• Feb 8, 2008
click above for more high-res live shots of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

If you're still jonesing for a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, there may still be time to buy one. Frank Klegon, VP of product development for Chrysler, told Kicking Tires at the Chicago Auto Show this week that 4,300 Challengers have been sold so far. We take that to be the number of folks who have advanced beyond putting down a deposit and actually proceeded to buy the cars.

Klegon also revealed that an additional 10,000 orders have been placed by dealers for the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Since only 6,400 will be built for the 2008 model year, some simple math tells us that there are 2,100 Challengers headed to dealerships with no customer name on the order. Dealers will no doubt find a use for them as display vehicles if they're not sold (unlikely), but expect to pay a premium for absconding with a dealership's number one window dressing.

Kicking Tires also reports that 2009 Challengers will be available with a 380-hp, 5.7L HEMI V8 sporting cylinder deactivation technology, which we may see at the New York Auto Show in late March. A base model with a V6, however, seems unlikely to appear from what we hear.

[Source: Kicking Tires]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      @Dondonel

      If you really want to know what's happened to Evo's since they're release in 2003, head over to www.evolutionm.net. Or better yet pick up any month issue of Sport Compact Car for the last 5 years. Tuners worship this car, and has been selling well since it hit our shores.

      But until you do either one of those, stop talking about what you obviously do no know. I take it you're a fan of the new Charger, and that's great, but who cares if it outsells or is outsold by an Evo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      While this car certainly does not appeal to me, I am surprised to hear it has not sold out yet. (I don't want an STi either)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with both of you....I think the smartest move chrysler should have made with this car is to make a mustang fighter that would actually compete with base mustang and GTs but instead they made an over priced throw back vehicle that will be nothing more than a fad for a year or two....long live the mustang!
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL, I like all the anti comments. Fact is, no other car brings this many comments, and on a daily basis. Suck it haters :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only the diehard fanboys are going to buy it right away for $40K. They are going to need to bring out lower cost V6 versions unless its going the way of the Prowler. Dumb desperate Chrylser.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It’s been already pointed out that this car has sold more than the evo and sti combined and it’s not even out yet. I would like to further point out that the new sti and evo do 100 m.p.h in about 13-14 seconds and weigh 3500 lbs. The 300cSRT8 which is 100lbs heavier than the challenger does 100 m.p.h in 11.2 sec. also, turbo lag is so great on the new sti and evo that their 5-60 m.p.h times are in the mid sixes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes it's a carbon fiber graphic or sticker if you prefer
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1 iQuack

      Give it six to nine months. Once the wealthy baby boomer Chryco fans have got theirs, demand will plummet and Chryslerbus will be putting cash on the hood to move them out. In the meantime, go shopping for an EVO or an STI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are about 5000 Evos sold each year. I am sure STi numbers are similar.

      This will be a good halo car now that the Viper is probably dead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...wish there was an edit button. I meant "their" not "they're". Its too early for a Saturday morning to be up, yet here I am.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm, why are we comparing a large American V8 2 door RWD coupe with compact turbocharged 4cyl 4 door sedan and 5 door hatch from overseas?

      Idiots. Take the cork off the fork.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the challenger is a great idea for dodge .The charger is currently offered as a v6,hemi and srt8 version but of course its 4 door. I think if the challenger is to stay only v8 then the charger should be available in v6 form in coupe version. They could also use another two door cheaper performance car ,the calibur is not really that car. Sort of like the old eagle talon two doors with say 4 banger and 300 hp. AWD of course.

      Anyway pretty much ever car depreciates so the challenger will also. So they could be pretty affordable used in a few years. I actually like the car maybe more than the retro new camaro .Not sure why ,not a big fan of retro usually.
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