• Nov 29, 2007
UPDATE: Three videos added after jump, including the "It's On" commercial and interviews with the Challenger's designers.


As we revealed a few days ago, the first Dodge Challengers to go on sale will only be 2008 SRT8 models. Today we've learned that those 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8s will carry an MSRP of $37,995 (including $675 for destination) and that dealers will begin taking orders for them as early as December 3rd. That's next Monday, people. If you were expecting to have the whole month of December to convince your domestic partner that a Challenger is much more important than Christmas presents, the deadline for that convincing argument has just been moved up.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be available in three colors: Black, Silver and HEMI Orange. All will feature the same carbon fiber hood stripes as the concept vehicle, as well. The iconic muscle car that looks poised to beat the Chevy Camaro to market by a good margin is, of course, powered by a 6.1L HEMI V8 that's available with a 5-speed automatic or six-speed manual (though prior reports state you need to wait for the '09 for the latter). While power figures have yet to be revealed, this engine makes 425 horsepower in other SRT8 vehicles.

Stay tuned to us for more info on the 2008 Dodge Challenger as it becomes available, which we promise will be soon. We expect pricing for the rest of the lineup to be announced sometime around the Detroit Auto Show in January. Also check out the Dodge brand's official blog called Red Letter Dodge, as we find information gets posted there first usually.

[Source: Dodge]



"It's On" Commercial


Challenger Designers - Castiglione and Barrington, Part 1


Challenger Designers - Castiglione and Barrington, Part 2



PRESS RELEASE:

Dodge Announces Pricing for All-new 2008 Challenger SRT8®

Dodge Challenger SRT8 available for $37,995

  • The American muscle coupe is back, packed with modern technology and innovation
  • Demand for contemporary version of iconic pony car drives Dodge to accept orders for the 2008 Challenger SRT8® beginning Dec. 3, 2007
  • Introduction begins with limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 models – each with numbered dash plaque
  • Complete, broader Challenger lineup details and pricing still to come
  • 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models feature 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 and are available in Black, Silver or HEMI Orange
Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge announced pricing today for the modern interpretation of the American muscle coupe. The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® will arrive in showrooms next spring at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (which includes $675 destination).

Due to unprecedented demand, Dodge dealers will begin taking orders on Dec. 3 for the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models. Each will feature a numbered dash plaque and a 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. 2008 Challenger SRT8 models will be available in Black, Silver and HEMI Orange. All will feature dual "carbon-fiber" hood stripes, harkening back to the original Dodge Challenger.

"The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers pure American pony-car muscle," said James Press, Vice Chairman & President – Chrysler LLC. "With styling that stays true to Challenger's original heritage, an abundance of modern amenities and cutting-edge technology, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will deliver the SRT credo of benchmark performance at a tremendous value.

"The Challenger SRT8 is only the beginning of the story, as we'll soon follow with a complete lineup of Challenger models that will offer a wide array of features and deliver outstanding value for our customers," Press added.

Customers may begin placing orders at their Dodge dealer on Monday, Dec. 3. They can expect to take delivery of their vehicle next spring.

The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be built at the Chrysler Canada Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, on the same assembly line with the Dodge Charger, Charger SRT8, Magnum, Magnum SRT8, Chrysler 300 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 vehicles.

Pricing for the complete all-new Dodge Challenger lineup will be announced at a later date.

SRT performance vehicles – including the Dodge Viper SRT10, Dodge Caliber SRT4, Dodge Magnum SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8, Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8, and now, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 – are engineered by Chrysler's in-house performance organization: Street and Racing Technology.

The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 showcases the renowned, five key aspects of every SRT vehicle: exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class ride and handling characteristics across a broad range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain. The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will unquestionably deliver in all five areas.

Dodge Brand
With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC's best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share.

Recently, Dodge introduced the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel 'n Go™ seating system. Dodge is entering key European volume segments with Nitro, Caliber and Avenger. The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey will debut in 2008 calendar year, and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Also in 2008, Dodge will introduce its modern muscle car the all-new Dodge Challenger.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care how it handles, how much gas it uses, or even how fast it goes down the strip. I want one.

