TorqueNews review of the V6-powered 2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye
The 2011 Dodge Challenger really didn’t see many changes over the 2010 models with the exception of some very minor aesthetic alterations as well as some new features but the biggest news for the 2011 model year is the addition of the new 6.4L Hemi for the SRT8 models and the 3.6L Pentastar V6 for the entry level Challenger. For those opting for the premium SRT8 models, that means that you get more opponent-crushing power but for those buyers who want the classic-yet-modern look of the 2011 Dodge Challenger without the higher horsepower, higher fuel consumption and higher price - the addition of the powerful 3.6L V6 is a massive improvement over the previous V6 option.
When the first entry level V6 version of the Dodge Challenger was introduced in 2009, it was powered by a 3.5L V6 that offered a mere 250 horsepower and 250lb-ft of torque – hardly enough to make the husky Challenger fun to drive. However, with the introduction of the Pentastar V6 that had found a home in nearly every modern Chrysler product, the 2011 Dodge Challenger V6 models finally have the muscle to make it deserving of the muscle car title. The Challenger application of the Pentastar V6 is the most powerful version offered, packing 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque while still offering fairly impressive fuel economy numbers.