2008 Dodge Challenger

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New model to compete against the Ford Mustang

  • Offered only as high-performance SRT8 model

  • Limited edition of 6400 cars

  • 2-door coupe body style
  • 5-passenger seating

  • Styling inspired by 1970 Challenger

  • Hemi V-8 power

  • Based on Dodge Charger architecture

  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD)

  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds

Dodge revives the classic Challenger nameplate for 2008 as a competitor for the Ford Mustang. Offered as a 2-door coupe, the 2008 Dodge Challenger will only be available as a limited-edition, high-performance SRT8 model. Dodge intends to build 6400 examples before switching to an expanded 2009 lineup that will add a smaller V-8 engine model, a V-6 engine model, and an available manual transmission. Each 2008 Challenger comes with a limited-edition numbered dash plaque. The Challenger is offered only with RWD and has seating for 5. A convertible model is rumored to be in the works as well.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Dodge Challenger is offered only as a high-performance SRT8 model. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery; 8-way power adjustable driver's seat; heated front seats with lumbar adjustment; 60/40-split folding rear bench seat; air conditioning; cruise control; Dodge's Kicker AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer, 13 speakers, 322-watt amplifier, 200-watt subwoofer, and auxiliary input jack; Sirius satellite radio with one-year subscription; power windows; power heated mirrors; power door locks; remote keyless entry; Keyless Go push-button starting; tilt/telescoping steering column; Dodge's UConnect hands-free cell phone link; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; Xenon automatic headlights; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; leather-wrapped shift knob; limited-slip differential; electronic vehicle information center with Dodge's Reconfigurable Display; universal garage door opener; Brembo brakes; 180-mph speedometer; black rear spoiler; fog lamps; and P245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires on polished aluminum wheels. Options include a sunroof, P255/45ZR20 rear tires, and Dodge's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment system with a navigation system and hard-drive radio. Three colors are offered: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, and Hemi Orange, all with dark \"carbon fiber-like\" racing stripes.

Under the hood, the 2008 Dodge Challenger features the overhead-valve 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 engine that Chrysler LLC uses for the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It cranks out 425 hp at 6000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. Dodge says the 6.1-liter V-8 engine motivates the Challenger SRT8 from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and through the quarter-mile in less than 14 seconds. It is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with Dodge's AutoStick manual shiftgate. Fuel economy comes in at an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway. The Challenger rides on a shortened version of the Charger's LX platform. It has independent suspension at all four corners, and Dodge says the steering is performance-tuned.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 comes standard with advanced multi-stage front air bags; head-protecting curtain side air bags that cover both seating rows; tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes with brake assist; traction control; and electronic stability control. The 2008 Dodge Challenger has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Standard on the 2008 Challenger SRT8 is Dodge's \"Reconfigurable Display.\" Located in the vehicle information center, this feature displays what Dodge calls \"performance pages.\" It can provide readouts of lateral and longitudinal G forces, 1/8- and 1/4-mile time and speed, 0-60 mph time, and braking distance. Dodge's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment system can be controlled through a 6.5-inch touch-screen or by voice commands. It has a 30-gigabyte hard drive that stores music and picture files, as well as map information for the built-in navigation system. The navigation system is available with real-time traffic through Sirius satellite radio. Dodge says the hard drive can hold up to 4500 songs. Gracenotes file management software adds song, artist and album information to the music files. A voice-memo recorder feature is also included.

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  • Name SRT8 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37320.00 Engine 6.1L/370 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
  • Leather seat trim
  • Front heated bucket seats-inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, driver & passenger manual lumbar
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding bench seat-inc: armrest w/cupholder
  • Floor console-inc: fore/aft slide armrest, 12V pwr outlet
  • Floor carpet
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Instrument cluster-inc: display screen, tachometer, speedometer
  • Vehicle info center
  • Traveler/mini trip computer
  • Temp & compass gauge
  • Tire pressure monitoring display
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Pwr windows w/front 1-touch down
  • Speed-sensitive pwr locks
  • Keyless entry w/keyless go
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Speed control
  • Tip start
  • UConnect hands-free communication
  • Pwr trunklid release
  • Security alarm
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD/DVD/MP3 player-inc: (13) Kicker SRT high performance speakers, 200-watt Kicker SRT subwoofer, 322-watt Kicker SRT amplifier, Sirius satellite radio w/ (1) year of service *N/A in HI or PR* *Limited service in AK*
  • Rear window antenna
  • Air conditioning w/front/rear climate control outlets
  • Rear window defroster
  • Cell phone storage
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Visors w/illuminated mirrors
  • Passenger assist handle
  • Lighting-inc: illuminated entry, front reading/map lights, rear courtesy lamps, trunk lamp
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Cargo compartment dress-up
  • Striped hood w/functional hood scoop
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color fascias
  • Satin chrome grill
  • Automatic HID headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Solar control glass
  • Body-color pwr heated mirrors w/fold-away
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Bright fuel filler door
  • Body-color door handles
  • 6.1L SRT Hemi V8 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/Autostick
  • Brake/park interlock
  • Anti-spin rear differential
  • 3.06 axle ratio
  • All-speed traction control
  • Electronic stability program
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Severe duty II engine cooling
  • 625-CCA maintenance-free battery
  • 160-amp alternator
  • Independent multilink short & long arm (SLA) front suspension
  • Independent five-link rear suspension
  • P245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires
  • 20" x 9.0" aluminum SRT design wheels
  • Performance tuned rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual exhaust w/bright tips
  • Tire service kit
    • 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes
    • Brake assist
    • Advanced multi-stage front airbags
    • Supplemental front side airbags
    • Supplemental front/rear side-curtain airbags
    • (5) 3-point seat belts
    • Child seat upper tether anchorages
    • All-speed traction control
    • Electronic stability program
    • Brake/park interlock
    • Dual-note electric horns

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