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Dodge Challenger 2008 and Later



  • zman08zman08 Posts: 11
    The wait for the release of this killer rod is just going to kill me. ;) It's getting pretty hard to keep my focus on anything else these days, All I can think about is having the pleasure of driving one of these bad boys, and being able to park it in the garage. :shades:
  • Recent news has Daimler selling or just auctioning off the parts of Chrysler to the highest bidders. So still think this bath tub on wheels is going into production? I'm still betting the answer is no.
  • zman08zman08 Posts: 11
    On the contrary dialm4speed, they (Daimler) just released information that they are indeed going ahead with this bathtub on wheels and production will start in spring of 08'. They will be building them at the Brampton, Ontario plant, and the clock is now literally counting down to the start date. Cheers Bro. :shades:
  • I had read that over a year ago, and was quite pleased. That was put out just after the Auto Show, I forgotten which one now, but just after the show, they allowed some Magazine to take it for a ride, to local California known hangouts for car nutz!

    They even took it to an ALL Challenger hangout, and most of the people were drooling over the new one!!! The car as shown on the street was the one and same as at the show, with the big 22" tires & wheels, which turned out to be much too large, and they would hit the body even on a speed bump.

    They asked the guys showing it NOT to take sharp corners, boot it, or anything that would twist the body all out of shape, or the vehicle would get too bent twisted out of shape it would more then likely tear up the body! Even taking a very mild corner into a Hangout that got the body so twisted out of shape, the tires DID hit hard against the fenders, and wheel wells!

    Not that I am a MOPAR Fan, but a Real Car Nut, really enjoyed the video, and almost wet my pants seeing another Muscle Car that would be hitting the road again! I guess you would have had to have grown-up in that era to have the feelings I had about watching this thing out on the streets, with a 425 HP Hemi in it (as the article read)!

    I am extremely happy for ALL the MOPAR Lovers out there, that would be getting one of their best babies back in their greasy little paws! :shades: These cars were a real part of History, and went like H***!!! :shades: :D

    Good Luck with them, and I only wish that they were already hitting the streets! I am truly Happy for all the MOPAR Lovers, and can not even put that into words!!!

    I just hope that D/C's thoughts of selling off their shares in Chrysler, will not hurt the Production of these AWESOME CARZ!!! Good Luck Folks!!!

  • js23rfc7js23rfc7 Posts: 1
    Just an opinion about the 2008 Challenger

    I'd like to buy one.... however..... the experience would be much more enjoyable if the following was considered.

    1.) It was communicated by Dodge that a special performance version like the 1970 Challenger RT was an option. All I've seen so far in the cars marketing is a parallel to the base Challenger - sorry but that is not going to get my money. Build an RT for the "too much is not enough crowd." Also, have a way to buy one special order - I know what I want, I should be able to order it, not explain to someone at the dealership what the car even is to begin with. I should be able to build it online.

    2.) Call it what you will but three base motors to choose from just won't be enough. An SRT-8 or SRT-10 should fit under that long sexy hood with a shaker option as well. How about a 528 hemi?

    3.) The gauges are all wrong as well as the stereo. This is a big oversight for two reasons: The RT version had an option for rally gauges instead of that droopy speedometer hanging down the left side of the steering column. The rally gauges would include a tach in the dash and would all be symmetrical. Maybe they will have the proper rally gauges as an option for the SRT8 or RT version... one can only hope.

    4.) The stereo is all wrong in that the cheese of the "designer" dash cut out will be hell in the long run. I know, I've heard it all that the "new" stereo options are better and that you won't be tempted to upgrade - The simple fact remains that you will eventually wear out the deck or it will break in time (CD skips, volume nob gets scratchy, etc.) Then you have an ugly double din space to fill in the dash with only a cheezy aftermarket insert to make an attempt at closing it back up into something short of an open crater big enough to show all the under dash wiring harness... yuck!

    Here is the car I'd sign up for:

    2008 Challenger RT
    528 Hemi engine (dreaming)
    Shaker Hood
    6-speed HD Pistol grip manual stick
    Bullet proof rear end differential (3.91)
    18" Rally wheels
    Plum Crazy or Mood Indigo Paint
    White leather interior
    Rally Gauges
    Rim Blow steering wheel

    Then I'd go hunting for Z06 vetts, ZL1 camaros, Shelby with the B.S. 20k "market adjustments", and anything foreign.

  • ronan5ronan5 Posts: 1
    Anybody heard what planned production capacity will be? IF it's 10,000 - 15,000 per year like the Mustang GT500, they'll be selling for $10-15k over MSRP as well.
  • sputterguysputterguy Posts: 383
    I hope they jettison that radio. I was looking for an old style dash, not a '50s retro diner look. But then, it might be so unpopular it will drive the price down.
  • old69rtold69rt Posts: 1
    Take if from an ‘old-timer’ that once you actually purchase the car issues like gauge placement and stereo will become secondary. First and foremost are exterior styling and brute performance.

