2011 Dodge Charger Revives Iconic Muscle Car Styling

The 2011 Dodge Charger is now live, and our friends over at the Chrysler Blog have the inside scoop. Hit the jump for the full photo gallery and first official statement.

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October 5, 2010 9:52 AM – In looking to the future, the designers at Dodge sought to recapture the past with the all-new 2011 Charger inspired by its iconic second generation 1960s ancestor.

Its iconic design is combined with modern features such as fastback four-door coupe proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features.

The efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger is sure to strike an emotional chord with Dodge performance enthusiasts of all generations.

Built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ont., Canada, the 2011 Dodge Charger will rev up showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2010.

In the meantime, have a look at what you can expect:

* Meant to evoke the golden age of performance cars, the driver-centric design theme of the 2011 Dodge Charger’s interior cockpit is instantly brought to life by the new driver’s instrument-panel bezel. It showcases a seamless, billeted and highly detailed appearance that carries through the instrument cluster, center stack and center console. The 2011 Charger also features a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip.

* The 2011 Dodge Charger’s aluminum hood features dual scallops that bring a sculptured, performance look to the front end, while large body-side “scallops” deliver a striking A-line across the doors and hark back to the car’s high-performance heritage. The iconic horizontal “coke bottle” or “double-diamond” body-side styling runs front to rear is to create a tapering silhouette accented with muscular front and rear fenders. An all-new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature “racetrack” graphic is meant to define its fastback’s wide stance.

* Dodge Charger engineers were able to tune the cabin for sound quality (rather than sound level) by isolating powertrain, road and wind noise. In addition, Charger’s unibody packages material and structural design improvements including dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin. Combined, these improvements should place the all-new Dodge Charger’s interior sound quality among the best in the E-segment. But, that’ll be up to you to decide.

* As the Dodge brand’s flagship, the chassis of the all-new 2011 Charger is designed, engineered and fine-tuned to deliver a level of quality, capability and refinement that rivals the very best European, Asian and North American E-segment sedans. With its new second-generation E-segment rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture, Dodge Charger features world-class suspension-tunings designed to meet the high-performance handling needs along the world’s most fun-to-drive roads.

* Engineered to perform against the best E-segment sport sedans, the 2011 Dodge Charger SE and Charger Rallye feature a new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver Technology also is included in the new Dodge Charger R/T lineup.

* The 2011 Dodge Charger R/T AWD features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel drive vehicles.

* The 2011 Dodge Charger’s state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch integrates world-class infotainment and convenience technologies to keep passengers connected, comfortable and secure. From segment-leading Garmin® navigation, to dual-zone climate controls and the ability to check fuel prices with the integration of available SIRIUS Travel Link, Uconnect Touch delivers an excellent experience for Charger driver and passengers.

* Finally, the new Dodge Charger includes more than 65 safety and security features, including: Standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready-alert Braking and Rainy Day Brake Support safety to improve vehicle handling and performance. Safety and security features available for the first time on the Dodge Charger include adaptive-cruise control (ACC) with forward-collision warning (FCW, blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross path (RCP) detection and ParkView rear back-up camera with grid lines.


  • Dave
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    WOW! 10/10!! Another HOME RUN I can’t believe how amazing this is!!!!! Speechless!!

  • Chris Caldwell
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Looks like the same Charger out now with the exception of the rear tail lights. I know you want to keep the grill for every Dodge you make but some times you need to change things up a little.

  • Zavier Nettles
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Wow. What a birthday present! time to trade in my 08? of course!

  • Bret
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Sweet! I can’t wait to see, not-hear and feel the new changes when these hit the showrooms. Would be nice to see some shots of this new world class interior too..

  • Nick
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Chris, you may need some glasses, or just to look at a picture, as it keeps the feel of the outgoing Charger, as well as the four wheels and four doors, but looks drastically different.

    Very nice.

