Chrysler Canada: 2011 Dodge Challengers Become Even More the Envy of the Muscle Car Market

By Auto News Log • February 10th, 2011

• Green with Envy launches on Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8® 392 Models

Windsor, Ontario – The expanding muscle car market is going to be “Green With Envy” as the Dodge brand announces a first-time, limited production run of the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8® 392 models featuring Green With Envy exterior colour.

Both Dodge Challenger models are improved for 2011 and deliver more of what North American muscle-car enthusiasts want — unmistakable design, powerful HEMI® V-8 engines with new technologies and world-class handling and braking. Executed with quality and precision, the two new Challenger Green With Envy models provide an extra dose of exclusivity.

“We’re using Green With Envy on the new 2011 Dodge Challengers to pay tribute to some of the coolest paint colours from our past, including the “Sublime” and “Green Go” Dodge Challengers from the 1970’s and more recently, the “Snakeskin Green” Vipers from 2008-2010,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Senior Vice President – Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. “Not only will this exclusive heritage colour remain unique to the Dodge brand, it adds another fresh and exciting element to our modern North American muscle coupe.”

Production of the 2011 Green With Envy Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8 models will start in April 2011 at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario.

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2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic

Upgraded for the performance enthusiast, the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic includes a new performance-tuned suspension with rail-like handling, more power from the 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 and more standard equipment.

The limited edition Green With Envy model features two A-line body-side stripes – either in matte black (standard) or white (optional). New five-spoke, cast-aluminum wheels are styled in the spirit of nostalgic Halibrand or “Kidney Bean” style with a modern interpretation. On the interior, the premium Dark Slate Nappa leather-faced seats and centre console feature Green With Envy accent stitching.

The legendary 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine adds a new cold-air induction system for 375 track-tearing horsepower (with available Tremec six-speed manual transmission) and 372 horsepower (with the standard five-speed Auto/ Stick™ transmission). Fuel Saver MDS technology on the automatic transmission seamlessly transitions to high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when full V-8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.

The result is an impressive 35 MPG (8.0L/100km) with the automatic transmission and 34 MPG (8.2L/100km) with the Tremec six-speed manual.

Other standard equipment on the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic package includes “Challenger” fender badges in classic script, classic “egg-crate grille” with heritage “R/T” badge, functional hood scoops, high-intensity discharge headlamps (HID), leather-faced seating, heated front seats and six Boston Acoustics premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier. The standard Super Track Pak Group adds a high-performance steering gear, high-performance brake linings, high-performance tuned monotube-shock absorbers, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode ESC with “full off.”

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8

This new and exclusive Green With Envy paint scheme joins the return of the legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI powertrain under the hood in the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

In addition to the unique exterior, dual, full-body black stripes and 20-inch, five-spoke SRT-exclusive wheels with polished face and satin black painted pockets are standard. The race-inspired interior of the Challenger SRT8 392 features heavily-bolstered SRT-branded seats in Dark Slate Nappa Leather with Green With Envy accent bands in the front and rear seats.

Pumping out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, the newest HEMI engine in the SRT product lineup provides an additional 90 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm compared with the previous 6.1-litre V-8 engine.

The added torque allows for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.

New for 2011 is the Fuel Saver MDS technology (four-cylinder mode) in automatic transmission equipped models, which allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use all eight cylinders when needed.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers up to a 4 MPG improvement versus the 2010 model at 32 MPG (8.8L/100km) with the available 6-speed manual or 31 MPG (9.2L/100km) with the standard automatic transmission. The exclusive Green With Envy package is available for only $995 MSRP on a Challenger SRT8 392.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is also now available in four additional exterior colours, including Billett Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Redline Coat Pearl and Toxic Orange Pearl.

About Dodge

• Grand Caravan – Canada’s third highest selling vehicle in 2010
• Journey – Canada’s #1 selling crossover
• Avenger – Canada’s most affordable and powerful Mid-Size Sedan
• Durango – Offering 7-passenger comfort, AWD safety and unsurpassed fuel economy
• Charger – Standard 292 hp V6 delivering full-size comfort with mid-size fuel economy of 39 MPG
• Challenger – Standard 305 hp V6, 375 hp HEMI V-8 or 470 hp HEMI 392
About Chrysler Canada Inc.

Chrysler Canada is entering its 86th year with a total of 16 all-new or completely redesigned vehicles – including the legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee, iconic FIAT 500, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Grand Caravan.

In 2010, Chrysler Canada reported a sales increase of 26 per cent, achieving the highest year-over-year sales growth in Chrysler Canada history, along with establishing annual sales records for the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, Ram pickup truck and Dodge Journey crossover. As a result, Chrysler Canada gained two full percentage points of share – more than any other manufacturer in Canada – and was the only manufacturer to hold two of the top five best-selling vehicles in the country – Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram truck.

In January 2011, Chrysler Canada reported its fourteenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth.

Source: Dodge

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