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2011 Dodge Charger Styling

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With the 2011 Charger, Dodge has gone even more overboard. Not all the change in the Charger is quite so graphic, but the Charger's new flares and filigrees "pop" on camera and strike a deep masculine nerve, like finding out Catholic girls'-school uniforms are suddenly back in style.

Still, the Charger shouts out for your attention, when you circle around that prow of a nose, and pan down the sedan's sideview. The front end tilts dizzyingly forward like a Leaning Tower of Crosshairs. The headlamps have such angry eyebrows you might need to apologize first, and ask why later. Dodge says it's "ready to attack the road"; maybe a restraining order is in order.

Spin to the side and the Charger's bracket scoops do plenty to relieve its tall sides--while they also remind us a lot of the Buick Regal, even the 2012 Ford Focus. It reads "forward thrust" even in Braille, and particularly in dark metallic orange, but it's almost a non sequitir. The now-pinched roofline has shades of zombie Pontiac in its angled window cut.

On the outside, the 2011 Dodge Charger looks ready to attack; but inside, it's about function just as much as form.

The best details are in back, where 164 LED taillamps span a tall, square-ish apple bottom sometimes topped off with a spoiler.

Pull up the non-Benz door handles (no pass-through for fingers, a pity) and plop into wide cushy bucket seats, and the Charger's new dash lays out a simple plan for you. It involves big dials hashed in red, a plain piece of metallic-printed plastic to cover over some structural points that probably couldn't be changed inexpensively, and a big LCD screen for infotainment features. The dash face itself downplays in-your-face looks for clarity, much appreciated, and the materials used have taken a big ol' leap into the latest vein. The plastics give with just the right amount of squish, the chrome-y trim is applied with a pro makeup artist's restraint, and a minor qualm or two (window switches that pull up way too far, exposing switch edges) doesn't diminish the sophistication baked into the Charger's cockpit.

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