The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

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The Chrysler Group has been tossing around the idea of a performance oriented version of their popular minivans for some time and with the introduction of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T, company CEO Ralph Gilles’ vision of the “man van” materialized into a production vehicle.

While a great many Mopar lovers will insist that the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T should be a rear wheel drive vehicle powered by a 5.7L Hemi, Dodge has stuck with a drivetrain that provides excellent power and fuel economy. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 has become Chrysler’s favorite engine – evident by the fact that they have put it in just about everything shy of the Ram trucks and like other front wheel drive applications, the 3.6L V6 in the Grand Caravan R/T produces 283 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque.

This makes the 2011 Grand Caravan the most powerful minivan in the class but thanks to the new 6-speed automatic transmission and items like low rolling resistance tires, low drag brake calipers and improved aerodynamics, the 2011 Grand Caravan R/T offers excellent fuel economy. In addition to those items, the Grand Caravan R/T features a new driver-selectable fuel-economizer mode which offers the choice of shift points that improve performance or shift points to optimize fuel economy at the flip of a switch.

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