You guys wanted it; Chrysler did it; and it's now on.
New Challenger SRT8 Available For Order; Sticker Price = $37,995
Dodge dealers will begin taking orders for the new, limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 on Monday, December 3, with the sticker price at $37,995.
Full-line pricing for other Challenger models, including the R/T and base Challenger coupe, will be announced on February 6, when Dodge will give the new Challenger its public introduction prior to the opening of the Chicago Auto Show (http://dodgechallengercountdown.com/).
That first run of Challenger SRT8s will be equipped with the 6.1-liter Hemi Magnum V-8, and painted in your choice of Hemi Orange, silver, or black. They'll also have (in addition to all the high-tech electronics and high-zoot features you'd expect in a 21st century musclecar) a numbered dash plaque, plus dual carbon-fiber hood stripes patterned after the original Challenger R/T's optional hood stripe.
"The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers pure American ponycar muscle," said James Press, Chrysler LLC's vice chairman and president. "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."
If you're planning on buying one of the first Challenger SRT8s, remember that the original E-Body's reputation for high-performance and style was not made by parking it in a garage and never driving it. Also, for those who may be tempted to "over-sample" the Challenger SRT8's Hemi Magnum power, keep your eyes open for the increasing number of Hemi Magnum-powered Dodge Charger cop cars on the road (the latest version of which opened a can of whoop-ass on the Ford Crown Vic and Chevy Impala in the latest Michigan State Police vehicle-evaluation tests at Chrysler's Chelsea, Michigan, Proving Grounds).