NY Show 2011 Highlights: 2011 Dodge Charger Mopar SE

Picking up where the Mopar ’10 Challenger left off, Chrysler’s parts unit is offering a limited run of Chargers based on the new-for-2011 model. Called the Mopar ’11 Charger, the car offers some aesthetic tweaks and performance upgrades over the standard Dodge Charger R/T.

Starting as it does with a Charger R/T, the Mopar ’11 Charger has a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 making 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission available, although, on the bright side, it does have a retro pistol-grip shifter to constantly remind you that there’s no manual. The Charger R/T’s Super Track Pak option group—including a shorter final-drive ratio, a three-stage stability-control system, and a sportier suspension tune—is standard. Chrysler claims the Mopar Charger’s unique engine-control unit and even-shorter 3.91:1 final drive (versus 3.06:1 for normal Track Pack cars) will knock a couple tenths off of the R/T’s 0-to-60-mph time. The Track Pak add-ons also bring heartier brakes, beefier anti-roll bars, and 20-inch Goodyear F1 Supercar rubber, but the Mopar ’11 goes further with front and rear strut-tower braces for increased roll stiffness.

The Mopar ’11 Charger will only be available slathered with Pitch Black paint, and Mopar badges will adorn the grille and trunklid. The special rear spoiler and five-spoke black wheels lend a sinister cop-car feel. Offset stripes race up the hood, over the roof, and onto the trunk; they’re complemented by color-matched stitching on the leather seats and steering wheel. Company reps tell us that buyers will be able to order the stripes in hues other than the standard Mopar Blue; it’s among the first attempts to increase the personalization options offered by the automaker. An identification plaque, Mopar pedal covers, new sill plates, unique floor mats, and a Mopar-ized key fob round out the tweaks. A bundle of stuff including a certificate of authenticity and several Mopar promotional items also will be included with each purchase.

Starting at $39,750 and limited to 1000 examples (900 for the U.S., 100 for Canada), the Mopar ’11 Charger will be available for order the week of April 18, with deliveries commencing in late summer. While the Mopar ’11 commands a not-inconsequential $5K premium over a Charger R/T with the Super Track Pak, this tricked-out Charger offers both the mean looks and the exclusivity that have defined Mopar-tuned Chrysler rides since the 1960s.

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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