Price Hike: 2011 Dodge Charger, Challenger Start Just Shy of $26,000

Chrysler has plenty of changes in store for the coming years, and 2011 marks the first year of a comprehensive new-vehicle rollout. Two of the hottest Chrysler vehicles are the 2011 Charger and Challenger, and we've learned that pricing starts at $25,995 and $25,495, respectively.

2011 Dodge Charger

The 2011 Charger SE's price isn't too far out of line, showing roughly a $160 increase over the 2010 car. The price climbs from there, topping out at $38,145 for an all-wheel drive Charger R/T with the Max Package. An increased destination charge from $750 to $825 is partly responsible for the subtle price difference.

The Charger is all-new for 2011 and besides bolder, more aggressive styling, the most significant change to the model comes to the SE, with the introduction of Chrysler's new Pentastar V-6 engine. In Charger guise, the engine's output is not yet known, but we'd expect 290 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 continues on for the Charger R/T largely unchanged, save for new FuelSaver technology.

The 2011 Charger does away with some of the current model trim naming conventions, with just SE and R/T trim levels available. Each level offers a few optional packages (though details of package contents won't be available until later in the month) and all-wheel drive is available on R/T models only.

2011 Dodge Challenger

The 2011 Challenger SE jumps from $23,460 in 2010 to $25,495 in 2011 - that's more than a $2000 hike. If there's any consolation for the massive increase, the SE does get a healthy boost in performance, courtesy of its new 305-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 (a 55-horsepower increase over the 2010 engine). More consolation is that the V-8-powered 2011 Challenger R/T now starts at over $1000 less than the current version, the entry-level car costing $30,495 for 2011. Add the Plus or Classic package and you'll see the price rise to $31,995 or $33,795, respectively. The 2011 Challenger takes a $100 increase on the destination fee, boosting it to $825.

The top-of-the-line 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 sees a small jump from 2010's $41,955 to $43,380, but that price too, can be partially justified by a power gain. The displacement of the SRT8's Hemi V-8 jumps to 392 cubic-inches (6.4 liters) for a massive 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That's an increase of 0.3 liters, 45 horses, and 50 pound-feet over 2010.

All 2011 Challengers see a few common revisions for the new model year, including subtle restyling to the front and rear fascias and a suspension recalibration to account for the new powertrains. We'll have information on the 2011 Challenger SRT8 Inaugural Edition live from SEMA later this week, so stay tuned.

Full 2011 Dodge Charger and Challenger pricing is below:

Charger SE: $25,170 Charger SE (with Rallye Package): $28,245 Charger SE (with Rallye Plus package): $29,995 Charger R/T: $30,995 / $33,145 Charger R/T (with R/T Plus Package): $32,995 / $35,125 Charger R/T (with Road and Track Package): $33,995 / $36,145 Charger R/T (with Max Package): $35,995 / $38,145 (All prices include an $825 destination charge.)

Dodge Challenger SE: $25,495 Dodge Challenger SE (with "Rallye" package): $27,495 Dodge Challenger R/T: $30,495 Dodge Challenger R/T (with "Plus" package): $31,995 Dodge Challenger R/T (with "Classic" package): $33,495 (All prices include an $825 destination charge.)

Source: Dodge

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