    I purchased a new ’69-Hemi Roadrunner only to sell it because me wife was afraid to drive it, followed by a ’69 Charger RT which she actually liked. Both of the cars were awesome performers in stock factory configurations and very easy to modify if you were looking for that extra edge, and of course hind site being what it is, I certainly would like either or both of the cars back.

    Your concerns of gauge placement and stereo are valid however the proof is in the 'pedal' and when you put it to the floor at 50 mph and grab 2nd gear you want to look in the mirror and see rubber on the road.

    Word on the street is that the new ’08 will carry a price tag somewhere around 31k and there could be a performance super-stock 392-hemi (525 hp/510 pound-feet of torque) in the works priced somewhere around $???.

    The new and the old, it is true somethings do get better….
  • eric8190eric8190 Posts: 1
    The current mustang is so hot, and the upcoming camaro looks awsome too, but I just dont see what all the hype is about this car. This dodge is soooooooo UGLY. Atleast the mustang and camaro are retro designs with a modern execution of style, but this thing is just a rehashed version of the past and is downright ugly. Now Im sure the performence will be spectacular, but unless they fix this design, I dont see why anyone would buy one over a mustang or camaro.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case at least, your opinion of the Challenger seems to be WAY in the minority.
  • mopar_rickmopar_rick Posts: 16
    I would have to agree with shipo and think that eric8190 needs to put his glasses on. The Challenger is one of the most anticipated cars to come out in a long tme. It's been on the cover of numerous magazines. But, I guess that everyone is intitled to their own opinion, but if you read through the comments on this site, eric8190 is in the vast minority.

    I've been counting down the days for the Challenger for a long time. I wish that we could get more information on it.
  • UM...ERIC8190,
  • 2008 HXC Challenger / 1971 Hemi Cuda re-creation
    HXC Performance
  • C2456RonC2456Ron Posts: 58
    Although I do not totally agree with "eric8190", I have to say that the new "Camaro" is an awesome looking car, retro, yet very much updated, and will be a true performer! But as "js23rfc7" said in closing his Post, he'd come looking for the "ZO6 Vette's" and "ZL1 Camaro's" (which use the Corvette motors also), I sincerely hope he is prepared to watch their tail lights disappear into the horizon!

    Granted I am NOT a MOPAR Man, but I am very Happy to see ALL these Muscle Car's return, it is really great that these true "Factory Race Car's" are hitting the street with a vengeance! But to think that this "Hemi Cuda" will ever come close to a "Vette", regardless if a "ZO6" or just a Plain Jane (IF there ever was such a thing:] LS2 or LS3 "Corvette", he will never see that happen! Nice Dream though! :D

    Anyone of these "Corvette's" have withstood the test of time, are still around after 55 years, and are ALL (53 to 08) still Head Turners, and with just Bolt On after market performance parts, you can get a 400HP or 436HP "Vette" up to atleast 850HP, and I have seen some with upwards of 1000+HP! The "ZO6" is an animal of a different color, with it's 505HP stock factory configuration, I'm ALMOST afraid to think what this car is capable of in the right hands! So what he is saying just don't hold water!

    I do like the new "Hemi Cuda", but please let's stay on THIS Planet, you will have a true Muscle Car but a Corvette it will NEVER be, or BEAT in looks or performance! I restored an '87 "Vette" and everywhere I went with that car, people would be getting whiplash from trying to get a better look when it was passing by, or parked!

    My C6, Z51 "Vette" is up near 450HP, and I have had little trouble with anything I've comeup against! My plans are to get it up to 600HP, and stop there, which should not be too difficult with what's available now! But I DO wish him a lot of Luck with his new "Hemi Cuda", and if he proves me wrong, so be it! It will just be like the days of old, with "my car is faster then your car"! Those are the days I would really enjoy seeing all over again! Good Luck "js23rfc7", maybe we'll meet someday on a Track to show our stuff, I can only hope!!! :shades: :shades: :shades:

    BTW: I have this text on my Driver's side rear view mirror: "Objects in this Mirror are Losing", and this always seems to be the case!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,274
    and are ALL (53 to 08) still Head Turners

    Yeah, but its what you do when you turn your head that counts. Some ('70s) make you turn your head and vomit. Some ('90s) make you turn your head and shrug your shoulders at seeing yet another vette. Some ('50s and '60s) actually grab my attention in a good way.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • C2456RonC2456Ron Posts: 58
    "shipo", I will not even discuss that situation, as I really do NOT like the new GTO at all! It's nothing but a sedan, with a 6 Liter Engine, and is BUTT UGLY as sin! I think the designers had a "Brain Fart" when doing that vehicle over, and doubt they had any hopes of ever selling anymore then a possible 100 (1 hundred) units in the entire world! As the saying goes; "There's a Sucker Born Everyday", so I am sure they will sell atleast a few! As far as the "Hemi Cuda", I DO like it's looks, even though they didn't even attempt to make it look new, yet retro! I am sure that it WILL go quite well down the Quarter Mile, as most Hemi's do, and do a lot for Chrysler's image, back into the "Muscle Car Race"!

