• Nov 1, 2007

Say it with us now: create demand. Challengers won't roll off the line en masse next year. Instead, as we reported last month, Dodge is going to make just 5,000 of them for the '08 model year, all SRT models with 5.7- or 6.1-liter Hemis. In 2009, Dodge will widen the sluice some, with output expected to be 30,000 to 35,000 cars. That is also when six-speed manual and dual-clutch options could be added. The Challenger will take the stand next year at the New York Auto Show. And for those of you planning to buy a 2008 model, especially one with the 6.1-liter Hemi, say it with us now: residual value.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Like I said a few weeks ago the last I knew they were planning to make this the most exclusive muscle coupe on the market.

      I was surprised to read news to the contrary but it looks like what I heard was correct afterall.

      Good move Chrysler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      say it now: srt models won't have the 5.7..

      say it with us now - the 5.7 will appear in 2009..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's bitch about dealers charging over MSRP already....

      Cerberus dealers have so many models that sell over sticker...

      If the customer knows what they are buying and agrees to pay it, who cares? It's their money.

      If you don't want to pay it, then don't.

      Really, guys, you can be such weenies!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Big deal, domestics bring their '08 models as early as September. The '08 Caravans were out last month.

      No doubt this means there's a delay in production, that they're trying to cover up with this limited run junk.

      I'm too lazy to look this up, but when does production actually start, and how low is the production when you subtract the 6 months or so off of the model year calendar?


      • 7 Years Ago
      Oil was $87 a gallon (in constant dollars) in 1981 and yet we all survived. Don't the let hysteria maestros in the media make you think oil was always $40 a gallon in '07 dollars. It wasn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SRT8 = 6.1L

      Not 5.7L
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry Autoblog, but the Challenger will take stand at the Chicago auto show, not New York. This has been known information for quite sometime.

      http://www.dodgechallengercountdown.com/

      • 7 Years Ago
      And today oil is at $94+ per barrel.

      The logic for bringing this car to market is what exactly?
        • 7 Years Ago
        With oil nearing $100/barrel, gas is not going to stay at $3/gallon for long.
        • 7 Years Ago
        gas is around $3 a gallon, coffee is $5 for a 16oz. People pay for what they like, and people will buy this car regardless of gas prices.

        Heck, if I cared about gas prices I'd drive a 4 cyl. civic instead of my Maxima, but I like my car, and I'm willing to pay for the gas to keep it. Not everyone cares about saving money at the pump.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just a big fat car, an enthusiast will not be attracted to this car and it's old tech (sure its a modified and slightly renewed LX platform, but that is also based somewhat on a previous gen E-class, then you have that Hemi which is just throwing displacement at us -- too old school). This may appeal to pre-retirement crowd aching for the days of their youth and the only draw will be to be first on the block with one. 3 years later, it will be the same old tired cash on the hood sales tactic, especially once the new Camaro and next Mustang are available. The limited numbers in year 1 are only there as a marketing tactic until the decent transmissions are ready, and any residual potential brought by the limited numbers will go away if the tranny’s are truly any good. On the positive, it’s limited numbers overall and likely performance, may make it a half decent halo car for Chrysler while the redo their product plans, but it still represents the ‘old Chrysler’.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, hostility level lowered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Keep in mind, this car is not meant for someone who's partial to small, efficient cars. This car is for people who had or wanted to have a Challenger 35+ years ago. It's for people who want mounds of torque from idle from their 'old school' pushrod V8s. Challenger buyers don't really give a rats behind about the extra $500 a year in gasoline this car will cost to drive instead of a Camry, etc. Given how well the other SRT-8's handle, it's guaranteed to handle infintely better than the original did. That said, to a Mopar afficianado, this will be everything the original was- and then some. Bottom line- this is an emotional purchase.
        • 7 Years Ago
        First year Challengers will be limited output, not 2nd and 3rd, once the Camaro and Mustang will be ready the Dual Clutch transmissions and most likely phoenix V-6's will be available for lower end models competing on all levels.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Easy there … I agree with you. What I was trying to imply and should have been clearer on was I should have said “a group of enthusiast who would be interested enough in this car to have a positive effect on residual value. We’re all enthusiasts here. I have no interest in muscle cars, exotics, trucks/SUVs/CUVs/etc. I’m ‘enthusiastic’ about small, efficient, vehicles, production and non-production, especially if they push the technology envelope.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For a moment I thought the headline read, "Chrysler limiting Sebring output to 5,000 units in 2008".
      • 7 Years Ago
      This won't create any residual value at all. Dealers will price gouge customers. Customers will pay for these vehicles. Eventually they will arrive en mass. Residual value plummets. It's exactly what happened with the T-Bird, albeit from the specs it looks like a strong contender (unlike the T-Bird).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I personally don't think limiting production on this product is going to be a smart thing to do.

      http://www.challengertalk.com
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