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2011 RedLine Dodge Charger -- A preview of coming attractions

By KBB.com Editors on November 4, 2010 10:59 AM

Although a production version of the 2011 Dodge Charger won't make its official public debut until later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dodge did unveil this stunning one-off at SEMA. According to Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dodge Car Brand and Senior Vice President - Product Design, the 2011 RedLine Dodge Charger was developed to inspire thoughts of customization and personalization possibilities among potential buyers. To create this bad-to-the-bone exercise, Gilles says he "let the designers of the production car and their friends at Mopar rip. I wanted them to show us what they would do with this vehicle if it were their own dream car."

Appropriately finished in RedLine Red, this dynamic Dodge reinforces a semi-stealth character with a number of blackout elements including its roof, hood insert, grille, rear valance and R/T-emblazoned side scoops as well as smoked head/taillamp lenses. The 2011 RedLine Dodge Charger also is fitted with a carbon-fiber front splitter/air dam, rear spoiler and mirror housings. Completing the look are a set of 22-inch staggered-width Super Alloy wheels wrapped in 265/35 front and 295/30 rear Pirelli performance tires.

While the R/T's basic 5.7-liter Hemi V8 remains under its unique hood, RedLine spec adds a cold-air intake, headers and a free-flowing exhaust system that raises both power and torque considerably beyond the standard 368/395 stock figures. On the handling front, a sport suspension drops ride height by an inch and Mopar front strut tower brace adds a bit more precision to both chassis and steering response. Inside, the 2011 RedLine Dodge Charger remains a study in red and black highlighted by Mopar Katzkin performance seats trimmed in Radar Red Nappa leather with bright red stitching, a unique SRT steering wheel that has prototype paddle shift controls and a various bits of satin and polished chrome accent bits. Whether any, most or all of the components found on the 2011 RedLine Dodge Charger eventually surface on a volume-build R/T or the SRT8 remains a matter of optimistic conjecture.