2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

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 byRichard Owen
built atBrampton, Ontario, Canada
body stylistJeff Gale
price $$ $37 995
engine90 Degree, Cast Iron, Hemi V8
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainPushrod OHV, 2 Vavles per Cyl
fuel feedSequential, Multi-Port Injection
displacement6059 cc / 369.7 in³
bore103 mm / 4.06 in
stroke90.9 mm / 3.58 in
power316.9 kw / 425 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output70.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight226.3 bhp per tonne
torque569.44 nm / 420 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsLX Platform RWD w/ESP
wheel typeForged Aluminum SRT
front tiresP245/45 R20 Goodyear F1 Supercar
rear tiresP255/45 R20 Goodyear F1 Supercar
front brakesDiscs w/Brembro 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
rear brakesDiscs w/Brembro 4-Piston Calipers, ABS
front wheelsF 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
rear wheelsR 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
steeringRack & Pinoin w/Hydrualic Power Assist
f suspensionA-Arms w/Coil Springs over Bilstein Gas Shock Abosrbers, Stabilizer Bar
r suspension5-Link w/Coil Springs over Bilstein Gas Shock Abosrbers, Stabilizer Bar
curb weight1878 kg / 4140 lbs
wheelbase2946 mm / 116 in
front track1600 mm / 63 in
rear track1603 mm / 63.1 in
length5022 mm / 197.7 in
width1923 mm / 75.7 in
height1448 mm / 57 in
transmissionW5A580 5-Speed Auto
gear ratios3.58:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
final drive3.06:1
top speed~273.53 kph / 170 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.7 seconds
drag0.353 Cd
fuel econ epa16 L/100 km or 15 mpg-us