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ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey — There has been lots of speculation about the speed of the new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T with its 375-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and we were able to conduct our own independent testing at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, the site of the official introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger lineup.
This is the very first chance to test the performance of Chrysler's new muscle car in R/T trim. Our 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, R/T 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 R/T with its 375-hp 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed manual transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (5.5 seconds with 1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip), then reached the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 100.8 mph. In comparison, the 315-hp 2008 Mustang Bullitt we tested late last year with a 4.6-liter V8 and Tremec five-speed manual transmission ran to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The Bullitt also ran a 13.8-second quarter-mile at 102.1 mph.
At 4,041 pounds, the R/T weighs about 100 pounds less than a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a six-speed transmission. In fact the R/T is only fractionally slower to 60 mph than the SRT8's 5.5 seconds (5.2 seconds with 1 foot of rollout). The difference lies in the higher redline of the SRT8's 425-hp 6.1-liter Hemi, which enables the car to pull past 60 mph in 2nd gear. In comparison, the R/T requires a shift into 3rd gear.
2009 Honda Pilot Full Test by Inside Line
If the 2009 Honda Pilot proves anything, it's that things have changed over
at Honda. One look at the new Pilot's zany front grille announces that the
company has unapologetically embraced vehicular embellishment. The overall
shape is only slightly less boxy than that of the Jeep Commander, and there
are so many creases and character lines in the sheet metal that the new
Pilot reminds us of 4,609 pounds of origami.
Albeit manly, butch, abstract-expressionist origami. Because this full-size
crossover wants to prove it's a real SUV, tough enough to take on that
whole camping, motorcycle-towing, snow-busting outdoor thing even while
preserving its family-friendly nature.
The first-generation Pilot looked like a shrunken version of the 1968
International Harvester Travelall. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks like it's
ready to star in a futuristic remake of Soylent Green. Still, under the
macho posturing you'll find a simple, solid Honda, which is as it should
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.
2010 Challenger vs. 1970 Challenger
Inside Line put the 2010 Dodge Challenger in a head to head comparison with
a 1970 Hotchkis Challenger.
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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.
2009 Dodge Challenger SE Performance Test
READ MORE ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE ROAD TEST OF THE CHALLENGER SE:
ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey — The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE is the new,
affordable addition to the 2009 Dodge Challenger lineup. Following the
official introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE at Old Bridge
Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, we conducted our own
independent testing of the entry-level coupe with its 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.
The business case for the Dodge Challenger depends on volume sales, not
just specialty cars like the 425-hp SRT8 model, and Chrysler believes the
Challenger SE can become a mainstream coupe, a two-door alternative to the
Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans.
This is the very first chance to test the performance of Chrysler's new
muscle car with the V6 engine. 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, R/T 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
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE with its 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 and four-speed
automatic transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds (7.8 seconds
with 1 foot of rollout), then reached the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds at
2009 Dodge Challenger RT Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Tour, and Test Drive
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2009 Dodge Challenger RT.
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.
Camaro is King! Mustang vs Challenger vs Camaro
We pit the much-anticipated Chevy Camaro SS against its strongest
competition: the Ford Mustang GT and the Dodge Challenger
R/T. Join as we head to the hills east of San Diego to find out which one
we liked best.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Mike Suggett
Edited By: Jim Gleason & Mike Suggett
UPDATE: Since the question of price seems to be coming up a lot in the
comments, here are the confirmed prices for all 3 cars (base price / as
Camaro SS: $30,995 /
Challenger R/T: $30,945 / $38,270
Mustang GT: $28,845 /
First Test: 2010 SMS 570 Challenger
Associate Editor Scott Evans is out at the Motor Trend test track to find
out how fast the all-new 2010 SMS 570 Challenger is.
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup 0-60 MPH First Drive Review
( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) The all new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup is
about to roar into your neighborhood Ram dealership. This new light duty
diesel pick-up will come with 240 HP and 420lb-ft of torque. Perhaps most
interesting of all the new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup will have a
8-speed automatic transmission and tow over 9,000 pounds. In another fun
and informative TFLtruck review Roman and Nathan test this newest Ram to
see how it drives and how fast it will go from 0-60 MPH.
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