2008 Dodge Challenger

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$37,320 - $37,320
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Engine Engine 6.1LV-8
MPG MPG 13 City / 18 Hwy
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2008 Challenger Overview

Click the Challenger for a high res gallery During the recent What's New event at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Ground, we had the opportunity to sample the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8. For the 2008 model year, Chrysler is only building SRT-8 versions of the Challenger with a combination of the 6.1L HEMI V8 and a five-speed automatic transmission. We first saw the production version of the Challenger earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show and while we thought the styling was great with perfect muscle car proportions, it is undoubtedly a big car. The Challenger is built on Chrysler's LX platform shared with the 300 and Charger. Compared to the Mustang it looks huge and it hardly seems like it would actually feel sporty. Fortunately, the dynamic behavior of large cars has made huge strides since the original Challenger went away in the mid-seventies. We first tried out the Challenger on the road at Chelsea before taking it for a hot lap around the evaluation track. The circuit was built back in the early '90s when a certain gentleman named Lutz was still occupying an office on the top floor of Chrysler's headquarters. It's basically a lovely little natural terrain road course, not quite as elaborate as the new road course that Maximum Bob built at the GM Proving Ground, but it's a good way to get a dynamic feel for a car. After lunch we had another opportunity to thrash the Challenger on the autocross course that Chrysler set up on the vehicle dynamics pad. Find out how the Challenger did after the jump, along with some video of our time behind the wheel. %Gallery-28026% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. As previously observed, the Challenger is a massive hunk of steel. It's a mere two inches shorter than its sedan siblings and stretches over 10 inches longer than its closest competitor, the Ford Mustang. It's also hauling around nearly 800 pounds of additional mass. While the Mustang is no flyweight, this thing is positively huge. It does have some advantages over the Ford. Sharing a platform with the sedans means that it also shares the independent rear suspension inherited from the Mercedes E-Class. The Challenger also has a bit more rear head and shoulder room, although leg room is about the same. Not that it matters because the front cabin is the place to be. Chrysler only made the 2008 SRT-8s available to drive, with the 09 R/T and V6 models sitting on a static display, begging for our attention. Interestingly, the front seats on the "lesser" Challengers were the same heavily bolstered buckets found in other SRT models. A good thing, considering that the thrones are both comfortable and snug. The combination of the cozy interior and naturally aspirated 6.1L HEMI V8 helps the girth of the Challenger melt away when you get moving. Peering out over the long hood, the Challenger is by no means light footed or nimble, but it doesn't feel ponderous …
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2008 Challenger Overview

Click the Challenger for a high res gallery During the recent What's New event at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Ground, we had the opportunity to sample the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8. For the 2008 model year, Chrysler is only building SRT-8 versions of the Challenger with a combination of the 6.1L HEMI V8 and a five-speed automatic transmission. We first saw the production version of the Challenger earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show and while we thought the styling was great with perfect muscle car proportions, it is undoubtedly a big car. The Challenger is built on Chrysler's LX platform shared with the 300 and Charger. Compared to the Mustang it looks huge and it hardly seems like it would actually feel sporty. Fortunately, the dynamic behavior of large cars has made huge strides since the original Challenger went away in the mid-seventies. We first tried out the Challenger on the road at Chelsea before taking it for a hot lap around the evaluation track. The circuit was built back in the early '90s when a certain gentleman named Lutz was still occupying an office on the top floor of Chrysler's headquarters. It's basically a lovely little natural terrain road course, not quite as elaborate as the new road course that Maximum Bob built at the GM Proving Ground, but it's a good way to get a dynamic feel for a car. After lunch we had another opportunity to thrash the Challenger on the autocross course that Chrysler set up on the vehicle dynamics pad. Find out how the Challenger did after the jump, along with some video of our time behind the wheel. %Gallery-28026% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. As previously observed, the Challenger is a massive hunk of steel. It's a mere two inches shorter than its sedan siblings and stretches over 10 inches longer than its closest competitor, the Ford Mustang. It's also hauling around nearly 800 pounds of additional mass. While the Mustang is no flyweight, this thing is positively huge. It does have some advantages over the Ford. Sharing a platform with the sedans means that it also shares the independent rear suspension inherited from the Mercedes E-Class. The Challenger also has a bit more rear head and shoulder room, although leg room is about the same. Not that it matters because the front cabin is the place to be. Chrysler only made the 2008 SRT-8s available to drive, with the 09 R/T and V6 models sitting on a static display, begging for our attention. Interestingly, the front seats on the "lesser" Challengers were the same heavily bolstered buckets found in other SRT models. A good thing, considering that the thrones are both comfortable and snug. The combination of the cozy interior and naturally aspirated 6.1L HEMI V8 helps the girth of the Challenger melt away when you get moving. Peering out over the long hood, the Challenger is by no means light footed or nimble, but it doesn't feel ponderous …Hide Full Review