Unveiled back in 2008, the 21st century Dodge Challenger is entering the 2010 model year with a few new fun upgrades including the SE Rallye package as well as the full blown Super Track Pack which include a set of sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car tires wrapped around the 20 inch rollers, fancy front and rear Nivomat self leveling shock absorbers, larger diameter rear stabilizer bar for better handling, a taller 3.06 rear gear for increased fuel economy in the V8 powered R/T model, performance brake linings for increased durability and the all important enthusiast inspired “ESC-off” setting that will allow owners to hang the tail out and roast sme rubber all starting at just $23,460.
The Challenger SE is the tamest of the trio, powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 making 250 HP and is mated to a four speed automatic transmission. The SE is easily identified by its 17 inch steel wheels with bolt on covers. For a few thousand dollars more you can get significantly more power with the Challenger R/T, powered by a next generation 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 connected to either a five speed automatic with Auto Stick or a precision shift six speed manual transmission with a pistol grip shifter pumping out 370 HP that can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than six seconds.
The SRT-8 remains the top of the line Challenger with its 6.1 Liter HEMI V8 cranking out 425 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque which is good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 5 seconds and can go from 0-100-0 MPH in under 17 seconds. The largest of the Hemi offerings is mated to either a five speed automatic transmission with the famed AutoStick or the six speed manual with pistol grip shifter.
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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.
6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 425 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque for the SRT8
"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.
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
Dodge will offer three Dodge Challenger models: Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE. A special-edition Dodge Challenger Classic R/T will be available later in the 2009 model year.
“With three models from which to choose, we’re making Dodge Challenger accessible to everyone,” said Accavitti. “From the maximum performance of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 to the cutting-edge technology available on Dodge Challenger SE, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers a full menu of options for every customer.”
Dodge Challenger SRT8
Infused with Street and Racing Technology (SRT) DNA, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 provides exactly what performance enthusiasts want in their modern interpretation of American muscle: standout powertrain, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking, functional and aggressive-looking exterior and a race-inspired interior.
The SRT-developed 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine on the Dodge Challenger SRT8 generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m) with two available transmissions — a new-for-2009 Tremec TR-6060 manual transmission or a five-speed automatic with Auto Stick. The six-speed manual transmission includes “Track Pak” Hill Start Assist (HSA), anti-spin rear axle, bright pedal covers, performance steering and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) full-off switch.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 also features new-for-2009 limited-slip differential, SRT-exclusive 20-inch fully forged aluminum wheels, black hood stripe, a race-inspired interior including exclusive SRT8 seats with added bolstering, a classic, pistol-grip shifter (manual transmission) and a reconfigurable display with performance pages delivering readouts of 0–60 mph, 0–100 mph, 1/8 and 1/4 mile times, g-forces and 0–60 mph braking distance.
Dodge Challenger R/T
With the right mix of hardware and technology, the Dodge Challenger R/T is the most balanced sports car on the road. Featuring the new-generation, 370-horsepower (276 kW), 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick or a precision-shift, six-speed manual transmission with a “pistol-grip” shifter, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T delivers tire-smoking performance. The automatic transmission features fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology, which increases fuel economy by as much as 20 percent depending on driving conditions without sacrificing vehicle performance. The six-speed manual transmission includes “Track Pak” Hill Start Assist (HSA), anti-spin rear axle, bright pedal covers, performance steering and an ESP full-off switch.
Standard 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, dual exhaust with rectangular tips, rear body spoiler, standard anti-lock brakes, ESP, traction control, brake assist, vented brakes, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob and eight-way power driver seat provide exceptional driving experience and comfort.
Available Dodge Challenger R/T features include Remote Start, Keyless Go push-button start and heated leather seats.
For Dodge customers yearning for a modern Dodge Challenger dripping with even more heritage, there is the special-edition Dodge Challenger Classic R/T (late availability). In addition to everything the Dodge Challenger R/T offers, the Classic R/T comes in B5 Blue with black wide side stripes, inspired by the original. The Classic R/T will also feature unique script-style badging hearkening back to the 1970s’ models and exclusive 20-inch heritage five-spoke aluminum wheels.
Dodge Challenger SE
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE will make heads turn with dynamic styling and delight those looking for fun and freedom behind the wheel. The Dodge Challenger SE comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, 250-horsepower (186 kW) V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch tires and steel wheels with bolt-on covers and a suspension package that provides athletic and nimble steering and handling attributes.
