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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Dodge Mopar Charger

What is it? The Dodge Mopar Charger is a factory-customized, special-edition sedan that delivers performance and exclusivity above the Charger R/T, without breaking the bank on a more extreme SRT8 version. Dodge teamed with its Mopar performance house last year on the Challenger, and this year, the attention is being paid to the all-new Charger.

The core sedan is fitted with a 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 and equipped with a “Super Trac Pac” performance package. From there, Mopar has accessorized the car with a pistol-grip automatic gear selector and a more aggressive 3.91:1 rear axle ratio.

The suspension is modestly upgraded with larger-diameter stabilizer bars. At each corner is a black-painted 20x8-inch wheel shod with Goodyear F1 Supercar 245/45ZR20 tire.

Inside, the Katzkin leather seats and steering wheel feature blue stitching, and the buckets  have racing stripes, giving the cabin a dark, sporty feel in synch with the Pitch Black exterior. Numerous trim bits, such as pedal covers and embroidered floor mats, complete the package.

Production will be limited to 1,000 cars, and the price is $39,750.

What’s new or notable? It is unique that an automaker’s parts group is branded on a car, but then, few such groups are as well-known by name among car enthusiasts.

When will it be available? Spring 2011

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