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Dodge rolls out full Challenger line

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Dodge rolls out full Challenger line
Vehicle to be made in Brampton, Ontario

Jonathan Wong
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March 19, 2008 - 9:06 am ET
UPDATED: 3/19/08 3:18 p.m. EDT


If you didn't reserve your 2008 Challenger SRT8 before they sold out, you might see it as a blessing in disguise.

Dodge is showing the full 2009 Challenger line at the New York auto show, including the SE and R/T models that join the SRT8 that was released in limited numbers for 2008.

Base SE versions are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. The mid-range R/T features an updated version of the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with more power and a 5-percent improvement in fuel economy. Power jumps 30 hp over the previous motor to 370 hp and torque goes up 8 lb-ft to 398 lb-ft.

Dodge claims the R/T version of the retro-inspired muscle car will get to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

The big news for 2009 is that a six-speed manual transmission will be offered with the R/T and SRT8 trims -- a first for the modern Hemi engines. All 6,400 2008 Challenger SRT8s will be shipped from the factory with five-speed automatic gearboxes.

Besides the manual transmission option, Dodge ups the ante for the SRT8 for 2009 with the addition of a standard limited-slip differential and tweaks to the suspension for better track prowess. Cosmetic changes include the additional of a pistol-grip shifter, black stripes and B5 Blue and TorRed paint options.

2009 Challengers go on sale this fall.

Model to be made in Canada

In related news, Chrysler said its plant in Brampton, Ontario, will produce the Challenger. The Brampton plant, near Toronto, currently produces the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

" This is good news that the Dodge Challenger will be added to the production line-up," Frank Ewasyshyn, executive vice president of manufacturing, said in a statement.

" From concept to production in just 21 months, vehicles like Dodge Challenger are critical to keeping our plants humming and our dealerships busy."

Chrysler invested $151 million into the plant last year, allowing the Challenger to be built on the same assembly line as the 300 and Charger.
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have you seen the sick drag package version of this-- A friend of mine at a dealership here locally had a picture of the drag package car and it looks awesome-- if I can get a picture of it I will post it----
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I havnt even seen a 2008 yet.
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I'm in for a dual displacment Hemi with a 6 speed. Just got to wait for them to get close to M.S.R.P.
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The SE would be a nice option, if it could be had with a manual!!



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The SE would be a nice option, if it could be had with a manual!!
Might be worth Dodge looking into, it wold put them close to the milage standards.
My old Challenger Convert, was a 340/ 4 speed. Those where 275 horse. The new 3.5 at 250 horse would be very close to the same feel. Throw in the new suspension, and the lighter engine, performance would be about the same.
Still hoping the rumours about a Rag Top are true.
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I seen a pic of the SRT challenger and man is it sweet........... I'd like to own one myself, but then again who wouldn't!!!
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B-5 BLUE great color choice. The wife may have totaled out her Stang. She hit a concret wall. She's not hurt, but the car has $7,500 worth of damage. Right on the 50% line. (waiting to hear form the INS Co). I would buy a Challenger R/T in a heart beat. But they are not out yet (Dam it).
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this is one hotttttt kar

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Dodge Challenger Super Stock Drag car to be available within weeks! According to oh20, a Challenger 800 pounds lighter than the production version will be available for racing. This will be a special factory package built for NHRA-sanctioned Stock Eliminator drag racing. Features will include a unique serial number sequence, variations of current Hemi and 5.9 liter Magnum engines, automatic or manual transmission, and special lightweight features including:

Lightweight front fascia support system
Composite lift-off hood with functional scoop
Lightweight cooling module with electric fan
Special modified drop-out front crossmember
Lightweight drag race-only front brake assembly
Seats to accommodate six-point harness
Special Body-in-White modified for drag racing
This is one serious package that does away with such frills as windshield wipers, power windows, HVAC System, sound deadener and rear seats to create one lightweight and intense racing machine. Additional details will be available next week. Stay tuned to Allpar.com ... and please post this URL: http://www.allpar.com/cars/dodge/challenger.html

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Side stripes, did someone say side stripes!

Why not mds and 6 speed....great mileage with the right gears!
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B-5 BLUE great color choice. The wife may have totaled out her Stang. She hit a concret wall. She's not hurt, but the car has $7,500 worth of damage. Right on the 50% line. (waiting to hear form the INS Co). I would buy a Challenger R/T in a heart beat. But they are not out yet (Dam it).
Sorry to hear that Spook. I'm glad she's ok.
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The SE would be a nice option, if it could be had with a manual!!
It sure would be. I'd love to try the 3.5 HO with a manual. Bet it would be fun.
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I'm in for a dual displacment Hemi with a 6 speed. Just got to wait for them to get close to M.S.R.P.
What does 'dual displacement' mean?

Cylinder shutoff? because the 6 speed stick and cylinder shutoff are mutually exclusive.
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I would be curious to know what the various packages will sell for ?
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