Third generation (2008–2014)
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|Also called||SRT Challenger|
|Assembly||Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)|
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Platform||Chrysler LC platform|
3.5 L (214 cu in)
SOHC V6 (2009–2010)
3.6 L (220 cu in) Pentastar V6 (2011–present)
5.7 L (345 cu in) HEMI V8 (2009–present)
6.1 L (370 cu in) HEMI V8 (2008–2010)
392 cu in (6.4 L) HEMI V8 (2011–)
5-speed automatic W5A580 (2008–present)
6-speed manual Tremec TR6060 (2009–present)
|Wheelbase||116.0 in (2,950 mm)|
|Length||197.7 in (5,020 mm)|
|Width||75.7 in (1,920 mm)|
|Height||57.0 in (1,450 mm)|
|Designer(s)||Jeff Gale, Brian Nielander (2006)|
On December 3, 2007, Chrysler started taking deposits for the third-generation Dodge Challenger which debuted on February 6, 2008 simultaneously at the Chicago Auto Show and Philadelphia International Auto Show. Listing at US$40,095, the new version was a 2-door coupe which shared common design elements with the first generation Challenger, despite being significantly longer and taller. The LC chassis is a modified (shortened wheelbase) version of the LX platform that underpins the 2006–Current Dodge Charger, 2005–2008 Dodge Magnum, and the 2005–Current Chrysler 300. The LX was developed in America from the previous Chrysler LH platform, which had been designed to allow it to be easily upgraded to rear and all-wheel drive. Many Mercedes components were incorporated, including the Mercedes-Benz W220 S-class control arm front suspension, the Mercedes-Benz W210 E-Class 5-link rear suspension, the W5A580 5-speed automatic, the rear differential, and the ESP system. All (7119) 2008 models were SRT8s and equipped with the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi and a 5-speed AutoStick automatic transmission. The entire 2008 U.S. run of 6,400 cars were pre-sold (many of which for above MSRP), and production commenced on May 8, 2008; Chrysler Canada offered a further 670+ SRTs uniquely badged as the Challenger 500 (paying homage to Charger and Coronet 500s) all of which were shipped to Canadian Dodge dealers. Chrysler of Mexico offered only 100 SRT8s, with a 6.1 liter V8 and 425 brake horsepower (317 kW) (SAE). Chrysler auctioned off two 2008 SRT8s for charity with the first car going for $400,000 and a "B5" Blue No.43 car fetching a winning bid of $228,143.43.
Production of the limited edition 2008 SRT8s ended in July 2008, and production of the expanded 2009 line-up started in early August of the same year. The expanded offering was the same as had been unveiled earlier that spring at the 2008 New York Auto Show. Chrysler debuted the full Dodge Challenger line for 2009, with four different trims – SE, R/T, SRT8, and the SXT in Canada only. In addition to the SRT8, which remained unchanged except for the optional 6 speed manual, the line-up included the previously mentioned SE and SXT which offered the 250 HP 3.5-Liter V6. The R/T hosted a 5.7 Hemi sporting 370 hp (276 kW) and 398 lb·ft (540 N·m) of torque when coupled with the 5 speed automatic, and 375 hp (280 kW) with 404 lb·ft (548 N·m) when matched with the same Tremec 6-speed manual transmission as the SRT8.
For 2010, the vehicle cost $515 to $1,010 more than in 2009. All models received standard stability control and ABS. SE and R/T models were available with additional option packages.
