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Dodge Challenger 2008 and Later

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  • zztop3,

    I also have not heard a word. I have been on 5 different lists and nobody is saying a word. I have a deposit down at one of the dealerships to place an order. The last that I heard was that it is still a go and that was in the middle of July. The Cerberus thing might have an influence, but at this point, I would think that they have a lot of money invested in tooling for body panels that it would be foolish to cancel the car especially with the high demand that it has generated, but I wouldn't be surprised. Another variable in the equation is that Chrysler just hired two top executives from Toyota to take over running the operations. How that will influence the production is unknown. On a positive note, nobody heard a word about the Avenger until the last minute when it was in production so it just might be the game plan that Dodge follows. Just my take on the whole thing.

    Rick
  • banetbanet Posts: 2
    Oh they are going to sell it to you. And we'd love to see a somewhat nimble looking tire shredder.But as I see more chrysler 300's going by. I can't help but feel we are getting something that fits in that mold. You could have put radical lines on this challenger. Instead it'll get radical advertisement. Why it doesn't catch one's eye oh I don't know girth, maybe.
  • I seen a video on this very car, the magazine that did the video had taken one of the Prototypes to various hangouts in CA to see what the response would be! They had it at one hangout that was all MOPAR's, and parked it along side of an old, original Challenger! It looked almost identical, except for being more aerodynamic and updated, I see hardly any difference at all! I doubt that your Post really applies (no offence), but WE ARE all here to voice our own personal opinion on this vehicle, and this is only MHO after seeing that video! I just hope that they DO keep this vehicle on their list of cars to come out in '08! It would be a huge loss to everyone that ever had the privilege of growing up in the era of the "Muscle Car", or the people that could only read about it! This could be someone's dream of being a part of that Era!!! The "Muscle Cars" are back! :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • I don't know if anyone has seen it yet, but Dodge is starting to advertise the 2008 Challenger. I saw it during a NASCAR race. They advertised all the new Dodges and at the end they showed a 1970 Challenger and next to it was the new Challenger that drove off. It's only a matter of time!!!
  • banetbanet Posts: 2
    Identical, that tire and fender confirguration is thick. Old challenger was sleek in front. Will that front lift at all when you take off? Or is the suspension maxxed already with 20's on it. The look is sort of that low ride, cruiser look you see in the custom mags. Maybe it will look different in person. Gotta see where they positioned the driver, and all that stuff. Before I concur either way. It's a new era, new things.
  • I doubt you will see those 20 inch tire/wheel's on the front, or possibly even the rear! In the video I seen, the Factory Reps were adamant about any hard turns, aggressive acceleration, and use caution over over Speed Bumps or Pot Holes! That configuration just will not work the way the body sits on the frame, in relation to the tire/wheel size and placement! They will hit the body and the frame even with the slightest of turns, bumps and acceleration! I believe they were even told not to go over 20 to 30 mph due to tire rub! So Chrysler will have to do something about that configuration! I agree it is wider then the older version, but feel this is to help the handling and stability of the vehicle! I do believe that all the differences we see in this New Challenger are the result of all these years of refinement in the handling of all vehicles on the road today! They are all safer to drive, especially at highway speeds due to the newer configurations! This is only my opinion on the new Challenger and I am not trying to argue the fact that there is a huge difference between old and new when sitting side by side! But safety has always been the deciding factor in building all new cars, from the smallest to the largest of vehicles today. Maybe this don't always work the way they are supposed to, but we have to give credit where it is due, and in safety the factories have done an awful lot to keep us all alive, even the most aggressive of drivers! I guess just my being able to Post or even use a computer is testament to that! ;) PS: Thanx "MOPAR_Rick", I watched the Race but missed that commercial, DARN!!! :shades: :sick:
  • m6vxm6vx Posts: 142
    I doubt you will see those 20 inch tire/wheel's on the front, or possibly even the rear! In the video I seen, the Factory Reps were adamant about any hard turns, aggressive acceleration, and use caution over over Speed Bumps or Pot Holes! That configuration just will not work the way the body sits on the frame, in relation to the tire/wheel size and placement! They will hit the body and the frame even with the slightest of turns, bumps and acceleration! I believe they were even told not to go over 20 to 30 mph due to tire rub! So Chrysler will have to do something about that configuration!

