• Feb 7th 2008 at 2:59PM
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During yesterday's unveiling of the Dodge Challenger, Chrysler's Vice Chairman, Jim Press, confirmed what we've already known; that Dodge expects to sell between 20,000 and 30,000 Challengers a year once production goes full-bore. All 6,400 Collectors Edition SRT8 models due to hit dealers this spring have been sold and there's a waiting list for the 2009 models. Naturally, more variants will be available next year with less powerful engines and a convertible version is supposedly in the works.

According to the Freep, Press expounded on the Challenger's virtues, saying that the SRT8 has a higher top speed (170 mph) than BMW's M5. Kind of a misnomer considering that the M5's speed limiter keeps the BMW sedan below 155 mph – unleashed, it has the potential of doing 205 mph. The Freep also quoted Press as saying that the Challenger has more torque than the Porsche 911 Turbo. Ummm... no. The 6.1-liter Hemi V8 produces 420 lb.-ft. of twist compared to the 911 Turbo's 460 lb.-ft. Maybe he was misquoted (he meant or said 911, not Turbo?), since his next line gave us pause. "When you sit inside, it makes you feel younger and richer than you are." Younger? Maybe. Richer? Not quite Mr. Press. We've seen the interior and it's hardly what you'd call luxurious, let alone exciting.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So what is the vert gonna weigh? 4500lbs?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care if this car actually goes back in time and appears at the end of the 1/4 mile 5 seconds earlier than it started, it's ugly.

      All of these "retro" cars are ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the Challenger was about 15% smaller and had a boosted 4 or 6 cylinder, it'd be a huge HUGE hit. Too bad they have a drivetrain that is 40 years out of date.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Any particular type of cheese you want to compliment that whine?

        The car is what it is take it or leave it.

        Not every car on the planet must fit your template of what the "perfect" car is.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Typical moron response.

          Anyway, my 1st car was a 68 Charger with a 383 Magnum and hurst 4spd. I bought it with my own money when I was 16, back in 90s. It was a fun car. However, this thing is 40 years newer, and gets about the same performance/mpg that my charger achieved. That is just sad. Musclecars were about shoving the biggest, most advanced engine into a fairly small body, which resulted in ridiculous performance. That is what musclecars WERE all about. Now they just seem to be about outdated gas guzzling engine, RWD only, and in huge, stupid, heavy vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Spoken like a true car salesman
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just cant agree with that statement.

      While i would love a TT 6cyl coupe, it just wouldnt fly with this car.

      if you havent noticed, the styling is retro, just like the old challenger. And likewise, the people who want to buy this car (mostly middle aged males) want a big v8 in it.

      If you thought putting the charger name on a 4 door sedan created backlash, how do you think a 4 cylinder retrostyled challenger would do?

      I love turbocharged cars, so i agree that dodge needs a car with a turbo set up (4 or 6 cyl) in a car more upscale than the caliber, but the challenger would not be the correct application
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just to copy Camaro and Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TriShield, thanks for the links. I like the videos. For everyone else, if you don't like the car, why do you look at this post?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Convertible? I'm in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      aw damn, thats gonna be heavy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the very least, it gets a reaction out of people, which is more than can be said for most of the cars out today.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Dave, you cannot make a Challenger that looks nothing like a Challenger. Or a Mini that looks nothing like a Mini. Or a Beetle that looks nothing like a Beetle. Or a Jeep that looks nothing like the WWII original. All of these vehicles have signature looks unlike anything else out there and it's a huge part of what made them popular.

      People wanted a real Dodge Challenger complete with it's iconic and timeless styling, true to it's heritage. If anything it will stand out more today among our sea of turd-shaped, dull-colored disposable cars than the originals did in their day. Ask GM how well the GTO-that-looked-nothing-like-a-GTO experiment went.

      Sine you have a trishield graphic I'll also say that if GM ever resurrects the GNX it should look like the sinister original too. As a former GN owner I wouldn't have it any other way.

      P.S. - Two Challenger videos surfaced on YouTube, there's some good hooning action.



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