By Patrick Rall
This past weekend, we got our first good look at the 2011 Dodge Charger’s rear end thanks to a reader at Autoblog and today, Chrysler Corporation has issued an official picture of the 2011 Dodge Charger. As you can see in the image above, today’s announcement was plugging the new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit – the latest in the battle of Detroit-built police cars but most importantly, we have gotten our first good look at the redesigned 2011 Charger.
Just like the spyshots we have seen over the past few months, the production (at least in police trim) 2011 Dodge Charger features a pronounced grille area that flows back into a more prominent, bulging hood. Also, the headlights are angled inward more for 2011, giving the car a more aggressive look. The press release states that the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will include 18″ performance tires on steel wheels and unless they are incredibly ornate steelies, I would suspect that we won’t see the production Charger Pursuit models wearing the sexy black rims in the picture.
Like all other cop cars hitting the market, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will come with a specially tuned stability system and beefier suspension; both tuned to take the abuse of law enforcement while offering the handling that a good pursuit vehicle needs. Finally, today’s announcement lists the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 as the base engine with the 5.7L Hemi offered as an upgrade – although there is no power ratings listed for either of the 2011 Charger engines.