• Jan 10, 2008
click above image for more spy shots of the production Dodge Challenger

Seems like one when modern day muscle car gets caught a spy photographer, they all get shot. We've already shown you new spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT today, and now we bring you two new shots (the first two in the gallery below) of the production Dodge Challenger that's been caught testing out in public. Dodge is saving the production Challenger's debut until February when it will be unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, but as we've seen from official teaser shots, don't expect a car much different than the Challenger with which we all fell in love. This test vehicle was reportedly sporting a HEMI V8, so it's probably an SRT8 model, the same kind that will go on sale this year before the rest of the Challenger line-up arrives next year.

[Source: Brenda Priddy & Co.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      people like you and me and the rest of the enthusiest community see it all the time yes (personally i dont think i could ever get tired of seeing it)

      but the general public out there will most likely only remember from the Transformers movie if anything... most of the people out there dont go on the internet everyday and keep up with automotive news..
      • 7 Years Ago
      The mirrors! The horrible mirrors!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Richard, this car isn't stale by any stretch of the imagination. It's shape is going to turn heads wherever it goes.

      Cars like the Challenger, Mustang, Camaro, Mini, HUMMER, Fiat 500 and Jeep have timeless, signature looks. They cannot look like anything else.

      The Jeep has been around since WWII with the same shape and it never ages. Like the Jeep none of these vehicles can look any other way and have classic good looks. Talented stylists can always keep vehicles like this new.

      When I see Mustangs from the 80s and 90s they don't even look like Mustangs. The 2005 redersign corrected that, the car is unmistakably a Mustang now and shames the prior models. It's also going to be the same with the Camaro. The modern GTO was rejected because it looked nothing like the classic GTO. What would the point be in making a Challenger that looks nothing like a Challenger? There wouldn't be one.

      Thank you Chrysler for resurrecting the Challenger and updating it's exceptional style for a whole new generation.

      I'm hoping to see it in person next week when it's auctioned at Barrett-Jackson.


      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been looking at this and new Camaro photos for last 2 years. By the time those things are on the showroom floor, they will surely appear to me as 2-3 year old cars. I guess that retro theme is not helping. What a tired POS design.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Richard its very easy to modernize and evolve a retro design. Look at the future camaro compared to the original and just continue in that direction. Same with mustang/gt500/italian concept car. I agree the challenger would be a little harder though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Richard, you can easily evolve retro designs by simply... well, evolving them with sleeker looks, etc. Look at the camaro, its not just a copy of the original but "modernizes" it (especially in the front end lines). So you can just continue in that direction and voila. Same with mustang (more like gt500 front end, then like that italian concept car, etc). Challenger not so much but it could be done.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am with you...and it's the same with the Mustang, the refresh of which is being "Brenda Priddied" right now.

        The question is, how do you refresh a retro design especially one that is 20 years (heck 40 years) old when it is launched.

        I guarantee that if you look in the "future cars" pages of Popular Mechanics from 1968 you sure won't see something that looks like a Dodge Challenger...in line or paint scheme.

        So, if you can't design, but want to be a designer in the industry just change your name to J. something and start ripping off the classics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      See all that road grime and body-corroding salt people who don't live in the north? That's why my good car is in the garage for the winter.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I keep mine inside in the winter as well. And more recently, in Alberta where they don't use salt!

        I don't understand why people keep going on about the price when only the very top end model is 'expensive' - but totally in line with the rest of the SRT8 lineup.

        I can't see them being more expensive than the Chargers - or a huge premium over them at the least.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure looks good without the cross hairs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you can slap a V8 on a piece of crap, but all you're going to have is a V8 powered piece of crap.


        kudos to all who know the reference...
      • 7 Years Ago
      people like you and me and the rest of the enthusiest community see it all the time yes (personally i dont think i could ever get tired of seeing it)

      but the general public out there will most likely only remember from the Transformers movie if anything... most of the people out there dont go on the internet everyday and keep up with automotive news..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll repeat it again in hopes than anyone in charge is listening.

      Ford: Mustang
      Chevy: Camaro
      Dodge: Challenger

      All traditional brands, with retro names and designs...

      All from companies that encompass other brands.

      Where are:
      Mercury: Cougar
      Pontiac: Firebird (the concept looked like a sabre jet, for pete's sake!!!)
      Chrysler: Firepower, or whatever they want to call it.

      All could be fresh designs with shared chassis. (IRS in ford's case.)

      Where is the famous brand badge-engineering? They have been doing it for decades, but not now, when it might actually help, and costs are becoming such that unique bodywork is more feasible on the budget, when the chassis and drivetrain is the same.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Out of the three competitors for the new muscle car war, the challenger is the most retro by far
      but IMO the challenger was originally the best looking so i am very excited for the new car
      Dodge just needs 2 get the interior materials right and the design right and it should be a hit
      • 7 Years Ago
      The wheels look smaller on this version for some reason. I'm betting it's a 5.7 R/T model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is absolutely gorgeous, but too bad its horrifically overpriced. I wanted one as my fun car until I saw the $40k bill. Chevy will get a Camaro sale thanks to that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        only the top end SRT8 is $40k.. the 5.7 hemi and the v6 version will certainly be cheaper.. comparable to a Charger of the same trim i would think
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