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On December 3, 2007, Chrysler started taking deposits for the third-generation Dodge Challenger which debuted on Februar...
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[24] 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. As with Chevrolet's new Camaro, the Challenger concept car's pillarless hardtop body was replaced with a fixed "B" pillar, hidden behind the side glass to give an illusion of the hardtop. The LC chassis is a modified (shortened wheelbase) version of the LX platform that underpins the Dodge Charger (LX), Dodge Magnum, and the 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, or used for inspiration, including the Mercedes-Benz W220 S-class control arm front suspension, the Mercedes-Benz W211 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 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 with a winning bid of $228,143.43.[25]

The base model Challenger SE 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.

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.)
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    With 707bhp-worth of thrills and spills on tap, this is no pussycat

    Cost new #2014 £40,000
    Value now #2015 £40,000


    When your passenger pees herself you know you’re in a very scary ride. That most awkward of awkward moments happened last summer on the Pacific Coast Highway outside Malibu in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT. I’d got it hopelessly out of line showing off and ended up stalled and sideways across two carriageways.

    When the tyre smoke cleared my producer made her embarrassing confession and I drove her (slowly) to the nearest restroom. But that’s the Hellcat for you – the fastest and most powerful muscle car in history and an insane homage to the legendary #Chrysler Hemis of the Sixties and Seventies. It cranks out 707 horses from a 6.2-litre V8, does the standing quarter in 11 seconds – on street rubber – and hits 60mph in 3.5 seconds. I’ve been in planes that seem slower. But while a fi ne 1969 Dodge Charger Six Pack is now $150k, the 2015 Hellcat costs just $61,000 – or forty grand sterling to you. That’s epic value for the sort of straight-line performance worthy of an original seven-litre Cobra.

    On corners the Hellcat is useless. Too much weight, girth and understeer. But on the strip very few cars actually feel faster. I totally understand why one of the first buyers totalled his Hellcat within an hour of leaving the showroom. Driving this explosive missile is a constant exercise in monastic restraint. Get the throttle pressure ever so slightly wrong and the tyres light up, you’re wreathed in smoke and suddenly pointing in the opposite direction. But that’s the total wonder of this car – that and the fact it sticks up two transatlantic fingers to any semblance of European finesse. The Hellcat feels tons more fun than a 458.


    And it looks so horny with its coke bottle shape, vibrant Seventies colours and rubber wide enough to roll a polo field. At idle that monster supercharged V8 rocks angrily on its mountings and makes a noise like the devil’s kettledrum. Shift the eight-speed auto into drive (there’s also a manual option for the brave) and you find yourself concentrating like you’re in a full-on fistfight. Visceral doesn’t begin to describe the experience – more like petrifying but in a hugely exciting and exhilarating way. Bringing one into the UK won’t be simple and taxes will inflate that tempting US sticker price, but if you want a proper hardcore act of absolute one-upmanship the Hellcat will make most other supercars look like suburban clichés.

    Will it appreciate in value? Who knows? Will owning one be one of the wildest things you’ve ever done? Absolutely. And that’s why the Hellcat will always have a place in history as one of the most amazing muscle cars ever to come out of America.

    ‘It sticks up two transatlantic fingers to any semblance of European finesse’
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    Dodge Challenger Third Generation

    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[24] and Philadelphia International Auto Show. Listing at US$40,095, the new version was a 2-door coupe which shared common...
    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[24] 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. As with Chevrolet's new Camaro, the Challenger concept car's pillarless hardtop body was replaced with a fixed "B" pillar, hidden behind the side glass to give an illusion of the hardtop. The LC chassis is a modified (shortened wheelbase) version of the LX platform that underpins the Dodge Charger (LX), Dodge Magnum, and the 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, or used for inspiration, including the Mercedes-Benz W220 S-class control arm front suspension, the Mercedes-Benz W211 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 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 with a winning bid of $228,143.43.[25]

    The base model Challenger SE 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.

    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.)
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