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After much hype, I finally got to drive the new v6 around my usual spots. First impressions was the wheel and shifter are nice and softer and steering is really easy and quite amazing. The suspension is firmed up real nice and I must say they did a spectacular job. Does it drive a like a whole new car? No, but the upgrades in this are really noticeable even with a short test drive.

As for the engine, the low end torque is definitly better. Throttle response is also totally different than the old one (even the R/T). There is a lot less dead spot, it is now almost on par with the new diablo 15% throttle increase. Torque below 2000RPM is very good, I'd dare say similar to a stock hemi. It give just enough power where you don't need to rip to the next step up of 2500 rpm. Top end is actually only a little more than the old 3.5L. So if you want to rip the road, you need the Hemi.

Someone mentioned that the pentastar is more noisy. I would say it has a higher note than the 3.5l at cruising speeds. A far cry from what was hyped to be more quiet than a toyota v6. I actually like the 3.5l sound better.

Overall the low end torque and response is much improved. Its really what should be powering such a large car in the first place. The truth is the 3.5l just barely struggles at the bottom of the power band to move such big cars. Its a no brainer if you have to choose between the two.
 

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Yea I agree I liked it too! I test drove on sat. I really like the steering wheel makes my hard plastic one annoying ha.
 

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Can't say that I agree. I test drove one a couple of weeks ago and really couldn't tell the difference. The only thing I agree on is the engine noise. The Pentastar's noise is a hihger pitch. Unless I can find a deeply discounted 2010 R/T, I'll be keeping my 2010 SE.
 

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Also I noticed that it will shift into 5th gear rather than back into D, do all the 2011s do this now?
 

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Real interesting, its as if all the predator features are built into the 2011 V6s. So all those waiting don't even have to bother!
 

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happy to see the impressions make their way in here...

always seemed to me that the 3.5 hits its stride at about 3,000 rpm. def weak on the low end, and it the one spot i'd like to see some improvement. gives me hope for getting the diablo one day. :)
 

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I've been looking at the Challenger for the past 3 years now and finally bought the 2011 SE Model. The price was the same when I first started looking at the Challenger. What got me was dodge included a lot of options. Dual exhaust, R/T Hood, keyless entry and start, more powerful engine (305hp) improved handling, chin spoiler all for under 25k. I had to order the rear spoiler and fog light kit to complete the look.
 
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