• Jan 25, 2008
click above for more pics of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

With all of the spy shots, leaked covers and embargoed images of the 2008 Dodge Challenger on the web already, we're not sure how Chrysler feels about any more information getting out on its modern muscle car. Some information, however, is public access, like fuel economy ratings and other specs that are posted by the EPA on its website, fueleconomy.gov. The 2008 Dodge Challenger has already been added to the site and is reported to get 13 mpg city and 18 mpg on the highway. Since the 2008 MY Challenger will be just the SRT8 model with the five-speed automatic, these figures are for the familiar 6.1L HEMI V8 used in other SRT products like the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8, both of which also achieve the same fuel economy numbers. According to the EPA, driving the Challenger SRT8 a distance of 25 miles will cost you around $5.50, and you'll be spending around $3,302 per year on gas.

The fueleconomy.gov page for the 2008 Dodge Challenger also reveals that its interior volume will be 94 cubic feet and that the trunk will swallow 16 cubic feet of air. Just for comparison's sake, the 2007 Ford Mustang has 85 cubic feet of space in its passenger compartment and 13 cubic feet in the trunk. If you're on the fence about these two pony cars, this information might make a difference. Thanks for the tip, Mohamed!

[Source: fueleconomy.gov]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      lol at the trunk space comment. I'm sure there will be lots of buyers swayed by that extra 3 cubic feet.

      Def. not about gas mileage. Everyone knows what makes a good muscle car is a trunk big enough for your golf clubs and/or bodies...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man it must be pretty heavy.
      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      18 MPG Highway! That's horrible.

      I know it doesn't have nearly the power or as big of an engine but my 4,200 pound '06 Grand Marquis gets 28.5 MPG on the highway or better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        23 mpg is combined... the Panthers are rated at 25 highway... 28 is probably possible my Sable is rated at 26 but we have gotten 27 on it before for highway driving
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        It doesn't actually get 18 mpg on the highway, it gets 18 mpg on the EPA treadmill test. FWIW your 28.5 mpg Panther gets 23 on that test.

      • 7 Years Ago
      This is certainly not a new low for MPG. Let the people who will buy this car deal with the cost of ownership.

      It does beg the question of what gas mileage the older version of this car got.... interesting to see how tiny the combustion engine evolutionary steps can be at times (and how you aren't going to get far in trying to escape basic principles these motors rely on)
      • 7 Years Ago
      To all the folks who redicule cars such as this, please go out and buy your little japanese appliances.

      Look is GM, Ford or Chrysler were getting these numbers from their bread and butter offerings, then maybe you would have something to shout about.

      Not in the market for this breed of car, but I do love them. If I were to buy one of these, I'd also spring for a banged old econo-box to use as a daily driver.

      These cars are going to be love, pampered like no Toyota, Nissan, Caliber or Cobalt ever will. These are going to be mostly weekend drivers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is anyone too surprised? I always said this thing was going to be too heavy. I wonder what the manual version will get; it should have a good, tall O.D.

      I wonder what a manual V6 stripper will get?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jesus Christ those numbers are terrible. 2+ tons FTL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Many buy vehicles like this as a 2nd, 3rd or 4th car or weekend toy. The new EPA ratings are generally lower than what owners actually see in the real world too, which may or may not be the case with the newest SRT8.

      My LS2 is my only car and averages 16-18MPG overall (per tank) on premium. I could have bought something that consumed much less and be bored of it after two weeks and hate driving it the past two years. I'm so glad I didn't.

      There's much more to a performance or muscle car than fuel economy, for some of us the smiles per gallon are much more important than the miles per gallon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the model for the impatient.
      Just wait for the '09 challenger 5.7 V8.
      VCT on the engine, cylinder shutoff for the automatic versions, dual length intake manifold.
      It should make 400hp/400ft-lbs.
      http://www.allpar.com/cars/dodge/challenger.html

      This model will depreciate like a rock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to add that..This is an adult toy really pointed at the well off and baby boomer crowd. Not the Honda or Toyota crowd that needs basic transportation. You all would not understand it anyways. It is for people reliving their past early lives when car were everything to them and chicks. Now its money thats everything to chicks. So..don't like the mileage, too bad us older people like it and can afford it. Now go put a lawn mower muffler on that 4 banger...haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      quit complaining about the gas mileage will you. Nobody buys a car like this to get good gas mileage, thats what econobox's are for.
      • 7 Years Ago
      same exact numbers as the Charger and Magnum SRT8. And you guys are surprised?
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