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R/T Versions of the 2011 Dodge Caravan, Journey and Durango - Chicago Auto Show

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February 9, 2011

Chrysler Group made good on its promise last summer to unleash a “man van,” a Dodge Grand Caravan R/T minivan- just one of five 2011 Dodge R/T performance models it showed at the Chicago Auto Show.

The other R/T models are the Journey and Durango, along with muscle cars the Charger and Challenger - already rolling into showrooms.

Each R/T model has unique design cues, sporty interiors, high-performance engines, special exhaust tuning, a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires.

“We’re going back to our roots, when Dodge R/T meant a higher level of dynamic capability,” said Ralph Gilles, President-CEO of Dodge. “These Dodge R/Ts have definitely earned their stripes.”

The 2011 Grand Caravan R/T comes with a new power train, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Mated with a six-speed automatic, it delivers 283 hp, 86 more horses than the previous 3.8-liter V-6 and more torque- 260 lb.-ft. verses 230. Dodge says this minivan will deliver the driving dynamics of a performance sedan – only with more attitude.

First shown as a concept model at the 2007 SEMA show, this production R/T minivan will have unique body-color side moldings, a dipped body-color grille and exclusive 17” wheels.

Dodge is hoping to bust the “mom-mobile” image of the Grand Caravan and make the R/T version more appealing to men. It arrives in U.S. showrooms this spring, with a base MSRP of $31,430, which includes the $835 destination charges.

“We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car,” said Ralph Gilles, President-CEO of Dodge. “Our Dodge R/T models give buyers the chance to stoke their love of driving while still taking care of their families and responsibilities.”

The Journey R/T comes with the same new engine as the Grand Caravan and has a remote starter, re-engineered suspension, along with a redesigned steering system for better road feel and response.

The interior features unique red and black cloth with a six-way, power driver seat complete with lumbar control; three-zone automatic temperature control; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and shifter knob with red accent stitching.

The exterior has a body-colored grille, body-colored door handles, fog lamps and premium, 19” aluminium wheels with a satin carbon finish. The Journey R/T can seat five or seven people.

The Journey R/T will have all the gadgets too, via the Uconnect Touch media center, with navigation and voice-command music picks.

The front-wheel drive model starts at $28,995; the all-wheel-drive version at $30,695. Both include the $750 delivery charges.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango R/T SUV, with room for seven passengers, arrives this spring.

A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with fuel-saver mode is hood to deliver 360 hp and helps provide 7,400-pounds of towing capacity.

The base MSRP is $36,315, which includes the $850 delivery charge.

JEAN HALLIDAYis a seasoned journalist with the nation's longest consecutive run covering auto advertising. Her years in the trenches include stints at Automotive News, Adweek and Advertising Age. The native New Yorker now lives outside the Motor City. You can read Jean's blog at

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