Also included as standard equipment are side-curtain air bags, an AM/FM/CD radio with four speakers and MP3 capability, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear bench with arm rests and two cup holders, manual driver/passenger adjustable lumbar support, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet located in the center console, automatic speed control, rear-window defroster, fold-away power mirrors, power locks and windows, manual-tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will be offered in nine vibrant colors, including Brilliant Black, Bright Silver, TorRed, Inferno Red, Deep Water Blue, Titanium, Stone White, HEMI Orange (R/T only) and B5 Blue (late availability SRT8 and R/T only). Black hood stripes are standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT8. The Dodge Challenger R/T features an optional hood-to-fender side stripe. Dark Slate Gray leather seats with exclusive SRT trim are standard on Dodge Challenger SRT8. Dark Slate Gray cloth seats are standard on Dodge Challenger R/T and SE.
The all-new, five-passenger 2009 Dodge Challenger features modern styling with elements of vintage flair inspired by the original Challenger.
“Our designers created a modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger that captures the emotion and excitement elicited by the original while staying true to our recent Challenger concept,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “The result is a modern-day muscle machine with styling cues inspired by the original Challenger.”
Design elements from the original vehicle and the Dodge Challenger concept, which was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, are a constant theme throughout the vehicle. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is available in three models: Challenger SE, Challenger R/T and Challenger SRT8®.
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger features performance styling cues that are unmistakably Dodge. Proportions evoke a bold, instantly recognizable vehicle with a wide, stable stance. The long, raised performance hood with scoops and recessed grille with round dual headlamps are reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger. The front-end appearance also incorporates functional design features including a fascia that directs air around the front of the vehicle in order to improve aerodynamics.
The bold A-line, or character line, runs from stem to stern and jumps over the rear wheel as on the original Challenger which gives it an instantly recognizable muscle-car profile. Door-mounted side mirrors — developed from an original Dodge Challenger mirror mold — are remarkably similar to the 1970’s model, but offer significantly better aerodynamic performance.
“We drew upon recognizable details from our original Dodge Challenger and incorporated them into the 2009 model,” said Jeff Gale, Lead Designer – Dodge Challenger Exterior Design. “One of the most identifiable design elements from the original Challenger that you’ll see on the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is the cast metal fuel door on the driver’s side of our R/T and SRT8 models. Stamped with the word ‘FUEL’ in the same font used 35 years ago, it is a tribute to the original.”
The crease along the C-pillar and around the rear glass is true to the Dodge Challenger concept car. The modified three-piece taillamp design provides a trunk-lift line low enough to meet real-world needs for loading larger items into the vehicle’s trunk. Dual chromed rectangular exhaust tips on the R/T and SRT8 models complete the muscle-car look from the rear. Working with the rest of the exhaust system, they minimize back pressure while optimizing sound quality.
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will be offered in nine vibrant colors including Brilliant Black, Bright Silver, TorRed, Inferno Red, Deep Water Blue, Titanium, Stone White, HEMI® Orange (R/T only) and B5 Blue (late availability SRT8 and R/T only). Black hood stripes come standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT8. The Dodge Challenger R/T features an optional hood-to-fender side stripe.
The bold exterior look on the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger continues on the inside of the vehicle. The driver-oriented cockpit is reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger with a four-bomb cluster trimmed in chrome and a center stack that angles toward the driver. Trapezoidal themes of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster and the slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. The “pistol-grip” shifter featured with the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger’s available six-speed manual transmission pays homage to the original, and is ergonomically designed to fit the hand more comfortably.
The interior also features an all-dark headliner, instrument panel, doors, carpeting and seating similar to the original and conveys a sinister, business-like attitude.
“We wanted to recapture the emotion evoked from our 1970’s Dodge Challenger and our recent Challenger concept,” said Brian Nielander, Manager – Dodge Challenger Exterior and Interior Design. “Our all-new Dodge Challenger delivers a modern package that meets the needs of today’s consumer and the expectations of muscle-car enthusiasts of all ages.”
The center console armrest moves forward to provide flexibility for comfort, easy cup-holder use and shifting ergonomics. With a 231-cubic-inch storage bin, 12-volt power outlet and coin holder, it also provides modern-day conveniences for storing CDs and charging cell phones.
Front bucket seats feature aggressive bolsters consistent with the performance capabilities of the car. Challenger SE and Challenger R/T models include one style of the performance theme while the SRT8 model features more aggressive bolsters. Dark Slate Gray leather seats with SRT-exclusive trim are standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT8. Dark Slate Gray cloth seats are standard on the Dodge Challenger R/T and SE.
