The Challenge is on to stay competitive with a V6, which have become the V8s or yore. Anything less than 300 hp just won’t do, and the new 2011 Challenger does, just barely, with 305. The new Pentastar V6 has found its way into Dodge’s porky pony, and Chrysler is mighty proud of it. (See full press release here). Its lighter, cheaper to build, more efficient and powerful; what’s not to like? It still leaves the Challenger at the back of the pack.
Weight is the enemy. Packing four hundred pounds more than the 305 hp Mustang V6, but with less torque, the Challenger V6 is doomed to keep eating its dust. The Camaro will likely be duking it out with the Challenger for also-ran status, although it packs a few extra horses (312). Undoubtedly, the new Challenger V6 will be a huge improvement over its long-in-tooth predecessor. Giddiup.