Nur 2 Jahre nachdem Dodge das Challenger Concept auf der 2006 Detroit Auto Show vorgestellt hat, ist er nun bereit für die Straße. Der Challenger wurde bekannt und hat sich einen Namen gemacht, in den 60igern und wurde bis in die frühen 80iger gebaut. Dieses mal geht Chrysler wieder zurück zu seinen Wurzeln und veröffentlicht dieses großartige Muscle Car, rear-wheel-drive Coupe! Die ersten Modelle werden exclusiv als 6,1l HEMI V8 ausgeliefert und es werden noch in diesem Jahr 6400 Stück gebaut. Basierend auf der aktuellen LX Plattform (Dodge Charger, 300C und Co.) von Chrysler, kommt der neue Challenger schon sehr dem Concept Car nahe. Die größten äusseren Unterschiede sind wohl der neue Grill und die Frontlippe unterhalb der Stoßstange, ausserdem der kleine schwarze Heckspoiler welcher sich gut ans Gesamtbild einfügt. Nur im Innenraum gibt sich Chrysler wiedermal mit dem Bekannten zufrieden und verzichtet auf Innovationen.

Für das Modelljahr 2008 werden 6400 Stück gebaut in Form des SRT-8, er wird einen 6,1l HEMI V8 haben mit 425PS. Es werden 20″ Goodyear F1 Reifen montiert mit 245/45 vorn und 255/45 hinten. Der Preis für den SRT-8 wird ab $37.995 betragen, jedoch sind bereits fast 10000 Vorbestellungen eingegangen, sprich es werden wohl hohe Aufschläge von Seiten der Händler kommen.
Für des Modelljahr 2009 wird es zusätzlich einen 5,7l HEMI V8 geben und auch einen V6. Ein Tremec 6 Gang Schaltgetriebe wird es ebenso ab 2009 zur Wahl geben.


2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® Specifications
Dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.

Body Style: Coupe
Assembly Plant: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
EPA Vehicle Class: Intermediate car
Introduction Date: April 2008

Type and Description: 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 370 cu. in. (6059 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 4.06 x 3.58 (103.0 x 90.9)
Valve System: Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves, conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller followers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multi-port, electronic, returnless
Construction: Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio: 10.3:1
Power (estimated SAE Net): 425 bhp @ 6200 rpm, (69.8 bhp/L)
Torque (estimated SAE Net): 420 lb.-ft. (310 N•m) @ 4800 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6400 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement: Unleaded premium 91 octane (R+M)/2 recommended
Oil Capacity: 7 qt. (6.6 L)
Coolant Capacity: 14 qt. (13.25 L)
Emission Controls: Dual close-coupled 3-way catalytic converters, quad heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
Max. Gross Trailer Weight Not recommended
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy, mpg: 13/18

Description: Adaptive electronic control or AutoStick® driver interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st: 3.58
2nd: 2.19
3rd: 1.41
4th: 1.00
5th: 0.83
Reverse: 3.17
Final Drive Ratio: 3.06
Overall Top Gear: 2.54

Alternator: 160A
Battery: 630 CCA, maintenance-free

Wheelbase, in. (mm): 116.0 (2,946)
Track, Front, in. (mm): 63.0 (1603)
Track, Rear, in. (mm): 63.1 (1604)
Overall Length, in. (mm): 197.7 (5,023)
Overall Width, in. (mm): 75.7 (1,923)
Overall Height, in. (mm): 57.0 (1,448)
Ground Clearance, in. (mm): @ curb 5.5 (140.6)
Frontal Area, sq. ft. (sq. m): 25.3 (2.35)
Drag Coefficient: 0.353 (9.01 CdA)
Curb Weight, estimated, lb. (kg): 4140 (1878)
Weight Distribution, percent F/R: 55.6/44.4
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal: 19 gallons