The 2009 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. The front-passenger seat features the new “EZ” entry with high-mounted seat-back lever for easy, one-handed operation, enabling second-row passengers to enter and exit with ease. Courtesy lights located behind the driver and passenger seats illuminate the second row when the door is open. The second row of the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger provides seat belts for three passengers and a standard fold-down center armrest. Rear seats also feature 60/40 fold-down capability. Best-in-class trunk cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) is equal to the Dodge Charger and increases the flexibility of this modern interpretation of the Challenger.
An AM/FM stereo with CD radio and MP3 capability is standard on all 2009 Dodge Challenger models. The Dodge Challenger also offers other modern amenities including Remote Start, remote keyless entry, heated front seats and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Your father’s Dodge Challenger didn’t offer this many safety and security features.
Standard safety and security features on the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger include supplemental side-curtain air bags and advanced multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags. Other available safety and security features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control and brake assist.
“Vehicle safety and security are a priority at Chrysler,” said Chris Nowak, Lead Engineer – Dodge Challenger, Chrysler LLC. “Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger has the benefit of today’s safety technology, barely imagined at the time of the original. All components of active safety are enhanced, including acceleration, braking and handling.”
Chrysler employs a two-fold safety approach: passive safety features including pre-tensioning seat belt retractors and supplemental side air bags, combined with active accident-avoidance safety and security features including responsive steering, braking, handling and ESP.
Following are more than 25 safety and security features offered in the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger:
Advanced multi-stage air bags: Inflate with a force appropriate to the severity of an impact. Meets FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for small out-of-position occupants
All-speed traction control: Senses drive-wheel slip and applies individual brakes to slipping wheels; reduces excess engine torque until traction is regained
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions — advanced ABS modulates the four brakes individually for optimum control and stopping performance
Auto-reverse sun roof: Advanced sensing system that automatically engages and reverses the sun roof to the open position
BeltAlert: Periodically activates a chime and illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without the driver being properly belted
Brake assist: In a panic brake condition, the system applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest possible stopping distance
Child seat anchor system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
Crumple zones: Designed to compress during an accident in order to absorb energy from an impact which decreases transfer of that energy to occupants
Electronic Stability Program (ESP): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the greatest benefit in critical driving situations such as turns and is especially valuable when driving on mixed-surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there’s a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input to put the vehicle back on to the driver’s intended path
Energy-absorbing steering column: The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other in order to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy-absorption during an impact
Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS): Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on interior lights and unlocking doors after air-bag deployment. Also shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine
High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps: Provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved nighttime illumination
Hill Start Assist (HSA): Standard on all Dodge Challengers with a manual transmission. Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after a driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released
HomeLink® universal home security system transceiver: Stores three separate transmitter radio-frequency codes to operate garage-door openers, security gates, security lighting or other radio-controlled devices
Interior head-impact protection: Interior pillars above the belt line and instrument panel, including areas around windshield and rear window headers, roof and side-rail structures are specifically designed to limit head-impact force
Inside emergency trunk release: A glow-in-the-dark release handle, which may be activated in the event of an adult or child being inadvertently trapped inside the trunk
Knee bolsters: The lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling air bags to work more effectively
Remote Start: Conveniently starts the engine from outside the vehicle by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security
Remote keyless entry: Locks and unlocks doors, and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a vehicle-theft security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system
Safety cage body structure: Protects occupants by managing and controlling energy in the event of an impact
Seat belt guide: Allows for optimal positioning of seat belt across shoulder and chest
Seat belt pretensioners: During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat belt pretensioners to immediately remove slack from seat belts, thereby reducing the forward movement of occupants’ heads and torsos
Sentry Key® engine immobilizer: Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a pre-programmed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after only a few seconds
Side guard door beams: Provide occupant protection during a side impact
Supplemental side-curtain air bags: Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor in order to autonomously trigger the air bag on the side where an impact occurs
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM): Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system informs the driver when tire pressure is too low
UConnect® Hands-free Communication System: Uses Bluetooth® technology to provide voice-controlled wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible mobile phones and the vehicle’s onboard receiver
Vehicle theft security alarm: Deters vandalism and theft, frequently lowering insurance premiums. System protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring door-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger has the makings of a new legend without leaving behind highlights from the past. In addition to bold, nostalgic styling, Dodge Challenger offers three powerful engine options, available manual or automatic transmissions and suspension attributes that match a range of driving demands.
3,5 liter V6 250 hp for the SE and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine 370 hp for the R/T
“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Car and Minivan Product Team, Chrysler LLC. “From its manual transmission option — the first available in a new-generation HEMI-powered car — to finely-tuned ride and handling characteristics, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will delight even the most die-hard muscle-car fan.”
