• Jan 16th 2009 at 11:31AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic

If you liked that Dodge Challenger R/T Classic package we profiled earlier this week from the Detroit Auto Show, you can now go place an order for one of your very own. In addition to the model-specific wheels and spiffy retro badging and stripes, Challengers with the R/T Classic package also feature functional hood scoops to help out with engine cooling. We recommend opting for the 6-speed manual, which also nets you the Track Pack, a few extra horses, and a 3.92 rear.

Only three Six colors are available, including HEMI Orange, TorRed, and the killer-looking B5 Blue (which, until now, had only been offered on that special Richard Petty auction car). Get that and you have yourself one extremely bitchin' muscle cruiser. Don't believe us? Look here. Oh, when you go to the dealer, prepare to part with something in the neighborhood of $34,005 before options.

We'd hoped to add some sweet new PR shots of the R/T Classic to our existing gallery, but Chrysler simply faked it this time, shooting the orange car on the floor of the Detroit show and then adding a pair of Photoshopped backgrounds. Photo shoots are expensive, you know.


Live photos copyright ©2009 Alex Núñez / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Chrysler]

PRESS RELEASE

All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Adds More Nostalgic Flavor to Modern American Muscle Car

All-new R/T Classic pays homage to Dodge Challengers of yesteryear
  • Dodge Challenger R/T Classic features unique throwback design cues
  • Legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers zero to 60 mph performance in less than six seconds
  • Six-speed manual transmission features performance-tuned dual exhaust with "low restriction" bottle resonators for optimum throatiness
  • Functional dual hood scoops are new to R/T Classic and stay true to Dodge Challenger's heritage
  • Original B5 Blue returns from the Chrysler paint code archive

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan 16, 2009 -
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the best of modern American muscle-car characteristics-unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic goes further with even more memorable blast-from-the-past design cues. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic starts at $34,005 (including $725 destination) and is available for ordering now at Dodge dealerships nationwide.

"Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic is more than a modern-day muscle machine, it pays homage to one of the most storied nameplates in automotive history," said Dan Knott, Vice President-Car / Minivan / SRT Product Team, Chrysler LLC. "With heritage-inspired dual-wide body-side R/T stripes, original 'Challenger' heritage badging and the newest generation of our legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine, the new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic delivers the greatness of our pony car past with advanced fuel-efficient muscle."

Based on the powerful 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic not only delivers a menacing look and premium equipment-its powertrain delivers an unforgettable punch. With dual throwback A-line body-side R/T stripes, 'Challenger' fender badging in classic script, large 20-inch polished-chrome heritage wheels with all-season performance tires, classic egg-crate grille with heritage 'R/T' badge, body-color rear spoiler and chromed fuel-filler door-the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic is unmistakable.

"Dodge Challenger has a rich performance heritage and the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic encompasses numerous technologies that allow great on-road performance while delivering proven-quality and refinement to ensure its place in the Dodge pony car history," said Knott.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic tucks its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine under a long, raised performance hood with functional hood scoops to increase engine cooling. The newest generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine features dual variable-cam timing (VCT) and dual ignition (two spark plugs per cylinder) to increase power and torque, while improving refinement and efficiency.

When paired with the Tremec six-speed manual transmission, the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic features the performance-minded Track Pak's precision-shift "pistol-grip" shifter, bright pedals, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with defeatable traction control, Hill Start Assist (HSA), four-wheel disc performance braking system and an anti-spin 3.92 differential. A performance-tuned dual exhaust optimizes engine back pressure and exhaust throatiness by replacing the standard under-floor muffler with two low-restriction bottle resonators. The result, a powerful 376 horsepower (280 kW) and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 N•m) that can accelerate the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

An available five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick provides efficiency and responsiveness in the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic. An aggressive first-gear ratio provides outstanding launch performance, while the transmission's fully-adaptive electronic control delivers more responsiveness without harshness.

When paired with the automatic transmission, the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 includes the fuel-saving multi-displacement system (MDS) allowing Dodge Challenger R/T Classic to operate economically on four cylinders, or produce 372 horsepower (277 kW) and 401 lb.-ft. of torque (544 N•m) when all eight cylinders are needed.

On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. Inspiration from the past continues with a "four bomb" gauge cluster with deep easy-to-read white faces. Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats with heat are well-bolstered and finished with French-seamed stitching. The advanced uconnect gps with voice recognition, navigation with real-time traffic and Universal Customer Interface (UCI) is available on the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room compared with the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.)-equal to the Dodge Charger-the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic offers comfort and functionality.

The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic is available in Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Stone White and three Dodge heritage colors-HEMI® Orange, TorRed and B5 Blue. Dodge dealerships nationwide are now accepting orders for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic.

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Production
Production of the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic will start in February 2009 at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It will be built on the same assembly line as the award-winning and quality-proven Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics-unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology-to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations. The Dodge Challenger accommodates five-passengers in a two-door coupe produced from the company's proven rear-wheel-drive platform. With three models of head-turning styling, two legendary HEMI® V-8 engines choices, more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities including uconnect gps with voice-activated navigation system and real-time traffic available-the 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the brand's "bold, powerful and capable" credo.

Dodge Brand
With a work-hard, play-hard attitude, the Dodge brand continues to offer a full line of cars, trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles and sales-leading, fifth generation minivan in 2009. This year, Dodge will add to the award-winning Ram lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Chassis Cab.

Dodge introduced several new vehicles in 2008, including the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey, the 2009 Dodge Challenger and the 2009 Dodge Ram. Dodge also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the minivan during the 2009 model year. With more than 65 minivan-firsts introduced since 1983 and more than 12 million Dodge and Chrysler minivans sold, Chrysler LLC has solidified its leadership in the segment. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to set the mark in minivan value with more than 40 new or improved features from the previous generation, including unsurpassed 17 city / 25 highway mpg fuel economy. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is also the first minivan in the segment to feature the all-new Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path advance safety systems.

Also in 2008, the Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside North America in 2008.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm.. as of 6:40PM EST, this package is NOT available for order. I just checked my system and it doesn't list the package. Maybe Monday, I dunno.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a Camaro fan and I know that the Challanger has some rough edges etc etc. But you know what? As soon as I see one of the R/Ts rolling around here in Brampton (where it's made), all those logical thoughts go right out the window and all I think is 'now THAT is muscle car' or 'WOW HOT'.

      Car purchases for everyone isin't always based on logic. I know a lot of people struggle with this concept in today's world of Camrys and Corollas...but that's the way it is. If I already have 2 sensible vehicles for my family and can afford another one for kicks, I'd buy a car like this. Who says I'm gonna go outhandle Cayman Ss around hills. If I buy this, I'm gonna rumbling along at 60kmph, music blaring and enjoying the attention.

        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 to TORONTO...especially the bit about sportbikes. About the only time I ever see one of these actually pushed on a public road is when I buy my Isle Of Man DVD each year!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Historically I'm a Camaro fan through and through but I'm not old enough to remember the heyday of the Challenger. From what I've seen so far I really love the Challenger warts and all. If I had the money I'd pick Challenger over the Camaro which I also love.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha, yeah. I actually drive a Camry as my daily driver (and I LOVE it for what it is) but I'd buy this in a second if I had the money for a weekend/summer car (summer because it's about 0F outside right now and there's snow and salt everywhere).
        Every time I see one, whether it's on the street or on display at a mall or casino, it just makes me want it ridiculously badly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 to Mazda....

        I totally understand what you are saying....

        99.9% of the population has no idea what the limitations on cars are... believe me.... even if you tried... you could never put this car to the limit unless you are a pro-race car driver.

        I had this conversation many times with people who critisize sportbikes... especially punks who say.... no the CBR is much fast than a ZX6R or whatever..... like seriously...... I could rant on about this forever....

        But .... this car is more car than most buyers ever need..... critisizing the car about performance figures you will never meet... just means absolutely nothing to me.
        The car looks great... gets attention... and makes their buyers happy....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. this one category that the Japanese cannot enter since they don't have the required heritage or history.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's one Plum Crazy or Sublime paint job away from perfection! B5 Will have to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $34K for a 6 second Musclecar? Not for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah... just make it up as you go. I can do 5 seconds in mine with an exhaust and air cleaner. Article says sub 6. Depends on the car, obviously smaller engine won't do that, but like the Viper engine, the big Hemi can achieve insane horsepower and torgue with some mods. Of course, I dont care, its a beautiful car and a great ride. I pick driving it over my Viper to and call it a coin flip to driving my Grand National. Wife loves it, everyone who sees it does, not that it matters much.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      the challenger is one hell of a car, looks awesome and all, but i would take a camaro over this any day. probably a mustang too, but after my camaro. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great, so does the Track Pack make it any faster than the $24,000 outgoing mustang model?

      No eh?
        • 6 Years Ago
        So people can't just want what they want huh? :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      While this car looks undeniably cool, and I love the original Challenger... this is very expensive! The Camaro will offer SRT8 beating performance for the price of this R/T.

      But for Mopar fans it just doesn't get any better than this. I hope it comes with a cool looking, authentic pistol-grip shifter on the manual.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kimura
        I'm not talking about that cheese-stick that sticks straight up out of the console... I want one like the 70's Challenger had. It was tilted forward and towards the driver, so you grab it like you would the grip of a pistol. I think those type of details are very important, people love that kind of stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lucky yanks!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Slizzo,

        To each their own. I'll gladly sacrifice mostly useless G8 handling for Challenger's superior style, smooth ride, interior, presence, MANUAL, fuel economy, exhaust note, etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lucky that we get a car that can't handle and weighs pretty well over two tons?


        I'll keep my lighter, cheaper, better handling, 4 door G8, thanks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, yes we are. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alex,

      your hatred of anything Chrysler is way too apparent. so Chrysler doesn't feel that bloggers need to know every one of their future plans; so what. get over it, and try to be a little objective, if that's possible.

      you might also try to read the very press release that you attached, too. it indicates that the Challenger Classic comes in SIX colors, not just the three you mentioned.

      I'm sure this will come as a great disappointment, but these cars are selling very well, even in our present economy. not all of us get a woody when the next version of a sliver-painted-plastic-hub-capped Camry becomes available.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        AZMike,

        I actually LIKE the Challenger. You might want to take some of your own reading advice and have a peek at the linked review. Sorry (well, not really) that my willingness to point out the rather obvious fact that the rest of Chrysler's lineup mostly sucks is upsetting to you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's almost gotten to the point that when I see his name I don't even want to read it. But like a fool I read the damn thing anyway and get pissed off. His BS post about the Chrylser lineup at NAIAS is inexcusably unprofessional and his commentary was full of sh!t. This guy is not a professional, he is a fanboy who hates just about anything American. I don't know where he lives but if it's in the United States I wish he'd f*cking leave.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Poor Penguin.

        I'm not leaving, but you can feel free to do so whenever you like. In fact, let me help you out. So says the supposed "fanboy" with two American cars in his garage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait six months and you'll get it for around $22K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like the B5 blue with a white superbee stripe wrapped around the trunk. A superbee on the grille would be a nice touch. TorRed gets me all hot and excited too!

      Manual trans, of course.

      Although I'm more partial to the Camaro, this thing is a MUSCLECAR. Not a sportscar or whatever. Slow down for turns and brake early and often. But it does handle better than most people can drive anyway......

      I'd love to hear one with a CAI, headers and exhaust.
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