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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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    Spy Shots: Dodge Challenger spied exercising supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8
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    One of the prime complaints against the Dodge Challenger is that, even in SRT8 guise, its 470 horsepower is responsible for hauling over 4,200 pounds of vehicle. For comparison, the 420 hp in the Ford Mustang GT only has to deal with 3,618 lbs. Things only get worse from there, as the higher-performance variants of both the Mustang and the Chevrolet ...

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    Spy Shots: Viper SRT10-powered Dodge Challenger caught in public
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    We had nearly forgotten about the Dodge Challenger SRT10. It's not that we don't love the idea of forcing the 8.4-liter V10 from the mighty Dodge Viper into the nose of Chrysler's muscle car, it's just that cars built for SEMA typically have a shelf life shorter than an unpeeled banana. So it came as some surprise when our keen-eyed spy shooters happened ...

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    Dead Dodge Walking: Never-was Challenger Convertible spotted on way to scrap heap
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    Dodge long ago confirmed that a convertible version of the Challenger was not going to happen, blaming the extreme degree to which the chassis would need stiffening if the roof were removed. Then what did members of the Michigan F-Body Association forum spot riding on a trailer around Auburn Hills, MI, home of Chrysler's headquarters? The pics don't lie, ...

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    Spy Shots: Chevy Camaro SS spotted
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    Dodge is launching the SRT-8 model of the Challenger first. There's a head-spinning amount of variations on the Mustang GT theme. GM's not going to be left in the dust by the real-life rehashing of the late 1960s. An eagle-eyed member of the Camaro5 forums spotted an unusually dressed Zeta Camaro prototype near the Mesa, AZ proving grounds and managed to ...

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    2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 interior pics leaked
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    Click above for a gallery of the leaked Challenger images so farSome official photos of the Dodge Challenger's interior have been posted on Allpar's forums, and our spirits have been buoyed. It's always hard to get a read on the real-world look and feel of the interior plastics, but from what we can make out amidst the dither, all is not lost when it comes ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #86
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    Episode #86 of the Autoblog Podcast is well-caffeineated. We spend a good bit of time talking about the excitement that's filled the Autoblog garage lately. Damon used a handily available Audi R8 as a chase car when we went to drive the Tesla Roadster, and Alex has been sampling the Subaru Tribeca and STI, as well as a rogue Volvo S80. John has been having ...

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    Reader Spy II: Production Dodge Challenger
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    click above to view more ready spy shots of the Dodge ChallengerA few days ago we showed you a single spy pic sent in by a reader of a what we think is a production Dodge Challenger out driving in the rain. Fellow Autoblog reader Brian G. saw the shot and sent us his own. These four images also show the rear of the car, though in some cases much more ...

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    Reader Spy: Production Dodge Challenger naked in the rain
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Dodge_Challenger_likes_to_go_naked_in_the_rain_PICS'; Autoblog reader Ray O'Connor happened upon an undisguised Dodge Challenger on his way to work in the Detroit area and managed to snap a photo of it from behind the wheel. At first, we wondered whether the HEMI orange car pictured was simply the concept car out and ...

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    Spy Shots: Production 2008 Dodge Challenger caught, too
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    click above image for more spy shots of the production Dodge ChallengerSeems like one when modern day muscle car gets caught a spy photographer, they all get shot. We've already shown you new spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT today, and now we bring you two new shots (the first two in the gallery below) of the production Dodge Challenger that's been ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #82
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    We tried to get it going for last week, but John had violence visited upon his mouth which reduced him to saying "Spibit?" We're back on the podcast horse this week for Autoblog Podcast #82, though. We start off proceedings with the teaser pic of the Chevy Volt, which then takes us to a wider-ranging split-grille vs. three bar smackdown. Speaking of teasing ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Dodge Challenger test mule spied again
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    A two-tone 2009 Dodge Challenger was spotted in Detroit earlier this month, but it was all the way back in August when we brought you shots of this all-black Challenger. That car hasn't been spotted cruising around the streets of Detroit in a while, the reason being is that it's no longer in the vicinity of Detroit. Recently the car was spotted far from ...

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    Chrysler hates phone cams: 2009 Dodge Challenger revealed
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    Click image to see all three phonecam shotsChrysler revealed the production Dodge Challenger to dealers in Vegas last week, and while we're certain it banned all manner of cameras from the event, saying something's banned and enforcing said ban are two entirely different things. Let's just say that they failed on the enforcement part, because ...

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    Spy Shots: '09 Dodge Challenger snagged again
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    One of the Jalops was cruising the freeway the other day and spotted yet another 2009 Dodge Challenger prototype on the prowl. With camera in hand, he started snapping away and upon further examination realized that this particular example had an unusual two-tone paint job. In this case, rather than the usual upper-lower color split, it looks like they ...

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    Spy Shots: Best yet of 2009 Dodge Challenger
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    click above image to see 8 high-res spy shots of the 2009 Dodge ChallengerPreproduction prototypes of the Dodge Challenger have been spotted all over Detroit in the past few months, but most have been captured with camera phones and revealed little detail about the muscle car coming from Chrysler. KGP Photographers ran into one recently and were armed with ...

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    Spy Shots: Production Dodge Challenger caught in public again
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    While these new spy shots of the production Dodge Challenger show neither more nor less of the car than similar shots taken last week, we still find ourselves interested. This time we see the new Challenger sitting at a stoplight, which afford a view of the big 5-spoke wheels that slightly obscure the car's massive disc brakes. This particular car is ...

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    Civilian Espionage! 2009 Challenger caught with cameraphone
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/Civilian_snags_great_spy_shot_of_2009_Dodge_Challenger_profile'; Hot on the heels of Brenda Priddy & Co's new shot of the Challenger comes this great profile shot of a different mule taken by member "98Formula" at the LS1GTO.com forums. What's so encouraging here is just how faithful the overall shape of the car ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Dodge Challenger
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    Our car-culture obsessive compatriots over at the Jalop snapped up a shot of the new Challenger from Frau Priddy and her merry men, capturing Dodge's newest hotness at speed on the highway.It's not hard to make out the Challenger's distinctive roofline, and the camo-clad rear end doesn't give much away, save the small ducktail spoiler. According to Priddy, ...

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    Dodge Challenger preproduction body shells caught on camera
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    click above image to view more pics of these Dodge Challenger body shells var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/Dodge_Challenger_preproduction_body_shells_caught_on_camera_PICS'; These pics showing multiple preproduction Dodge Challenger body shells are what you might call radioactive. They were originally posted in a thread on the Newhemitech.com forums ...

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    SPY SHOTS: Charger/Challenger Chimera
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    Nose-grafting with common-platform cars is always fun. You could put an '84 LTD front clip on your Fox-body Mustang if you wanted to. While that would look, ahem, unique - this Charger has had a face transplant in the name of science. The long-lensers at KGP spotted this modified LX running around with a 2009 Challenger's front end, likely to determine ...

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