The color HEMI Orange was initially dropped for the 2010 model year, but then re-released later in the model year. Two new color schemes became available for the 2010 model year: Plum Crazy and Detonator Yellow. A third new color, Furious Fuchsia was announced in February 2010. But unlike previous special editions, the Furious Fuchsia version had significant changes to the interior with white leather instead of the usual black seats. Chrysler also made a late-year addition to the 2010 model year with the limited edition Mopar '10 Challenger R/T. These cars, limited to only 500 examples, were metallic pearl black in color with three accent colors (blue, red, silver) of stripes to choose from. In addition, these cars were available with black R/T Classic-style wheels along with a Hurst aftermarket pistol grip shifter, custom badging, Mopar cold air intake for a ten horsepower increase, and a Katzkin-sourced aftermarket interior. Units were built in Brampton, Ontario at the Brampton Assembly Plant and completed at the Mopar Upfit Center in Windsor, Ontario. There were 500 U.S. Units and 100 Canadian units built.
Of the 500 Mopar special edition U.S. examples, 320 had automatic transmissions, 180 had manuals. 255 had blue stripes, 115 had red stripes, and 130 had silver stripes.
The Dodge Challenger received new engines across the lineup for the 2011 model year:
- On the 2011 Dodge Challenger SE, a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) and 268 lb·ft (363 N·m) replaced the former 3.5-liter V6.
- The R/T received an updated 5.7-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing, though power remained the same. Further revisions included a new bottom grille cutout and an updated suspension.
- The new SRT8's chin spoiler was enlarged to create more downforce. It resembles the 1970 Challenger R/T. The SRT8 received a new 6.4-liter Hemi V8. The so-called 392 (although its actual size is 391 cu-in.) was officially rated at 470 horsepower (350 kW) and 470 lb·ft (640 N·m) of torque. Dodge engineers said they sacrificed peak horsepower ratings for low-end torque, stating a 90 lb-ft increase over the outgoing 6.1-L (370 c.i.d.) Hemi V8 at 2900 rpm. Two transmissions were offered: a 5-Speed Shiftable Automatic and a 6-speed manual. With the revised 6.4-Liter engine, Chrysler engineers cited a quarter mile (~400 m) time of 12.4 seconds at 110 mph (180 km/h) – bettering the outgoing 6.1-Liter Hemi by 0.8 seconds, although that figure has varied wildly between automotive magazines. Car and Driver tested the 392 at 12.9 seconds at 114 mph (183 km/h) while Motor Trend ran it at 13.0 seconds at 111.3 mph (179.1 km/h) and Edmunds' number was far closer to Chrysler's claimed numbers at 12.6 seconds at 112.1 mph (180.4 km/h).
For 2012, the base SE trim was renamed to SXT for consistency with the naming scheme of the remaining Dodge lineup.
For 2013, a Rallye Redline package is available with Dodge Challenger V6 models. Based on the SXT Plus trim, the Rallye Redline package includes unique exterior accents, Black chrome 20-inch wheels with Redline Red accents, performance suspension and brakes, a 3.06 rear-axle ratio and available Radar Red Nappa leather interior.
U.S. sales figures
8,625 - Base
16,395 - R/T
9,834 - SRT8
24,789 - Base
22,877 - R/T
10,156 - SRT8
12,562 - Base
8,552 - R/T
5,265 - SRT8
6,658 - Base
4,481 - R/T
2,476 - SRT8
The base model Challenger was initially powered by a 3.5 L (214 cu in) SOHC V6 producing 250 brake horsepower (190 kW) (SAE) and 250 lbf·ft (340 N·m) torque which was coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission for the first half of 2009, and was then changed to have a standard 5-speed automatic transmission Several different exterior colors, with either cloth or leather interiors became available. Standard features included air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control, and 17-inch (430 mm) aluminum wheels. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a premium audio system are available as options, as are ABS, and stability and traction control. The Canadian market also sports the SXT trim, similar to the SE, but more generous in terms of standard features. Some of these features being ESP, an alarm system, and 18-inch (460 mm) wheels. Starting with the 2012 model year, the SE was replaced in the U.S. with the SXT model.
Starting with the 2011 model year, a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 hp replaced the 3.5-liter.
SE Rallye Package
New for 2009 was the Rallye Package for the SE model. The package featured design cues including dual body stripes on the hood and the trunk, chromed fuel door, deck lid spoiler, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and Micro Carbon in the interior accents.