    Posted October 5, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    It is a nice refinement of the present day Charger. The taillights are much better and the bends in the hood and door give it some lines so it doesn’t look like a big box. Good job!!!

    Posted October 5, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    What is the SRT8 Version going to look like?

  • esmee
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Sigh…..I’m I love again…she’s a beauty that will go perfectly riding alongside my husbands beast of a challenger 🙂

  • manuel
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit, you guys got it right this time. When all the hype was out on the previous model, I was thinking I would have a new one right next to my 68 charger. Once I saw what it looked like…

    As soon as they are at the dealers, I am going to have to test drive an R/T..

  • bonnie
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful design! I love the new improvements of the 2011 Charger! Simply amazing! Dodge has out done them selves with this one!

  • Carl
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I Like the Tail-Lights but i hate the front end and it haveing four doors. Muscle is not to be mixed with Soccer moms wanting a sedan.

  • johnny mac
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m so tired of hearing “it’s a 4 door yuck” get over it, the lx charger has been out since 2005. guess what? it’ll have 4 doors the next time they change it too….buy a challenger then and get over it…..do people complain because the new camaro is only a holden they ship over from australia?…no!
    this car is better than the previous model and looks awesome. the new police cruiser wearing this skin is amazing looking to. well done mopar!

  • tr4petty
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a nice improvement. Should do very well. There’s only one thing that I would have done differently; it appears that the rear deck is at its’ highest point at the rear pillar, then goes slightly downward toward the spoiler. Maybe it’s an optical illusion but if that’s true, I would rather have seen the rear deck continue slightly upward to the trunk lid edge. Still, it’s a very nice-looking car and an improvement over the current model. I hope the interior is improved at least as much and includes more soft touch pieces.
    As far as the 2-door, 4-door argument goes; I don’t have a big problem with the car as a 4-door but also realize that there are many out there who would have preferred it as a 2-door, like the original. I guess what I don’t understand is why, with all the much bally-hooed, high tech, “flexible” assembly line robotics that the modern manufacturers have incorporated in recent years, you can’t offer both 2 and 4-door versions of the car with only minimal cost. I thought that was the whole reason for having “flexible” assembly lines!?!?

  • jre
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    The Camaro is based on a holden platform, but is not built in Australia.

    Dodge already has the 2 door Challenger for those who want a coupe muscle car. This isn’t the 70s, having a whole lineup of different 2 doors isn’t feasible anymore. Honestly I think the only reason anyone cares is because of the name alone. They could have called the Challenger the Charger and renamed the Charger to the Fourdooria and then nobody would take issue with this.

    The car looks great. I wish a little more had been done with the grille area to make it look more dramatically changed, but as an evolution to the current model instead of a complete redesign, this is very well done. Every change made to it is for the better. I want to see the interior though. And could we possibly see those red seats in the Challenger?

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  • Carl
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m not so much pissed about It haveing four doors as much as the front end doesn’t look anything like a charger. From 1964(Dodge Dart Charger)/1966(Production Charger) It’s always had a large [————] Front end. Now it has a (–|–). If they did it like the old ways It would be labeled as a Coronet and still be on the same base-version of the car Just with a 2Door-Coupe model.

  • moparman
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    “What is the SRT8 Version going to look like?”

    I’m not sure they will have an “SRT” version, I heard rumors they are making the “R/T” model the high performance one, they way it used to be.

    I think this is a huge, ginormous step in the right direction. I like the tail end. I like the side lines (although the scallop should be a double like the ’68 to ’70….). I like the fact that the hood indents are there. I hate the dodge truck front end.

    It’s obvious that Dodge listenned to the many people who have been bending their ear for last 5 years, and it’s appreciated. Unfortunately there is that matter of the extra doors. I have heard a rumor, and I won’t hold my breath, that Dodge is actually thinking about offering a 2 door version in 2011. Again, I won’t hold my breath. To those who continue to throw a fit and say “get over it” or “the challenger IS the 2 door”, why do you care? Really, you got the car YOU want, great for you. That doesn’t make your opinion the only one or the more correct one.

