Chrysler LLC Introduces Entire 2009 Dodge Challenger Model Lineup at New York International Auto Show
NEW YORK – At the recent New York International Auto Show, Chrysler LLC unveiled its
full 2009 Dodge Challenger model lineup. Pricing will start in the low $20s. The
Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from
Chrysler’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Chrysler 300 and
Dodge Charger. Three models will be offered in North
America: Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger R/T, and Dodge
Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7L HEMI V-8 engine with a
five-speed automatic transmission that produces an estimated 370 horsepower
(276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 Nm). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded
to get an estimated five percent improvement in fuel economy as well as an
increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (two
percent) over a greater range of engine speeds. The automatic transmission
features fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology, which increases fuel
economy by as much as 20 percent depending on driving conditions without
sacrificing vehicle performance.
Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift six-speed manual transmission —
the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car — that produces 375 horsepower
(280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 Nm) when running on premium fuel. The
Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1L HEMI V-8 engine mated with
a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic
transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317
kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 Nm). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph
in less than five seconds.
Challenger SE powered by the 3.5L High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic
transmission produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339
Nm). Patterned off the Dodge Charger architecture, the front suspension and
five-link independent rear suspension system on all Dodge Challenger models
provide excellent ride and handling characteristics.
exterior, the long, raised performance hood with scoops and recessed grille with
round dual headlamps are reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger. The bold
A-line, or character line, that runs from stem to stern gives the all-new 2009
Dodge Challenger an instantly recognizable muscle-car profile. Retro dual
rectangular exhaust outlets complete the look from the rear.
interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark
headliner, and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge
Challenger. The modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger offers
exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear
head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room. Coupled with best-in-class cargo
space (16.2 cu. ft.) — equal to the Dodge Charger — the all-new 2009 Dodge
Challenger offers added comfort and functionality.
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all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative
- MyGIG provides a cutting-edge multimedia audio
and entertainment system, with built-in navigation.
- UConnect Hands-free Communication System
provides convenient, voice-activated communication with Bluetooth cellular
- SIRIUS Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety
of commercial-free radio programs and music.
- Keyless Go allows the driver to start the vehicle
with the simple push of a button.
- Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the
Challenger offers more than 25 safety and security features including:
- Supplemental side-curtain airbags extend
protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers.
- Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for
the driver to provide steering control while braking.
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies
selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer.
- Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action
during panic stops.
- Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or
applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration.
- Hill Start Assist (HSA) for Manual Transmission
application assists the driver in launching the vehicle on an incline.
- Automatic Headlamps turn headlamps on at dusk
and off in the daylight without driver intervention.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts driver
about low tire pressure(s) in order to facilitate safe handling.