Dodge debuts a collector's-edition Mopar ChargerWed, 13 Apr 2011
Banking on the success of last year's Mopar version of the Dodge Challenger, the company is now ready to launch the high-performance 2011 Mopar Charger.
Chrysler's Hemi V8 powers the four-door sedan, pumping out 370 hp and an upgraded 395 lb-ft of torque. The specially equipped Charger includes the Super Trac Pac option that adds the performance-calibrated engine controller, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, specific 20-inch wheels and upgraded brakes.
The Mopar Charger also gets front and rear strut tower braces. The rear can easily be removed for extra trunk space.
The V8 is paired with a pistol-grip, five-speed automatic transmission with an auto-stick function. A transmission controller protects from over-revving, which means you won't be able to hold on to a gear during enthusiastic driving.
The Mopar Charger gets a 3.91:1 final drive ratio for better acceleration. Early testing has the car sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in the low-five-second range.
The special edition will only be offered in pitch black paint, with Mopar blue racing stripes across the hood, roof and trunk. Badges are limited to one in the front and one in the rear. A trunk spoiler is standard.
Inside, the Mopar Charger is treated with black Katzkin leather with Mopar blue thread on the seats, steering wheel and trim. Bright pedal covers, premium floor mats and badges on the front door sills finish the package.
Customers who purchase an '11 Mopar get a personalized owner kit in a custom Mopar box. The kit includes a certificate with the VIN, the date of manufacture and the number of the vehicle. It also has a brochure highlighting the features of car.
All of the Chargers have special identification plaques noting the vehicle number of the 1,000 models produced. Ninety percent of those will head to the United States; Canada will get the rest. The MSRP, including destination, is $39,750.
By Jake Lingeman