Exterior paint colors and dual-stripe combinations on the Dodge Challenger SE Rallye include:
- Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl – with Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes
- Bright Silver Metallic – with Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes
- Deep Water Blue Metallic – with White dual stripes and Red accent stripes
- Inferno Red Crystal Pearl – with Black and Dark Gray accent stripes
- TorRed – with Black dual stripes and Dark Gray accent stripes
- Dark Titanium Metallic – with Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes
- Stone White – with Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes
The mid-level Challenger is powered by a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8 coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission or a Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission. On cars equipped with the automatic transmission, the engine features the Multi-Displacement System and produces 372 brake horsepower (277 kW) (SAE) and 398 lbf·ft (540 N·m) torque. With the 6-speed manual transmission, the Multi-Displacement System option was deleted and the engine produced 376 brake horsepower (280 kW) (SAE) and 404 lbf·ft (548 N·m) torque. Another feature was the Intelligent Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off (iDFSO) available with the manual and the automatic models, the first to combine both a Multi-Displacement system and fuel shut-off. The final drive ratio was 3.06:1 on cars with the automatic transmission, 3.73:1 on cars with the 6-speed manual and 18-inch (460 mm) wheels or 3.92:1 with the 6-speed manual and optional 20-inch (510 mm) wheels. Also available on R/T was the "Track Pak" option group, which includes the Tremec manual transmission, a limited slip differential and self-leveling rear shock absorbers.
The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 was further updated for 2011 and also includes cylinder deactivation on manual models since.
The Challenger R/T Classic has retro aspects such as script "Challenger" badges on the front panels and black or white "R/T" stripes. It comes with a five-speed automatic standard, with an optional six-speed manual transmission including a pistol-grip-shifter. The wheels are Heritage 20" Torq-Thrust style specials. It became available in Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Stone White and in multiple "heritage" colors: Toxic Orange, HEMI-Orange, TorRed, B5 Blue, Plum Crazy Purple, Detonator Yellow and Furious Fuchsia. Prices start at $34,005 (including destination) and production started in February 2009.
The 2009 SRT8, while still equipped with the 6.1L (370 cu in) Hemi V8, is virtually identical to its 2008 counterpart, with the main difference being the choice of either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Standard features include Brembo brakes, a sport suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, heated leather sport seats, keyless go, Sirius satellite radio, and 20-inch (510 mm) forged aluminum wheels in addition to most amenities offered on the R/T and SE models such as air conditioning and cruise control. In addition, the 2009 had a true "limited slip" differential. A "Spring Special" SRT8 Challenger was also offered in B5 Blue, but due to rolling plant shutdowns, just over 250 Spring Special Challengers were built before the end of the 2009 model year. For 2010, SRT8 models added Detonator Yellow as an available color (at extra cost), and only with the optional "Special Edition Group". Yellow Challengers were only be built for a limited time (October/December 2009) in the 2010 model year. Another retro color, Plum Crazy Purple, was also available during Spring 2010 production, offered exclusively in the "Spring Special" package. Furious Fuchsia, similar to the 70s Panther Pink, was limited to one-day production at the Brampton, Ontario plant. The Furious Fuschsia Challengers, unlike previous limited edition Challengers, also featured a custom interior with white seats as well as black rims.
For 2011, a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 hp and 470 lb-ft replaced the 6.1-liter V8.
For the 2011 model year, Dodge debuted and marketed a "392" version of the Challenger. This version is a reminiscence to 392 of the past, although the 6.4-liter displacement of this V8 actually resemble only 391 cubic inches.
Previous to the 2012 model year, the SXT version of the Challenger was only sold in Canada and is a more well-equipped variation of the SE. It adds fog lamps, a rear spoiler, larger wheels, illuminated vanity mirrors, security alarm and a leather-wrapped shifter. In addition, the SXT has increased option packages available to it that aren't available on the SE, and are also available to the R/T. (Such as the high-end navigation-enabled entertainment system.)
