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.
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Cruise Weekend by Inside Line
"I'll never be able to face my muscle-car friends if I don't ask you for a
ride around the block," Brooks reminds me.
"Sure, get in." It's not like I'm going to turn him down. This 2008 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 in all its Hemi Orange splendor has been illegally parked
in front of motorhead bookstore Autobooks in Burbank, California, for an
hour, so I'd be totally cold to just drive off without giving one of the
guys a ride.
Dropping the keys into the cupholder, I press the start button. It's
plastic rather than some kind of pretentious metal, yet it wakes up the
6.1-liter Hemi V8 all the same. It's a hot afternoon in Burbank, but I put
the windows down so Brooks can get the full aural effect.
"It idles quieter than I thought it would," he says. "I was expecting it to
grumble and snort like the old cars that my friends have."
I pull onto Magnolia Boulevard, take a quick right down a side street
scanning for children and pets, and go for maybe two-thirds throttle.
"That's more like it," says Brooks, bracing himself a little. "The Exhaust note gets all loud and old-school as
the revs build, and even though it's an automatic, the car feels fast."
A minute later, we roll up to Autobooks and my only Challenger ride-along
of the weekend seems to be over. But Brooks knows better.
"Wait here a second. I'm going to see if my manager Hiram wants to ride
Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger - Muscle Car Comparison
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In 2002, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second human being to set foot on the
moon, punched a guy in the face for accusing him of faking the moon
landing. Buzz was 72 years old at the time.
Go right ahead and question the existence of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT, 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
and 2010 Chevy Camaro
SS and they, too, might just give you a knuckle sandwich in the kisser.
Like Mr. Aldrin, they bear names from long ago that have made a collective
return to the limelight. Like Mr. Aldrin, they are American heroes with
unparalleled legacies reaching across decades. And like Mr. Aldrin, they
have Ph.Ds in kicking ass.
Their makers may have proven that they have the financial acumen of a blind
yak. However, we submit these pony car icons as proof that the home team
can extract their craniums from their nether regions once in awhile and
knock the cover off the ball.
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:
FIRST DRIVE: 2008 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT8
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Challenger, the name says it all. With the Mustang as the King of the Road, and
with the media circus surrounding the upcoming Camaro, you couldn't find a more
suitable name for Dodge's new muscle car.
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Exhaust Growl: If it's too loud, you're too old!
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the most
powerful muscle ever built. With 707 supercharged HP it will such a room
dry of air in about a minute. But how does all of that horsepower sound when
compared to the other 2015 HEMI Challengers. To find out just click play on
another fun and informative TFLcar 4K video.
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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:
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 - First Test
The strategy for the 2011 Challenger SRT8 is simple: more power.
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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8: Choose Your Own Adventure! - Ignition Episode 13
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago gets rained-out at the test track,
and decides to head out on the open road in search of adventure in the 2012
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.
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