Debut(unveiled) at: 2008 New York Auto Show
Launch date: The R/T and SE Challenger will be available in fall of 2009, with the Classic R/T arriving late in the 2009 model year.
Price: Dodge Challenger R/T coupe costs about $40,000 whereas Challenger SE cost about $20,000
Acceleration 0-60: Challenger R/T manual can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T
The 2008-2009 Dodge Challenger cars
Powering the Dodge Challenger R/T is a revised 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing 370 horsepower (276 kW) with a five-speed automatic, and 375 hp (280 kW) with a six-speed manual transmission. The engines belt out 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) and 404 lb-ft (548 Nm) of torque, respectively; the Challenger R/T can do 0-60 in under six seconds, bone stock.
The manual-transmission Challenger R/T has numerous differences from the automatic aside from the transmission itself, using a variable displacement power steering pump, different rear shocks, and other tuning changes — and the ability to shut off the ESP completely, rather than having it in “rescue” mode. The gas mileage for the manual transmission is a little lower than the automatic, because it cannot have the multiple-displacement system (cylinder shutoff). A special-edition Dodge Challenger Classic R/T will be available later in the 2009 model year, with B5 blue paint, black side stripes, unique badging, and 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels.
|C/R||Horsepower(kW) @ rpm||Torque |
|mpg (EPA)||Minimum |
|Challenger SRT-8||10.3:1||425 (317) |
|420 (569) |
|Challenger R/T, manual||10.5:1||375 (280) |
|Challenger R/T, automatic||10.5:1||370 (276) |
|398 (540) |
|Challenger SE||10.0:1||250 (186) |
|250 (339) |
The Dodge Challenger R/T with a manual transmission features a variable displacement power steering pump which reduces fluid temperatures while decreasing the parasitic losses to achieve improved fuel economy (0.2 mpg); all have speed-sensitive power steering. The Challenger R/T uses twin-piston aluminum calipers and vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with vented rotors in the rear, for a 60 to zero mph stopping distance of approximately 125 feet. Finally, Dodge Challenger SE uses single-piston aluminum calipers and vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with solid rotors in the rear. These brakes have a larger effective radius than many competitive systems, providing a 60 to zero mph stopping distance of approximately 130 feet.
Front bucket seats have aggressive bolsters on both Challenger SE and Challenger R/T with Dark Slate Gray cloth seats as standard and with leather optional.
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T, Front View
New York 2008: Dodge Challenger R/T and SE
Introducing the SRT model of the Challenger first was unprecedented in Chrysler history - the hi-po versions have always come later in production, after the initial buzz has died down. But now that we've seen the ultimate Challenger, Dodge is fleshing out the rest of its lineup with the new Challenger R/T and SE. Equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 and a 3.5-liter V6, respectively, the new Challengers are available with the same range of equipment that the SRT offers, including Chrysler's MyGIG™ in-dash hard drive for music and navigation.
The big news accompanying the announcement of those two models applies only to V8 Challengers, and it's the availability of a six-speed manual transmission for 2009. Sourced from Tremec, the TR-6060 transmission marks the first time that a new Hemi powered car has been offered with a stick shift.
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T, Side View
Chrysler unveils 2009 Challenger
The 2009 Challenger will have the new option of a manual transmission for the SRT8 and R/T models. It also will come in a broader range of colors than the 2008 version, which comes in orange, silver or black. New colors for 2009 include red, blue, gray and white.
The Challenger has the long hood, wide stance and racing stripes of the original pony car, which was introduced in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model but was phased out five model years later as new government emissions regulations cracked down on gas guzzlers. It remains to be seen how well the new version will do in an era of high fuel prices and tightening federal fuel economy rules. The 2009 Challenger SE gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway, while the R/T gets slightly less in the city. Chrysler hasn't released mileage figures for the 2009 SRT8, but the 2008 version gets an estimated 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on the highway.
Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham said the company already has gotten more than 10,000 orders for the 2008 Challenger.
source: Business Week
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T, Back View
2008 New York Auto Show: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, SE
Competes with: Ford Mustang, Nissan 350Z
Looks like: A less angry Dodge Challenger SRT8
Drivetrain: 370-375 hp 5.7-liter V-8 with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, 250 hp 3.5-liter V-6 with four-speed automatic
Hits dealerships: Fall 2008
The good news is that the Challenger R/T will be the first of the modern day Hemi-powered muscle cars — Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger — that will sport a manual transmission. It will have a six-speed manual that bumps power to 375 hp from 370 with 0-60 mph times under six seconds. The Challenger SRT8 will get a six-speed manual for the 2009 model year, as well as a limited slip differential.
The bad news? We’re disappointed that Dodge decided it had to produce a V-6 powered Challenger. The new SE will feature the same 250 hp V-6 found in the Avenger R/T. The problem is that the Challenger’s weight will bog down a pretty hum-drum powerplant and transmission.
source: Kicking Tires
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T, Headlights & Wheels
New York '08 Preview: Dodge Challenger R/T and SE ready to roll
For the R/T model, the real story lies under its hood where an upgraded 5.7L Hemi V8 engine has received a 30-hp bump to 370 ponies, while torque also increases by eight to 398 pound-feet. Opt for the new pistol grip six-speed manual tranny – a first for any LX-platform model – and power jumps to 375 hp and 404 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm, but premium fuel is recommended if you want that third pedal.
The Challenger R/T features a long list of standard equipment including 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, dual exhaust, ABS, ESP, traction control, vented brakes and an eight-way adjustable power driver seat. Buyers can also check off options like Remote Start, Keyless Go push-button start and heated leather seats. Dodge will also make available a special Classic R/T version that wears Richard Petty B5 Blue with black side stripes and unique script badging later in the 2009 model year. The Classic R/T will also feature five-spoke 20 inch rims that won't be available on any other Challenger model.
