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Click above to view high res gallery of the Dodge Challenger R/T The Dodge Challenger SRT8 has graced the cover of just about every major automotive rag these past couple months, and muscle car loving Baby Boomers are emptying their 401Ks for the chance to own one. If your budget can’t take the blow of a $40,000 coupe, however, the folks at Chrysler have debuted a couple more models at the 2008 New York Auto Show that will cost quite a bit less. The Challenger R/T will take the stage later today in NYC and it offers a good portion of the SRT8’s power, as well as nearly every design cue seen on its more expensive big brother. For the R/T model, the real story lies under its hood where an upgraded 5.7L Hemi V8 engine has received a 30 hp bump to 370 ponies, while torque also increases by eight to 398 pound feet.
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Chrysler pumped up its famous powerplant by adding variable valve timing, which helps increase its compression ratio from 9.6 to 10.5, and by adding a second spark plug per cylinder for a cleaner burn and higher peak power. Besides providing extra grunt, technology enhancements improve fuel economy by 5% versus the previous generation HEMI while also improving the quality of its tailpipe emissions. The Challenger R/T features a long list of standard equipment including 18 inch machined aluminum wheels, dual exhaust, ABS, ESP, traction control, vented brakes and an eight way adjustable power driver seat. Buyers can also check off options like Remote Start, Keyless Go push button start and heated leather seats. Dodge will also make available a special Classic R/T version that wears Richard Petty B5 Blue with black side stripes an ray ban wayfarer d unique script badging later in the 2009 model year. The Classic R/T will also feature five spoke 20 inch rims that won’t be available on any other Challenger model. For RWD Coupe lovers on a budget, Dodge will also offer a base Challenger SE (above is the only pic we have so far). The car will be given the well traveled 250 hp 3.5L V6 mated to a four speed automatic transmission. As you can see from the photo above, the SE model also looks very much like the more upscale R/T model, save for its 17 inch steel wheels. The R/T and SE Challenger will be available in fall of 2009, with the Classic R/T arriving late in tn the 2009 model year. 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
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. of torque (540 N 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 si ray ban wayfarer x speed manual ray ban wayfarer transmission the first for a new generation HEMI powered car that produces 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb. ft. of torque (548 N when running on premium fuel. 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 ray ban wayfarer 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. 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.
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