The two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe is based off the proven Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedan platform. The 116-inch wheelbase makes the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger coupe four inches shorter than the Dodge Charger sedan.
New-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) @ 5800 rpm and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 N•m) @ 4200 rpm when paired with the five-speed automatic transmission and 375 horsepower (280 kW) @ 5800 rpm and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 N•m) @ 4200 rpm when paired with the six-speed manual transmission. The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
For 2009, the engine is upgraded to get an estimated 5 percent improvement in fuel economy, an increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (2 percent) over a greater range of engine speeds; particularly at lower engine RPM for an improved off-the-line feel. This is achieved with variable-valve timing to improve torque and an increased compression ratio (10.5 from 9.6). These allow for greater use of Chrysler’s fuel-saving multi-displacement system (MDS) technology available on vehicles equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with automatic transmission.
The new-generation HEMI engine features dual ignition (two spark plugs per cylinder) which increases peak power and torque, reduces exhaust emissions, increases fuel economy and smooths the idle. A refined combustion system and robust structure with direct-mount accessories help make the engine quiet.
Fuel-saving MDS Technology
The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with the five-speed automatic transmission includes fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology. MDS is well suited for vehicles like the Dodge Challenger with an automatic transmission because of its dual nature: a powerful and smooth engine for acceleration that is economical when cruising.
SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8® features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that generates 425 horsepower (317 kW) @ 6200 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m) @ 4800 rpm.
The normally aspirated 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine is the highest naturally aspirated specific-output V-8 engine ever offered by Chrysler. Its 69.8 horsepower-per-liter rating exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 “Street HEMI.”
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
A 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine powers the Dodge Challenger SE and provides 250 horsepower (186 kW) @ 6400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m) @ 4000 rpm.
A dual-tuned intake manifold with electronically controlled manifold short-runner valves (SRV) assures high power and torque over the full engine operating speed range. The coil-on-plug ignition system reduces maintenance costs and exhaust emissions while increasing fuel economy.
Manual and Automatic Transmissions
Six-speed Manual Transmission
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is the only modern-day car with the 5.7-liter or 6.1-liter HEMI engines to offer a six-speed manual transmission. A derivative of the transmission featured in the all-new 600 horsepower 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10, the Dodge Challenger’s gearbox carries over Viper SRT10 features including triple cone synchronizers in first and second gears and dual cone synchronizers for third through sixth gears, but also has modifications including new gear ratios to meet fuel economy and performance targets.
“Offering a manual transmission in our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger was a must,” said Lyons. “Borrowing Dodge Viper SRT10 manual transmission technology, our engineers were able to develop a six-speed manual that meets fuel economy and performance targets for Dodge Challenger’s weight class.”
The clutch for the 2009 Dodge Challenger manual transmission package uses Dodge Viper SRT10’s twin-disc design to ensure exceptional torque capacity and clutch life, low pedal efforts, excellent engagement qualities and optimized spinning inertia.
Hill Start Assist (HSA) is standard with all Dodge Challengers equipped with a manual transmission in order to aid the driver with launching the vehicle on inclines. This unique feature holds the brake for approximately three seconds and allows the driver to seamlessly apply torque via throttle for an effortless start. The brake system automatically releases when the system senses engine torque.
Dodge Challengers equipped with a manual transmission feature a unique performance-tuned dual exhaust that optimizes engine back pressure and exhaust throatiness. This is accomplished by removing the stamped underfloor muffler and replacing it with two low-restriction bottle resonators.
Five-speed Automatic Transmission
Featured on the 2009 Dodge Challenger 5.7-liter HEMI and 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine options, the five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick provides world-class efficiency while enhancing fuel economy.
An aggressive first-gear ratio provides outstanding launch performance. Auto Stick gives the driver the ability to select a higher or lower gear while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might overspeed the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive without harshness.
Four-speed Automatic Transmission Offered with 3.5-liter V-6
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE offers a four-speed automatic transmission that provides fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting for smooth operation. The four-speed automatic transmission features an electronically modulated converter clutch (EMCC) that nearly eliminates torque converter slippage and enhances fuel economy up to 3 percent when compared to a non-EMCC converter.
With electronic throttle control, torque management is more sophisticated than previous implementations of this concept. On the four-speed automatic transmission, this improves wide-open throttle up-shifts and down-shifts.
