The Dodge Challenger returns to production after a nearly 35-year hiatus. The all-new 2008 Challenger is bold, powerful and capable.
Designers at Chrysler Group's West Coast Pacifica Studio explored a variety of options in coming up with what is to become the 2008 Challenger, eventually gravitating to the Dodge ideal -- appropriate given that brand's bold performance image.
The front-end features the signature Dodge crossbar grille and four headlamps deeply recessed into the car-wide horizontal cavity. Bumpers are clean, body-color and flush with the body. The hood reprises the original Challenger "performance hood" with twin diagonal scoops.
When the Challenger goes into production in the first quarter of 2008 it will be similar to the current concept version, sitting on a 116-inch wheelbase, 6 inches longer than the original, with a 2-inch greater width. The Challenger will feature the long hood, short deck, wide stance, two-door coupe body style that distinguished the iconic Challengers of the 1970s.
The production version of the Challenger will be true to its historical car roots with a Hemi V-8-powered, rear-drive large car platform design.
The Challenger concept car represents an iconic 6.1L HEMI-powered performance coupe derived from a classic. The Hemi delivers 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque routed through a 6-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels.