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2008 Dodge Challenger Revealed!

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First Glimpse: 2008 Dodge Challenger
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The wheels and grille have been altered from the concept. An inch has been added to the rear bumper to meet federal standards. Yes, Virginia, it does have a B-pillar.

The Challenger debuts in March as a 2008 model with a limited production run. Only 5500 will be built for the first year, all SRT-8s with six-speed automatics.

2009 model year production begins in July, 2008 with a full range of engines - 3.5l V6, 5.7l, and 6.1l Hemi V8s - and a choice of the aforementioned 6-speed automatic or 6-speed T-56 manual.
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It looks like it held pretty true to the concept.

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okay so maybe the challenger isnt going to get that huge jump on the camaro after all... 5500 all the same except for colors... meh.

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Awesome...looks almost identical to the concept besides the aforementioned changes...which don't bother me at all. The idea of a limited first year run sounds cool...my only problem is that they should all be 6 speed manuals.

Oh well, the G8 doesn't have manual availability it's first year either, so it's not like it's unheard of.

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The idea of a limited first year run sounds cool...my only problem is that they should all be 6 speed manuals.

Totally disagree. Remember, the majority of early-adopters probably don't care if its a stick or not, they just want a bad-ass car. Plus, some of these will be auctioned and still not everyone wants a manual.

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Looks pretty good. I think the progressive roll out is a smart idea. I look forward to seeing it in something other than Hemi Orange.

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'it's not a true hardtop'

i don't care for the proportioning. it has big overhangs, is top heavy, and has no flow. camaro is better.

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It certainly looks the part!

I agree that the 6A only option is lame, but I'm sure they'll sell every one they make.

Maybe GM and Chrysler are giving struggling Ford some breathing room with the hot selling Mustang, by choosing to roll out entries into this non-essential segment slowly... :P

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I think it's great.

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'it's not a true hardtop'

i don't care for the proportioning. it has big overhangs, is top heavy, and has no flow. camaro is better.

I'm sorry but are you blind or just stupid? The front overhang is small, the rear is larger as is typical of a RWD car. You have no idea if it's "top heavy" considering you don't even know the specs of the car. It has plenty of "flow" to the design...but I don't expect you to understand...you bought an Aztek and even defend the way it looks! It's not a crappy Explorer...it won't tip over...it has a low center of gravity. Seriously...say something intelligent instead of spewing crap out every time you see a Chrysler product...or simply say nothing.

Enough of that rant.

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gee, camaro, mustang, or challenger.

camaro is far superior in looks, mustang is even much better.

history repeats itself over decades and decades, the chrysler is always bringing up the rear.

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so really the camaro and challenger will be starting mainstream sales at exactly the same time. exceellleeennttt.

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gee, camaro, mustang, or challenger.

camaro is far superior in looks, mustang is even much better.

history repeats itself over decades and decades, the chrysler is always bringing up the rear.

As usual you base your comments on subjectivity, yet believe it to be fact.

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reg- you are THE definition of a troll.

Will your drivel ever end....

:deadhorse:

The $38,000 pricetag for an SRT8 version is pretty darned good IMO. The first 5500 will be 425 horsepower and 6 speed automatics. Everybody in this thread who owns a stock vehicle from a manufacturer other than Chrysler that can top the upcoming Challenger's 6 speed automatic "lame" performance, raise your hands......

*listens to pin drop*

Yeah, that's what I thought....

:pokeowned:

The car came out much better than I thought. It looks better than I thought it would after "real world" madifications were done to the prototype.

Wait until the Camaro prototype goes through the "real world" modifications, the B pillar is just the start, trust me...

:AH-HA_wink:

I think if the base models have an AFFORDABLE price tag the Challenger will do well. If it's priced the way it looks like it will be- with the SRT8 version going for $38,000ish, this car will be everywhere.... should be a success IMO.

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history repeats itself over decades and decades, the chrysler is always bringing up the rear.

Yeah, 1st domestic car line with an optional 1 horsepower per cubic inch- 1956 Chrysler 300.

1st domestic car line with a standard 1 horsepower per cubic inch- 1957 DeSoto Adventurer.

Desoto and Chrysler also available with fuel injection in 1957.

Hydraulic brakes, "no wood" interiors, ABS brakes, all sorts of things.

Ford and GM both used Chrysler based engines in their funny cars. To stay COMPETITIVE.

Chrysler 300/ Max Wedge Mopars both big HP cars with suspension to match both brought out BEFORE the GTO.

Barracuda pony car brought out BEFORE the Mustang.

Etc etc etc

Some of the older MoPar stuff may not be as mainstream or as popular as some of the Chevs and Fords, but follow they didn't, that's for sure.

Take a look at the new for 1958 Chevy fll size, and how the platform was scrapped after ONE year to get the 1959 Chevys down low, like the 1957 MoPars that came out.

History. It's only a ton of reasearch reading away for you reg......

:AH-HA_wink:

I don't trash talk GM and Ford, becuase I don't HAVVVE to.

You own an Aztec, so I understand....

:AH-HA_wink:

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Hydraulic brakes, "no wood" interiors, ABS brakes, all sorts of things.

ABS? What? GM popularized that back in the early-90s. Hell, Chrysler didn't have brake-shift interlock until a handful of years ago on some models.

Its neither here nor there, but man...

Anyway, Chrysler may have lead at times, but there is a serious stick-to-ittiveness problem over in Auburn Hills. It seems rare that Chrysler follows up a significant model with continued improvement and, sadly, it shows. They left the fullsize market in 1981 ('78 if you care about good fullsizers), the luxury market in the 70s, and haven't returned to either yet. I have no doubt the Challenger will sell out - artificially production ceilings and its begging-for-a-Stars-and-Bars styling guarantees that - but what's next? There is zero long-term strategy at Chrysler these days and it shows.

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Chrysler, Ford and GM are responsible for their own sets of innovations and firsts.

Chrysler beats to it's own tune..hence why the RWD LX cars debuted during a time when everyone else had FWD. Their designs were unique and head turning and weren't and still aren't mistaken for anything else. The 2nd gen Ram broke the mold in the otherwise boring pickup segment (in terms of design).

Chrysler hardly brings up the rear.

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It's good that its so close to the concept, but bad about the auto.

Manuals will come soon enough though...which is what I want :D

Is it the same 6-speed that's in the Viper?

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Ok but how successful was Chrysler then, and how are they now, if you ask me, I'd say development is in GM and Ford's court, also, before you bring up the whole G8 not available with a manual in the first year, um the Chargers been out for how long and without a what, some muscle car.

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