Finely Tuned Chassis
While the 2009 Dodge Challenger shares the suspension geometry of the Dodge Charger, chassis components are re-tuned to support more spirited driving and handling performance.
In the front, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger features an independent short- and long-arm (SLA) front suspension to provide excellent ride and handling. The multi-link SLA suspension allows bushing compliance to be tuned for a dramatic reduction in road noise, while maintaining Challenger’s dynamic handling performance.
In the rear, Dodge Challenger’s five-link independent suspension with coil springs allows independent tuning of handling and ride comfort so that each can be maximized. The Dodge Challenger’s rear suspension complements the performance of the front suspension, resulting in a balanced ride.
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers unique performance tuning developed at race tracks throughout the United States, including Nelson Ledges, Grattan and Willow Springs. SRT-exclusive 20-inch fully forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A four-season tires are standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT8 for 2009. Three-season Goodyear F1 Supercar tires are optional.
Dodge Challenger R/T features a sport-tuned athletic, nimble suspension and steering via increased suspension damping, spring rates, steering responsiveness and lower-aspect-ratio all-season performance 18- and 20-inch tires. Reduced body roll, precision steering and well-damped ride provide enthusiast levels of handling without compromise to ride and comfort.
The Dodge Challenger SE features a touring-tuned suspension with a standard rear stabilizer bar which balances everyday driving comfort with a feeling of control and confidence. Seventeen-inch all-season touring tires are standard on the Dodge Challenger SE. Eighteen-inch touring tires are included with an upgrade to the Dodge Challenger SE Popular Equipment Package.
Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Power rack-and-pinion steering has an overall ratio of 16.1:1 on all 2009 Dodge Challenger models. The steering effort is varied to balance comfort and ease-of-operation with road-feel and responsiveness requirements.
Dodge engineers tuned Challenger’s steering system to deliver light parking efforts, without compromising steering performance at speed. In addition, the systems are tuned to match the unique handling capabilities for each of the Dodge Challenger models.
The Dodge Challenger R/T with a manual transmission features a variable displacement power steering pump which reduces fluid temperatures while decreasing the parasitic losses to achieve improved fuel economy (0.2 mpg).
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 features a specially designed braking system that will slow and stop the car quickly, safely and predictably. All four wheels on the Dodge Challenger SRT8 are equipped with Brembo calipers that feature four pistons for even clamping performance. The vented and slotted front rotors measure 360x32 mm, while the vented rears are 350x26 mm. With a 60 to zero mph stopping distance of approximately 110 feet, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers customers benchmark braking.
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on Dodge Challenger R/T models. They feature twin-piston aluminum calipers and vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with vented rotors in the rear. The Dodge Challenger R/T has a 60 to zero mph stopping distance of approximately 125 feet.
Four-wheel disc brakes are also standard on Dodge Challenger SE. These feature single-piston aluminum calipers and vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with solid rotors in the rear. These brakes have a larger effective radius than many competitive systems, providing excellent braking power for the Dodge Challenger. The Dodge Challenger SE has a 60 to zero mph stopping distance of approximately 130 feet.
Ducts located in the front fascia of the Dodge Challenger direct cooling airflow to the front brakes, which reduces front-brake temperatures by as much as 15 percent in heavy use for enhanced performance and longer life. Brake pads are tuned to match the performance characteristics of each Dodge Challenger model.
By the time the 2009 Dodge Challenger goes on sale in the fall of 2008, nearly 3.2 million customer-equivalent miles will be logged by Dodge Challenger engineers.
Dodge Challenger engineers have conducted approximately a quarter of a million miles of full-scale vehicle and system testing for durability and reliability of the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger. Testing and validation included driving in the hills of San Francisco; the desert of Death Valley, Calif.; the salty air of Key West, Fla.; and burning rubber on the drag strip in Milan, Mich.
In addition, the 2009 Dodge Challenger has gone through more than 1,200 hours of wind noise and aerodynamic evaluations in Chrysler LLC’s state-of-the-art aerodynamic and acoustic test facility in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative technologies.
With Keyless Go push button start, Remote Start and the UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, customers will have their hands free to enjoy the drive. To make the ride even more enjoyable, other innovative features include MyGIG™, iPod interface and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio.
“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger comes armed with the flexibility to personalize the driving experience,” said Chris Nowak, Lead Engineer – Dodge Challenger, Chrysler LLC. “Dodge Challenger owners will have the ability to start their car with the simple push of a button, upload their own soundtrack for the journey, and communicate hands-free.”
