Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Exclusive Performance Test
CHECK OUT THE 2009 CHALLENGER SRT8 PERFORMANCE TEST:
ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey — Following the official introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, we conducted our own independent testing of the 425-horsepower coupe, now available with a six-speed manual transmission for the new model year.
This is the very first chance to test the performance of Chrysler's new muscle car with the combination of the SRT 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and the Tremec six-speed manual transmission. The data includes 0-60-mph acceleration, quarter-mile performance, braking distance and slalom speed, as well as insight from IL's test driver.
Chrysler based its introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, RT and SE at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, a traditional stop for the NHRA's professional drag-racing championship. Thanks to our portable Racelogic VBOX III testing gear, we were able to use the track for performance testing, although the lack of a suitable plot of pavement precluded skid pad evaluation.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its 425-hp 6.1-liter V8 and six-speed manual transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds (5.2 seconds with 1 foot of rollout), then reached the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 103.0 mph. This compares to the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its five-speed automatic that achieved 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (4.8 seconds with 1 foot of rollout) and completed the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds at 107.5 mph.
We're surprised that the 2008 Challenger SRT8 with its automatic transmission has the edge in speed here, but we were slightly suspicious at the time that it had an unusually healthy engine. In comparison, the engine of this 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its manual transmission seemed slightly sick during our testing. In the end, we're still left with some questions about the comparative performance of automatic and manual transmissions in this car.
Challenger New vs. Old: Vanishing Point Revisited
"Our sole Challenger has just broken the ring of evil the deep blue meanies
have so righteously wrought — get through 'em baby, get through 'em." —
Super Soul, Vanishing Point 1971
It happens deep in the Nevada desert, just past Austin. On a long, straight
section of road with nothing to lose, our friends in the white 1970 Dodge
Challenger R/T finally put the hammer down. At once, the rawness and purity
of Kowalski's ride pulverizes the well-insulated interior of our 2008 Dodge
Challenger SRT8, shredding the peace inside the modern car's cockpit with
the same brute force Kowalski used to pierce a hole in the cool desert air
38 years ago. Even with my right foot buried, I see nothing but taillights
until they disappear into the desert.
In these few brief seconds, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is clearly
defined by its soft edges and quiet Exhaust. Manufacturers don't let us feel cars
raw and unfiltered anymore. Hammering down a desert road with a thin-rimmed
steering wheel and pistol-grip shifter — that's raw. Four hundred and
forty cubic inches and a four-speed — that's raw. Powerslides unhampered
by electronic intervention — that's raw.
In 1970, when Kowalski drove this very road — U.S. Highway 50 through
Nevada — he felt it. And it was raw.
Challenger 2.0 - World's 1st Test of Dodge's New Muscle Car
The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a muscle car, right? An American muscle
car. So naturally, the first thing I want to do when I jump behind the
wheel is a big American smoky burnout.
2008 SEMA: Dodge Challenger Convertible
MORE SEMA INFO:
HIGH SPRINGS, Florida — Dodge has no plans to offer a Challenger
convertible, which provides Coach Builders Ltd. an open shot at muscle car
enthusiasts looking for an alternative to the popular Ford Mustang drop top. Now in final
preparations for its official debut at the upcoming 2008 SEMA Show, the
Coach Builders Dodge Challenger convertible will be shown alongside the
company's Chrysler 300C and Cadillac CTS convertible conversions.
Coach Builders' Larry Moran told Inside Line that production of the
Challenger convertible will begin on November 15, and that the company is
"already taking deposits for getting a place in line." The Challenger
convertible conversion is priced at $16,000, Moran said. A 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 currently costs $41,695 including shipping charges and
gas-guzzler tax, so expect to pay nearly $58,000 for open-air Challenger
Moran also says that "custom interiors, performance options and wheels and
tires" will be offered, but the details "are not firmed up yet." The car
that will debut at SEMA was fortified with a Vortech Supercharger that bumps the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 to
560 horsepower and
510 pound-feet of torque. It rides slightly lower on a KW coil-over
suspension kit and 22-inch Foose Challenger wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.