    That Challenger is a SHOW CAR, used to see what car buyers think about it. Only after the positive reviews, did the Challenger program get approved. That's when all the final decisions and engineering get done.
  • gphilpgphilp Posts: 2
    Hi
    I've been looking for info on the new Challenger but I don't find anything at dodge.ca
    I ultimately want to find out how to get on a waiting list for one!
    thanks
    Gregor
  • m6vxm6vx Posts: 142
    Saw this in the paper.

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    "Dodge Challenger No. 1 will be auctioned at the 37th annual Barret-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Jan. 12-20, 2008......"

    "Dodge Challenger No. 2....... through a private auction for Dodge dealers that begins on Sept. 26."

    "In addition to the No.1 and No.2 Challengers, Chrysler will auction off a third Dodge Challenger through eBay.com early next year."

    Got deep pockets? ;-)
  • gphilpgphilp Posts: 2
    Hi, so where can you get on the waiting list for the new Challenger?
    And does anyone have any pics of what the car looks like? We've all seen the concept car but what's the actual car like?
    Gregor
  • Gregor,

    There are numerous waiting lists out there. You have to go to your dealership. I've been on 5 lists since last year. Two dealerships actually are taking deposits to put orders in. You have to check in your area. The pictures are all over the net and the production version is supposed to be very close to the concept car.

    Rick
  • rivkyrivky Posts: 1
    This Sema shaker scoop on the Chrysler concept was made for the new Chargers and Magnums by Danko Reproductions Inc (Danko Direct) and is sold on Ebay
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  • The production model hasn't been released yet... we still have 92 more days until the unveiling of it!! I can't wait... I am really impressed with the Challenger. I especially love how they blended the 1970's retro model with modern details to keep it 21st century.
    http://www.dodgechallengercountdown.com/
  • In the 70S I had both Cudas and Challengers. I really loved them, wish I had kept at least one! Since I heard that they were going to build the Challenger again, I've been waiting very patiently. Now that its coming into being real, I really got excited then I heard all the new rumors that its only going to be only in Orange and that the 352 engine is all the bigger the Hemi is going to be**** I guess I will tell my Dealer to cancel my order and wait another year..I for one, if I cant have a 426 or at least a 392 I dont want any!! As far as the Transmission goes If the car was geared right the 727 Auto would run with the 4 speed any day. But to each his own..I ran in the 10s in the 70s, why would I wan a car to run in the mid 11s now?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,208
    you are basing your decision on rumors?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • I just looked up the site where they tell you this Challenger comes with a 6.1 Ltr 425 HP motor! I was around back in the old days (gees I hate saying that) and the 426 cu in Hemi of old put out 425 HP, same as this one! Today they are able to do things with smaller engines and put out twice or triple the HP, with more reliability!

    The technology today is fantastic, I am amazed at what they are doing with engines, transmissions, clutches, and so on!!! I look back at the iron block 427 Ford, it was twice the physical size but couldn't get half the HP they can develop with the new engines! Just the clutch in my Vette only takes 7 lbs of foot pressure to depress and I can hold that down all day long!!! My '68 Ram Air 4-4-2 had a 4200 lb pressure plate and it would take all I could do to hold that thing down in traffic! :sick:

    What you get today in technology makes ALL our Muscle Cars of old look sick in comparison!!! Again this is only MY opinion, but do the math and see what things are like today in relation to our time ("Factory Muscle Car" days), in the 60's & 70's! :blush: I have also heard that this new Challenger will come in some of the retro colors, WHEN it actually does come out (somewhere around April '08)! :shades:

    I would keep my order in IF I were you, just to see if the new Challenger meets your expectations! You can always cancel it, if you don't like what you see or feel!! I'm not a MOPAR Man, but I really like the looks of this car and if it goes as well as they claim you may just keep it :) Again only MY opinion!
  • m6vxm6vx Posts: 142
    Dodge announced pricing today for the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT®8. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the car is $37,995, which includes $675 destination. Due to unprecedented demand, Dodge dealers will begin taking orders on Dec. 3 for the limited edition Challenger SRT8.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,208

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • I went to my dealer today and requested this information and he said he would check, That is after I had to go thru all the conservation that all I want is a Super stock Race Car, Not a street Car.. Who even knows what class it would run in with the rumor of it weighing 4000 lbs and the 6.1 is around 372 cubic Inches. If anyone can give me some help on this subject it would be greatly appreciated.
    eliminator219
  • davertdavert Posts: 23
    Hey, all. Standard features and options for the Challenger SRT-8 were just posted at http://www.allpar.com/cars/dodge/challenger.html
  • Today (Monday) I went to visit my local Dodge dealer like the website says. I had my screen capture in hand stating today was the day. I was hoping to at least get an option sheet so I could prepare my order. I was in and out in 60 seconds. They didn't appear to have anything...didn't appear to know anything...but promptly told me they were taking deposits for deals at $40,000 over sticker! Heck, that's what the Ford GT supercar's premiums were. That's twice as much as the Shelby Mustang's premium is! That's as much as the car itself costs!

    This was Planet Dodge in Humble, Texas about 2:45PM today. Has anyone else ran across this fiasco?
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  • eliaselias Posts: 1,904
    wow. might as well buy a Z06 instead.
    or how about $20k discount, and buy a cherry used GTO-naro,
    if you can handle its wild styling.?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I believe it. I saw a Mugen Civic Si listed at $5k "market adjustment" over MSRP. It was a $35k Civic!

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I went to my dealer today and requested this information and he said he would check, That is after I had to go thru all the conservation that all I want is a Super stock Race Car, Not a street Car.. Who even knows what class it would run in with the rumor of it weighing 4000 lbs and the 6.1 is around 372 cubic Inches. If anyone can give me some help on this subject it would be greatly appreciated.
    eliminator219


    You'd probably need to contact Dodge Motorsports directly, most dealers will not get involved in motorsports related cars unfortunately.

    -mike
  • You most likely are right, I will give it a try.No one seems to know anything about it or Some wont even return my calls. It just seem that all the Chrysler people that I knew have either retired or Died. Guess that I just lived to long, People ask me why I want another Race car at my age, They want to know if Im in my second childhood and I tell them that I've never got out of my first!

    Les
  • $5000 premium

    Had a friend stop in a different dealership. Clear Lake Dodge is taking orders at $5000 over sticker. That's more like it! Sunroofs are an option.
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  • blush: hey i got a question which do u think i betta the new 08 challenger or would it be worth wild just waiting for the 08-09 camaro
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,208
    ???
    that is a question only you can answer.
    Some are bowtie people. Some are mopar people.
    Some prefer the look of the upcoming camaro. Some prefer the Challenger.
    Ain't choices grand?

    IF you are looking for personal opinions (which is all you can receive with the question you asked), I've never been a Camaro guy. Unfortunately, I grew up during the time when Camaros were relegated to guys with slicked hair, 2 too many buttons undone on their shirt, and gold chains. On the other hand, the Challenger is the 1 vehicle from the musclecar era I could ever see myself owning.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Thanks for the info.

    I'm wondering if the SRT8s that are equipped with the Tremec 6spd would be subject to the gas-guzzler tax? Or is it just the auto, assuming this is similar to the Monaro/GTO? I hope unlike that car, the Tremec isn't a $700 option.

    I think the V6 will help with sales, and am wondering what the pricing will be on the base Hemi V8. I'm still on the fence on getting on, particularly since petrol prices are currently in the $3+ range in my neck of the woods. Luckily I have a couple of years to think about this purchase (who knows what petrol prices will be at that time).

    I hope these dealers know what they're doing by putting such high ADM on these cars. I think buyers need to get over their "gotta have it now" feeling and make the dealers hold the line on the pricing. In the end the buyers have the power - I'm disappointed in the gouging to say the least. Not really feeling the Barrett-Jackson auction either, this just makes matters worse in terms of pricing for us common folk. :sick: I've also seen a couple of pre-listings in eBay, people asking $20K minimum over the price they pay for the car. So that could mean some sucker will pay upwards of $65K for this. As with the ridiculous ADM on the Shelbys (particularly the GT500), I say for that cash buy a used Z06. I was really hoping the dealers would hold the line on this one...

    But in the end the main thing is that the car is going to be reality and should bring some spark to Mother MoPar!!
  • It's been really aggravating so far. Yes, we should let these dealers sit on these cars. But in reality, it won't happen. People will be willing to pay for them. I heard yesterday that they're thinking about manufacturing more than 5000 units, but less than 10,000. I've been waiting for over two years for this car and had my name on my dealer's list for a year after they promised me that they would not charge a surcharge on top of the MSRP. I had no problem paying the MSRP considering the how long that I've been waiting for the car, but I was just told that they are adding $30,000 to the price of the car. With the gas-guzzler fee, my gig, the bigger tires, and tax the price will be $75,000. I could almost get a Viper for that price.

    Does anybody know if the first (new model-not 1960's) Shelby GT500's that they were getting an extra $30,000 are valued more than the next ones off the assembly line. Is it worth paying this surcharge just to get the first ones off the line?
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