Tuning in to MyGIG
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is available with a variety of audio systems, including the innovative MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System that features a built-in navigation, audio, entertainment and communication system. MyGIG allows customers to use a touch screen or voice commands to control all of the features, and includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive where music and photos may be stored. An integrated music jukebox supports Gracenote file management to add song, artist and album information to music files. In addition to navigation software and mapping, the hard drive holds approximately 4,250 songs, which equals more than 150 hours of music. A voice-memo recorder feature is also included providing drivers with the convenience of creating an audio to-do list on the go. MyGIG supports real-time traffic information, available through SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and provides alternate drive routes based on traffic.
MyGIG’s voice dialogue system recognizes more than 100,000 words. The navigation system has both 2-D and 3-D bird’s-eye views of roads and multiple route calculations. Maps and guidance are displayed on a 6.5-inch video graphics array (VGA) thin-filament-transistor (TFT) display. The TFT screen uses active matrix for viewing from angles up to 180 degrees — perfect for the center of an instrument panel.
All of Dodge Challenger’s available radio head units feature a 3.5-mm audio input jack for easy connection to any MP3 player. The standard audio system features four speakers, AM/FM stereo and CD playback. Two premium Boston Acoustics® sound systems are available in Dodge Challenger, including a seven-speaker system with 368 total watts. This system includes seven Boston Acoustics speakers, an eight-inch single coil subwoofer and eight-channel amplifier that delivers excellent sound quality and clarity. An optional radio features an integrated six-disc CD/DVD changer that plays back CDs with MP3 and WMA files. Loading the changer with CDs or discs full of MP3-formatted music will provide thousands of miles of music.
UConnect Hands-free Communication System
UConnect uses Bluetooth® technology to provide convenient, voice-activated communication between the customer’s compatible mobile phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. UConnect control buttons are integrated into the vehicle’s radio head unit.
UConnect features include:
Voice dialing: Voice commands may be used to digit-dial the phone or access pre-stored voice tags
New phone book download feature: The phone book stored in the user’s phone is automatically copied to vehicle memory. This allows the user to make calls to names stored in the phone
Audio address book: Thirty-two names, four numbers per name, for a total of 128 phone numbers may be stored in the system
Emergency calls and towing assistance: Voice command dials 911 or towing assistance
Audio-system mute: Mutes the microphone for privacy
Call transfer: Allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone for privacy or when leaving the car
Three language options: Provides English, French and Spanish language capabilities
Multi-phone recognition: Recognizes as many as seven phones that may be used within the system
iPod interface is available on the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger. iPods may be plugged into the vehicle’s sound system to play music through the vehicle’s speakers, charge the iPod when the ignition is on, display artists and music choices on the radio and pause play when the UConnect system receives a phone call. The iPod may be controlled with radio controls or with remote-steering wheel switches if equipped. The system uses a Universal Customer Interface (UCI) connector located in the center console.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
SIRIUS provides customers with more than 130 channels, including 100 percent commercial-free music, as well as sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by-play games from the NFL, NBA and NHL. Dodge Challenger owners may stream SIRIUS programming through their home computers via a high-speed Internet connection at no additional charge.
Real-time traffic navigation is enabled by SIRIUS Satellite Radio. SIRIUS utilizes its nationwide satellite-radio broadcast capabilities to provide subscribers with updated traffic information where available and selects the best available route.
Remote Start is available on Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8® models with an automatic transmission. With Remote Start, the customer may start the vehicle from up to 300 feet away by using the key fob.
Also available on the Dodge Challenger is the Keyless Go function that allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button on the instrument panel. With the Keyless Go function, a driver may start or stop the engine as long as the vehicle key fob is within the vehicle passenger compartment.
Although the Dodge Challenger was the last entrant in the pony car ranks of Detroit’s Big Three, it arrived with something its competitors didn’t have: the greatest range of powertrain choices in the industry, from the small but durable 225-cubic-inch “Slant Six” to the fearsome “Elephant Motor” — the 426 HEMI®.
And although it lasted only five model years, the Dodge Challenger became one of the most storied muscle car nameplates in automotive history, with meticulously restored and rare examples today selling for six-figure prices.
The Dodge Challenger made its debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. While it shared Chrysler’s “E-body” short-deck, long-hood platform with the third-generation Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger’s wheelbase was two-inches longer, creating more interior space.