    Did you see the after thought for the windshield washer? They placed the nozzle's halfway down the hood, and those plastic nozzle’s look awful for the lines of the car, if you want to call those lines, and left them Black, not even trying to hide them with the color of the car!!! I am willing to bet that the windshield washer's could wash the windshields of 1, possibly 2 vehicle's behind it, on a Highway!!! :cry: So you have no argument with me over that duel, the entire GTO looks more like a Pontiac G6, with a big motor and is a total after thought, bummer, PEROID!!!! :blush: :sick: :lemon:
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I'm still trying to figure out how I got pulled into this Cuda vs. GTO discussion. :confuse:

    Best Regards,
  • C2456RonC2456Ron Posts: 58
    qbrozen" There is no such thing as "JUST A VETTE"!!! That is why GM keeps it as their Flagship vehicle, only building 30,000 to 35,000 per year, with a few exceptional collector Vette's every now and then! I've owned 4 Corvette,s, ALL Head Turner's, and you would have to have owned one to even know the feeling! Not EVERYONE can or will buy a Vette (even though children as young as 8 or 10 years old would LUV to have one, and Dream of that day to come), it takes a special kind of person, just like it takes a special kind of person to buy a Cuda! BUT a Hemi Cuda will NEVER be a Vette, no way in H***!!! That is also the reason that most Vette's, from '53 to present time, are STILL out there, and driven on weekends, and some even as daily driver's!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,274
    There is no such thing as "JUST A VETTE"!!!

    But there is such a thing as personal opinion. They are a great performance bargain, no doubt. And I'd love to have a Z06 for that reason. But other than the 50s and 60s vettes, I don't find them attractive. On strictly appearance, 350Zs grab my attention far more.

    by the way, 30k-35k cars a year is not that small of a number, especially for a flagship. In comparison, Subaru only sent about two-thirds that number here the first year of the WRX. I'm not sure of 350z numbers.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • C2456RonC2456Ron Posts: 58
    Sorry "shipo" if I got the name wrong, your name was in the header of the Post I read, so I replied! Please forgive me if there was a mistake!

  • C2456RonC2456Ron Posts: 58
    Sorry but ANYONE who would choose a piece of "[non-permissible content removed] Crap", over American has no taste in Car's at all!!! Just your and my opinion's! "Buy American", KEEP our people working, not the little guys that are taking all our jobs! Sure they have Plants in the US, but only pay about $10. an hour! You can have your "[non-permissible content removed] Crap", "Rice Rocket", I'll keep Driving my Corvette's, and they WILL last, and will always have people looking and asking how I did this or that, and telling me what a Great Looking car it is! And 15 years from now, mine will STILL be worth a lot of money, while the "[non-permissible content removed] Crap" will be scraped, and crushed, JUNK!!! Thank You!!! Just MY Opinion!!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,274
    thanks for the laugh, ron.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    No worries. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • mopar_rickmopar_rick Posts: 16
    Thanks Ron for your comment. It made my Monday great and thanks for the new saying [non-permissible content removed] Crap for Scrap. I maybe a Mopar guy, but us American car guys have to stick together and get rid of this [non-permissible content removed] Crap. They think that they are pulling the wool over our eyes by saying that they employ Americans. Most of the profits go back to Japan. They use this money to brainwash us with all their advertising. I'm so nauseated seeing these freaking Toyota commercials. I'm glad that Ford beat them in initial quality this year. Talking about resale value, did you see the 1970 Toyota priced at 1 million dollars??? Oh I forgot, even if it was able to make it to 2007, they would have to pay to get rid of it.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,041
    Hello? Anyone read the discussion title here? Back on topic, please, or the posts get zapped. Muchas gracias.


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  • agc2007agc2007 Posts: 4
    I'm just entering this discussion, and agree. I don't know how this turned into a Plymouth versus Chevrolet feud. I look forward to the new Challenger. I enjoyed the concept car, even though I have concern about the curb weight. The Shelby GT500 hits the scales at more than 3,900 lbs. The new Camaro is projected to come in at 3,700. The Challenger is reported to hover around 4,000. Dodge engineers must find a way to cut back on weight. The whole idea of muscle cars was making the best out of the power-to-weight ratio.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,274
    I don't know how this turned into a Plymouth versus Chevrolet feud.

    Its the nature of the beast. Where there is an american muscle car, there is a feud. ;b

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • At this point, I am less worried about weight than I am about whether this car is going to actually make it off the production floor.

    I have been following this car since I first saw the prototype at the car show 2 - 3 years ago.
    It was/is to be available in the 2008 model year.

    The first Red one with a Memi is mine. I am on a waiting list at 2 dealeships near me but they are clueless as to what the status of this car is.

    Here is what worries me:
    I just got my October issue of Road&Track titled "Top 20 cars for 2008" and the Challenger is NOT mentioned anywhere.
    Obviously it would be near the top of that list so perhaps they know something we do not.

    The Dodge website has a date of february,2008 but that is merely marketing fluff and I don't beliebve it for a second.

    I am wondering if the fact that Cerberus took ownership of about 80% of Chrysler Group has put a wrinkle in production plans for this car.
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