• Oct 15th 2007 at 10:42AM
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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.

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[Source: OntarioStreetCar]

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      • 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..
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think the dodge charger looksssssss goodddddd
      • 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.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks true to the concept which is an appealing design. But for $38,000???????
      No thanks. Not worth it. That's luxury import territory and IMO, a pretty coupe with a big V8 is not automatically worth almost 40 grand.
      So here we go again with the bend em over and break it off attitude that prevails in Detroit. This is why the big 2.5 can't compete with Japan inc. They're too damn greedy.
      One thing Ford got right with the Mustang was the price. they made it affordable. And despite the avarice fo the corproate elite, one of the things that fueled the original muscle car/pony car craze was affordability. Back then, an average guy or gal could actually buy a Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, or GTO that would burn rubber.
      But pricing the car at almost twice the average new car sticker price and limiting producution will only guarantee that average buyers can't afford them. So when faced with the prospect of a nearly $40,000 car (not counting the inevitable gouging) or a $27,000 Mustang with 300hp, what do you think's going to happen?
      There will be lots of new Mustangs and G8's sold to people who rush to the Dodge dealer only to realize they can't afford Challengers. Lots of them will shop around and decide they don't have to wait six or seven months for a more affordable, less powerful Dodge.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Instead of comparing apples to oranges lets take a second and compare some apples to apples:

        Dodge Challenger SRT-8, $38,000, 6.1L , 425 HP

        Ford Mustang Shleby GT500, $46,755, 5.4L, 500 HP

        Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, $46,110 , 6.2L, 430HP

        BMW 335i Coupe, $40,800, 3.0L, 300HP

        Audi S4, $48,610, 4.2L, 340HP

        Lexus IS350, $35,905, 3.5L, 306HP

        Mercedes CLK550 Coupe, $55,675, 5.5L, 382 HP

        These are the specs from each respective companies websites. It seems that it is priced very competitively with everyone else.
      • 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.
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