• Aug 10, 2007
click above image to see 8 high-res spy shots of the 2009 Dodge Challenger

Preproduction prototypes of the Dodge Challenger have been spotted all over Detroit in the past few months, but most have been captured with camera phones and revealed little detail about the muscle car coming from Chrysler. KGP Photographers ran into one recently and were armed with proper DSLRs to shoot the car to death, focusing particularly on details like the headlights, taillights and wheels that previous low-res spy shots have missed. In a few pictures we can see through the mesh of the camo and glimpse the headlight hardware, which looks high-tech, perhaps incorporating LEDs around the frame of the circles just like the concept, and trimmed in chrome. The same goes for the taillights, which appear close to the concept's. Finally, through the wheels we can clearly see some serious stopping power in the form of rotors that would look right at home on a Dodge Ram. Is there anything on this car that will differ significantly from the concept? Our guess is that the first interior spy shots we see will hold the answer.

Check out the gallery of eight spy shots below, and we've also included a gallery of the Dodge Challenger Concept for comparison's sake.

[Photos: KGP]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully Chrysler will make this car in right hand drive. It would go down a treat in Australia, as it would be the nearest thing to a Aussie Chrysler Charger (our nearest related Chrysler car) we have seen in years. Only risk to it succeeding here is if they don't upgrade the quality of their interiors, which are presently pretty ordinary by our standards.

      Fix all that and an order from me is a certainty.

      Dan
      • 7 Years Ago
      $65k-boy is just posting flame bait so he can get some attention. Add me to the list of young professionals ready to buy this car. I currently own a Lexus SUV, and this Challenger, along with Chrysler's lifetime warranty, are more than enough to get me to buy the car. Gorgeous.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Based on the 40k sticker of a charger srt, i'd expect this car to be at least that much; i'm also under the impression that this will only be available as an 'srt' car with the 6.1 and therefore wont qualify for the lifetime warranty.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Steely

        I see your point but I would think Chrysler would price it below the SRT Charger/300 only because it's 2 doors less. The Charger/300 are much bigger cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoever thinks this car won't appeal to the younger crowd isn't very in touch with that crowd. I'd take one of these over ANY of the cars 25@65 mentioned. Impreza's are one of the most common cars I see on the road, and they all have that huge, ugly, spoiler. Same for the Evo. And the only person I know that own's an RX-8 is my friend's 45+ year-old mother.

      I can easily say I know more people that would rather own one of Detroit's new muscle cars (Charger, Mustang, new Camaro, new Challenger) than any of those ricers that Japan expects us to buy.

      Being 21, I can't wait for this car to hit the dealers. And I hope they make an SRT version to boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mmm, Detroit muscle... Can't wait to see it without the camo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Challenger is definitely the best looking of the group!

      http://www.ChallengerTalk.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can pretty much bet this car and the next Z/28 are going to cost more than the Mustang GT. The Challenger isn't even being aimed squarely at the same market unlike the next Camaro.

      There will be no V6 model, it will start just under $30k, and be the most exclusive and lowest production of the three muscle coupes.

      Topping out at $35k is hardly going to kill this car. Especially if Ford dealers and tuners can regularly move very high priced Mustangs that cost more than that.

      This isn't a Scion people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm still in college, so I can't yet be considered a professional, but I've owned two Trans Ams so far, and would not, even for a minute consider any of the cars 65k listed over a new Camaro or Challenger. Actually, the most fun I have in my Trans Ams is when I open up a can of detroit whoop ass on import ricers like those.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I myself think we are in for a real exciting time with the revival of The New Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Excitement of this multitude hasn't been seen in a while in the North American Car Market and I believe it will ignite buyers again to consider North American Iron, Kudos Detroit your going to be back in the game.........
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd buy that for a dollar!
      J/K
      I would, however, like to see what this car and the Camaro will be priced at upon introduction, and how much the dealers will be marking them up. I, for one, am a young adult who happens to have taken an interest in Chrysler's bigger automobiles, like the Charger, 300 and Magnum, so I could see myself in one of these Challengers as well. As many have said before, the only thing keeping me from actually buying a Chrysler product, would be the cheap-looking interiors. If they can solve that problem, then they've got a new customer in me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I work in the car business (sales) and recently was speaking with a Chrysler training rep who has actually sat in a "production" version of the Challenger and claims that the car looks almost EXACTLY the same as the concept.

      There are definitely a few differences, but he says that everything from the exterior down to the interior are almost the same as the concept.

      The most interesting part of it, was that he claims the interior is really almost exactly the same except that there is orange stitching on the seats in the R/T model.

      He also says the car he sat in was indeed a 6-speed Manual... I can't wait. Should be released in May of '08.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Steve, if you live in an area where original Challengers are a common sight on the streets then I envy you. Otherwise your comment is a bit off.
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