Dodge Challenger

Dodge brand teases new SRT Demon for spring reveal

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Logo
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge shocked the performance world two years ago when it launched the most powerful and fastest muscle cars in the world—the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. Now, Dodge is raising the bar again with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Leading up to the New York reveal this spring, Dodge is launching its first-ever pre-debut video teaser campaign, including a new website

Dodge Debuts New 2015 Challenger at 2014 New York Auto Show

New Challenger Now Offers an Estimated 485 Best-in-class Horsepower, Track-ready All-new 6.4-liter Scat Pack Model, 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker, All-new Interior and Segment-first Standard TorqueFlite Eight-speed Automatic Transmission Read More...

Dodge Challenger for NASCAR

Dodge Motorsports today revealed the Dodge Challenger as the “New Car” for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and announced an expansion of its partnership with Penske Racing beginning in 2010.  Dodge will provide support for Penske Racing’s two-car operation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in addition to Penske’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“As the performance brand of our new company, we are excited to expand our relationship with Penske Racing and introduce the iconic Dodge Challenger as our entry into the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Car Brand.  “Motorsports are a significant part of the Dodge brand’s legacy.  Penske Racing has such a rich tradition in motorsports, and our partnership in the Nationwide Series will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the Challenger and offer our loyal Dodge enthusiasts plenty of excitement in this very competitive series next year.”

Penske Racing will field two teams, both running the full-season schedule.  The Dodge Challenger will be used at the four “New Car” races NASCAR has designated, starting at Daytona in July.  At the other 31 events that complete the 35-race season, Penske Racing will field Dodge Chargers as it did this season with the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger driven by Justin Allgaier.  NASCAR is expecting full integration of the “New Car” in 2011. 

Joining Allgaier will be Brad Keselowski in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge.  He also will compete in the Dodge Challenger for the four designated races and in a Charger for the remainder of the schedule. 

“Today’s announcement further reinforces our relationship and commitment to Dodge Motorsports, and we are excited about our future with this great brand,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing.  “We believe Dodge’s relationship with Penske Racing will continue to elevate and highlight both our brands and deliver value to Dodge enthusiasts.”

Allgaier, in his rookie season in the Nationwide Series, is currently fifth in the season point standings and the leader among Rookie of the Year candidates.

“Penske Racing has a very successful relationship with the Dodge brand,” commented Allgaier. “I am honored to be one of Dodge Motorsport’s drivers and to be able to drive the new Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is going to be awesome.  The car looks great and will give the Nationwide Series its own identity.”

2010 Dodge Challenger  The 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 two-door coupe accommodates up to five passengers and is produced from the company’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform.  With three models of head-turning styling, two legendary HEMI® V-8 engine choices, up to 25 highway miles per gallon, more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities, it’s no surprise Dodge Challenger was awarded J.D. Power and Associates “Most Appealing Midsize Sporty Car” in its 2009 APEAL Study.

“The Dodge Challenger has proven to be one of the most sought after high-performance vehicles on the street today,” said Dave Bailey, Senior Manager of Motorsports Engineering and SRT Body, Interior and Electrical.  “Sharing our consumer’s passion for performance through the race version of our Dodge Challenger will continue to showcase the unique engineering brought to our race and production vehicles.”

Dodge will continue its support of Penske Racing’s three-car operation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010 with drivers Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Keselowski.

The No. 12 Dodge Challenger will take part in Monday’s NASCAR Nationwide test session at Talladega Superspeedway for the “new cars” with Allgaier driving.

Hurst Hemi Challengers

Hurst has released photos of some of their new Challenger packages.
Series 4 Hurst Hemi Challenger pictured here in Silver and Black.
The Competition/Plus package pictured in B5 Blue.

New 'Cuda Custom Concept Car

Another custom ‘Cuda has surfaced. This time it’s a convertible. The first one that I saw was shown at the SEMA 2007 event. After seeing the new convertible, I realize just how much I want the Plum Crazy paint on a new Dodge Challenger. For more photos go to Autoblog.


2009 Dodge Challenger Pricing Announced

Pricing for All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to Start in Low $20s

• Three flavors: Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8®
• All-new five-passenger, two-door coupe available for under $22,000
• Available 5.7-liter HEMI® with five-speed automatic transmission for under $30,000
• Dodge dealerships now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge announced pricing today for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) will start at $21,995, which includes $675 for destination. Dodge dealers across the country are now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger, which will arrive this fall.

