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Review: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

For all the problems it faces, Chrysler has to be happy with this: the Dodge Challenger rollout has gone about as well as anyone could have hoped. Everyone wanted this car to happen from the moment it appeared as a concept back in 2006. Back then, the S197 Mustang was still new and demonstrating that retro done right can be a very good thing. Flash forward to today and following a brief, SRT8-only 2008 model year run, the Dodge Challenger is now available in three distinct trim levels. We've already reviewed the stylish and value-priced, six-cylinder SE model, and we'll soon give you... Read More

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    Official: Mopar rolling into SEMA with Challenger ACR, Ram 392 and more
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    Since the Chrysler Group joined up with Fiat, its brand portfolio has grown to include Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat vehicles. And you know what that means: more stuff for Mopar to tinker with. That's just what Auburn Hills has got in store for the upcoming SEMA show in Vegas, with a whole slew of show cars to demonstrate just what the group's ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is Green With Envy and so are we
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    Dodge has never been shy about using eye-popping colors for many of its performance models like Plum Crazy Purple, Go Mango! and Top Banana Yellow. The tradition continues with the 2011 Challenger, as Dodge will offer this new Green with Envy paint scheme for both the R/T and SRT8 392 models. The limited edition paint scheme will also come with a few ...

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    Chicago 2011: Dodge Challenger goes Green With Envy
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    Dodge is spicing up the Challenger line with a new eye-searing paint color. The hue is called Green With Envy, and it's supposed to pay homage to some of the wilder colors from the company's past, including Sublime and Green Go. Buyers will be able to grab their new green Challenger in one of two configurations, including a new R/T Classic that serves up ...

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    SEMA 2010: Rich Evans Challenger pulls from the family line
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    Mopar said it was out to do special things at this SEMA, and the evidence has been plentiful. Yet more proof of its urge to make a splash came with this, a Mopar Challenger effort with Rich Evans Design. In case you're not familiar with Evans' work, he's best known here for the love he once lavished on a Mustang a few years back. It is clear in his ...

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    SEMA 2010: Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is limited edition sweetness
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    One of the 1,492 Challenger SRT8 392s that Dodge says it's going to build next year is menacing the corner of the Mopar booth at this year's SEMA show. With a new 6.4-liter V8 offering 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque under the hood, this muscle machine appears ready to tame the road. The SRT8 392 should prove to perform significantly better ...

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    2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the crème de la Chrysler
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    Chrysler made waves earlier today when it announced the company would have an armada of 35 vehicles on display at this year's SEMA show, but the star of the shindig is likely to be the new 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. While no one has ever accused the Challenger SRT8 of being light on grunt, Chrysler engineers have taken things up a notch or two ...

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    SEMA Preview: Chrysler goes hog wild [w/video]
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    Chrysler has big plans for this year's SEMA show. The company has worked up a muscle-bound pack of special edition models and concepts slated to be unveiled in Las Vegas. In a live webchat this morning, Ralph Guiles and Pietro Gorlier announced that Dodge and Mopar will be pulling the sheets off of the new Challenger 392, complete with a 6.4-liter V8 ...

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    2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak unveiled with Viper V10 power
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    In 2009 and 2010, Dodge released a special edition Challenger called the Drag Pak. Both editions sold out fast so the Mopar boys are building another one for 2011. If the '09 and '10 models went quick, this one is going to be gone before you're done reading this paragraph. Instead of sticking with the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 used last year, the 2011 Mopar ...

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    Chicago 2010: Panther Pink Furious Fuchsia Challenger
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    We finally got a chance to see the 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T in its new Furious Fuchsia paint scheme. For those complaining about Dodge not using "Panther Pink" for this new Challenger hue, let's clear it up before we do anything else. Panther Pink was a color that was licensed by Chrysler back in the day, named after the the cartoon feline of fiberglass ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #165 - Nunez jumps in
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    It's not often that veteran 'caster Alex Nunez makes an appearance, but he joins Chris, Sam, and Dan for episode #165 of the Autoblog Podcast. First up, we hit the Autoblog Garage to talk about the Honda Accord Crosstour, Nissan Versa, and Honda Element Dog Edition. Moving on to news items, we start with the 2011 Shelby GT500 Mustang, talk about ...

