• May 6, 2008
Click either image for exclusive pics of Inside Line's road trip

Seems like you can't revive a modern day muscle car these days without having a classic movie tie-in. The Ford Mustang has got Steve McQueen's classic Bullitt, and the Dodge Challenger has got Vanishing Point. In fact, we've already seen one Vanishing Point-inspired Challenger meet its maker on Turn 2 at Road America. Inside Line recently had its first turn behind the wheel of a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and also decided to pay its respects to Kowalski's opus. They took the brand new Challenger on a little road trip following the fateful path of Kowalski in the movie from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco, California. Just for kicks, they brought along a vintage 1970 Dodge Challenger that's a near perfect copy of the one used in Vanishing Point. The classic iron was, however, packing a slightly modified motor putting out 607 horsepower, but details, details... The article is definitely worth a read if only to vicariously absorb what it feels like to go 170 mph in a new Challenger, and the Inside Line team was also kind enough to supply us with a few of their spare high-res images for an Autoblog exclusive gallery below.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      For being "crap" as you say, the new Challengers are getting very good reviews by the car mags.

      I really like the new Challenger, although I will admit it's a very big car, by comparison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best part about the original Vanishing Point Challenger: Pistol Grip Shifter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man the original looks so much better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know what you are getting at,
        But I tend to think both are well designed, great looking and game changers of their generation
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah but were they hopped up on speed like Kowalski?
      FAIL
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, you know your vehicle sucks when all you have is a crappy movie Vanishing Point to keep plugging. At least the Mustang has Bullitt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And your point is?? Does Steve Mcqueen wearing a turtle neck and driving a Mustang make the current Mustang a better car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not a comparison article, it's Edmunds editors driving the Vanishing Point route in new and old Challengers and writing about it.

      Auto Traveler also did the same thing with an original and the new Challenger as well except it's a much longer, more interesting and better read. The new Challenger also averaged 21.5MPG on their 3,000 mile trip.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own #1937/4000 of the Daytona 08 Charger and ordered a 08 Challenger but the car is too late, too big(oly 2.5 inches shorter than my Charger !) and will get a 70' Challenger instead. Why Dodge only built 6400 of the 08 Challengers is beyond me. Better to wait for the R/T model in 09 or whenver Dodge gets around to it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If anyone made it to the Knott's Berry Farm Ford show the other week, there was a silver Challenger SRT8 in the parking lot. I know, that's an odd place for a Dodge to be, but a lot of people noticed it. I was surprised, but I really liked it. Worth checking out in person if you haven't already. Btw, if you haven't seen the Challenger promo videos, you should check these out: http://www.motorator.com/videos/12
      http://www.motorator.com/videos/13
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny, I think www.autmotivetraveller.com beat inside line to the Vanishing point tour, they did it 2 weeks ago! Regardless, wow, useless bashing going on. If you have not been IN THE CAR, don't comment that it is crap, you really have no idea what you are talking about as evidenced by the very positive reaction of pretty much all of the press. Wow.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow their '70 charger is butt ugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah Challenger dude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler = crap
      • 6 Years Ago
      Edmunds' article seems awfully complimentary of the 1970 car, as anyone who's experienced vintage Mopar power steering, build quality, and trim fit can attest.

      It also harps pretty hard on the "good ol' days" angle, considering that the featured '70 Challenger has been restored and upgraded with modern (better) engine and suspension parts.

      Still, fun reading. Love the embedded Vanishing Point clips.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm... what's with the Tundra in the 6th pic (i think anyway that its the 6th) shouldn't they have a ram out there?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, because a Ram has more to do with a Challenger comparison than a Tundra.

        Get over it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure thats in the Edmunds Long Term test fleet. I'm sure if they had a Ram available, they would have brought it along.
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