The competition among the traditional entries in the stable of 2011 muscle cars is heating up. To counter the punch delivered by the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, Ford upped the power in the 2011 Mustang. Now, Dodge plans to retaliate with power upgrades for the 2011 Challenger.
Yesterday, we reported on the revised engine lineup for the 2011 Challenger models, both V-6 and V-8. A 3.6-liter V-6 will replace the current 3.5-liter V-6, and will likely put out over 280 horsepower. The rest of the lineup will also receive increases in horsepower, from the V-8 in the Challenger R/T up to the SRT-8, which may receive a displacement boost to 6.4 liters and a bump up to 475 horsepower.
Sales numbers have historically shown the Challenger behind the Camaro and Mustang in sales. During the summer, sales surged (up 125 percent year-over-year in June), but will the power bump be enough to move the Challenger ahead of its rivals? Or is the rivalry among the three too intense to allow for a shift in loyalty?
Today’s Snap Judgment:
Will the refreshed Dodge Challenger be enough to retake the throne as king of the muscle cars?
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