2009 Dodge Challenger SE
With a U.S. MSRP of $21,995 (including $675 destination), the Dodge Challenger SE comes standard with a 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine which produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. (339 N•m) of torque. Mated with a four-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Challenger SE achieves an estimated 18 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
The U.S. MSRP for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T is $29,995. Featuring the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Dodge Challenger R/T produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. (540 N•m) of torque when paired with the standard five-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine with five-speed automatic transmission is equipped with fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology which increases fuel economy by as much as 20 percent without sacrificing performance.

Dodge Challenger SRT8
The U.S. MSRP for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is $39,995 (including $675 destination). The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers an available six-speed manual transmission or standard five-speed automatic transmission mated to the SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 N•m) of torque. New for 2009 is a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue (late availability) exterior paint and black hood stripes. A classic “pistol-grip” shifter is included with the available Track Pak which includes the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission with Hill-start Assist.

2009 Dodge Challenger SE, R/T and SRT8

Three models will be offered in for the 2009 model year including the Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8.

The Challenger RT will come with the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V8 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission producing 370 horsepower and 398 ft-lbs of torque.  An optional precision-shift six-speed manual transmission with pistol grip handle is also available, horsepower & torque increase to 375 and 404 respectively with this option.

The Dodge Challenger SE is powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V6 with a four-speed automatic transmission producing 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft of torque.

Introducing the All-New 2009 Dodge Challenger
35 Years Later, Dodge Redefines Modern American Muscle

  • Re-creation of vintage American muscle car blends nostalgic flair with modern engineering and technology

  • First five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from proven Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger platform

  • First modern-day, HEMI®-powered car offered with precision-shift six-speed manual transmission

  • New-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers increased fuel economy (an estimated 5 percent) with more horsepower (30 hp) and improved torque (8 lb.-ft.)

  • 5.7-liter HEMI goes from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds

  • SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine goes from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds

  • Best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room provides spacious back seat for up to three adults

  • Best-in-class trunk space (16.2 cu. ft.) equal to the Dodge Charger

  • New “EZ” entry with high-mounted seat-back lever for easy, one-handed operation; enables second-row passengers to enter and exit with ease

  • More than 25 safety and security features including supplemental side-curtain air bags, advanced multi-stage air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and anti-lock brakes

  • Equipped with cutting-edge technology including MyGIG™ radio/navigation, UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, Keyless Go push-button start and Remote Start

  • To ensure quality, Dodge Challenger engineers logged nearly 3.2 million customer-equivalent miles in the development process

  • All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to arrive this fall

The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics - unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines, and technology - designed to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations.
“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present,” said Mike Accavitti, Director, Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today’s buyer.”
The Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from Chrysler’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Developed with Dodge’s credo of “bold, powerful and capable,” the Challenger delivers a modern two-door muscle car.
Three models will be offered in North America: Dodge Challenger SRT8®, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE.
Essential Hardware
The Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 N•m). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded to get an estimated five percent improvement in fuel economy as well as an increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (2 percent) over a greater range of engine speeds. The Dodge Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift six-speed manual transmission - the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car - that produces 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 N•m) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated with a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
The Dodge Challenger SE powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic transmission produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m).
Patterned off the Dodge Charger architecture, the front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension system on all Dodge Challenger models provide excellent ride and handling characteristics.
Essential Styling
The Dodge Challenger design team stayed true to the concept revealed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, while drawing upon elements from the original Challenger. The result: a bold, aggressive muscle machine that blends nostalgia with modern Dodge style.
“Our designers wanted to capture the mind’s-eye view of what people today remember about the Dodge Challenger from 35 years ago,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “Their challenge was to excite today’s customer by capturing the emotion of the original Challenger, while offering today’s comfort and performance.”
On the exterior, the long, raised performance hood with scoops and recessed grille with round dual headlamps are reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger. The bold A-line, or character line, that runs from stem to stern gives the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger an instantly recognizable muscle car profile. Retro dual rectangular exhaust outlets complete the look from the rear.
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. The modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger 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 to the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) - equal to the Dodge Charger - the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers added comfort and functionality.
Essential Technology
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative technologies including:
  • MyGIG™ provides a cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system, with built-in navigation

  • UConnect® Hands-free Communication System provides convenient, voice-activated communication with Bluetooth® cellular phones

  • SIRIUS® Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of commercial-free radio programs and music for enhanced listening enjoyment

  • Keyless Go allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button

  • Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the key fob

  • More than 25 Safety and Security Features

Dodge Challenger offers more than 25 safety and security features including:
  • Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers

  • Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide steering control while braking

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer

  • Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops

  • Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration

  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) for Manual Transmission application assists the driver in launching the vehicle on an incline

  • Automatic Headlamps turn headlamps on at dusk and off in the daylight without driver intervention

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts driver about low tire pressure(s) in order to facilitate safe handling

2009 Dodge Challenger Production
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It will be built on the same assembly line as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 #43 Charity Auction

Check out this special eBay auction.

