Chrysler’s new owners, Cerberus Capital Management has announced that the upcoming Dodge Challenger will not be sold on the European market. The decision comes as a result of the limited numbers of the Challenger that are going to be produced, the company telling that a lot of American fans will also miss it.

The upcoming Challenger will be unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and will go into production shortly after.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger will use the updated version of the LX platform (called the LY platform) already under the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and the Magnum, but it will be a coupe (with only two doors) like the vintage Dodge Challengers. As back in the early 1970’s the new Challenger is set to compete with the Ford Mustang and it said that it will be produced in 60,000 - 70,000 units a year. The starting price for the 2008 Dodge Challenger will be around $28,000.

The concept vehicle shown at NAIAS had a 6.1-liter V8 Hemi V8 under the hood but hat engine is expected to be used on the SRT version of the production car. Instead of that, the standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is more likely to be used. According to Dodge, the power-train in the concept could deliver 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a quarter-mile run in 13 seconds flat, and a top speed of 174 mph. There is also highly probable that the base version will equip a V6 engine, just as the Mustang does.

Source: Autotelegraaf

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  (18) posted on 09.12.2007

People in europe don’t like muscle cars it would be a waste to sell the challenger in europe.

tango  (372) posted on 08.31.2007

As I’ve said time and time again. Dodge CANNOT sell these things at those prices. When Ford still has a killer product that starts BELOW $20k Dodge has to be playing further south. They need to drop certain things like Ford did in order to keep the cost down. Live rear axles alone would help drastically.

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