Super Stock Concept
The Super Stock Concept was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 392 Hemi engine, as well as to showcase Chrysler's new available 392 (6.4L) Hemi crate engine. The body was based on the 2006 Dodge Challenger Concept. The vehicle was unveiled at SEMA show.
A concept vehicle using Dodge Viper SRT-10 engine and Bilstein shocks appeared at the 2008 SEMA show. Two years later, the concept proved to be somewhat viable as the Viper's V10 is planned to be put into the 2011 Drag Pak Challenger.
Drag Race Package
A race model designed for NHRA competition is based on the Dodge Challenger SRT-8. The car is 1,000 pounds (454 kg) lighter than the street vehicle by eliminating major production components and systems. To accentuate the weight savings, they also feature added composite, polycarbonate and lightweight components designed for drag racing that will be part of the new Package Car program. The engine was repositioned to improve driveline angle and weight distribution. The 116-inch (2,900 mm) wheelbase was shortened by ˝ inch. They also feature a front cradle with bolt-in crossmember and solid engine mounts.
At least 50 Challenger Drag Race Package Cars are being built to meet NHRA requirements. Engine options include a 6.1L HEMI, 5.7-L HEMI, and a 5.9L Magnum Wedge. Manual or automatic transmissions are available, and the rear axle is solid (not IRS). The initial run of the required 50 cars has been completed and over 100 of the "2009 Challenger Drag Pak" vehicles will be produced. Currently a 2010 program is being considered. "Big Daddy" Don Garlits bought the first drag race package car and has raced it in NHRA competition. The prototype cars shown at SEMA were built by MPR Racing of Michigan, who continue to modify the production cars as delivered from Chrysler. Currently, the "Drag-Pak" cars running in legal A/SA trim are running around the 9.7–10 second mark at 130–140 mph in the quarter mile.
For 2011, Dodge decided to eschew the outgoing 6.1-liter Hemi for the 8.4-liter V10 from the departed Dodge Viper. This engine is expected to produce 600 horsepower, just as it did for the Final Edition Dodge Vipers.
First shown at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the 1320 is a concept car based on the Drag Race Package. It was fabricated by Chrysler's design team as a lightweight version that uses carbon-fiber components and a reduced interior. Other modifications include police wheels, an electric exhaust bypass, ARB locking differential and Mickey Thompson street-legal drag radials. It is named after the length, in feet, of a quarter mile, which is 1,320.
Limited production variants
In addition to official Dodge concept cars, there have been numerous limited production and street legal variants created by third parties, based on stock cars that have been rebuilt with modified powertrains, suspensions, and interiors. These include the SMS 570 and (supercharged) 570X with up to a claimed 700 bhp (522 kW), the Mr. Norm's Challengers with a claimed 637 bhp (475 kW) or 900 bhp (671 kW) horsepower, the supercharged SpeedFactory SF600R with around 600 bhp (447 kW), the supercharged Richard Petty Signature Series with a claimed 610 bhp (455 kW), and the Legacy by Petty.
Dealership company Group1 also rebuilds Dodge Challengers from the factory as special service pursuit cars, emphasizing the integration of police equipment but also boosting performance somewhat, to an estimated 400 bhp (298 kW).
American Mongoose Edition: Only 45 produced. The American Mongoose Edition is a tribute vehicle to honor legendary drag racer Tom "Mongoose" McEwen's 45 year career in drag racing. These Dodge Challengers are R/T Classics with performance upgrades; Power Slot Drilled Rotors, MOPAR Performance Stage 1 Coil Over Kit, MOPAR Performance Strut Tower Brace, Ported High Velocity Throttle Body, Custom Race Tuned Automatic TCM and the MOPAR Track Pak Exhaust system. All 45 came in bright white with blue SRT hockey stick stripes and a red accent stripe.
