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Challenger Unmasked

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The official debut won't come for three weeks, but spy photographers have finally caught the production Dodge Challenger with no disguise and from all angles. Chrysler recently released teaser images, but now we have the full picture.

Pricing

Chrysler has already disclosed pricing for the Dodge Challenger SRT8, which will start at $37,995 — including destination — with Dodge already accepting orders. Customers will have a choice of three colors — Black, Silver or HEMI Orange — with all three coming with carbon fiber racing stripes. Deliveries will begin in the spring.

The SRT model will be followed by less expensve models.

The first offering of Challenger SRT8s will come with a numbered dash plaque, although Dodge failed to mention if all would be equipped with an automatic transmission as earlier reported.

Pricing for other Challenger models has yet to be revealed, but an announcement is expected to be made sometime in mid-2008.

Options
Customers who shell out the cash for a Challenger SRT8 — including the $2,100 gas-guzzler tax — will receive a car that is pretty much fully loaded. Only three options will be available: a set of summer tires instead of all-season rubber for $50, a MyGig Multimedia Infotainment system with navigation for $890 and a power sunroof for $950.

Powertrain

The Challenger was originally expected to be offered with a manual transmission and V8 engine only, however, the latest indication is the first 5,000 units will all be SRT8 models with automatic transmissions. In addition, these first car will begin production as early as March 2008 and will be sold as 2008 model year cars.

Shortly after that initial production run, Dodge will be offering three versions of the Challenger as 2009 models. The base model will be powered by a 3.5L V6 and will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5L will be replaced by Chrysler's upcoming 4.0L Phoenix V6, but probably not until the 2011 model year.

R/T models will come equipped with a 5.7L V8 and buyers will have the option of a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The SRT8 model adds a 6.1L V8 and can be mated to a five-speed auto or six-speed manual. A 6.4L could show up in the SRT model as soon as the 2010 model year.

A convertible is also expected to bow sometime in 2009 as a 2010 mode, with all three trim levels available.

Manual transmission cars will come with Chrysler's Hill Start Assist technology — as used in the Dodge Ram, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and the Liberty — which maintains brake pressure until throttle is applied.

Dodge will also offer a Trak Pack, which appears to be little more than a marketing name given to a specific package of transmission, shifter and gearing.

Design

The latest images show a production car very similar to the concept. However, the photos also confirm the addition of a b-pillar to the Challenger's structure. Other less noticeable changes include taillights that have been divided into sections, a simplified grille, larger side mirrors, and more typical door handles.


For more info, please see http://www.leftlanenews.com/dodge-challenger.html
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I can still honestly say I'm not a fan. The bumpers are wayyy too thick, ugly wheels, face/rear look like they're being produced 30 years too late (and they are).

With it being fully outfitted around $44k, I'd definitely take a Shelby GT500 over this.

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well lets see... for 38k i can have a bloated cartoon of a 1970s classic

OR

I can have a well equipped Cadillac that probably handles about 100 times better and actually looks good

SUCH a tough decision... :rolleyes:

of course the other option of having a Camaro for less money... is much more tempting...

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It's easier on my eyes than the Mustang, but the Camaro pwns both.

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Uhm... A base-price $38,000 specialty performance car debuting in 2008 with a 4-speed automatic... :blink::wacko::duh::yuck::stupid::confused0071:

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I still like this car, and the Mustang, but the Camaro trumps them both.

I want to see all three on a magazine cover together.

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I still like this car, and the Mustang, but the Camaro trumps them both.

I want to see all three on a magazine cover together.

Better yet, I want to see a GT500, SRT8, and Z/28 destroying an EVO X, WRX STi, and any other sub-$70,000 vehicle.

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Uhm... A base-price $38,000 specialty performance car debuting in 2008 with a 4-speed automatic... :blink::wacko::duh::yuck::stupid::confused0071:

What?!?!?!?! The SRT-8 is going to have a 4-speed auto trans?

I know the "base" Challenger with the 3.5L v6 will have the 4-speed, but I can't imagine the SRT-8 will too... :rolleyes:

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Uhm... A base-price $38,000 specialty performance car debuting in 2008 with a 4-speed automatic... :blink::wacko::duh::yuck::stupid::confused0071:

That's the base car....not the SRT.

Hey, it's clearly not everyone's cup of tea, but I've got to give Dodge their props for producing it at all. (and, BTW, they'll sell each and every one for at least the first 2 years of production, which should get brampton to NG LY's without an ugly slowdown or shift elimination...)

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Sexy, sexy...

Oh look GM.... It's a car company with balls!

'Betcha wish you still had a set of those, right?

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One thing is for sure... Chrysler is going to have the Challenger out much sooner than GM will the Camaro. Too bad I still can't get past the unoriginal exterior. It's like the retro Hyundai Genesis... Doesn't look bad at all, but it completely devoid of fresh styling.

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Wow alot of people here are either stupid, or can't read......or both.

The SRT will start with a 5-speed auto, then move to a 6-speed manual.

The SRT has a base price of $38K.....there are no Cadillacs with 425 HP that cost less than $38K.

This 425 HP car is EXPENSIVE at $38K??? Name another car with 425 HP that costs less.

Yes, the price is close to the Shelby GT500, but, as the article states, the 2010 Challenger will have the 6.4L with over 500 HP. The Challenger has a more elaborate suspension setup, and will probably be more practical for most people. I agree the Shelby GT500 is a steal at a base of $42K, but see if you can buy one for that price.

Check out the comparisons of the larger Charger SRT-8, vs the Pontiac GTO. The Charger wins the speed/acceleration tests in one comparo, and slightly loses the other.....but it easily wins the handling portion in both comparos. The Charger is heavier and larger than the Challenger. The Challenger will handle just fine.

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Better yet, I want to see a GT500, SRT8, and Z/28 destroying an EVO X, WRX STi, and any other sub-$70,000 vehicle, except Corvette and CTS-V.

I like it. Good car. It is on your face. Take it or leave it no middleground or appeasing claims for import intenders or pretenders. A good ol' American Machine.

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I like how they went with the '70 style grille instead of the concept car's grille. I like it..nice execution of retromodern design.

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Yes, but soon to be Chinese balls.

click here

Sorry couldn't resist.

Well, what about GM's Japanese, Korean, and Chinese balls?? Small cars are not profitable for American automakers, which is why they get someone else to make them for them.

Before you say anything, GM buys engines from China.

Sorry couldn't resist.

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Where do I sign?

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Didn't catch that the Base 3.5l model was starting lower than $38,000. My mistake. How much will the base model start at? Anyone know or care to guess?

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*trying to get under BrewSwillis' skin.. but in good fun and honesty*

Its interior still sucks. :)

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*trying to get under BrewSwillis' skin.. but in good fun and honesty*

Its interior still sucks. :)

Have you sat in the production interior? I haven't seen any pics of the production interior..

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