• Jan 11, 2008
Autoblog reader Ray O'Connor happened upon an undisguised Dodge Challenger on his way to work in the Detroit area and managed to snap a photo of it from behind the wheel. At first, we wondered whether the HEMI orange car pictured was simply the concept car out and about, because it has been known to traverse public roads before. Neither the ducktail spoiler on the trunklid nor the taillamp design shown on this car are features of the concept, however, so we're guessing one of the preproduction cars was stretching its legs a bit. Or maybe Chrysler's taking a page from GM and, like the Camaro, has decided to just get rid of the camo altogether. In any case, the car will finally be revealed to the world next month in Chicago, and we'll be there, as always, to cover it.

Thanks, Ray!




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Me too
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAHA! what a coincidence!


      zzzZZZzzz
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "reliability" of forced indiction small displacement motors is still in question. Since these types of cars are mono-styled "winged warriors" that most kids (16-25 yrs old) buy and modify ad nauseum, there's nothing unique about them and they're typically trashed before they see 100K miles.

      I can't remember the last time I saw a Toyota Celica Supra (or ANY other "ricer" for that fact) on the floor at Barrett-Jackson. I can't even name ONE that would in any way be considered a "classic". However a 1970 HEMI Cuda convertible was sold for over $2Million. And you regularly see "classic" MOPARs selling for $65K+ (original MSRP were roughly $3,500 - $5300). Numbers matching - completely stock muscle cars sell for considerably more. HEMIs bring a premium, but even the small block, big block and magnum motors are highly regarded. Why? Because they still have life in them and potential for further use. The ricers aren't even restorable when they're 20 years old - if they can even be found.

      The most recent Edmunds Inside Line comparison test between the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang and the Subaru WRX STI only scratched the surface when they stated; "Subarus have always proven durable during our testing, but the physical load on the STI's drivetrain during a hard launch is unquestionably violent", indicating that the motor's capability has been maxxed and the chassis struggles to accomodate it. Although the WRX STI beat the Shelby in almost every test, which car do you think will still be around in 20 years and enjoying time on the road, not time rusting in a scrap yard? The Shelby is the better investment. A kid wouldn't realize that.

      Put your turbo chargers and supechargers on your small displacement sewing machines with your clear taillights, coffee-can mufflers, 18" bling wheels, and 3' high wings and have fun. Just remember - they're disposable - just like Pampers. Put 'em on, load 'em up, then throw 'em away. No one wants them after a "kid" has been in them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So how many people really drive their cars like ralley drivers on their way to work? Or like F1 drivers on a saturday night cruise? Without even knowing how the Challenger will perform on the street you supposed car guys think your bling bling Hondas and Toyotas are better cars? Just like disposable pampers is the funniest thing I have read, great comeback!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reminds me of an S14 tail lights w/o the yellow...imo of course
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rear needs improvement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Why so many negative comments about it? If you don't like it go back to your Honda or Toyota and leave the real cars to real car guys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, real car guys like cars that go fast, AND go around corners. Musclecars are cool, but I'd have to point out that real car guys are more likely to get a car that can haul ass and corner/brake well. As in, a Honda NSX or Toyota Supra, etc.

        PS: Do you have a mullet? Do you work at a factory?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What? No LED or neon tailights?

      Now that i see the rear of this I can honestly see this car being mistaken for a really old car that has been restored with a glorified paint job and modded at some local tuner shop.
        • 7 Years Ago
        To each their own I guess. I like the Mustang, and I like the Challenger, I dislike the Camaro and the Charger. It's because I actually want a 60s / 70s looking car with modern performance. So the only problem I have is do I keep my 07' Mustang GT or do I trade it in for the Challenger? Considering the horsepower/weight ratio I think I may keep the Mustang.

        • 7 Years Ago
        That near perfect resemblance to the 70s is probably Dodge's goal with the car. Its certainly the key reason people (such as myself) want to buy it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have a feeling that's exactly what they were going for.
        • 7 Years Ago
        30 odd years ago, I used to walk by a dodge dealer on the way home from school. I thought that the Challenger in lime green with the SuperBee sixpak stickers was about the coolest car ever...until the Charger Daytona.

        But now that I look at the upcoming rendition all I can think is that it is so...30-years ago!

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        "the Camaro looks futuristic and retro at the same time.. perfect balance imo"

        Highly debatable. IMO, the recent Camaro spy pics make the car look incredibly bland. And the interior design is hideous.

        The Challenger looks a tad bland in this pic too.

        Oh well. Neither is my type of car. No loss here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @71cuda

        Yeah...

        That was a long time ago!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tanooki ~ I couldn't agree more!

        I've been really trying to like this latest effort from Chrysler, but this thing is simply ugly in my eyes..I saw a Dodge Charger RT on the road yesterday, and I had to look twice because it had LEDs on the rear..(maybe it's something new for 08 RTs but it looked awesome)..

        Why couldn't the Challenger have something modern in it's design? It looks like nothing fresh or technologically advanced.
        • 7 Years Ago
        take a look at pic #5. Looks led to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah that's one thing that irks me about the challenger.. its a good looking car, it just looks TOO retro

        same with the mustang IMO though not to as much a degree

        the Camaro looks futuristic and retro at the same time.. perfect balance imo
        • 7 Years Ago
        agree with tanooki. To me, the whole point of the concept was the huge neon (or whatever type) brakelight across the back. The four distinct cheapo lights kills the car for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      dang, wish there were shots of the front and interior!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, and for the record, the one pictured is a '09 R/T, not an SRT8....
        • 7 Years Ago
        why do I always think of Queen's "Fat-bottomed girls" whenever I see this car?

      • 7 Years Ago
      It's BEYOND UGLY
      I'm sorry I know everyone is thinking it and I'm just going to say it out loud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like it's a big deal to take a ducktail spoiler off a car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow that is one ugly ass vehicle.

      Fail.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay ... I like it! Now enough of all this shutter buggin' and jaw bonin'.

      Bring it already!
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