Johnman has some good advice. There are very few options on the 2011 R/T Classics.My advice is not to order, but wait and buy one off the lot. The threads of people waiting for their ordered cars are painful to read. Seriously, you are setting yourself up for a lot of sleepless nights and headaches. Chrysler can't even get their brochures out until the end of a model year.
Great thing about the Challenger R/T with a 6 speed, you don't have to do a lot of rowing, due to the wide power band. I used to own a 3/4 Ton Ram with a I6 Cummins and a 6 speed trans. It could be a ***** to drive in city traffic, due to a 3200 RPM redline, if you shifted through all the gears, which you don't have to do, owing to massive torque in the Cummins, and with the 5.7L Hemi, you don't have to shift gears as much due to a higher redline. I haven't driven my car since Aug (deployed to AFG) but IIRC, second will get you about 50 MPH before it redlines. I would start my truck off in second (1st on the G56 is a "hole" gear, for starting up a heavy trailer load.)I can't tell you what to do because I don't know your situation, but I can tell you from experience that I bought my first Challenger R/T with an Automatic transmission and I regretted it almost immediately. So, I had no choice but to buy another Challenger this time I learned from my previous mistake and bought the 6-speed and also decided to upgrade to the SRT. I absolutely love rowing through the gears. It makes driving the car so much more fun.
But like I said, that's me. My Challengers aren't daily drivers so I don't have to worry about shifting in 5 o'clock traffic.
Good luck - Either way you're going to love the car.:thumbsup:
I'll be ordering my 2011 R/T Classic sometime this week or next.
I had initially decided to just go for automatic transmission. Is it absolutely essential I get the stick, though?
Also, what are the *must have* options?
I can see why you would be tired of shifting that 9/10/13/18 Speed RoadRanger, and not tracking what your pickup is, but I've driven RoadRangers, 4,5,& 6 speed medium truck transmissions, and my 6 speed hooked to a Hemi, and they are all 180 degrees apart from the Challenger 5.7 R/T + TR6060. It's a matter of taste, terrain, traffic, and what you plan to do with it. If it's just a weekend car, and you plan to blow out the exhaust and work some hard-G turns, I'd go with the stick every day and 2x on Sundays. If you want to hit the dragstrip, well, I don't have to tell you that automatics make sense. Unless traffic is several miles of constant stop and go, you really don't do all that much shifting, due to the wide powerband.I agree with Huggytree. As for as the tranny, After I retired from LE. I drove an 18wheeler for six years and got very tired of shifting gears. My pickup has a five speed standard tran. But I would hate to have to shift constantly in my car. As far as maintenance goes, the Auto may cost more due to servicing it. But to me it is worth it.