Charged up: Dodge representatives introduced the new 2011 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger at an event at Wellborn Musclecar Museum Monday. The 2011 Charger R/T is pictured next to a lemon twist yellow 1971 Charger at the museum. Dodge representative Heather Heughens polishes the new 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 after it and the new Charger were introduced at the Wellborn Musclecar Museum. | Dale Liesch

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New meets old

Published 8:33pm Monday, November 22, 2010

It’s a whole new muscle car war now.

Dodge introduced two new soldiers in the form of its 2011 Charger and Challenger models in the battle for muscle car supremacy Monday at Wellborn Musclecar Museum.

Tim Wellborn, car collector and owner of the museum, said he prefers this generation of the Charger to the previous generation of the re-introduced classic.

“What makes me a fan is the side styling picked off the 1970 Charger,” Wellborn said.

He added that the taillights favor those of the 1970 predecessor and the hood of the new car resembles that of the ’69 and ’70 model years.

“This is as good of a repeat from the old days as you could ask for,” Wellborn said.

The unveiling of the two new vehicles is part of a 31-stop, 8,000-mile trip that started in Detroit and has trickled down the east coast and into Alexander City; it’s only stop in Alabama, before heading to Florida. The tour will end in southern California before Christmas.

“The purpose of the tour is to get in touch with our most loyal fan base,” Dodge representative Scott Vandekerckhove said. “We wanted to get two of Dodge’s halo vehicles into the hands of fans before they hit dealers.”

Vanderckhove said this new generation Charger R/T has had “literally every single system overhauled from the previous generation.”

The 2011 model comes equipped with a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 engine, which is the only thing remaining from the previous generation. The new car has 370 horsepower and gets 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

The new Challenger SRT8 392,which was also on display at the museum, comes with a 6.4 litter, 392 cubic-inch engine with 470 horsepower. Vandekerckhove said the car can “get to 60 miles-per-hour in the high four second range.

Dodge representative Heather Heughens said she found the Wellborn Musclecar Museum while doing a Google search and was amazed by the piece of MoPar history.

“What a gem,” she said of the museum. “So many MoPar enthusiasts have to see this.”

Wellborn said he was contacted by Dodge about the tour and jumped at the chance to host it here.

“We were really excited about it,” Wellborn said.

The new Charger and Challenger follow a line of new muscle car body styles in recent years.

“It’s a muscle car war all over again,” Wellborn said. “It’s happening all over again.”