  • Posted October 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I think it looks great, the new tail lights are awesome

  • Clayton
    Posted October 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    to Chris Caldwell, You obviously don’t pay attention to detail! I work with the current generation Charger every day and this car’s lines are very different yet still muscular… staying true to what made the charger a hit when it first came out. Cudos to JRE you were spot on with every thing you said. Its all about the name and besides the challenger is essentially a 2 door coupe version of the charger… It’s built on the same platform, just slightly modified. As far as the interior goes from what I hear from chrysler it’s going to be very well done as far as quality and astetics. If you take a look at the all new 2011 Grand Cherokee’s interior you will know what I’m talking about. Can’t wait til they hit the Show Room floor!!!! Home run for Mopar!!!

    PS: Opinions are like a** holes… Everyone’s got one and they all stink!!!!!

  • moparman
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    “PS: Opinions are like a** holes… Everyone’s got one and they all stink!!!!!”

    The problem with making that staement is that it includes the opinion of the person who states it. Thus it’s like a never ending circle of saying:

    “everyone’s opinon stinks, including mine, therfore my opinion that every opinion stinks, stinks”.

    I’m sure glad Dodge doesn’t think everyone’s opinion stinks.

    I sure that back when they originally came up with the idea of building a challenger, that they figured they could get away with your way of thinking, that it would be the two door everyone wanted, but it didn’t work. Hey, guess what, the 2011 charegr has gone 3/4 retro. I bet it had nothing at all to do with people and their stinking opinions. Nothing at all. Never happens. Not possible. They would never listen to anyone who wanted a retro charger. (sarcasm…)

    They lsitenned for the most part. So I and thousands of others will keep talking, including about the fact that it needs less doors. It doesn’t hurt to ask. If you don’t ever ask or complain, you’ll never get what you want, and they will assume you liek everything they offer you. Or, as they say in the Army, the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    It’s a nice rendition of the current charger, and that’s about it. Retro? I think not. For one, it’s got 4 doors. It’s a car of it’s own. Forget the name. It’s like saying Earnhardt Jr. is a modern day version of Sr. NOT!! Not even close. Anyone who has an old Charger will tell you this car is not even close to the original. This car is car all it’s own, and if it was called the coronet, or diplomat, nobody would criticize it as much. It’s a great car and way better than any other 4 door out there, for looks and appeal. As for 2 doors, it isn’t going to happen. They use this car for police fleets and rentals also. They are not going to flood their vehicle lineup with 2 door coupes. Challenger is the flagship 2 door coupe muscle. Want something retro? Then maybe Challenger is the car for you. BTW, the Challenger convertible is on indefinite hold for right now. So they can’t even give people a Challenger Convertible, however many aftermarket companies have done it and proved it can be done and with style. What gives Dodge?
    So for those who want a 2 door charger, maybe the next time around they revive the “charger” nameplate. But I fear by that time, we’ll still complain that the charger should have a Gas powered V8, such as the HEMI, and not an electric motor at 4 wheels!
    Oh Brother! Will it ever end?

  • moparman
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    “But I fear by that time, we’ll still complain that the charger should have a Gas powered V8, such as the HEMI, and not an electric motor at 4 wheels!”

    Scary, but you know, you might just be right. I hope I live to be a ripe old age, but I hope I never live to see an electric car carrying the name charger.

    Here’s an idea, slowly fade out the challenger (sorry challenger fans, and yes I love it too), and then make the R/T and SRT (if they still have that) a two door performance version, and the SE and Rallye four door versions. Just a thought on a way to keep from having too many of one tye of vehicle in the line-up yet still giving people something they want. Plus, as much as I hate to say it, it would make the current challengers more collectable just like the originals, because they didn’t make too many.

    There is always a way to do something if you really want to. Chrysler just doesn’t want to right now. Plus, in my opinion the reason they didn’t just release a two door version instead of a challenger, is because they didn’t want it to seem like they were admitting their mistake. Yet, by going retro on the challenger, they basically did just that.

