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Restyled, refined and ready to strut its stuff

The new 2011 Charger isn’t so much brand new as it is restyled, refined and ready to strut its stuff with its upgraded powertrain lineup.

The new 2011 Charger isn’t so much brand new as it is restyled, refined and ready to strut its stuff with its upgraded powertrain lineup.

The big-dog Dodge has been around in its current format since the 2006 model year, one year following the launch of its platform-shared Chrysler 300 relation. Since then it has become the go-to choice for buyers seeking a traditional rear-wheel-drive sedan with pedal-to-the-metal performance in a practical wrapper.

Given that Chrysler has been undergoing a corporate overhaul since Fiat took over, several of the 2011 offerings have been delayed past the usual fall window. Honestly, six months ago, there was no guarantee that there would even be a Dodge Charger, so enthusiasts will be happy to know that a revamped 2011 model will arrive early in the new year.

It’s hardly a carryover year, either, as the Charger sports a number of upgrades to tempt those who long for those bygone muscle car days, tempered with the practicalities of 21st-century family life.

That has actually been the Charger’s strong suit all along.

The car’s new nosepiece includes an aggressive and more prominent (think snout) cross-hair grille. In addition, a new aluminum hood has twin “scallops” that hint at the available power lurking beneath.

The altered roofline has a more steeply raked windshield as part of a 15-per cent increase in glass area that helps lessen the car’s bottom-heavy appearance. In back, a full-width tail lamp (an homage to the second-generation 1970 Charger) is encircled by 164 tiny light-emitting-diode (LED) mini-lamps that call attention to the entire panel. The Charger now sits slightly closer to the ground, which also reduces the gap between the tires and the fender lips.

The more planted appearance is backed up by a thoroughly revised suspension that Dodge says improves the car’s road-holding and high-speed cornering agility, while enhancing ride quality.

Interior upgrades — enhanced seat coverings and a redesigned dashboard — were also a top priority for Dodge’s design team.

Dodge has cut back on the Charger’s engine selection, but dramatically improved the base V6 in the process.

For 2011, both the 178-horsepower 2.7-litre V6 and mid-grade 250-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 have been replaced with an all-new 292-horsepower 3.6-litre unit.

All in all, the Charger offers plenty to please a wide range of buyers who enjoy the look and feel of a sporting sedan with the capacity to move you in more ways than one.

 
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