      I'm getting tired of every coupe and sedan looking exactly the same. This car just has such a different look that it would make me smile every time I opened my garage door and turned the key. For me, it's worth it.

      I guess the Challenger is one of those cars that you either love it or you hate it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford did a fantastic job or re-creating the Mustang, and it looks like a classic, Chrysler did a Fantastic job of re-creating the Challenger, I love it, instant classic, and it looks right....what did Chevrolet do?? They made a feeble attempt at re-creating an earlier Camaro and created a AMC JAVELIN look alike!...And I am a CHEVY FAN, Died in the wool Chevy fan. But I give up...My money will go for the Challenger,
      • 7 Years Ago
      Midlife Crisis Team, goooo!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much is introductory rebate going to be??
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car looks great, but I would have preferred a more modern interpretation of the Challenger rather than such a close replica of the original.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's the SRT 8 kids, that performance isn't cheap.

      The SRT 8 Grand Cherokee is 40k.
      The SRT 8 300c is even higher.

      The price is just fine. If you want the manual then wait til 09. I have no doubt that there will be no prob selling all the AT models.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh the Camaro will offer 400hp + for significantly cheaper. Plus it'll be lighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would love to get my hands on the stick of that 6-speed manual with 425hp. mmmmmm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crazy speed in a crap car or earthly speed in a luxurious car? Easy one for me, I can find dozens of cars I place a better value for at $37k. Wow, you'll beat me to the next red light, whooohooo big hemis and major HP! Next domestic flop...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you can afford the car i am sure gas in not an issue if your are worried about gas get prius You only live once life is too short to be driving Boring cars You guys complain about gas try buying for 5 cars and 2 jet skis and let me know about costs These car wont be commuter they will be pleasure mobiles
      • 7 Years Ago
      It really kills me that all of these old men who couldn't afford cool cars back in the 70's are drooling over these new cars with retro styling. They (Dodge) clearly are making them for you fogies with price tags like this because most young men can't afford to take care of themselves in this economy let alone fork out 40K for a freakin car. So enjoy them and your mid life crisis. Me i'll just stay getting laid the old fashion way young and attractive with no need for gaudy relics to help my game. Why you are clearly reliving the best moments of your lives in a car.

      Pathetic

      Oh yeah and I haven't seen a dodge that doesn't suck in long term performance in years. I drive chargers, cruisers, and 300's all the time and they really suck on the inside. I don't hate the car just the price.

      Camro's Rule
        • 6 Years Ago
        ..Yeah, Well Marcus I can relate! NO One bought the rare Hemi's etc., in the day...That's why they're so rare now!. I've had dozens of muscle cars and I just sold my '74 SD-455 Tans/ Am!..ust bought a new '07 Plum Crazy SRT8 Charger...Man it KICKS AS-!!..I love KNOWING i could fry Rice Burners...without havingto waste gas!!...See..The SRT8 is also a Gas Saver!!! Ps..It's a lot easier to get laid by my hot , long haired blonde Hippy Wife...Smokin'Dave B.
      • 7 Years Ago
      zamafir, this car isn't for people that worry about fuel consumption or sweat gas prices. And it most certainly isn't slow. The longer, heavier SRT8 sedans and Jeep run 12s off the showroom floor.

      http://www.chargerforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=42484&postcount=1

      Do you really think a lighter, shorter car based on the 300/Charger is going to be any slower? In all the reviews of the SRT8 cars I've read none them have mentioned bad handling either.

      Your perceptions of muscle cars are as old as the timeless styling of the Challenger.

      I wouldn't be surprised if some Audi owners buy a Challenger as 2nd, 3rd or 4th car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Many of the Germans I have worked with here, were big fans of American V8's and often jumped at the chance to own a car with a 5 or six liter engine, w/o it costing over 100 grand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just think about the great mileage this pig is going to get. Do I hear 12 mpg?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Doesn't Matter, The Duke boys didnt drive a Challenger, they drove a CHARGER! Second, no Mullet's on the Duke boys ethier they left that hairstyle to all the rednecks in Camaro's! Least we know where youll find most of the new Camaro's parked, right in front of Cletus's Trailer!
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