The Hurst Dodge Challenger: Hurst offers four stages of performance. The Stage 1 package bolts a custom Magnaflow exhaust to the Challenger R/T’s 5.7 liter HEMI engine and lowers the car an inch on Eibach suspension bits with Bilstein shocks. Polished retro-style 20-inch wheels, a pistol-grip shifter, Hurst badges, and a plate stamped with the car’s serial number provide visual distinction. Stage 2 takes the modifications made in Stage 1 and adds a K&N intake system, a reprogrammed engine computer, and BFGoodrich tires. Black seats with gold stitching adorn the interior, while a hood scoop, trunk spoiler, and a Kicker sound system. Stage 2 cars will only be available in white or black, with gold stripes. Stage 3 adds a supercharger plus all the previous stage 1 & 2 options. Stage 4 is the 6.1 liter Challenger SRT8 plus adds all the same modifications, including the supercharger and is only available in black with gold stripes.
Mopar 10 Edition: Only 600 produced. 500 USA models & 100 Canadian Models Painted only pearl black with either a red, silver or blue stripe down the side and interior stitching to match.
Drop Top Custom Convertible. Less than 100 produced, apparently from a design originally commission by Chrysler for SEMA prior to its bankruptcy. The project was terminated during bankruptcy, but DropTop Custom in Florida continued to produce a limited number. The design incorporates fully functional rear side windows, a relatively rare engineering task in custom convertible, apparently paid for by Chrysler R&D dollars.
Production Colors 2008
- Hemi Orange (PLC), Brilliant Black (PXR), Bright Silver (PS2), TorRed (PR3)
- Hemi Orange (PLC), Brilliant Black (PXR), Bright Silver (PS2), TorRed (PR3), B5 Blue (PQD), Deep Water Blue (PBS), Stone White (PW1), Dark Titanium Metallic (PDT)
- Hemi Orange (PLC), Brilliant Black (PXR), Bright Silver (PS2), TorRed (PR3), B5 Blue (PQD), Plum Crazy Purple (PHG), Furious Fuschia (PHP), Stone White (PW1), Detonator Yellow (PYB)
- Blackberry Pearl (PBV), Brilliant Black (PXR), Bright White (PW7), Tungsten Metallic (PDM), Toxic Orange (PVG), Redline 3-Coat Pearl (PRY), Green With Envy (PGE), Deep Water Blue Pearl with dual Stone White tip-to-tail racing stripes on the SRT8® 392 Inaugural Edition.
- Blackberry Pearl (PBV), Bright Silver (PS2), Bright White (PW7), Tungsten Metallic (PDM), Redline 3-Coat Pearl (PRY), Pitch Black (PX8), Header Orange (PL4), Blue Streak Pearl (PCL), Stinger Yellow (PYV)
- Plum Crazy Purple (PHG), Hemi Orange (PLC), Billet Silver, Black Coat Pearl, Bright White (PW7), Redline 3-Coat Pearl (PRY), Jazz Blue Metallic (PBX), Granite Crystal Metallic (PAU)
- The Challenger was introduced to the SCCA Trans Am Series in 1970. Two factory-backed cars were prepared by Ray Caldwell's Autodynamics and driven by Sam Posey and Tony Adamowicz. The No.77 car was built at Autodynamics from a street Challenger T/A that was taken from a local dealer showroom. The No.76 chassis arrived mid-season from Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, and was completed by Autodynamics.
- Dodge's mid-1970s factory-supported "Kit Car" program for short-track late-model stock car racing offered a choice of Challenger but in 1974 Dodge ended the challenger line and they went to the Dodge dart sports and Dodge Aspen bodies over a steel-tube chassis.
- Blackforest Motorsports has currently entered a Challenger in the Continental Challenge
- The 2010 Challenger R/T has been named as the Chrysler model for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.
Third generation (2008–2013)
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