• Jan 27, 2008
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As we get closer to the official unveiling of the Dodge Challenger, tips continue to arrive in our inbox from readers who've eyeballed the car themselves. One such reader is Darryll, who encountered a still-camouflaged Challenger R/T 6-speed as it took a breather from winter testing. The open hood left the 5.7L HEMI plainly visible, and the interior was not shrouded, allowing Darryll to snap off a couple of photos of the instrument panel from outside the driver's side window. Combine this view with the shots published last week to get a good ballpark estimate of what to expect.

As we saw before, the car uses a pistol-grip shifter for the manual gearbox and an uncomplicated three-dial HVAC control setup. As with the Challenger concept car, the instrument cluster is trimmed out in the same metallic finish as the center console area, and the gauges themselves appear to be the same white-faced ones used in the Charger. The steering wheel is also the same unit found in the Charger. The instrument binnacle, based on the photo here, appears to take the same trapezoidal shape previewed in the Challenger concept. The wait to see the real thing will be over soon, but the spy photos indicate that Chrysler has taken a non-glitzy, straightforward interior design approach here, using existing parts-bin materials where it can instead of creating a unique-to-the-vehicle environment as Ford did with the Mustang and GM is with the Camaro. Thanks to Darryll for the new photos!



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! The Camaro certainly has nothing to worry about in the interior category, lol.

      In my opinion, the same goes for the exterior!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, the Camaro's interior is in a class by itself.

        Thank God.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. The Camaro's interior my be the most innovative, eye catching interior in any vehcial, production or concept. It is outstanding. By comparison, this interior is a huge dissapointment, and it is hard to believe it won't take its toll on sales as the Camaro and Challenger will arive at showrooms about the same time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      **Blank Stare**
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Challenger shares the under hood pieces found on the current Charger/300. They sure don't have any trouble making power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Trust me Greg, they got it all right! I can't wait to see better pics of the interior, but from what you can see in the photo it looks pretty nice! I'm definitely in love with the instrument panel and shifter. I can't wait until next week when the SRT production is released.
      • 7 Years Ago
      J, having driven numerous LX cars and nearly buying a Charger SRT-8 I have no qualms about the interior of these cars.

      The workmanship is good, everything is very sturdy, they offer many nice features (more than the G8 will have) and despite having some cheap plastic they are perfectly in character and styled for a big American heavy metal muscle car.

      In fact my biggest complaint with the LXs is that they used grey material instead of black which makes them appear more dour than they need to be. It looks like they are now using black in the Challenger at least which really helps the styling. Many Japanese performance cars like the STi and Evo are not superior in styling or materials but I also feel they have interiors appropriate for their purpose.

      I ended up getting an LS2 GTO instead which is made out of the same grade of stuff as the LX cars but looks much better because the materials are black instead of grey. The upcoming G8 isn't going to be significantly better materialswise, though Holden does use real leather instead of the smooth banana-peel stuff that's in many US cars.

      If the entire point of a car for you is having an interior made from the soft-touch flesh of God's buttocks then this isn't the car for you. Many of us love minimum frills cars with real soul, real character and that give us a real big grin every time we look at and drive it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better interior shots came out less than a week ago and every post was bashing it. Every one. Now it's all praise. Go look at the center console, for everyone who hasn't seen it :P.

      Fugly x2 in the interior.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So far as I can tell, the people that hate it still hate it, and the people who are ok with it are still ok with it.

        If I want something ritzy, I'll buy a Audi or Benz.

        I don't :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      The model pictured here is the 2009 R/T with the revised 5.7L HEMI, it has 380hp. The 2008 SRT-8 coming first has 425hp and is automatic only. The car has seperate high and low beam beams clusters. The high beams have the the turn indicators built into them like the 300C it's based on.

      The Mustang also does not have it's own unique parts inside. It uses Ford's corporate headunits, HVAC, door handles, etc.

      If parts bin sharing is really that a big deal (and every company foreign and American does it) then give GM credit for blessing the upcoming Camaro with it's own unique steering wheel, gauge cluster, buttons, switches, column, HVAC, and headunit.

      GM's aim for the Camaro is to make it the finest muscle car ever made in every respect, inside, outside and mechanically. For some of you it might be worth the wait.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Paul, I'm glad I'm not the only one who'd love to see a Challenger SRT-10 packing the Viper's powertrain. That'd be a great way for Chrysler to dust the GT500 and the ZL1 (or whatever GM is planning) for the Camaro.

      And Dodgeboy, they are going to offer Plum Crazy on this car. I hear Panther Pink will likely be brought back for it as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey...works for me. The interior doesn't need to be 5 stars as some people mention. I agree that powertrain sells this car.

      And finally, Chrysler is competing in a segment with only 2 other competitors (Mustang/Camaro).

      "You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Mustang." Same thing could be said about all the 4cyl/6cyl sport coupes.

      For every person that doesn't like the Challenger, there is a person who doesn't like the Camaro. Hopefully..for a muscle car buyer....they'll find what they're looking for among the big 3
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesnt look like it belongs in a 40+K car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not a 40+K car. That's the interior in the R/T which is a ~$30K car. When you look at other cars in that price range that interior is pretty much on par. Especially when you look at cars with ~350hp in that price range (of which there aren't many).
      • 7 Years Ago

      Again, for you plastic "experts."

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      Ahhh...another Chrysler product that the great interior designers of Autoblog can evaluate.

      You folks all know your cheap plastic when you see it right?

      It seems you all are so good at detecting "cheap" plastic, that you can see it in two small photos.

      Amazing.

      Exactly what is "expensive" plastic?

      Does it have a different color?

      It feels different? Why does the dash have to have a "soft" feel? Do you caress the dash as you drive?

      While driving, do you usually spend your time staring at the interior of your car instead of watching where you are going?

      If you asked a hundred people if they would be willing to spend $500 more for their vehicle to get a dash that has "soft" feel, what do you think they would say?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Allow me to explain. Cheap plastics are in whatever was in the 2007 Charger that I rented recently while on vacation. Expensive plastics are whatever Acura put in my '97 Integra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you ask me the new Camaro interior looks cheap. I mean it still has the same basic design as the concept, but it's no where near as special. I like this Challenger interior. It's simple and not too flashy.

      I sat in a Charger R/T in a dealer show room and I wasn't disappointed at all with its interior. It was a black leather, soft plastic, chrome accent interior that was very sporty. I also liked the retro red R/T badge etched into the head rests. This car rocks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1
        I just test drove a 2008 300C SRT8 yesterday and have no problems with the interior for the price. I even like the faux carbon fiber trim pieces. The car is content rich, and I'll take it over a stripper 528i any day - and the (base) 5er interior is not markedly much better.
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