Mopar/ Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock Car unveiled at the 2011 SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2011

Mopar unveiled today at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show that the four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will join the Team Mopar roster in 2012. Moreover, Mopar also revealed the new Mopar/ Dodge Avenger in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock class. This announcement also marks the return to the Pro Stock class by Jeg Jr. after a one-year hiatus, but also a return to the Mopar fold for the 40-year-old Delaware, Ohio native, who has a long history with the brand.

For those who don’t know, Jeg Jr. was the man who won the 2004 U.S. Nationals Mopar HEMI Challenge when driving a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda and raced a Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Pro Stock car during the 2005 NHRA season. Jeg Jr. currently owns and occasionally competes in Sportsman events in a Mopar Challenger Drag Pak.

“Jeg Jr. is a proven winner, with four Pro Stock championships on his résumé,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We are thrilled to add an elite driver to Team Mopar, and we look forward to sharing in his great success at the drag strip next season.”

“I’m extremely excited to join forces with Mopar in 2012,” said Jeg Jr., the only racer in the history of the NHRA to win a national event in six different classes. “The entire Coughlin Brothers Racing team has high expectations for the 2012 season and we expect to field a premier program with our Mopar/ Dodge Avenger team, from top to bottom.”

For those who want a sedan that can offer great driving performance while delivering excellent fuel economy, the wait is over with the 2011 Avenger from Dodge. Compared to those in the same segment, it has a wider range of standard features. It even contains the safety features that many customers want and even the high-tech equipment to make sure they stay connected. All of these offer great value, with its excellent handling performance, confidence, and agility.

These are what one can expect from the 2011 Dodge Avenger, which can handle anything whether it’s conducting an emergency maneuver, driving through twisty roads, or even a spirited adventure. For the 2011 variant, the company made sure to put in major redevelopment.

Its world-class interior has been redesigned while the exterior has a more sculpted appearance. Meanwhile performance qualities have both functionality and fun. There is now a new line-up with regards to the powertrain and with the suspension retuned, the 2011 Avenger is able to offer excellent driving dynamics.

Indeed, the new design upgrades for both the interior and exterior show that this new model comes with its very own style and is packed with value. In fact, the design is not the only new thing as the engineering team also made sure to redesign and retune each component of its suspension.

For example, 26 of the 30 possible suspension bushings have been redesigned. While the track is widened by 1 inch, the width of the tire was increased to 225 mm from 215 mm. In addition, the front part of the suspension is lower by 12 mm with the rear being lower by 6 mm.

This gives it that aggressive and lower stance. Customers who get a chance to drive the 2011 Avenger will immediately get to feel that extra confidence while at the same time experience less body roll. The inclusion of new premium tires helps increase the grip with the steering now having better precision.

Isolation meanwhile has been improved with vehicle motion reduced. President and CEO for Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, Ralph Gilles said that for the 2011 model year, the line-up of the Dodge brand has been redesigned and reenergized from scratch. The result is that the brand is able to offer vehicles that come with an American design with the performance that customers are likely to appreciate.

Once they get to drive the 2011 Avenger, customers are sure to feel this renaissance. With the different standard features fitted in the 2011 Avenger, it can adapt to almost any kind of lifestyle. By having an interior that is truly world-class, Gilles continued, craftsmanship and comfort are taken to new heights with a driving experience that customers are likely to get excited for on a daily basis.

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