• Oct 15, 2007
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Chrysler revealed the production Dodge Challenger to dealers in Vegas last week, and while we're certain it banned all manner of cameras from the event, saying something's banned and enforcing said ban are two entirely different things. Let's just say that they failed on the enforcement part, because OntarioStreetCar.com has phonecam pics of the car, and it is very true to the concept, overall. The main changes are the presence of a b-pillar under the side glass, a small lip spoiler on the trunk of the SRT8, and a slightly extended rear bumper to meet crash test requirements.

OntarioStreetCar reports that the Challenger arrives in March as a 2008 model. That first run of 5500 cars will all be 6.1L SRT8s equipped with automatic transmissions priced at $38,000. Starting in July, the MY09 Challenger will begin production, and the range will expand to include the 3.5L V6, the regular 5.7L HEMI, and of course, the SRT8 with the 6.1 HEMI. And finally, the best news of all: on the '09 Challenger, both HEMI flavors will be available with the T56 6-speed manual transmission. We'll see the car in person at the Chicago Auto Show. Welcome to the 21st century ponycar wars. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Thanks to all who sent tips!

[Source: OntarioStreetCar]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Not as much as the Camaro, but it's still cool.

      I like that cool cars are starting to debut at Chicago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that is THE ugliest rear bumper i have ever seen on a car. NASTY. the whole car looks like a prototype reject. *thumbs down*
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I am still leaning towards the Camaro (depending on how the production car turns out), this car is BAD ASS. The mustang looks like a teddy bear compared to this beast and the new Camaro. I really hope Ford redesigns the mustang to look almost identical to the Guigario Mustang (minus the goofy taillights). Now if Pontiac would just show a GTO/Trans Am, my year would be complete.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks nice, but that doesn't change the fact that its a big, heavy, poorly handling piece of trash.
        • 7 Years Ago
        >>> That's an interesting statement regarding the handling characteristics of the car, since it hasn't been produced in mass quanties for consumer consumption or testing.

        Are we to assume that you are, or have been privileged, to some information or experience that has not been made available to the rest of us?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I see you must've driven one. How was it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe they spent the money to develop this when their mainstream cars like the Sebring/Avenger and Caliber are such junk.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Sebring is not junk, just a really dumb-ass looking car that not many people want to be caught dead in.

        Sebring reminds me of a cheap prostitute with way too much make-up on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've read nothing but quality complaints regarding the Sebring/Avenger, and the Caliber has one of the worst interiors I've ever seen in a car. Ever.

        I agree that perhaps they should have spent more time, money and effort on their mainstream, bread-and-butter product before concentrating on an arguably niche vehicle instead.

        Also, I was never a fan of the boxxy tail-lights, but this is one fine-looking vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Chrysler did a nice job executing this and remaining true to the concept car.

      I still think the Camaro will be the real winner, bit I suppose some of this comes down to whether you are a Chevy fan, Dodge fan or Ford fan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dodge, GM, or Ford fans? Do these really exist as seperate fans any more? I'm sure in some of the flyover states, they're still hacking out whether Jimmy's Ford or Jeff's Mopar will pick up more confed cuties, but most fans these days seem to be broken into Domestic, Japanese, and European camps, with at most a slight preference for a particular brand.

        Of course, there are those niche brands like Subaru, Mazda and VW that command extreme loyalty and even English-footballer levels of fandom at times, but for the most part, folks seem less attached to makes than in the past.

        That's how it looks from California anyway. And we all know that California is a 20 year preview of the rest of the country.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, Steve but that's not true with me. But nice try trying to make those who disagree with you look like uneducated rednecks, just because you live in california. Although I do like almost all muscle cars, I definitely prefer the styling and drivetrains of the camaro the best, being a fan of the General due to the chevy v8's of the past and the ls v8's of the present.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Personally I'm a fan of all cars, I could care less who makes them. Why limit yourself to a specific company when there are so many great options out there?? Brand loyalty is lame.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Steve, I was going to give you a positive vote, but I'm glad I held off until I read the rest of your comment.

        So, could you tell me what the 2028 Mailibu looks like?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am disapointed that the SRT 8 version doesn't have the 500hp 6.4L. I was hoping it could compete with the Shelby GT500.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about time manufacturers started making 2 door vehicles again after the decade long obsession with "practical" family haulers. Unfortunately, Chrysler became irrelevant to me after bringing back the Charger as a 4 door. Now they finally bring around a coupe, but charge nearly $40,000 for it!? In my book, Chrysler is striving to stay irrelevant. Their refusal to make a reasonably priced, sporty looking 2 door coupe is missing a seriously untapped market. I believe the high dollar resto-mod market is so successful primarily due to the lack of decent new 2 door coupes on the market.

      If Chrysler would make a 2 door Charger, or even Avenger in the low $20K market, I suspect they would have a huge success (and no, the Sebring doesn't cut it). But their obsession with 4 door sedans, wagons, and SUVs (all family haulers) makes them irrelevant.

      The new Camaro and Challenger have been so overhyped for so many years during developed, there styles will be dated before actually making it to market. Plus, their specialty coupe status, price, and funky lines which include the chop top/low rider status will probably not make it mainstream.


      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful!! Just tell me when and where, I don't even care about how much anymore..
      charles
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think the dodge charger looksssssss goodddddd
      charles
      • 7 Years Ago
      cincinnati ohio here
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a friend who works at Chrysler here in NE Ohio. He told me that after the original $38,000 sticker there will be a $18,000 version. Hard to believe a $20,000 difference but we'll wait and see.
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