Auto shows are showcases for vehicles that push the boundaries of what is considered possible. Buzz is generated; speculation abounds over which models will make it to showrooms to which are only fantasies. Amid the exotic and futuristic, we’re proud to announce that one of the most talked-about vehicles at this year’s Chicago Auto Show is a Dodge Caravan.

Making its debut in our R/T line for 2011, the Dodge Caravan R/T (or “Man Van” as we like to call it) packs a Pentastar 3.6-liter engine delivering a best-in-class 283 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque under its hood. Our engineers also added R/T-exclusive black leather seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a premium sound system and a performance-tuned suspension that will make you want to strap on a helmet and hit the race track.

We know what you’re thinking: “I’ll never get away with bringing this beast home.” We understand. Tell your Mrs. that the Caravan R/T has a new driver-selectable fuel-economizer mode: At the flick of a switch you can change the shift schedule, maximizing MPG. Tell her that the lower ride height and sweet spoiler give the Caravan R/T great aerodynamics and fuel economy. The 100,000-mile powertrain warranty won’t hurt either. It’ll work, we promise.

So why the Caravan R/T? Our President and CEO, Ralph Gilles, told Motor Trend “We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car,” and that “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 2011 Dodge Caravan R/T brings the thunder home to the family starting this spring.

The van game just got real.

Article Courtesy of RedLetterDodge