• Jan 24, 2008

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We've received word that a small group of Car and Driver readers have been selected to help the magazine select its the cover of its April issue that features the production 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, a car that's fast becoming the worst kept secret in Detroit. This past week, both a preproduction Challenger SRT8 and R/T were driven around Detroit without camouflage just long enough to be photographed by all the right people, and now this. We assume Car and Driver didn't intentionally break an embargo on releasing images and information about the Challenger, but at this point their motivation for this move or lack thereof is irrelevant. Their mistake is your gain, as not only do we get confirmation that the Challenger SRT8 will be rocking 425 horsepower (not a big surprise), we also learn that the Pontiac G8 GT will have 362 HP. As for the Challenger itself, this is our first time seeing a full three-quarter view of the production car. Our verdict: it's better than the concept. Good job, Chrysler.

Even if you're not a Car and Driver subscriber, we figure the good folks on Hogback Rd. might be interested in your opinion on the April issue's cover, too. Do you like "AMERICAN MUSCLE" or "POWER PLAYERS"? Vote in the poll below.

UPDATE: AutoWeek has opened up the embargo a bit more by releasing a new pic of the Challenger, which you can click here to view. The only new information revealed is that the Challenger's wheelbase is four inches shorter than its LX platform sedan siblings at 116 inches.




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      • 7 Years Ago
      The G8 isn't luxurious by any stretch of the imagination. As much as GM wants to compare it to a BMW it was never intended by Holden to be a BMW-style car.

      The G8 is a hot-blooded muscle car through and through like the new Challenger. It is a heavy, powerful, loud bruiser that no one should mistake for a precision German car. Those looking to be coddled by serenity, the highest-grade materials and the latest technology in the G8 are going to be very disappointed. Those looking for a hairy muscle car that can haul their family and that the wife will approve of may have found their ride, especially if the Missus doesn't like the styling of the Dodge Charger.

      You can count the G8 as American Muscle as the RWD cars Holden produces are in the same vein as American cars and Holden is a subsidary of an American automaker. American parts content on the car is quite high as well. The upcoming Camaro uses the same chassis as the Commodore/G8 though it will be assembled in Canada.

      As for the Challenger itself, it's absolutely gorgeous.

      • 7 Years Ago
      *Hogback Road, not Hogsback
      • 7 Years Ago
      power players looks too much like a motor trend cover. american muscle definitely looks like a car & driver cover so that is my choice
      • 7 Years Ago
      "We also learn that the Pontiac G8 GT will have 362 HP."

      Didn't we learn this when the Pontiac G8 site with full specs went live last October?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I got those images in a survey CD sent out about a week and a half ago. Didn't even think to sent them to Autoblog... Oops!

      Anyway, American Muscle gets my vote for the second time (the Challenger is way cooler than the G8!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        G8 and Challenger are entirely different cars. G8 is a big car designed to offer room and sport. Kinda like a 5-series minus the luxury. Challenger is a muscle car through and through.

        That said, yeah the Challenger is much cooler than G8 and that's saying something considering how sweet the G8 is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm...On first glance I thought the G8 as a GTO...its just as ugly and will flop just as bad...hopefully one of the leftover product ideas from the past few years by GM...
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> Either cover will suffice. They're both nicely done.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know people are excited out Pontiac getting a performance RWD sedan, but would it kill them to update the styling a LITTLE? The picture in the American Muscle cover is a dead ringer for a late 90's Grand Am. They've been using that grille design for 20 years now. I think it will hurt G8 sales because, like the GTO, it looks 95% like every other Pontiac. Dodge overkills that crosshair design, but a Charger has it's own look compared to the other cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        how long has BMW been using their grille? How long has Porsche been using the same body design? Lets not have double standards here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Surprising how well they have kept the interior a secret after all this time. At least we'll have one surprise at the debut.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Booooooooring. By my count its 3 years 8 months too late to the party(retro stang introduction). And GM is even worse: 7 YEARS without a production model...LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      American Muscle.

      Looks FANTASTIC. Definately better than the concept, which is rare! (Airflight/Sebring anyone?)

      The quad-lamps, 70's gas cap - I just wish it said D O D G E across the front and back in nice chrome lettering.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, it has crossed my mind - and I have highlighted the re-pro parts in the Mopar catalog :D They come with instructions on how to properly space them on different E-Body cars, so making it all look right will be the hard part.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You can purchase said chrome lettering and do it yourself :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an orange Challenger by Maisto. When it's in the trunk of my Miata, it handles better than the overweight, oversized POS you're going to see on the street. Count on Chrysler to cheapen the interior and widen the panel fits, and having its head handed to it by its competitors.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Stick to the subject. Nobody can afford one of these overgrown pigs, 'cause nobody can buy one yet. When you see one, you'll be reminded of the bad old 70's, with crummy QC and 35YO details. I'm guessing you weren't even alive then, and haven't the perspective some of us do.And, yes, ole mr.ed can sit down and write a check for just about anything he wants.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wiser words have never been spoken by a horse.
        Thanks, "Mr Ed", for buying the ONLY Challenger you can afford - the 1/18th scale Maisto. At least you'll be driving a Challenger, albeit vicariously. :D
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