After nearly 35 years, the All-New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is revving up and getting ready to race off of the production line; but when the first Challengers hit the market, only ONE of them will be painted in legendary B5 Blue, honoring racing legend Richard Petty. And it could be yours along with a custom #43 Richard Petty Designed Decal Package*.

The winning bidder will drive away in the #43 Challenger painted in B5 Blue, with "carbon fiber" look hood stripes, featuring a 6.1L SRT HEMI® V8 engine and a five-speed AutoStick® transmission.

All proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with chronic illness, founded by Kyle Petty, in honor of his late son, Adam.

The Winner will also receive:
• Two VIP Passes to the May 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina
• Meet-and-greet session with Kyle Petty
• Roundtrip airfare for two and lodging
• Dodge Motorsports prize pack delivered at the Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race

Dodge Challenger Dashboard

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 was revealed on February 6th. It's a beautiful car on the outside, but kind of plain on the inside. What happened from concept to production? It looks like Dodge pulled some parts from other cars rather then do a redesign of the dashboard.

The gauges on the Dodge Challenger concept were designed to look like engine cylinders.

This is the dashboard from the Dodge Challenger concept car. Notice the trapezoid shapes everywhere. The dash and console have a nice contrast. I love that 3 pronged steering wheel and the pistol grip shifter.

Here is another concept dashboard for the Dodge Challenger. They refined the gauges on this one. I like the silver color frame around the gauges. I hope this makes it into the 2009 model. The pistol grip shifter is gone and the radio and temperature dials are from the current parts bin. So is the steering wheel, which is the same as on the Dodge Charger and Magnum.

Here is the official 2008 Dodge Challenger dashboard. The gauges have been changed to look like the Dodge Charger with raised bezels and chrome rings. There is now a recessed area around the temperature gauges. This dashboard looks kind of boring. It needs some contrasting chrome or colored panels.

Here is the current Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum dashboard. Notice the same steering wheel and the similarly styled chrome ringed gauged cluster. At least this dashboard has contrasting colors in the panels and face plates.

Just for fun, here is the dashboard from a 1973 Dodge Charger. Notice it also has raised bezels with chrome rings on it. I really like this steering wheel which inspired the Dodge Challenger concept car steering wheel design. The dash also has a splash of color to it.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Here are some photos of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. There will only be 6,400 Challenger SRT8's produced for the 2008 model year. To help indicate the exclusivity of this model, each vehicle will wear a unique interior dash plaque, 1 of 6,400 similar to the plaques on the Charger Daytona and Super Bee. If you miss out on the limited 2008 model, you will have to order a 2009 model.

2009 Dodge Challenger spotted

There have been multiple sightings of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T posted on the internet.
Official photos should be online after next month's auto show.

2009 Dodge Challenger in Dark Titanium Metallic and High-Performance Red.

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T in Bright Silver.

Dodge starts taking orders for the 2008 Dodge Challenger

On Monday December 3, 2007, Dodge started taking preorders for the 2008 Dodge Challenger. On the first day more that 4,300 people put down a deposit for a Challenger. As of today, more than 6,600 people have placed preorders. It looks like Dodge will have a big seller on their hands.

To celebrate, they have released some teaser photos of the production version.

Dodge Announces Pricing for All-new 2008 Challenger SRT8®

Dodge has announced the pricing for the SRT version of the 2008 Dodge Challenger. Normally Dodge releases the SRT version after the regular production models. This time around they are releasing a limited number of SRT models first, before the normal production run.

$37,995 plus $2,100 Gas-guzzler penalty = $40,095 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price.
Add on Dealer mark-up, fees and taxes and you might pay $43,000 to $50,000 for one of the limited run 2008 Challenger SRT8.

