• Jan 16, 2008
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We owe much thanks to Autoblog reader Walter, who happened upon a stark naked Dodge Challenger R/T as it was being valet parked and sent us this perfect pic. Not only does it finally reveal the face of the new Challenger, to our knowledge it's also the first time anyone has seen an R/T model. The SRT8 model is the only one scheduled for the Challenger's initial production run in MY 2008, which makes this a 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T.

So let's look at that face. The elimination of the crosshair treatment on the concept car's grille gives the Challenger about as retro a look as you could possibly get. As we saw in the teaser photos released earlier by Chrysler, a "Challenger" badge takes up the passenger side while the model designation badge, in this case a red "R/T," sits on the driver's side. The rest of the front end and hood appear to be exactly the same as what we originally saw when the concept was revealed in '06. The only new addition is the black chin spoiler present on this car. (In the new spy photos of the SRT8 model, we can also see a black rear deck spoiler.) Considering the throwback nature of the new Challenger, it would have been cool if Chrysler used the old script lettering for the name and the period-correct logo on the hood as well, but I guess you can't have everything. Musclecar fans, Mopar aficionados, and assorted other power freaks should still like what they see. Lord knows we do. Thanks, Walter!

UPDATE: Reports are coming in that a silver 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is also being spotted all over the place today, so we've acquired some of the best spy shots yet of that vehicle and assembled them in a gallery for you below.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      whats with the people saying that this car only appeals to the 40+ age group? Or comparing it to the STi?

      1) You don't have to be over 40 to like American muscle, trust me, I know PLENTY of people who would love this car and arent over 30

      2) The STi is an AWD, turbo boxer 4, compact, rally car
      The Challenger is a RWD, NA V8, Midsize, MUSCLE car


      They arent supposed to compete!!!! Theyre completely different animals... Its like comparing a prius to the H2, sure the prius gets amazing MPGs but can you drive it across the Mojave desert? I dont think so

      Sure the STi can rally across dirt and gravel and slid through the corners and probably go just as fast, but can you COMFORTABLY take a long road trip with 3-4 people in it? Or have enough torque to barely touch the gas pedal to get around town? NO you can't

      stop comparing things that appeal to COMPLETELY different groups of people ( and age has NOTHING to do with it... just cuz youre 40+ doesnt automatically make you a muscle car lover and being in your 20s doesnt automatically make you a ricerboy)

      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm,sweet car and very appealing to people of all ages teens,20's,30's ect...Why do people compare this to an sti ?The sti looks like a boring econo box that a chick or granny would drive,plain,boring horrible sounding 4 door,with a stupid wings ect.that people (teens early 20's even)laugh at you when you drive by in these annoying little turd cars,not the least bit sporty ,4 door sti..give me a break..your knocking a Challenger and you like a sti girly looking car..come on..are you serious..really now ,wake up.Seriously people look in discust when your lawn mower sounding ,grocery getter looking cars drive by,you are not impressing anyone !! ..yeah...buy a real car..losers...

      Yeah,why the hell are you looking at the Challenger anyway?You must really want a Challenger but your mommy wont let you sell her subaru....subaru,c'mon I would never drive a car with a name like subaru.. really your kidding right....when people are looking at you they are laughing not looking with jealousy..su..BA..ru .. im still laughing...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing new to see here folks, move along...

      This is a ridiculous attempt by the baby boomers - for the baby boomers to get what they want yet once again. Face the facts- fruit cake, it only was cool b/c you Can't have one. When they are mass-produced once again you'll have to go find something else you 'can't' have.

      Nevermind what's happening in reality-land, let's remake a behemoth of a car that has the lines copied so tightly from the original- causes a puke green feeling... out wait i think you can get that color too!

      Chrysler deserves to tank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they would have stuck with the concept then maybe there would be some pizazz or flare to this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it, though I don't think the color is very complementary.

      While it carries a pony car name, everything about it is muscle car. Mid size car, big torquey engine, five seats, and two doors. Really nice to see that again.

      The closest things we have like it now are the CTS-V and the Mustang, which really aren't the same (being four doors in the case of the CTS, and being a small four seater in the case of the stang). We had the Monte Carlo SS with the 5.3L, but being FWD killed that. I'm glad to see at least one back again.

      I think I'll wait for the smaller Hemi to come out and pick one up. 380 HP and 404 ft.-lb. of torque should be plenty stock and it should get at least 24mpg on the highway, which is better than my Mustang or my buddies STi.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car has a very muscular, mean presence in person, at least the concept does, I haven't seen the production in person yet. The dimensions really make the car, and it's hard to get a sense of that with photos.

      Why is there so much comparison with cars that aren't even close to what this car is trying to be. The STi, Viper, what? If you like the STi you will not like this car, and vice versa. The Viper is, if I am not mistaken, about twice the price. I would take a ZR1 over this car, but is that really relavent?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly! - great post.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good, but I don't like the door handles. Where are the classic push button door handles? Maybe a good pull handle, but those look like cheap Intrepid style handles... details Chrysler! Details!
      ross
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks too damn big...or that guy driving it is on the verge of dwarfism. People complain that the Volvo XC90 makes wide turns, but just wait 'till you see this. The new Mustang puts both of these (Camaro & Challenger) to shame. Such a shame too. It better be priced right or I have a feeling that the "everyman's" muscle car, will rot on dealer lots with HUGE incentives to move it and will suffer the same fate as the Magnum (which I think looks better, by far) and the Crossfire (same). They'll need some big advertising to get this thing going because all I hear is "Camaro this, Camaro that" and this doesn't have the hype to sell as of now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a nice old car. Not very sexy or exciting. More balanced than the Camaro, but not as interesting. It should be a hit with the fans of the old Challenger, but others will lose interest fairly quickly in this plain Jane.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I puke a little everytime I see that car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here's a barf bag. Now, get away from this car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, and that ain't no beauty to me. Looks dull already, imagine seeing it a couple of times more on the road [yawn].
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll take one!
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