For RWD Coupe-lovers on a budget, Dodge will also offer a base Challenger SE (above is the only pic we have so far). The car will be given the well-traveled 250-hp 3.5L V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T Interior Dashboard, Dials, Pedals....
New York 2008: Dodge Brings Challenger SE and R/T to Big Apple
The Challenger SRT8 was the buzz of February’s Chicago Auto Show, but Dodge waited until now to show off the other members of its revived Scat Pack. Making their debuts at the New York Auto Show are the “lesser” Challenger variants, the eight-cylinder R/T and V-6 - powered SE models.
Second only to the top-end SRT8 model is the R/T - and from the exterior, one may be hard pressed to spot the differences between the two cars. Although it isn’t sporting the stripes and badging worn by the SRT car, the Challenger R/T looks virtually identical to its bigger brother. In fact, both cars will be offered with a new six-speed manual transmission, a first for the LX platform, and not available on the SE.
source: Winding Road
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T Safety Features
Dodge Presents Its 2009 Challenger Lineup
Still being touted as the happy middle between the Chrysler 300 and Charger is the Challenger. All models of this beaut includes the HEMI engine, MyGIG system, best-in-class trunk space and more. There will be three different models of the Dodge Challenger available including the SRT8 that features a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 in automatic or manual transmission, the R/T and SE. Yes, that's right, a manual transmissions is now available, but for those scared of a clutch, don't worry because MOPAR is making a T-shifter for the automatic transmission models to give the look and feel of driving a manual transmission without any amount of the effort.
Photo: 2009 Chrysler Dodge Challenger R/T On The Move
Official Press Release
Introducing the All-New 2009 Dodge Challenger
35 Years Later, Dodge Redefines Modern American Muscle
Re-creation of vintage American muscle car blends nostalgic flair with modern engineering and technology
First five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from proven Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger platform
First modern-day, HEMI®-powered car offered with precision-shift six-speed manual transmission
New-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers increased fuel economy (an estimated 5 percent) with more horsepower (30 hp) and improved torque (8 lb.-ft.)
5.7-liter HEMI goes from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds
SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine goes from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds
Best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room provides spacious back seat for up to three adults
Best-in-class trunk space (16.2 cu. ft.) equal to the Dodge Charger
New "EZ" entry with high-mounted seat-back lever for easy, one-handed operation; enables second-row passengers to enter and exit with ease
More than 25 safety and security features including supplemental side-curtain air bags, advanced multi-stage air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and anti-lock brakes
Equipped with cutting-edge technology including MyGIG™ radio/navigation, UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, Keyless Go push-button start and Remote Start
To ensure quality, Dodge Challenger engineers logged nearly 3.2 million customer-equivalent miles in the development process
All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to arrive this fall
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics - unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines, and technology - designed to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations.
"Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present," said Mike Accavitti, Director, Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. "Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today's buyer."
The Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from Chrysler's proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Developed with Dodge's credo of "bold, powerful and capable," the Challenger delivers a modern two-door muscle car.
Three models will be offered in North America: Dodge Challenger SRT8®, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE.
The Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 N•m). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded to get an estimated five percent improvement in fuel economy as well as an increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (2 percent) over a greater range of engine speeds. The Dodge Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift six-speed manual transmission - the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car - that produces 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 N•m) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated with a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
The Dodge Challenger SE powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic transmission produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m).
Patterned off the Dodge Charger architecture, the front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension system on all Dodge Challenger models provide excellent ride and handling characteristics.
The Dodge Challenger design team stayed true to the concept revealed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, while drawing upon elements from the original Challenger. The result: a bold, aggressive muscle machine that blends nostalgia with modern Dodge style.
"Our designers wanted to capture the mind's-eye view of what people today remember about the Dodge Challenger from 35 years ago," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. "Their challenge was to excite today's customer by capturing the emotion of the original Challenger, while offering today's comfort and performance."
On the exterior, the long, raised performance hood with scoops and recessed grille with round dual headlamps are reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger. The bold A-line, or character line, that runs from stem to stern gives the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger an instantly recognizable muscle car profile. Retro dual rectangular exhaust outlets complete the look from the rear.
On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. The modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room compared to the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) - equal to the Dodge Charger - the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers added comfort and functionality.
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative technologies including:
MyGIG™ provides a cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system, with built-in navigation
UConnect® Hands-free Communication System provides convenient, voice-activated communication with Bluetooth® cellular phones
SIRIUS® Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of commercial-free radio programs and music for enhanced listening enjoyment
Keyless Go allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button
Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the key fob
More than 25 Safety and Security Features
Dodge Challenger offers more than 25 safety and security features including:
Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide steering control while braking
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer
Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops
Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration
Hill Start Assist (HSA) for Manual Transmission application assists the driver in launching the vehicle on an incline
Automatic Headlamps turn headlamps on at dusk and off in the daylight without driver intervention
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts driver about low tire pressure(s) in order to facilitate safe handling
2009 Dodge Challenger Production
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It will be built on the same assembly line as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC's best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market.
The Dodge brand's first crossover vehicle - the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey - is available in the first quarter of 2008 and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Arriving this spring is the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram with game-changing exterior and interior design, innovations, best-in-class features and craftsmanship will arrive this fall. Also arriving this fall is the 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid. Recently, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan arrived in dealerships with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel 'n Go™ seating system. In 2007, Dodge Avenger and Nitro entered key volume segments outside North America, joining the Dodge Caliber, which launched in those markets in 2006.