• Jun 9, 2008
click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE and R/T

Back in April we reported a top Chrysler executive had leaked to The Detroit Free Press that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE would start at $23,995. Apparently this executive is not very much in the loop, as Dodge officially announced today that the base model Challenger SE would start at just $21,995, which includes $675 for destination charges. Just to refresh your noodle, the Challenger SE is the base model and comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. And for comparison's sake, a 2008 Ford Mustang V6 starts at $19,650, though that's excluding destination charges. The next best Challenger is the R/T model, which Dodge says can be had with a 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 starting at $29,995. Finally, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that's already been on sale for a year will get a hefty $2,000 bump in its starting price from $37,995 to $39,995. The only new items on the SRT8 for 2009 are a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue paint colors with black hood stripes, and a "pistol-grip" shifter with the Track Pak. Otherwise, the 425-hp muscle car remains largely the same. Does the $2,000 jump in price matter much, though, if you'll never be able to buy the car without a big dealer markup? Regardless, all three models will be available this fall and dealers are already taking orders.


[Source: Chrysler]

PRESS RELEASE

Pricing for All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to Start in Low $20s
  • Three flavors: Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8®
  • All-new five-passenger, two-door coupe available for under $22,000
  • Available 5.7-liter HEMI® with five-speed automatic transmission for under $30,000
  • Dodge dealerships now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger
Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 9, 2008 - Dodge announced pricing today for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger. The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) will start at $21,995, which includes $675 for destination. Dodge dealers across the country are now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger, which will arrive this fall.

"The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger gives customers a modern-day muscle machine at an incredible value," said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. "For less than $22,000, we've brought Dodge Challenger back and loaded it with head-snapping styling and cutting-edge technology."

The Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger two-door coupe produced from the Company's proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. Developed with Dodge's credo of "bold, powerful and capable," the 2009 Dodge Challenger is available in three models featuring head-turning styling, three available engine options and an automatic or manual transmission.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger has several modern amenities available including uconnect gps with navigation system and real-time traffic, uconnect phone featuring Bluetooth® technology, uconnect studios with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Remote Start and Keyless Go push-button start. In addition, the Dodge Challenger has more than 25 safety and security features including supplemental side-curtain air bags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Traction Control, automatic headlamps, tire pressure monitoring and Hill-Start Assist in Dodge Challengers with the six-speed manual transmission.

Three models are available in the United States: Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8®.

2009 Dodge Challenger SE
With a U.S. MSRP of $21,995 (including $675 destination), the Dodge Challenger SE comes standard with a 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine which produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. (339 N•m) of torque. Mated with a four-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Challenger SE achieves an estimated 18 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Other standard features on Dodge Challenger SE include comfortable seating for up to five adults, best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.), 60/40 split-folding rear bench with arm rests and two cup holders, 17-inch aluminum wheels with P215/65R17 all-season tires, four-wheel disc brakes, side-curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, eight-way power driver's seat, fold-away power mirrors, power locks and windows with express-down, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 capability and four speakers, cloth low-back bucket seats, manual-tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-covered visor vanity mirrors and tire pressure warning lamp.

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
The U.S. MSRP for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T is $29,995. Featuring the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Dodge Challenger R/T produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. (540 N•m) of torque when paired with the standard five-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine with five-speed automatic transmission is equipped with fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology which increases fuel economy by as much as 20 percent without sacrificing performance.

Other standard features on the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T include dual chromed rectangular exhaust tips, ABS, ESP, Brake Assist with vented brakes, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with P225/60HR18 all-season touring tires, fog lamps, body-color exterior mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, rear body-color spoiler and cast-metal fuel door.

The available Track Pak features the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission with "pistol-grip" shifter for $995. When the six-speed manual transmission is paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, it produces an estimated 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. (548 N•m) of torque. The Track Pak also includes Hill-start Assist, limited-slip differential, bright pedal covers and performance steering.

Dodge Challenger SRT8
The U.S. MSRP for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is $39,995 (including $675 destination). The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers an available six-speed manual transmission or standard five-speed automatic transmission mated to the SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 N•m) of torque. New for 2009 is a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue (late availability) exterior paint and black hood stripes. A classic "pistol-grip" shifter is included with the available Track Pak which includes the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission with Hill-start Assist.
Other standard features on the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 include a race-inspired interior featuring performance seats with a red accent stripe and added bolstering which keeps customers in place under spirited driving conditions, four-bomb gauges with tachometer and 180 mph speedometer in the center, "Performance Pages" reconfigurable display that features 0 – 60 mph, 1/4 mile, and 1/8 mile times, uconnect gps, unique SRT-tuned ESP and ABS calibrations, 20-inch fully-forged aluminum wheels, red, painted Brembo brakes, hood with functional dual hood scoops, functional black painted rear spoiler and a unique exhaust note.

Street and Racing Technology (SRT) is Chrysler's in-house performance engineering organization that focuses on five pillars for every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      lol thats how you know the quality will suck, $21k after 2 years this will be like $10k KBB...
      • 6 Years Ago
      After a couple years these will be all over the used car market. This car is close to the Pontiac GTO. Big flash then just another gas pig. Nothing special here. It is just a 2 door Charger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      R/T w/6-speed and Track Pack for $31k? Not. Bad. At. All.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flashpoint, muscle cars have always been made that way.

      They've always been based on or made out of existing family cars. In the Challenger's case they took the LX platform, shortened it but had to add a sturdy B-pillar and other reinforcements so it would pass side-impact safety regulations.