The Dodge Challenger was originally offered as a two-door hardtop or convertible, in base, SE (Special Edition), R/T (Road/Track) and T/A (Trans-Am) trim. But it was the range of powertrain choices that was truly remarkable:
225-cubic-inch I-6; 145 horsepower
318-cubic-inch V-8; 230 horsepower
340-cubic-inch V-8; 275 horsepower (290 horsepower in the T/A)
383-cubic-inch V-8; 290 horsepower
383-cubic-inch V-8; 330 horsepower
383-cubic-inch V-8; 335 horsepower
426-cubic-inch HEMI V-8; 425 horsepower
440-cubic-inch V-8; 375 horsepower
440-cubic-inch V-8; 390 horsepower
Driveline choices for various engines included Chrysler’s TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a three- or four-speed manual which could be equipped with a Hurst “pistol-grip” shifter. Big-block Challengers could be ordered with a heavy-duty Dana 60 differential equipped with limited-slip differential.
Even the paint schemes said “performance,” with colors including Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange, accented with “bumblebee” stripes. Customers could further customize their cars with twin-scooped hoods, “shaker” hoods, and rear deck wings.
Befitting the brand’s performance heritage, the Dodge Challenger went racing in its first year. For the street, it was offered in the limited-edition T/A model to meet homologation requirements for Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am racing. The T/A was one of the first production vehicles to offer different size tires in the front and back; E60 x 15-inches front and G60 x 15-inches rear.
In 1970, Sam Posey drove the lone Trans-Am racing Challenger, prepared and run by Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Race Shop. While he didn’t win a race in the No. 77 car, Posey finished fourth overall in points.
Drag racers including Dick Landy and Ted Spehar also campaigned Challengers in the National Hot Rod Association’s new Pro Stock class. In 1970 and 1971, the HEMIowered Challengers (and Plymouth ‘Cudas) virtually ruled the class.
On the big screen, a 1970 Challenger R/T starred in the film Vanishing Point, a high-speed pursuit movie that has become a cult favorite with muscle-car fans. The movie was remade for television in 1997. Other 1970 Dodge Challengers have been seen in films including Used Cars, Natural Born Killers and Phantasm I and II; and in television shows including Mod Squad.
For the 1970 model year, just over 83,000 Dodge Challengers were sold.
In 1971, designers made subtle styling changes to the Dodge Challenger, providing new treatments to the taillamps and grille. The single-taillamp design from 1970 became two distinct lights for 1971, and a new-for-1971 twin-inlet Challenger grille was painted silver on standard models and black on R/Ts. Challenger R/T models also received a set of fiberglass quarter-panel louvers. An additional coupe model with fixed quarter windows was added to the lineup.
As in 1970, a wide range of trim levels, exterior colors and striping options made the Dodge Challenger easy for customers to create a special car. However, for 1971, Dodge dropped the T/A (it was no longer racing in Trans-Am), SE models and R/T convertible.
New EPA emission standards led to some powertrain changes; the optional 375-horsepower 440-cubic-inch was eliminated, as was the Six Pack-equipped 340-cubic-inch powerplant. The 383-cubic-inch Magnum engine was detuned to 300 horsepower by lowering the compression ratio for improved emissions. However, a 390-horsepower six-pack 440 V-8 was available, and the 425-horsepower 426-cubic-inch HEMI still topped the vast engine offerings.
A Dodge Challenger paced the Indianapolis 500 race in 1971. Dodge produced 50 Challenger convertible pace car replicas; all painted HEMI Orange with white tops and interiors.
With escalating insurance rates and new EPA emissions mandates, more changes came to the Dodge Challenger in 1972. Also, SAE revised the torque and horsepower rating test from a “gross” to a “net” as installed in the cars. This reduced all ratings 20–30 percent, making them non-comparable to previous ratings.
Only three engines were available in the 1972 Dodge Challenger: the 225-cubic-inch Slant Six with 110 horsepower, the 318-cubic-inch V-8 with 150 horsepower and the 340-cubic-inch V-8 with 240 horsepower. All were equipped to use the then-new unleaded fuel.
With convertible sales in steady decline over several years, the 1972 Dodge Challenger was offered in hardtop form only. The sun roof had become a more popular alternative, and was offered as an option for just over $400.
New front-end styling in 1972 featured a larger “egg-crate” grille. It was painted argent for standard Challengers and black on the Challenger Rallye performance model, which replaced the R/T. The Challenger’s taillamp design included twin lights on each side, with the center panel painted the same color as the grille. The Rallye model was also equipped with four small scoops on the front fenders.
Beginning in 1973, the federal government mandated new bumper-impact standards that resulted in the only changes to the Dodge Challenger exterior — five-miles-per-hour bumpers equipped with large rubber guards that extended out from the bodywork.
Inside, grained vinyl was the only available seating material, but a new instrument-cluster design was part of the Rallye option package. The Rallye was eliminated as a separate model, although customers could create one with options.
