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2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Below is the official press release from when the 2008 Challenger was announced. See also:

Chicago, Feb 6, 2008 – The return of the iconic Dodge Challenger brings what pony car fanatics crave: ground shaking performance and unmistakable design cues from of the original Challenger. On top of that it features a wide variety of modern amenities and technology designed for driving enthusiasts.

The Dodge Challenger made its debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. While it shared Chrysler’s E-body platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger’s wheelbase was two inches longer, creating more interior space. The all-new SRT8 rear-wheel drive coupe is based on the successful Dodge Charger sedan platform. Sporting a 116-inch wheelbase, the Challenger coupe is four inches shorter than the Charger sedan.

Consumers will enjoy outstanding performance on the street or on the track with a low ride height, a brake-lock differential, SRT-tailored suspension and a uniquely-tuned Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

The all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 is engineered to give customers everything they want. Developed by Chrysler’s in-house performance engineering organization, the 2008 Challenger was engineered with a focus on the pillars of SRT: bold exterior design, a race-inspired interior, handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.

Dodge will offer the limited-edition 2008 Challenger in three colors: Hemi Orange, Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl. Each two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe will be produced with a numbered dash plaque, carbon fiberlike hood stripes and will be powered by SRT’s 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425 horsepower.

The normally aspirated 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.” Challenger SRT8’s transmission is an electronically controlled five-speed automatic, with a lock up torque converter and AutoStick.

Benchmark braking, one of the pillars of SRT, is delivered via a specially designed system for the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that will slow and stop the car quickly, safely and predictably.

All four wheels are equipped with red, painted Brembo calipers that feature four pistons for even clamping performance. 360 x 32mm vented rotors are found up front and 350 x 26mm vented rotors are in the rear. With a 60–0 mph stopping distance of approximately 110 feet, the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers customers benchmark braking.

With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,995 the all-new Challenger arrives in Dodge showrooms this spring.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 vehicles will be manufactured at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant in Canada.

Performance targets for the all-new Challenger include a 0–60 mph time in the low 5-second range, a ¼-mile elapsed time of less than 14 seconds, 60–0 mph braking distance of approximately 100 feet, and a skid pad performance of 0.88 g.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
built at Brampton, Ontario, Canada
body stylist Jeff Gale
price $ $ $37 995
engine 90 Degree, Cast Iron, Hemi V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV, 2 Vavles per Cyl
fuel feed Sequential, Multi-Port Injection
displacement 6059 cc / 369.7 in³
bore 103 mm / 4.06 in
stroke 90.9 mm / 3.58 in
compression 10.3:1
power 316.9 kw / 425 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 70.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 226.3 bhp per tonne
torque 569.44 nm / 420 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
redline 6400
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels LX Platform RWD w/ESP
wheel type Forged Aluminum SRT
front tires P245/45 R20 Goodyear F1 Supercar
rear tires P255/45 R20 Goodyear F1 Supercar
front brakes Discs w/Brembro 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Discs w/Brembro 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
front wheels F 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
steering Rack & Pinoin w/Hydrualic Power Assist
f suspension A-Arms w/Coil Springs over Bilstein Gas Shock Abosrbers, Stabilizer Bar
r suspension 5-Link w/Coil Springs over Bilstein Gas Shock Abosrbers, Stabilizer Bar
curb weight 1878 kg / 4140 lbs
wheelbase 2946 mm / 116 in
front track 1600 mm / 63 in
rear track 1603 mm / 63.1 in
length 5022 mm / 197.7 in
width 1923 mm / 75.7 in
height 1448 mm / 57 in
transmission W5A580 5-Speed Auto
gear ratios 3.58:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
final drive 3.06:1
top speed ~273.53 kph / 170 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.7 seconds
drag 0.353 Cd
fuel econ epa 16 L/100 km or 15 mpg-us