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    Dodge announces upgraded lineup for 2010 including Nitro Detonator
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    A few weeks ago, everyone, including us, was wondering when The Chrysler Group was going to have anything new to show us at next week's Detroit Auto Show. You can look at the latest news about potential Ram models, Chrysler's special editions and Dodge's just-unveiled offerings either as wheezing gasps, or signs of pointing in the right direction. Since ...

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    The backstory behind HPP's showstopping Daytona conversion... is a Chevy Camaro next?
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    When we saw the HPP Daytona at this year's SEMA show, two things became very apparent. One, we'd really like to drive it. Two, we need better pictures of it. See, the poor thing got itself shoved into a tight booth at SEMA and we just couldn't get too many decent shots. So, being the enterprising lads that we are, we wrote HPP and asked if they had some ...

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    First Petty's Garage Challenger heading to Barrett-Jackson
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    And with this official decree, let it be known that one custom 2009 Dodge Challenger, painted in a very familiar and regal blue shall be offered for sale to the highest bidder in Arizona in the year of our lord, 2010. The vehicle in question shall serve as a rolling tribute to Richard the 43rd. Long live the King! Richard Petty was one of the winningest ...

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    SEMA 2009: HPP Daytona is one big Hot Wheels toy
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    We've been hearing about this car for three days, but we just couldn't find it. Then, just before lunch, one of our intrepid reporters tracked the beast down within the tropical bowels of Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall. Behold: the HPP Daytona! Yes, it's a new Dodge Challenger wearing a Charger Daytona costume, but updated for today's muscle ...

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    SEMA 2009: Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition
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    The Chevrolet Camaro might have a dominating presence on the show floor at SEMA, but there were still a handful of Dodge Challengers to wave the Mopar flag. This particular example was found tucked away in the Chrysler display described as a "Mopar Edition" and features two dozen items straight from the Mopar catalog. Some are as simple as the hood pin ...

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    SEMA 2009: Steve Saleen launches SMS Superparts
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    With SMS Supercars recently launching the 570 Challenger and with a Mustang and Camaro, it was inevitable it would soon offer many of the parts individually. On the first day of SEMA Steve Saleen and his new company announced Superparts, the aftermarket sales and distribution arm of SMS Supercars. Many of the parts on the 570 Challenger are now available ...

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    SEMA 2009: Dodge Challenger 1320, living life a 1/4 mile at a time
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    It's always somewhat dark and murky down at the Mopar booth at SEMA, but this year Chrysler managed to bring out some pretty cool concepts. One of our favorites is this Dodge Challenger 1320 (if you don't know the reference, channel you inner Vin Diesel), which started as a Drag Pak Challenger and even has a cool Christmas tree lights logo on the front ...

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    SEMA Preview: Speedfactory will debut 700-hp supercharged 440 HEMI-powered Challenger
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    Even though last year's SEMA was ostensibly represented by the Camaro, it was Dodge Challenger City in the halls. To make sure the Challenger doesn't come up lame a year later, Speedfactory has taken a 2009 SRT8 Charger with a 6.1-liter Hemi aluminum block, bored that block out to 7.1-liters (440 cu. in.) and, among other tweaks, pasted a Vortech V3 ...

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    New York: Steve Saleen's SMS 570X ups the ante with 700 supercharged horses
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    Under the bright sunlight of the Javits Center's Crystal Palace atrium, Steve Saleen took the covers off of his latest creation, the SMS 570X. The Dodge Challenger-based muscle car registers a few rungs above the 570 that we first viewed at its Orange County unveiling in January. Where that car was fitted with a 5.7-liter V8, the 570X utilizes a 6.0-liter ...

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    Chicago 2009: Mr. Norm's Super Challenger
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    Along with Barack Obama, the Cubs, Al Capone and the Sears Tower, Chicago is home to the world's most famous Mopar dealer, Mr. Norm's legendary Grand Spaulding Dodge. While Mr. Norm sold the dealership in the late 1970's, the Mopar Hall of Famer has recently made a resurgence, officially introducing the 1968 Dodge GSS Hemi Dart last year in Chicago as well ...

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