White Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Return to Vanishing Point
A white 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will run in the 2008 Tire Rack One Lap of America, a modern day version of the cannonball. Behind the wheel Kowalski (aka: Erich Heuschele) and Super Soul (aka: Ralph Gilles) will pay tribute to the 1971 movie Vanishing Point.
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.
DRIVING $38,495 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack Shaker 6.4 V8 485 hp 650 Nm 0-60 mph 4 s
(from Dodge Press Release) Dodge Debuts New 2015 Challenger at 2014 New
York Auto Show
New Challenger Now Offers an Estimated 485 Best-in-class horsepower, Track-ready
All-new 6.4-liter Scat Pack Model, 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker, All-new
Interior and Segment-first Standard TorqueFlite Eight-speed Automatic
-New for 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 punches out
an estimated 485 best-in-class horsepower and 475 lb.-ft.
of torque via a six-speed manual or new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic
transmission, Brembo brakes and 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels
-New 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker combines the ultimate combination of power
and heritage cues with a functional Shaker hood
-1971-inspired design, both inside and out, features refined exterior
styling updates and heritage muscle-car appearance with new split grille,
more pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED
-All-new interior includes 1971-inspired high-sill center console and
driver-focused instrument panel, aluminum bezels and 14 interior color and
trim options, including throwback Houndstooth premium cloth, Radar Red, or
Pearl and Alcantara suede and leather high-performance seats
-Segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission delivers world-class
precision and fuel efficiency, along with Sport mode and paddle-shifting
capabilities for enhanced performance and an improvement in fuel economy
-Significant new technology upgrades feature all-new class-exclusive
8.4-inch touchscreen media center with Uconnect Access system, new
class-exclusive 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster
display, electronic shifter and Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start
across all models
-More than 70 safety and security features, including new for 2015
class-exclusive Forward Collision Warning, adaptive cruise control,
Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
--Enthusiast-desired rear-wheel-drive (RWD) architecture with advanced
-New electric power steering (EPS) now provides three driver-selectable
steering modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport
--All-new cast-aluminum axle housing reduces weight
--Updated suspension -- Super Track Pak now available on all models
--Standard Sport mode adjusts throttle, transmission and steering
--All-new Dodge Performance Pages provide configurable drive modes
--New launch control improves offline acceleration performance
--Available Brembo four-piston high-performance brakes reduce stopping
--Electronic shifter functions, such as a linkage shifter, provides visual
and physical feedback of gear position
April 17, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The horsepower wars are alive
and thriving, and the Dodge brand shook the foundation of the Jacob Javits
Center in New York with the roaring Exhaust note of its new 2015 Dodge Challenger
392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker model during the auto show reveal of its newest
evolution of an iconic American Muscle car.
"For 2015, we're going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger," said
Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO -- Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The
iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car,
but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface
of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with a
new best-in-class 485 horsepower 392 HEMI and
TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension,
new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior."
The 2015 Challenger is available in eight trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T,
R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI
Scat Pack Shaker (late availability for Shaker). It will be built at the
Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the
third quarter of 2014.
Building on record-setting sales success as the segment is set to grow by
almost 50 percent in the next five years
Dodge is building on tremendous sales momentum as it introduces the new
2015 Challenger. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant
milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of
more than 1 million units in the United States.The previous generation
Challenger scored five solid years of continuous sales growth. In fact, in
its fifth year in the market, when most cars are on their natural decline
curve, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record in 2013, doubling
sales since its launch in 2009.
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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.
Challenger: Faster than a Speeding Bullitt?
The rebirth of the American muscle car is about a lot more than retro. It's
about pride. It's about recalling a time when Americans looked down the
road to the future with confidence, and they wanted a great big V8 engine
to get them there as soon as possible.
It's no wonder the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt has our respect. It's
the best version yet of the 2005 Ford Mustang, the car that set Detroit on
fire again with enthusiasm for good old American muscle. Maybe the
fuel-guzzling muscle car won't save Detroit from the challenge to build
cars that people need, but it's surely restored the domestic car industry's
confidence in its ability to do so. And it's shown that Americans can build
cars that are utterly unlike anything you'll find in Stuttgart, Shanghai,
Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur or any of those other places that economists think
they're so clever to know about.
Now that the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is here, Chrysler is cracking the
seal on its own Mopar-branded can of muscle-car whoop-ass to show that it
understands what's at stake in the muscle-car sweepstakes. The Bullitt and
the Challenger are the two coolest cars in America, and it's only natural
to bring them together.
Most Muscle? Camaro SS v Challenger SRT8 v Shelby GT500
2010 Camaro SS vs. 2009
Challenger SRT8 vs. 2010 Shelby GT500
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In our recent pony car comparison test, the retro-heavy — and just plain
heavy — 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS walked away with top
honors in its debut. The big V8-powered coupe needed a new challenge. It
was time to refocus the lens. Shoot from a different angle, so to speak.
So we squared the brooding visage of our SS-badged protagonist up against
the cruelest bunch of savages we could find, the range-topping 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 and 2010 Ford Shelby GT500.
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: