• Mar 30, 2009
It is well known that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a very public change of heart when it comes to seeking out a greener lifestyle. Heck, he's gone from owning the very first civilian AM General HMMWV to talking up green environmental initiatives and start-ups like Tesla. He's even taken delivery of one of the company's Roadsters.

Fitting in the car, however, is apparently proving to be a bit of a challenge for the bodybuilder/actor formerly known as Conan, so word is that he's trying to return it to Tesla. What he might have slotted in the garage in the space of that Tesla? If TMZ's paparazzi video footage at the link is to be believed, the answer is a TorRed Dodge Challenger with all the trimmings. A little lighter on the green credentials, sure, but it's not black, it's not hard to get into, and it makes all the right noises for the man character who said the best things in life are "to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

[Source: TMZ]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler needs to use this to get publicity. Maybe they should advertise the Challenger as "If our cars are good enough for Governors they are good enough for you".
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a joke. This guy has been one of the biggest comedies I've ever seen in politics, and it just gets funnier every day. He has been ranting and raving about going green and reducing emissions and so on and so forth, and then he buys a gas-guzzling tank like a Challenger SRT-8? I'm all for him supporting the American auto industry, but something that actually matched his policies would have been slightly better. Hell, even a Corvette would have been a "greener" choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car suits him way more than a hybrid. Way to go Arnold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A muscle car for a muscle man. Seems appropriate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How often does he drive it? Maybe $1K miles a year, maybe? It doesn't matter. Besides all the green activities California is doing will be moot when India puts millions of Nanos on the street in the coming years.

      All the Muscle cars int he world are nothing compared to the expodential fuel consumption represented by adding millions upon millions of $2K dollar cars to the roads. These cars are fuel efficient but they replace nothing. Do you really think a family will no longer use the scooter or moped when they have a Nano? No, they wont and they will commute more and drive more often as it will be more comfortable and safe.

      Even worse is if the Nano comes to the US. People will be adding third, and fourth cars for their kids. They are small so most people have the room in the garages or driveway and they are cheaper than a high end Mac laptop or LCD TV.

      A High School kid could buy one with two summers of working as a Life Guard or flipping burgers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The nano is being use to replace very high polluting scooters.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Replace? I suggest augment is more realistic.

        Do you honestly believe fuel consumption and carbon emissions will decline because of the Nano? I am pretty sure the opposite will occur.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you have the money, anyone should drive anything they want.

      The only thing I can fault him for is pushing a whole "green" way of life on people and then turning around and doing what he wants. I don't live in CA, so I don't really care.

      More people need to practice what they preach though if they want to be taken seriously.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if he will use this or his Hummer to run over the people who don't flee the tent city?
      stealthebeatles
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's nice to hear.

      Now if only he could stop trying to tell everyone else in the state what to do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why doesn't he sell the Tesla on eBay? I'm sure someone will buy it for a big premium since Ahnold owned it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought Scwarz getting himself a Challenger was reported like a year ago on every gotdam auto blog. Is this replacement Challenger or just autoblog being as actual as usual?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jesus, the guy with the big mouth wouldn't shut up. Toobad Arnie didn't run his ass over.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm reasonably sure he's had one since the first batch of 08s came out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I'll be back (to big engines)!!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        He must have wanted something bigger than his Hummer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He has had it since 08. When I was on the hunt for one the fact that Arnold & Leno had the 1st Challengers was constantly pitched at me...
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