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More R/T and V6 photos: http://www.pixamo.com/users/jberko/view?thing=167286;page=1

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 N•m). 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 N•m) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated with a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. The Dodge Challenger SE powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic transmission produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m). Patterned off the Dodge Charger architecture, the front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension system on all Dodge Challenger models provide excellent ride and handling characteristics.
On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. The modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room compared to the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) — equal to the Dodge Charger — the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers added comfort and functionality. Essential Technology The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative technologies including: * MyGIG™ provides a cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system, with built-in navigation * UConnect® Hands-free Communication System provides convenient, voice-activated communication with Bluetooth® cellular phones * SIRIUS® Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of commercial-free radio programs and music * Keyless Go allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button * Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the key fob More than 25 Safety and Security Features Dodge Challenger offers more than 25 safety and security features including: * Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers * Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide steering control while braking * Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer * Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops * Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration * Hill Start Assist (HSA) for Manual Transmission application assists the driver in launching the vehicle on an incline * Automatic Headlamps turn headlamps on at dusk and off in the daylight without driver intervention * Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts driver about low tire pressure(s) in order to facilitate safe handling
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

Wow. The pictures of the red R/T actually look attractive to me.

Likewise the interior shot through the driver's window.

Too bad about the 4 speed auto behind the V6 though.
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

WOW, that is gorgeous.

 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

a 4 speed?? really???
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

Why wouldn't Chrysler use the 4.0L V6 in the Challenger instead? Surely it can output more power than the 3.5?
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

The options sound cool, and I like that they upped the power in the 5.7L, but the look still doesn't do anything for me. It's too thick in the rear quarter (no innuendo) and B-pillar. On the other hand, it does look good from the front.
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

The options sound cool, and I like that they upped the power in the 5.7L, but the look still doesn't do anything for me. It's too thick in the rear quarter (no innuendo) and B-pillar. On the other hand, it does look good from the front.
There's plenty of beige/silver FWD 4 doors to go around.
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

I still dont like the interior, but the Challenger does look really good in some of those pics! This one being my favorite:



The Challenger is growing on me the more I see of the production versions. Good to see the upgraded HEMI on the R/T version! One thing I LOVE that this car has is the Fuel filler door! Small feature, yes, but really cool none the less. Its one little innovation I was really dissapointed about the "production" Camaros! But still, as good as it looks I couldnt have a Challenger when something like this is avaliable:



On a side note, I just read that the Camaros first day of production will be Febuary 19, 2009! Is that old news? I hadnt heard that before. Mabey I am wrong, I cannot find the site where I read it.

(The more I look at the Challenger the more I like it, especially the above pic! It really is a sweet/nostalgic looking car, but I still prefer the Camaro...... I think)
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

I know it's been discussed way too many times, but the 4 speed auto and lack of manual with the V6 is quite a downfall
 

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Re: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed (375HP/398TQ) revealed

V6 has a little pep. 4.0 is a truck/van motor, doesn't fit in LC/LX I think.

I'll be driving around one of these over the weekend (5.7L R/T 6-Speed), it will be an Engineering car which looks like it has been thru the war....

I've driven it before (this specific car), and it is damn fast.:D



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V6 has a little pep. 4.0 is a truck/van motor, doesn't fit in LC/LX I think.

I'll be driving around one of these over the weekend (5.7L R/T 6-Speed), it will be an Engineering car which looks like it has been thru the war....

I've driven it before (this specific car), and it is damn fast.:D
Faster than your 'vette? :D
 

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The 2009 Challenger range is up on Dodge's website.

http://www.dodge.com/en/2009/challenger/

I don't see how you can be a car person and not love the Challenger.

Chrysler has really done this car and this name justice and kept it true to it's heritage. I think the R/T with the six-speed is a VERY tempting package that I might have to drive.

Even many in the F-body community love the Challenger and prefer it to the upcoming Camaro.
 

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BTW, it has a foot ebrake. And oh yeah, its a big tank.
I sat in one at NYIAS, not impressed. I cannot wait to put them in my rear view.
 

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Forget it then. They probably put the gas tank filler on the wrong side and gave it amber blinkers too. Oh the humanity. :)
Suprisingly it isn't in the way, and it has a pull release (so you don't have to pull your foot off the clutch in case you forgot to release the brake).

I loved the 6-speed R/T combo, fast as ****. Seats are supple and cornering is very good considering the size of the car. The only issues I had are the seating position. Which is very "low" in the car (not to the ground). As in the car has a very HIGH beltline and the hood is a mile long. So you feel like you are "submerged" into the interior.

Getting back into my Saab today (after driving the R/T for the past 4 days) felt like I was in a Minivan with a high up seating position and no hood.

BigAl is right about one thing, the car is a TANK.

EDIT: The car I drove was a 6-Speed R/T with Leather, MyGig (no Nav), and the "common" package that gets you Keyless Go. If you have questions just ask.



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Suprisingly it isn't in the way, and it has a pull release (so you don't have to pull your foot off the clutch in case you forgot to release the brake).

I loved the 6-speed R/T combo, fast as ****. Seats are supple and cornering is very good considering the size of the car. The only issues I had are the seating position. Which is very "low" in the car (not to the ground). As in the car has a very HIGH beltline and the hood is a mile long. So you feel like you are "submerged" into the interior.

Getting back into my Saab today (after driving the R/T for the past 4 days) felt like I was in a Minivan with a high up seating position and no hood.

BigAl is right about one thing, the car is a TANK.
I was being a tad sarcastic. As some people with no intention of buying a particular car will use these trivial bits to convince themselves why they are not buying.

I am much more interesting in the driving dynamics. Even though you were driving a preproduction car how does it drive. Yes we have beaten the weight issue to death so how does it handle, accelerate, stop, does it have good steering feel?
 
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