      It's also a fullsized car and you'd be hard pressed to find a fullsized car that doesn't weigh what the Challenger weighs these days. Even the 5-Series made out of materials like aluminum and magnesium is still heavy and it's $60,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      New Mustang may very well destroy this car on every level. The Camaro is going to be sick too. I'm normally a Mopar guy, but the more I look at this, and think about the sweet TwinForce (or whatever it's called) 2Turbo V6 going into the new Mustang, the more I realize that this car is already a dinosaur.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $21,995, starting price for an Icon? not bad at all...and u get the better v6 then the Fords V6 Ranger truck engine lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may be a truck engine but the base Mustang's performance numbers aren't all that bad. And seeing as a base V-6 Mustang weighs something like 600lbs LESS than the SRT-8 (I have a feeling the V-6 version will weigh in close to 4k lbs), the Mustang will be fine...performance wise.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, I totally agree. I think the 3.5L would be great in the Mustang. It has a good amount of power (more than Chrysler's 3.5L). And it sounds damn good.

        But what I was trying to get at, and I didn't mean to be rude about it, was that a lot of people bash the 4.0L. Yeah, it's a decade old and hasn't been updated. But the engine serves a purpose and actually does it pretty well. The performance numbers of a V-6 Mustang are definitely nothing to scoff at.
        • 6 Years Ago
        we can both agree the Mustang Deserves the Better V6's that ford has in its portfolio...Atleast the Fusion V6 is better rated....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here in Holland the gasoline is 2,5 times more expensive than in Amerika, and still people in Amerika are going crazy over 4 dollar per gallon :p
        • 6 Years Ago
        The installed base of the vehicle fleet is all gas guzzlers.

        The majority of new vehicles are still gas guzzlers.
        Besides the rare hybrid or diesel.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I just don't see very many people buying the SE model. Somebody tell me the demographic on this car. You'll be able to count on one hand how many females that buy this car.

      Today's college kids will certainly opt for a Civic, Mazda3, G5, Caliber, Scion for less $$ than the Challenger SE.

      I'm all for the R/T and the SRT8, but this SE has me thinking that Chrysler is going to lose tons of money on this.

      Comments?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't kid yourself - the 6 banger will outsell the V8's combined, and by a ton too. Even though this car is a porker, 250hp is plenty unless you're regularly doing donuts in the high school parking lot to impress the incoming sophomores, or you think you're starring in your own real life version of The Fast and the Furious. In other words, most people over 40 will be fine with 250hp and those are the boomers who think having a modern Challenger would be cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Disgruntled.....I thought about the baby boomers and my thoughts were that......

        1. Like my parents, don't even know or care about the new Challenger but did have a family friend who had a lime green one in the 70's....evidence that they were aware of the car back then

        or

        2. If a baby boomer were to want a modern day Challenger, you would think that he would have the means to step up to the R/T or SRT8.

        And........if this car cannot do endless donuts in the parking lot with 250HP then there is a REAL problem.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right. At least the six cylinder Mustang has appeal for lots of women. I just can't see the six cylinder Challenger making it off the showroom floors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was a college kid not that long ago and I opted for a Chevy Suburban :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a bad price for the base model but most cars costing over $20,000 have ABS and Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment that is why i bought a korean car instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see the Challenger will start with the 3.5L at a price lower than the Charger. The 2.7 has no power at all until 5000 RPM and its a poor choice for any of these 4000 lb LX platforms.

      I think the Challenger SRT8 is poorly designed. It is simply a Chopped down Charger with the same 6.1 Hemi they've been using since the Magnum.

      They shoulda gone back to the drawing board to cut weight down, rather than just cutting the Charger's rear doors off and changing a couple suspension pieces.

      Good car design should be about making specific performance/luxury goals and using technology to meet those goals. Not repackaging and rebranding.
      That's what Ford's done with the 500 and its an obvious loser.

      In fairness, the SRT8 is the fastest full size car under $45,000 (rated by Car & Driver). Even the Supercharged Jaguar XF takes longer to reach 60 (also because it weighs 35 lbs more)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You gotta give Chrysler credit... yes, the LX cars are HEAVY - but they never feel that way. The 3.5 is a very good engine. I would have prefered one more gear in the tranny, but the current 4speeds are at least (finally) reliable and not bad for economy. They're also very smooth.

        Hopefully the next-gen V6's and 6speeds will get here soon!
        • 6 Years Ago
        you should learn a little about curb weight and crash tests
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is a quite naive point of view. Virtually every manufacturer uses the same chassis / drive train across multiple platforms. For instance:

        Compare the Hummer H2 against the Chevy Tahoe & GMC Yukon. It's the same thing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummer_H2)

        Compare the Mercedes-Benz SLK vs. the Chrysler Crossfire. It's the same thing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Crossfire)

        Hell, the Cadillac Escalade was/is just a GMC Yukon.

        Whenever a car manufacturer builds a "platform", it is used for that niche of vehicle (full size SUV vs. full size sedan vs. etc). IE: LX = full size for Chrysler & make no mistake about it, the Challenger is a full-size 2 DOOR COUPE. Why would you expect anything else & who would pay the cost for a specially manufactured chassis & drive-train ?? That 30K R/T would be significantly more expensive. The LX platform has been very successful for Chrysler; I'm glad they used a tried & true platform versus designing & manufacturing something new.

        Wake up - all manufacturers share platforms across models & "repackage" or "rebrand" those cars & trucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So in the same post you first criticize what Dodge has done then acknowledges that it's a hell of a car. It's no where near as simple as lopping off 2 doors. anyway. There's a lot of structural reworking that must be done. As for suspension...while the architectures is the same it's tuned differently than the other LX SRT8's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The camaro will eat this thing. I'm curious about the mustang as well. I just don't think Ford can put together a muscle car like GM does. We all know Dodge can't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess Dodge can't afford to sell it for more than $21,995 when gas will cost 5 bucks a gallon soon.
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