Dodge Announces Pricing for All-new 2008 Challenger SRT8®
Dodge Challenger SRT8 available for $37,995

• The American muscle coupe is back, packed with modern technology and innovation
• Demand for contemporary version of iconic pony car drives Dodge to accept orders for the 2008 Challenger SRT8® beginning Dec. 3, 2007
• Introduction begins with limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 models – each with numbered dash plaque
• Complete, broader Challenger lineup details and pricing still to come
• 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models feature 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 and are available in Black, Silver or HEMI Orange

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge announced pricing today for the modern interpretation of the American muscle coupe. The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® will arrive in showrooms next spring at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (which includes $675 destination).

Due to unprecedented demand, Dodge dealers will begin taking orders on Dec. 3 for the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models. Each will feature a numbered dash plaque and a 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. 2008 Challenger SRT8 models will be available in Black, Silver and HEMI Orange. All will feature dual “carbon-fiber” hood stripes, harkening back to the original Dodge Challenger.

“The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers pure American pony-car muscle,” said James Press, Vice Chairman & President – Chrysler LLC. “With styling that stays true to Challenger’s original heritage, an abundance of modern amenities and cutting-edge technology, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will deliver the SRT credo of benchmark performance at a tremendous value.

“The Challenger SRT8 is only the beginning of the story, as we’ll soon follow with a complete lineup of Challenger models that will offer a wide array of features and deliver outstanding value for our customers,” Press added.

Customers may begin placing orders at their Dodge dealer on Monday, Dec. 3. They can expect to take delivery of their vehicle next spring.

The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be built at the Chrysler Canada Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, on the same assembly line with the Dodge Charger, Charger SRT8, Magnum, Magnum SRT8, Chrysler 300 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 vehicles.

Pricing for the complete all-new Dodge Challenger lineup will be announced at a later date.

SRT performance vehicles – including the Dodge Viper SRT10, Dodge Caliber SRT4, Dodge Magnum SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8, Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8, and now, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 – are engineered by Chrysler’s in-house performance organization: Street and Racing Technology.

The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 showcases the renowned, five key aspects of every SRT vehicle: exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class ride and handling characteristics across a broad range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain. The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will unquestionably deliver in all five areas.

Dodge Challenger Uncovered in Vegas

Photos of the production version of the 2008 Dodge Challenger have surfaced from a dealer event in Vegas.

The front grill looks like the 1970's version and not the cross-hair style that was on the concept car.

The B-pillar doesn't look that big. The rear bumper is bigger to improve safety.

The rear end has tail lights and a rear trunk lid spoiler like the 1970 Dodge Challenger.

Another Dodge Challenger photo

Here is another photo of a Dodge Challenger test vehicle.
You can see the front grill has been changed from the one on the concept vehicle.

Dodge Challenger Design Change?

I can't wait to see what the production version of the Dodge Challenger will look like when revealed in February 2008.
I saw a photo of a test vehicle that may reveal a design change from the original concept car.
If you look closely you can see that the front grill does not have the Dodge cross-hair design. Instead it is an open design similar to the one on the 1970 Challenger.

(photo: KPG)
Other photos hinted at a change in the tail lights of the car as well.

Recently while toy shopping, I found an radio controlled Dodge Challenger from "1 Badd Ride" that had a cool redesign of the concept car.

The toy car had redesigned tail lights as well as the open grill from the 1970 Challenger. The Dodge cross-hairs were moved down to the lower air intake opening, replacing the "CARS" movie smile styled opening. The toy car that I bought was silver with black stripes instead of the red version pictured above.

Mopar Enthusiast magazine had some similar concept drawings for their version of the Dodge Challenger.

I hope that Dodge makes the production version similar to these designs.

Dodge Challenger

I've been keeping my eye on any NEWS about the 2009 Dodge Challenger.
The production version will be shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2008.

Cerberus, the new owners of Chrysler, may reduce the number of Dodge Challengers that are planned to be produced. This may make it more of a specialty car with a higher price tag in the showroom because of demand by Mopar fans. It has already been announced that the Challenger will not be available in Europe.

Mopar fans hope to get a 6 speed manual transmission as well as an automatic transmission with the 5.7 and 6.1-liter HEMI V8. They also hope for a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 version. Dodge has confirmed that there will be an SRT version of the Challenger.

I hope that there will be a low cost entry level version that will be available with the 3.5-litre V6 and an automatic transmission. Ford offers a similar V6 Pony package on the Mustang.

Dodge Challenger Concept Car

Dodge showed off their new Dodge Challenger concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. It's a modern muscle car based on the 1970 design of the Challenger. I think that it looks great ! Other Mopar fans agree and want Dodge to make this car as soon as possible. It could become a 2008 model.
To read more about the design of this car and see photos and video,
click here.