). And the exhaust is integrated into the rear bumper as opposed to just cutouts that, while fine, looked bad on the previous V6 (one pipe, two openings…really?). And they gave in and gave the R/T 19’s or 20’s–looks proper.

    Waiting for the 300C sometime soon…

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Finally a right wheel drive with choice of V6 or V8, non boring bland looks and a decent interior with some actual room and a trunk. GM really screwed the pooch with a golden opportunity to fix Pontiac with exciting models like this new Charger. Imagine a full sized Bonneville with Pontiac styling on a Zeta RWD/AWD chassis with V6 or V8 power joined by a mid size Grand Prix coupe and sedan. If only!
    Chrysler has some promising improvements coming down the pipeline and many will use the smooth, quiet and powerful 3.6 V6.


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