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The Challenger Has Landed

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The Chicago Auto Show is going on this week, and most car nuts have been counting down the days. Why? Because this is where the production Dodge Challenger will be announced. Make that, was announced.

That's right, Dodge unveiled the production Challenger today, and it looks awesome. We've uploaded some photos so you can see for yourself.

So, what do you think? Does the Challenger blow away the current Mustang? Will the upcoming Camaro be even better, or do you think the Mustang is still the best of the three?

Let us know your thoughts!

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NitroHead’s Profile Photo
Mar 31, 2008 at 4:51 pm
Nice looking car but at over 2 tons way to heavy to be a pony car.
camaroking’s Profile Photo
Feb 25, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Great looking car you have. i love it and the colour is nice. 5 stars to you
Tranz15’s Profile Photo
Feb 13, 2008 at 9:42 pm
Great looking car ! However i would add 15 k more to the price and get a vette. Common a poney car that starts at 40k . Dodge's priceing ppl must be out of their minds :-(
charger’s Profile Photo
Feb 13, 2008 at 9:26 am
Finally! A Dodge concept vehicle that represents the heyday of MOPAR MUSSCLE in true fashion of the E Body Challenger and Cudas of 70's. First production run of 10,000 is reported to be sold out. Dodge German influence missed the boat on the Charger name resurection that left everyone wondering if the body style of the Charger name that brought it's demise in 80's was still at work. Thank Goodness for the Challenger. "Charger"
Anomaly_Va’s Profile Photo
Feb 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm
I generally am a GM man, but I am a closet Mopar fan as well. I never have cared much for the first-gen F-body, and I'm not crazy about its rebirth as an '09 model. While I like the '05 redux on the 'stang, I would buy a Challenger over the Ford, simply because I feel the Challenger was more tastefully retro'd. Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder! smile image
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Feb 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Excellent design that is true to the spirit of the original car. The Challenger does a great job using the same method that Ford used on the 05 Stang. The lines are not copies but rather suggestions from the original '70 model. Both cars are a refreshing change from the chiseled-bubble that all of us are fairly sick of. I have to admit, though, that the Camaro concept does not fall into line with the classic styling of the Ford and Dodge. The new Camaro seems to be too far away from an actual production car. In addition, the Camaro platform doesn’t do the retro thing as well as these other two. It has subtle hints of the 68-69 bodies but looks a little odd in many ways. Especially in the area of the cowl and roof transitions. I would be surprised if Chevrolet can pull these things off in production.

As for performance, as we all know in here, everything is relative and although this may be seem like crazy talk, it isn’t everything. Look, I enjoy ripping' off a quick time, smoking tires and launching hard as much if not more than the next guy. BUT, how many of our cars actually are all around great cars. Certainly not the old ones like one of mine. It goes like spit in a straight line but no matter what I have done, it still lacks in the handling department and stops about as bad as a coal train. My newer Cobra does all of this a lot better but doesn't sound as cool, look as good or draw the crowds like my Charger. Much like the new GTO, my 96 Cobra does a lot well but can't close the deal in the looks department.

Now here's a car that goes great, stops great and oh and by the way, it looks incredible sitting still. I know it’s the macho thing to talk about power and I've been doing it all my life, but when it comes right down to it, our cars provide more than just that. They're the complete package of image, sound, attitude and control. Most of us didn't fall in love with cars when we were kids from their statistics. We feel in love with a particular car from the statement it made to us against a backdrop of humdrum utility vehicles. That's never been truer than now. So let’s get beyond the pointless affair of bench racing here. As I reminded a guy who took my Charger light to light in a turbo charged Civic. Tomorrow, that car will still be a Civic and in ten years this will always be a Charger.

Excellent job on the interior and how about those brakes? Brembo 4 piston (14.6" front and 13.2" rear.) This is the muscle car that will stop, and right now! Car #43 is supposed to be a one off auctioned for charity in B-5 Blue (Mopar guys know this color). Its a Petty signature car and should go for a ton. 09 is supposed to bring an R/T version that will come with the 5.7L Hemi with about 360 HP and 370 LBFT of Torque. SHould be priced at the $30,000 mark. I hear rumors of a Convertible with this engine is possible. Stay tuned Mopar guys....
andylynn67’s Profile Photo
Feb 10, 2008 at 6:34 pm
Hemi Cuda must be next!!
corsa’s Profile Photo
Feb 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm
I agree, I actually like the production version of the new Challenger better than the concept version, particularly the grill. Usually, something is lost between concept and production, but they did a great job here. I'm interested to see how well the Camaro concept carries over to production. I know already they have lost the "pillarless" roof of the concept and added a b-piller to the production Camaro.

This is actually the production Challenger, not the concept...
Wildcat’s Profile Photo
Feb 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm
I like this concept but I would pick up the 1970 anyday. IMO the new challenger's body looks better than the modern Mustangs, and maybe a better performing car
K1M_and_J1M’s Profile Photo
Feb 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm
Well being an old Mopar fan from way back I love the Production version even better than the concept! They lost that fugly crosshair grill! Thank God! Thanks Mopar!
I don't care if it will blow away the Mustang or Camaro.I'm just happy there making them and with some style to set them apart from the cookie cutter cars!
I can't wait to see them all together in a racing series whether it's Drag Racing or on an NASCAR Oval track or a Road racing series called Trans Am!
This is going to be fun!
Let the good Times Roll while we still can!

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