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None of us happen to subscribe to AutoWeek anymore, so we have to take Inside Line Senior Editor Ed Hellwig at his word that the latest issue of the weekly car rag includes another embargoed image of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that you're not supposed to see until next week. It's a good one, though, being the first official pic to get out that shows the production derriere of the Challenger.

Obvious changes include a different light bar across the back that's comprised of traditional lamps instead of the slick set up on the concept car. The rear back up lights have been combined into a single unit that now sits in the middle of the taillamp assembly, and light markers on the rear fenders have been moved down, as well. There's the new black spoiler perched on the Challenger's deck lid, which, combined with the black front lip spoiler, is a perfect retro touch. Finally, the concept's dual split exhaust outlets are now more traditional dual rectangular ones. All changes for the better, if you ask us.

Look for our live coverage of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8's debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show early next week.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The only problem I have with this car is that it is too retro. To me it looks too much like the original. I believe for a retro to succeed it should be an up-dated version of the original, as the Camaro is. This is not. We shall see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "So what else you Granny Panties gonna bring back next."

      How about that automotive wonder...Honda CRX? There's a hot one for ya
        • 7 Years Ago
        "...Honda CRX? There's a hot one for ya"

        I love those cars. My first boy friend had one
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny how someone can call this "ugly" or "boring" looking and then admit to driving a Honda, VW, or Audi. Boy those are some daring styling machines! Must be a fear of good old American torque and horse power. Funny you don't see A4s, Civics and Golfs selling over list on Ebay.
      • 7 Years Ago

      You know, this is probably the first shot of this car that I've liked. The front's still a little odd, but it doesn't look cartoonsih from the rear anymore.

      It's weird. Usually the concept looks impossibly low and sleek and suffers when raised to production ride height and dropped onto reasonable wheels. This car looks better in production--it's lost the "fat car on tippy toes" look that really turned me off.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I am so buying this.

      The production styling looks great to me, and the interior is not that important. The concept's reverse lights were way wider than they needed to be anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although I do love cars like Audi's, VW and GT-R's, I also love Challengers, Cuda's, Polara's and SuperBee's. Styling was so much more expressive back then... not that it isn't now, but its a choice between expression and a windtunnel (ie: almost everything mainstream has basically the same profile) Yes they can co-exist, in cars like Ferrari's, Astons and everything else high-profile.

      I do ''get'' cars like Acura RSX, Honda S2000's and Nissan GT-R's - but they are sexy in a elegant sweeping kind of way, not an in your face ''scare the children'' kind of way.

      Pony/Muscle cars were (and are) popular because they have exciting/expressive design AND don't cost $100k

      Interior - I'm ok with it, bland but not bad. The Camaro will fall into two camps interior wise. Those who dig the retro interior, those who can't stand it. The Challenger and Mustang will at least blend in and go mostly unnoticed (except by those who must harp on the materials of course)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jennifer 996-

      I'm a guy in my early 20's and I LOVE the Challenger, and I know plenty of others in my age range who do, as well. I also love the Audi A5, Nissan 350Z, Lincoln MKZ (and MKT concept), and plenty of other cars and trucks. Not a mullet or Hair Club member among us.

      Better replace the flower vase in your EXCITING new Beetle and get back to PE class before you get detention. Seriously, though- GROW UP. Your old BF probably dumped you for a girl with better taste in cars. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a bland looking design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. And the back in this version looks with more personality than the concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tis thing keeps looking uglier every time a "leak :-)" gets out. Way to ruin an already plain looking concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the production rear end better than the concept and the spoiler is a nice touch. I think the car will do good especially after the manual shift models get into production.
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