BIG MAN RIDES: 2011 Dodge Charger (ooooooh mama !)


There is no car on the road that says get your ass out of the way like the Dodge Charger.  Chrysler resurrected the Iconic  name in 2006.  The car sits on a platform shared with the Chrysler 300 and the  Dodge Challenger.

The 2011 models is new, the sides and the hood and rear end  is reminiscent  of the 1968 Charger.    Mopar purist will remind you the Charger had always been a two door car.    Chrysler dropped the 2.7 and the 3.5  six cylinder engine. for the new 3.6 Penstar V6, this engine produces 292 horsepower.

If you want more power (and who doesn’t ) there is always the 370 horsepower V8 Hemi and if your goal is to annihilate  the competition, there is the STR-8(Street and Racing Technology) V8 with 470 horsepower.

The last time I was behind the wheel of a Charger was in 07, it was an R/T with a 340 horse powered HemiV8.  The car was fun and powerful but the fit and finish was disapointing, I walked away saying nice but I’ll pass.

What a difference a few years make.  The 2011 Charger is nicer all around, the fit and finish is excellent, the ride and steering  has improved.   The Automotive press has gone gaga for the STR-8.

I drove the base model with the new 3.6 Penstar V6 connected to a 5 speed automatic  transmission. 2011 Dodge Charger Exterior Pictures Initially, I thought I would be disappointed with the six and it would leave me wanting the Hemi, but the six had more than enough power and is more than adequate for most drivers.

The new dash was impressive, with a  8.4 inch touch screen which controlled the ,radio climate ,control, and navigation. The display is the largest I’ve seen on any car.   It is intuitive,( are you listening Audi, BMW,Nissan, Ford and Mercedes) responds quickly. The U-Connect took less than 20 seconds to set up my bluetooth ( yes Ford it did!)

The system offers voice command.                        The large car was fun and tossable.

My wide 6.4 frame had ample room  and with front set pushed all the way back, there was just enough room for a big guy.   However, rear headroom is marginal for the tall set. I really liked the  2011 Dodge Charger, except at the pumps.

The Epa rating  18 miles per gallon city and 27 highway averaging 21 overall .  With my lead foot, I averaged 17.

For 2012 the Chargers will have an new 8 speed transmission bumping fuel economy an average of 4 extra miles per gallon.

The rear wheel drive full size Dodge Charger is anything but humdrum, it isnt a dull front wheel drive Camry, Impala, or Altima.   The base six has more standard horsepower than their optional six cylinder engines.

Pricing on the base model  is 26,000 up to 42,000 for the frighteningly fast 175 mile per hour STR- 8.  That’s faster than the Mustang 5.0 and the Camaro SS.

I passed on the last Charger, this one I would take home. Its a Big Man Ride.

Another Opinion

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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