    Again, just my 2 cents.

  • RJ
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Need to make it a 2-door

  • HEMIhead
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Yes Moparman, I think you’re right about the mistake, but I blame that on Daimler.
    Maybe they should have used a MB name? Instead of charger they could have called it
    MX511B2? Exciting!

  • moparman
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Just so you guys no, the last post was not me. Someone else using ym name again.

  • IndyRider
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    While I would rather see a 2 door Charger, the 4 door is OK with me. Kudos to Dodge for the 2011 model design changes. If I had some extra $$ around I would add a Charger to the stable, and use it for the luxury cruise trips.

  • srtforever
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Moparman, you are the most bi-polar poster on here, go back on your meds! Not that there’s anything wrong with your lifestyle(!)

  • moparman
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    srtforever, as far as I know from your comment, your the one who hi-jacked my user name. Seriously, RLD and anyone else who is listenning, someone is physically using my id (moparman) that is not me.

    Furthermore, if I did the same to any of you, I’d be banned, so maybe one of you should be.

    The october 8th post was by a differnt human being in a differen location on the planet. Clear enough to understand now.

    Same thing happenned a while back too. It’s obviously one of your sick twisted 12 year old attempts to make me stop posting here, and it won’t work. I love the challenger, and I and thousands of others know what they should have done with a new charger, ad it didn’t involve 4 doors.

    Please, whoever is doing this, just grow up a bit. And please RLD if ther is any way to fix this/ ban the person responsible, please do and let me know. There is no reason for this, nor the attitudes when I try to explain. I think I am going to call a lawyer….

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  • Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    We need some interior shots! I want to see the new steering wheel!

    Posted October 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    2011 Challenger, the Charger will have the same steering wheel as the Durango, which really isn’t that bad. Buy in bulk and save money.

  • chris
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink


  • moparman
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I would like to apologize to everyone for my rants about a supposed imposter using my username. I admit, I have had some issues recently that have caused some strange behavior but I am getting help :). Thanks for all the support!

  • Leonardo
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Um belíssimo carr0 , quer se vier para o Brasil , fará muito sucesso

  • Larry
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    When I saw some of he teaser shots of the car, I wasn’t to sure how i felt about it. Now that I see the whole car all I can say is WOW! I love it! My 08 Charger may have to have a companion!

  • Posted October 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reply Sublime, I have a 2009 Challenger RT in my garage with the 4 spoke “old style” wheel. I need to get out to the dealership to see this new wheel.

  • The Snowman
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Nice police car.

    Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    The Snowman, do you live in the artic circle or do you do a lot white powder? You always have something good to say about everything. I have to say, I liked cars better when they curved in towards the bottom of a panel. Having the sheet metal go straight down makes them look to boxy like train cars. They look slow and sluggish.

  • The Snowman
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink


  • The Snowman
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    The new “Charger” is a nice police car….but that’s all it is. IMO, I can not really see any difference in this “refreshed” model. It’s just ho-hum.. Yawn…

  • mike
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I have owned a2060 charger 113k miles and a 09 challenger 62k miles
    both great cars hope the new ones are as good

  • Posted October 3, 2011 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Very nice, the new Charger – thanks for this great post!

  • Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Perfect look to a modern muscle car.. ! I love it !

  • Rocketman
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know who’s idea it was at Dodge to make the charger a 4 door but they should have been fired for desecrating a muscle car icon.  I’ve heard that they made it a 4 door for law enforcement, would ford make the mustang a 4 door? no; would chevy make the camaro a 4 door? no. It”s not cool it is revolting to see what Dodge has done to this muscle car. I will never buy one because I would feel like an idiot driving down the road in this “Bonehead” car. I’ve always loved dodge muscle but  what they did to this car is just dumb.Chevy and Ford are much smarter than Dodge when it comes to preserving muscle car icons

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