Seating Capacity, F/R: 2/3
Front Seat Headroom, in. (mm): 39.5 (1,004)
Leg Room, in. (mm): 42.0 (1,067)
Shoulder Room, in. (mm): 58.2 (1,478)
Hip Room, in. (mm): 54.7 (1,390)
Seat Travel, mm: Interior driver – 270 mm, Passenger – 220 mm
Recliner Angle Range, deg: Interior driver – 86 deg. passenger – 69 deg.
SAE Front Volume Index, cu.ft.(cu.m): 55.8 (1.58)
Rear Seat Headroom, in. (mm): 37.4 (951)
Leg Room, in. (mm): 32.6 (829)
Knee Clearance, in. (mm): 1.2 (31.1)
Shoulder Room, in. (mm): 53.9 (1,370)
Hip Room, in. (mm): 51.4 (1,305.4)
SAE Rear Seat Volume Index cuft (cu.m): 38.1 (1.08)
Total Interior Volume cuft(cu.m): 93.9 (2.66)
SAE Cargo Volume cuft(cu.m)ger): 16.2 (0.459)
EPA Interior Volume Index cuft(cu.m): 110.1 (3.12)
Trunk Liftover Height, in. (mm): 33.0 (839)
All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.

Layout: Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
Construction: Unitized steel body

Type: Rack and pinion with hydraulic power assist
Overall Ratio: 16.1:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 37.5 ft. (11.48 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.75

Front: Independent SLA with high upper “A” arm, coil spring over Bilstein monotube gas-charged shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Rear: Five-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, Bilstein monotube gas-charged shock abs & isolated susp cradle

Size and Type: 245/45 R20 frt P255/45 R20 rr 3-season tires
Mfr. and Model: Goodyear F1 Supercar
Revs per Mile: 726 frt/718 rr
Opt. Size and Type: 245/45 R20 all-season performance
Mfr. and Model: Goodyear RSA/SRT
Revs per Mile (km).: 731 (456)
Other sizes and brands may also be used.

Type and Material: Fully forged aluminum
Size: 20 x 9.0

Front Rotor Size and Type: 14.2 x 1.26 ( 360 x 32.0 ) vented
Caliper Size and Type: 1.73 (44) Brembo 4-piston fixed with aluminum housing
Swept Area: 351 sq. in. (2261 sq. cm)
Rear Rotor Size and Type: 13.8 x 1.10 (350 x 28) vented
Caliper Size and Type: 11.26 (32) Brembo 4-piston fixed with aluminum housing
Swept Area: 316 sq. in. (2036 sq. cm)
Four-Wheel Anti-Lock and Traction Control Included
Electronic Stability Control and Brake Assist Included
Brake Knockback Mitigation Included
Power Assist Type: 8 + 9 (203 + 209) tandem-diaphragm vacuum booster



The Ultimate Modern American Muscle Coupe

All-New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8®

  • Iconic Dodge muscle car returns after a 35-year absence
  • Design stays true to Challenger heritage while delivering a host of modern amenities and „race inspired, street legal“ SRT DNA
  • Powered by a 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that produces 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Each 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features limited-edition, numbered dash plaque
  • The return of the iconic Dodge Challenger brings what pony car fanatics crave: ground shaking performance, unmistakable design cues reminiscent of the original Challenger, world-class ride and handling characteristics and benchmark braking. On top of that it features a wide variety of modern amenities and technology designed to delight a new generation of driving enthusiasts.

    „The all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 is engineered to give customers everything they want in a modern muscle machine,“ said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. „The new version of Dodge’s American classic boasts tire-smoking performance and head-turning design while offering a wide array of state-of-the-art technology, such as GPS navigation, ‚Keyless Go‘ entry, a MyGIGâ„¢ infotainment system and UConnect hands-free communication.“

    Developed by Chrysler’s in-house performance engineering organization, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was engineered with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.

    Dodge will offer the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in three colors: HEMI® Orange, Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat. Each two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe will be produced with a numbered dash plaque, carbon fiberlike hood stripes and will be powered by SRT’s 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.

    With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (including $675 destination), the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 arrives in Dodge showrooms this spring.

    The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 vehicles will be manufactured at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario, Canada assembly plant.

    Performance targets for the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 include a 0–60 mph time in the low 5-second range, 0–100–0 mph in less than 17 seconds, a ¼-mile elapsed time of less than 14 seconds, 60–0 mph braking distance of approximately 100 feet, and a skid pad performance of 0.88 g.

    [Source: Chrysler]