2011 Dodge Charger R/T Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Dodge Charger - Road Test Specs

2011 Dodge Charger Sedan

(5.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
ModelCharger R/T
Style4dr sedan (5.7L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$30,995
Options on test vehicleQuick Order Package 29R R/T Road/Track ($3,000 -- includes standard equipment; 20-by-8-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; 245/45R20 black sidewall Firestone all-season performance tires; security alarm;180-amp alternator; 3.06 rear axle ratio; black grille with black honeycomb; driver and passenger lower LED lamps; front overhead LED lighting; heated and cooled front console cupholder; heated second-row seats; high-speed engine controller; leather-trimmed bucket seats; leather trim seats; power front driver and passenger seats; four-way power driver and passenger lumbar support; R/T heritage badge); Driver Confidence Group ($995 -- includes auto adjust-in-reverse exterior mirrors; driver side exterior mirror auto-dim; blind spot and cross-path detection; center high mount stop lamp; exterior mirrors courtesy lamp; rear Parksense assist system; Parkview rear back-up camera; power-folding multifunction mirrors; power heated fold-away mirrors; rain-sensitive windshield wipers; Smartbeam headlamps); Power Sunroof ($950); Adaptive Cruise Control Group ($925); Navigation/Rear Back-Up Camera Group ($650 -- includes 1-year Sirius Travel Link service; center high mounted stop lamps; Garmin navigation system; Parkview rear back-up camera; UConnect touch 8.4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV); Sound Group ($650 -- includes 506-watt amplifier, nine amplified speakers with subwoofer); Driver Convenience Group ($575-Automatic adjust-in-reverse exterior mirrors; auto-dim exterior driver mirror; power-adjustable pedals with memory; power heated memory mirrors with manual folding; power tilt-and-telescoping steering column; radio, driver seat and exterior mirrors memory); Toxic Orange Pearlcoat Paint ($295).
As-tested MSRP$39,035


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,654/345
Block/head materialCast-iron/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)370 @ 5,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)395 @ 4,200
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 89-octane for best performance
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.59; 2nd = 2.19; 3rd = 1.41; 4th = 1.00; 5th = 0.83; Final drive = 3.06


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.4
Tire brandFirestone
Tire modelFirehawk GTV
Tire typeAsymmetrical all-season, performance (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front245/45R20 99V M+S
Tire size, rear245/45R20 99V M+V
Wheel size20-by-8 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)5.4
0-75 mph (sec.)7.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.7 @ 102.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.1
@ Full throttle (dB)73.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLots of wheelspin with ESC on or off when just going straight from brake to throttle. This thing has some motor. Best run used power braking, then full throttle, resulting in minor amount of wheelspin. Considerably quicker than the last Charger R/T we tested. Five-speed auto has manual shifting via console, but it won't hold a gear and auto-upshifts at 5,500 rpm and doesn't match-rev manual downshifts either.
Braking commentsExceptionally firm pedal and great stability. Tires feel like they have some grip; could feel them clawing at the road for traction. Stopping distances were respectably short for such a heavy car. Experienced some minor pedal fade and a slightly longer distance on the sixth stop.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Lots of understeer, but good reaction to throttle adjustments. There's a lot of weight being leaned over here. Slalom: Quicker steering and a more planted feel than previous Charger. Considering how big and heavy the car is, it acquitted itself nicely. ESC cannot be fully defeated, limiting the car from exploring its true potential. Was less intrusive in the "off" position, though. Tires offer reasonable grip. Tranny would auto-upshift (in manual mode) from 2nd to 3rd right before the final cone.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)52.3
Relative humidity (%)50.9
Wind (mph, direction)3.7 crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/25 highway/19 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,253
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,315
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47
Length (in.)199.9
Width (in.)75.0
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)120.2
Track, front (in.)63.4
Track, rear (in.)63.8
Turning circle (ft.)37.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)40.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brake force distribution, rain assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard

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