• Aug 31, 2007
We feel a "Thank you, Captain Obvious" is in order for this piece of news that was published all the way back on July 12th within the walled garden of Ward's Auto. The news is simply that Chrysler has confirmed it will build an SRT-8 version of the upcoming Challenger pony car. Chrysler, sorry, the NEW Chrysler, has never issued a release to our knowledge confirming it will sell the Challenger SRT-8, but again, we don't need one because they'd be crazy not to.

All current SRT-8 products use Chrysler's 6.1L HEMI V8, so we would expect the same powerplant for the Challenger SRT-8 producing 425 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs. of torque. However, considering how many high-powered variants of the Mustang are offered, and that Chevy will certainly offer a comparably high-powered version of the Camaro, we expect the SRT-8 to break rank with its siblings and have considerably more power than we're used to seeing in an SRT-8 product. In fact, we may reasonably expect all SRT-8 models to get an commensurate bump in power after the Challenger SRT-8 debuts in late 2009, especially with some like the Dodge Charger, Magnum and Chrysler 300 switching from the current LX platform to a new one code named LY.

BTW - Less than 159 days remain until the production Chrysler Challenger debuts at the Chicago Auto Show next February (check the countdown clock).

[Source: SEMA.org]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      God bless America, and this politically incorrect wonderful piece of machinery.

      Ten years from now when the next gas crisis is in full bloom (if you think now is a gas crisis, you've got another thing coming), we'll look back fondly at this second golden age of muscle cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You forgot to mention those fuel efficient SUV's out on the road now;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can thank the 05 mustang design for bring back these classic cars such as the Camaro and Challenger.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow Ivey if you really have to bring up the deaths of courageous people to trash talk a car you are more pathetic than we ever thought.

      On another note, the car is awesome! Hopefully the interior will be better than current Chryslers!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The hating wars have started lol.....theres a lot of you that must feel inferior to the Challenger and feel the need to diss and point out everything wrong with this car....hahah tooo funny....I guess the fab of your turbo 4 is coming close to an end....and pretty soon you wont be the most popular kid on the block lol........
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude, I grew up on V8s. Again, my first car had a 383 and a hurst 4 spd. I'm just saying todays V8s still suck gas like a pig. Why bother with all the displacement, and all the fancy technology with cylinder deactivation bla bla bla bla? Turbos do the same thing. Plus they're fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think alot of you are missing the point. Yes this car probably is heavier then it needs to be, but if it is tuned right there is no reason why it couldnt get 25MPG on the freeway. V8's are great, and if you honestly think a POS turbo 4 cylinder is any competition you are dead wrong. The trick is not giving in by sticking cheap 4 cylinders in our high end cars, but instead make the larger engines smarter so that they only use their power when necessary.

      Upgrade these V8's with direct injection, improve the displacement on demand system by integrating it with VVT, and make the car out of lighter materials and there is no reason why you couldn't get 4 cylinder numbers on the highway, and V8 power on the road when you want it. The technology is almost already there with the current generation Active Fuel management, Modern V8's like the LS2 and LS7 are not your dads V8 from his 69 camaro (although its based on the same 50 year old design).

      Note: These MPG are the new 2008 Fuel economy measurements

      Corvette LS2
      400HP
      City/Highway: 16/26

      2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD
      293HP
      City/Highway: 17/23
      • 7 Years Ago
      "BTW - Less than 159 days remain until the production Chrysler Challenger debuts at the Chicago Auto Show next February"

      So, is this car going to be a Chrysler Challenger or a Dodge Challenger? I always thought they were under the Dodge moniker.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's pretty obvious it's a Dodge. It was originally a Dodge, they added the dodge crosshairs to the grille, what more do you need?

        They're using "Chrysler" like "GM", not as the brand name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gas mileage in v8s is not that these days. I drive a 2001 Z28 with a LS1. I get 20 mpg consistently driving the crap out of it! So if my 6 year old camaro can get that mpg i'm sure the newer ones get better than that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You DO realize that the "Challenger" name is an old one, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      viper motor? kthxbai?

      -JT
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> There's been a bit of discussion around the new Dodge Challenger being affordable and fuel efficient. You folks can hold my feet to the fire on this, but I seem to recall coming across some information that suggested Chrysler was planning to produce this car in limited numbers, unlike its mass-marketed counterparts, the upcoming Chevy Camaro and current Ford Mustang.

      If that is indeed the case, as one reader (Don) has already suggested, the Challenger will be purchased by those who no only can appreciate the vehicle, but can afford to maintain and operate it as well.

      Personally, I give the Challenger a "thumbs up" and look forward to visiting the local dealership for an "up close and personal" inspection.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Retro car designs are better lookin then a bland slowyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When did car enthusiasts become Prius owners?

      Why is every blog on this website filled with the "gotta get good fuel economy" posts?

      This type of car is meant to be driven after work to cruise for a few miles and on weekends when it's nice out.

      There won't be many that see daily driver duties. Since that is the case, fuel economy isn't a big deal on these type of vehicles. Also, they aren't looking to sell a ton of these, the engineering's been paid for by the 300C and Charger. This is just a 2 door with more motor.

      Oh and for those continuing to praddle on about turbo 4's and their great fuel economy, look up the specs on a Mitsu Evo vs a Corvette. The Vette gets better fuel economy and gives 100+ extra horsepower.

      I'll take the V8 thanks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rob sayeth:

        "Why? Why the hell would I buy a mustang, when I can get an STi for cheaper, that gets BETTER mpg, has BETTER acceleration, has AWD, has better handling, and better braking?"

        Edmunds lists the following:

        http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmunds/VehicleComparison?basestyleid=100796920&styleid=100744694&maxvehicles=5&refid=&op=3&tab=print

        2007 STI: $33,495.00
        19 mpg city, 25 mpg hw

        2007 Mustang GT Deluxe: $26,875.00
        17 mpg city, 25 mpg hw

        The STI is almost $7K more expensive, and mpg figures are almost the same (awful for both).

        Invest the extra $7K on the mustang (supercharger, brakes, etc.) and you can kill the STI easy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe because Median Income in the U.S. is only $46,000, and Gas is $3 a gallon and next year $4?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_income

        But, the real question is,
        why now, is it suddenly profitable to put out another Ultra Guzzler, when these cars didn't sell previously?
        Because, the can easily offset 20 Prius's? And SCREW Global Warming, it's Far More Important to Keep the Oil Industry happy then to solve catastrophic global problems.

        I just hope they include the "Wish Genie" so I can wish the traffic away, or wish I was on a planet run by Politicians who could solve problems.



        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks Mike. Meanwhile, the fatassed lazy middle-aged to old guys who can actually afford to buy this car are busy dying from heart attacks, and the rest of the younger generation is buying WRXs, STi, EVOs, mazdaspeeds, etc. Where does that put the big 3 in 20 years? Oh. Not around anymore. And WHY are all of us younger guys buying them?

        Because they GO FAST, and they aren't horrible on fuel, and they do things like go around corners and stop very well. Take the Mustang for example. Why? Why the hell would I buy a mustang, when I can get an STi for cheaper, that gets BETTER mpg, has BETTER acceleration, has AWD, has better handling, and better braking? What is the point of the v8 in the mustang if I can go faster with a boosted 4 cylinder, and use less gas most of the time?

        V8s are neat, and yes, they will always be fastest (since you can boost anything), but for a NORMAL car enthusiast, a boosted 4 cylinder is plenty of power, while using not a whole lot of gas.
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