The convertible conversion reinforces the Challenger with strut bars hidden
inside the trunk instead of a visible roll bar, and the acrylic polyester
cloth hydraulic top is padded between the structure and the exterior fabric
for sound and temperature insulation. A heated glass rear window and
matching fabric headliner are also included.
Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C Debuts @ the Nürburgring
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI SPEC C:
If the number of letters in its name is at all proportionate with its level
of improvements, the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C should be quite the
hatchback. Spotted for the first time lapping the Nürburgring recently,
this super STI has a number of upgrades designed to sharpen the performance
of the standard model.
According to sources in Japan, this STI's ride height has been lowered by
0.5 inch and fitted with stiffer dampers and springs. The lightweight
18-inch wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone run-flat tires, while the brakes
have been upgraded with the six-piston calipers from the Subaru Legacy STi
Finally, the engineers in Subaru City have tweaked the turbocharger and Exhaust system of the turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine to generate
beefier torque at lower revs and lift power from 300 horsepower to around 320 hp.
gear ratios have also
been revised, with 1st through 4th gears positioned closer together while
5th and 6th gear have been made taller to enhance top-end speed, as the
Spec C is expected to clear 165 mph.
With the performance hardware of the Spec C out of the way, the design team
turned to aerodynamics in order to add a little free horsepower.
One source close to the project tells us that in addition to giving the
Spec C a fully flat underbody, the Subaru engineers have also fitted a
lightweight aluminum rear diffuser that helps generate twice as much
downforce at speed than the current body.
No 'Ring lap times are available yet, but our snapper in Germany confirms
that the Spec C appeared more composed through low- and high-speed corners
and could easily slice 15 seconds off the current STI's time.
Expected to go on sale in Japan by year's end and then in Europe and
possibly in the U.S. by mid-2009, the Spec C could have a price tag of
Challenger Drag Race! - SE vs R/T vs SRT8
MT Technical Director Frank Markus tests the three 2009 Dodge Challenger
variants - SE, R/T, SRT8 - with a three-way drag race and laps around our
figure eight. Read the story here:
Dodge Challenger SRT8 Drifted and Driven Hard In HD
More at: http://www.OnCars.com - This is a teaser of our complete
three-part Dodge Challenger SRT8 test drive. This video originally
published at OnCars.com:
2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Tour, and Short Drive
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2010 Dodge Challenger
SRT-8. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of
this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: The Most Powerful Sedan In The World! - Ignition Ep. 122
On this episode of Ignition, presented by Tire Rack, Carlos Lago tests the
most powerful sedan money can buy: The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Much
like the Challenger Hellcat, this Charger packs an astonishing 707 hp from
its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. It is as absurd as it is functional, thanks
to its two additional doors and comfortable backseat. But to find out if
this sedan can do more than leave two long stripes of burnt tire for miles,
we’ll need to run it through our standard set of tests, including a Hot
Lap with Randy Pobst. Does the Charger Hellcat offer the same magic that we
loved in the Challenger? Find out on this episode of Ignition! @CarlosLago
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2005 Pontiac GTO vs Dodge Challenger SRT8
Went to test n tune at Pittsburgh Raceway Park tonight, pulled into the
staging lanes, and pull next to a Hemi Orange SRT8, My Jaw Dropped.
Got to run him twice, his first run was a 14.6 due to not operating the
Second run I went 13.11 to his 13.49
I am a 2005 Automatic GTO with full Exhaust and street tires, he was bone stock with
1,200 miles on the clock.
Here are some pictures for the guy that claimed this was not a SRT8
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350
Video of our muscle car showdown between the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
and the 2012 Shelby GT350. Only 1492 Challengers like this one will be
built, and Shelby has a cap of 2200, with only 500. Read the Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350 photos and comparison test here: