The “Mustang versus Camaro” battle has been ongoing for years, but it wasn’t until Dodge resurrected the Challenger nameplate in 2008 that the Muscle Car Wars really started to heat up. The Mopar camp delivered what is easily the most retro-styled car on the market, and gave it plenty of smoke-inducing power to boot. Under the new Fiat leadership, Dodge reworked just about every part of the 2011 Challenger other than the exterior styling. After this weeklong review, it’s clear that Dodge’s efforts to improve the Challenger have paid off as this stylish coupe is now just as exciting to drive as it is to look at. More than anything, the 2011 Dodge Challenger can finally be considered a modern muscle car thanks to its improved acceleration, handling and cabin technology.
Assembled in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, the 2011 Dodge Challenger is on sale now with a starting MSRP of $24,895, but stepping up to the high-performance Challenger SRT8 almost doubles that price to $42,555. This test vehicle came with the 392 Inaugural Edition package plus a handful of other options which raised the as-tested price $47,565 including destination. Even more impressive is the fact that the new Challenger has been a surprising sales success so far this year with dealers having a hard time keeping them on the lots. While Dodge doesn’t seem interested in competing with the Mustang or Camaro for sales figures, the reworked Challenger should have no problem beating its Blue Oval or Bowtie rivals where it counts: on the track.