Under the hood, the six-cylinder engine was no longer available; the 150-horsepower 318-cubic-inch V-8 was standard, with the 240-horsepower 340-cubic-inch V-8 as the only option.
With insurance rates for performance cars skyrocketing, more safety equipment led the short list of changes for the 1974 model-year Dodge Challengers.
Inside, lap and shoulder belts were equipped with an inertia reel. In addition, there was a federally mandated seatbelt-ignition interlock, which prevented the car from being started if the driver or passenger didn’t buckle up.
The Dodge Challenger offered a different engine option for 1974. With the 318-cubic-inch V-8 still standard, a 360-cubic-inch V-8 producing 245 horsepower replaced the 340-cubic-inch V-8 as the only option.
In April 1974, Challenger production ceased. Over a five-year span, approximately 188,600 Dodge Challengers were sold.
Beginning in 1978 — the year the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard took effect — Dodge offered a new Challenger two-door coupe imported from Mitsubishi. It was offered with a standard 1.6-liter, 77-horsepower I-4 engine, with a 2.6-liter, 105-horsepower four-cylinder as an option.
Slightly restyled in 1981, the Dodge Challenger soldiered on until 1984, replaced by the growing stable of Chrysler Corporation’s K-platform compacts and a new import from Mitsubishi, the Dodge/Plymouth Conquest.
Over its six-year run, sales of the imported Dodge Challenger averaged between 12,000 and 14,000 units per year.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2006, Chrysler unveiled the Dodge Challenger concept to immediate acclaim. Based on the company’s advanced rear-wheel-drive LX platform and its legendary HEMI engine, the Dodge Challenger concept featured the long hood, short deck, wide stance and two-door coupe body-style that resembled the iconic Challengers of the 1970s.
Over the next several months, the company received repeated pleas from consumers and the media to build the car.
The Dodge Challenger returns to the streets with the reveal of the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® at the Chicago Auto Show. The Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers all that pony car fanatics crave: ground shaking performance, unmistakable design cues reminiscent of the original Challenger, world-class ride and handling characteristics and benchmark braking.
The introduction of the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger at the New York International Auto Show brings a full lineup of Dodge Challengers to the marketplace. From the maximum performance of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 to the cutting-edge technology of Dodge Challenger SE, the 2009 Dodge Challenger offers a full menu of options for every customer.
"On the road, both the manual Challenger R/T and the Challenger SRT8 felt much more satisfying to drive. Thanks to the auto-only multi-displacement technology, the R/T in both auto-stick and manual transmission models get 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The 2009 SRT8 gets the same piss-poor 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway as the 2008 model, but the manual transmission at least gives you an extra mile in the city and an extra three on the highway thanks to that very helpful sixth gear." (Jalopnik)
"The steering and stability controls are well calibrated for this task, although turning effort is a touch light. Even with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) on, a fair bit of rotation can be dialed in, and if you push it too far, the rotation is dialed out gradually, not suddenly. As we expected, the Challenger R/T is quite sticky with the optional 20-inch wheels but is all sorts of slip-sliding fun with the smaller 18s. The front axle of the SRT8 remains pretty much glued to the track with its three-season Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar summer tires, with the rear axle at your right foot’s beck and call. A few months ago, we circled a slick skidpad in an SRT8 while pulling a respectable 0.86 g, and we’re looking forward to attempting the same with all Challenger trims." (CarAndDriver)
"The Challenger R/T is a car for threading through heavy Interstate traffic, where you can leave the six-speed in long-legged third, fourth, or fifth gears to power on and off. The car’s presence alone makes fellow motorists gawk, and then make way. With its design updated into a sort of 11/10ths-scale cartoon of the original, the 2009 Challenger R/T is an adult’s toy for the middle-aged boy who refuses to grow up. For that kid, gas prices won’t matter any more than they did when he let gravity power his first Challenger R/T down a Hot Wheels track." (MotorTrend)
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Why Chrysler thinks you should buy the new Challenger? Simple: unmistakable design, world-class handling, proven rear-wheel-drive platform, powerful engines and technology. But we will start with the price, as for under $30K you will get an exciting sports car. The car handles like none of its competitors and offers the same interior comfort as any big sedan.
The car is easy to control, and thanks to the huge list of standard technologies it comes with driving is more than just fun. But... there is always a but, no? The car offers poor fuel economy: 13 MPG city and 19 MPG highway.
Besides that we can’t find no other reason to tell you not to buy the Challenger. So, get to your local dealer and ask for a test drive!