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New Challenger SRT8 Available For Order

Posted November 29 2007 11:53 AM by cmr/gclark 
Filed under: Mopar News

2009 Dodge Challenger

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).



8 comments
68streetrunner
68streetrunner

First of all i know i am late in responding to this, but a new challenger is great. the challenger rt is something afordable at 32-34 thousand dlls just because it has a hemi, plus all that new tech. that it has is even better. If you want a 15-20 thousand dllr car buy a Honda. or just stick with your old a,b,c,d,e body.

P.Fogel
P.Fogel

I am glad I'm not alone! Chrysler is facing tough times but it continues to make the stupid mistake that has given it problems. You know what I mean...a 4-dr Charger that is anything but, a beautiful new version of the Challenger that everyone would love to have but with a rediculous price tag. Too much "Mercedes" rubbed off!! Who could afford a Viper? I won't ever miss it. That challenger needs to be a base coupe (or HT) sans luxury pig items that really jack up the cost. Make the 5.7 pseudo hemi the base engine with 5-speed standard and torqueflite optional, 3.55 gears standard with a Power Lok, leave room for wide rear tires and price it with the philosophy that made the Roadrunners and Superbees so successful! They could sell a ton of them keeping them simple for between $15,000and $20,000 and make money doing it. If I won the lottery, I would not buy what they are passing off and they act like they are doing you a favor on top of it all!

RMARRHEMI
RMARRHEMI

I am a mopar guy thru and thru, but you could not pay me to buy a new dodge chrysler vehicle for the money these idiots are asking for. Little guys like me who work hard for there money are not going shell out 45 or even 55 for a car. I can buy a used Viper with way more balls for less then this new piece of *** What do these people think this is the best car since the 71 challenger,bullshit, there will never be another car better than a 71 challenger. In those days that is when cars were made right, with out all the electronic *** Have you guys seen what they have been doing with the older challengers in the mopar mags, I would pay to have someone build me one like that instead of the fancy crap. When Dodge put four doors on the charger that was a slap in the face for all the people who bought Chargers back in the day. Whats next a four door Cuda???

69roadrunner472
69roadrunner472

None of the Dodge dealerships in my area will order me a new Challenger. They tell me tjey can get only one and they will be asking much more than MSRP for the car. In fact, they plan to take bids on the car they get. One of the dealerships ordered 3 cars but would not order one for me. What's this crap about people shelling down $s for a car. The dealerships are planning to make $10-$15K on each car more than MSRP or so says my man at Mike Brown Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Granbury, TX.

Dutch440
Dutch440

I think the new Challenger is hot and I'm sure it is going to haul! I figure it better because I have put my 5.7Hemi in my 05RAM through the paces and I know what it can do pushing that much weight around. But guys I'm sorry the price tags on modern muscle is not worth it. I'll stick to running my 68GTX...and not go broke doing it.

Sumerof69
Sumerof69

For those about to Rock I salute you! I am one of the recently released contract employees from the New Chrysler LLC. Chelsea proving grounds. I have had the fortune to having the opportunities to drive the New Challengers 5.7L auto and manual transmission. And of course the long awaited SRT8 6.1L auto and manual transmission. ? If you have driven an Older Big block E body there are differences. Comfort handling, road feel, and power transfer to the wheels. And of course the HEMI. I know I may have stars in my eyes with rose color glasses, but I would rank them by seat of the pants power.. in order # 4 the 5.7L Auto, #3 the SRT8 6.1L Auto, # 4 the 5.7L Manual, #3 the SRT8 6.1 Manual. The soon to be SRT8 owners will be having fun with pulling some G's 0 to 60 times and the mile for sure. Like you I want one, but first I need to get a job and earn $

Billw66chg
Billw66chg

I saw the price of the08 SRT-8 at the dealer tonight, full retail was $41,000 and taking orders. I declined now, will wait until Feb. to order the R/T version, that is if I get the "go ahead" from the other half, who manages most of the bills. Most of us have to deal with the Mrs... She said, " I have to, at least, see one and drive it" which sounds as fair as it is going to get. Maybe I should ask my girlfriend and get a second opinion.

pumpman
pumpman

All those high tech, high zoot features add up to about $55,000 bucks by the time you add interest and insurance on a 5 yr. note. Tremendous value? What happened to dependable hot rods the avg. working man can afford? Don't need fly by wire, door locks that lock themselves,and all the other gadgets and gizmos that will start giving trouble before you can even pay it off. My 21,000 mile '07 Sebring is in the shop now for multiple problems. Wheel brg growl in the front end,unecessarily computer cont. trans is shifting funky, blah blah. On the other hand, my bought new '84 Daytona work car has 350,289 mi.on the orig. trans and short block.[And front wheel brgs.]The manual windows,door locks and manual trans all work great.No gadgets, no gizmos, no B.S. Get rid of about $17,000 in useless features. Who needs tip start? I'm not too lazy to hold the key over till it starts. More relays, more wires, more high $$$ B.S. Will I buy one? Nah. Are you listening Mr. Press? Probably not.

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