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2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T

New York, Mar 19, 2008 – Today at the New York International Auto Show, Chrysler LLC unveiled its full 2009 Dodge Challenger model lineup. Pricing will start in the low $20’s.

The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics — unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology — to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations.

“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present,” said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today’s buyer.”

The Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from Chrysler’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Developed with Dodge’s credo of “bold, powerful and capable,” the Challenger delivers a modern two-door muscle car.

Three models will be offered in North America: Dodge Challenger SRT8®, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE.

The Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 Nm). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded to get an estimated five percent improvement in fuel economy as well as an increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (2 percent) over a greater range of engine speeds.

The automatic transmission features fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology which increases fuel economy by as much as 20 percent depending on driving conditions without sacrificing vehicle performance. The Dodge Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift six-speed manual transmission — the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car — that produces 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 Nm) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

In Detail

price $ $37 995
engine 90-Degree Cast Iron Hemi V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl w/VVT
fuel feed Sequential Multi-Point Injection
displacement 5654 cc / 345.0 in³
bore 99.5 mm / 3.92 in
stroke 90.9 mm / 3.58 in
compression 10.5:1
power 275.9 kw / 370 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 72.99 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 201.85 bhp per tonne
torque 539.62 nm / 398 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
redline 5800
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/ESP, Getrag Axle, LSD
wheel type Cast aluminum
front tires P245/45ZR20 99V Goodyear Eagle RSA
rear tires P245/45ZR20 99V Goodyear Eagle RSA
front brakes Venetd Discs w/Twin-Piston Calipers
f brake size x 345 mm / x 13.6 in
rear brakes Venetd Discs w/Single-Piston Calipers
r brake size x 320 mm / x 12.6 in
front wheels F 50.8 x 20.3 cm / 20 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 20.3 cm / 20 x 8.0 in
steering Rack & Pinoin w/Hydrualic Power Assist
f suspension A-Arms w/Coil Spreings over gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension 5-Link w/Coil Spreings over gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1833 kg / 4041 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 Tremec TR-6060 w/Clutch: ZF-Sachs 250 mm Twin Disc Clutch
gear ratios 2.97:1, 2.10:1, 1.46:1, 1.00:1, 0.74:1, 0.50:1, :1
final drive 3.91:1
0 – 60 mph ~5.9 seconds
drag 0.350 Cd