Dodge Challenger Through the Years: 2008 to present


After a 22-year hiatus, the Dodge Challenger roared back onto the American car scene in January 2006 at the North American International Auto Show.  The Challenger Concept was the smash hit of the show in Detroit that year, winning both the Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show awards.


In response to the tremendous demand from consumers, including 40, 000 hand-raisers who answered a web survey, the Challenger was quickly green-lighted for production.  While Michael Castiglione of Chrysler’s Pacifica Studio had designed the original concept, with Allen Barrington performing the dash and interior, the transformation to volume production car was accomplished by Brian Nielander and Chrysler Design Manager Jeff Gale, son of famed Chrysler designer Tom Gale.


In December of 2007, Dodge began taking orders for the 2008 Challenger, selling out the entire year’s model run before production began. Just over 7000 specially badged Challengers were built that model year, all SRT8 models with 6.1L HEMI V8s and five-speed AutoStick transmissions. For 2009 a full model lineup was offered with an entire range of powertrain and trim options.


With steady equipment upgrades and technical improvements, this third-gen Challenger, as it became known among enthusiasts, is the same basic Challenger that is offered today. The top of the line for 2013 is the SRT8 392, featuring a 6.4L HEMI V8 with 470 hp, or economy-minded buyers can opt for the 3.5L V6 that offers 27 highway mpg.


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    Posted September 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    426 HEMI with a shaker hood for 2013?  Bring back the ‘cuda.

  • moparman
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I love it, but the truth is, it exists because of the utter ignorance of Dodge concerning the “charger” name.

    ” (Steve Kasher talked to Mike Castiligione): Mike Castiglione was up against two other competing designs, both of which were more “sports car than muscle car;” he was told that his design (the one you now see) that wasn’t going to go forward. Mike said that he procured a Popular Hot Rodding lamented the appearance of the Dodge Charger and presented his case to Trevor Creed, showing that Chrysler’s best fans wanted something resembling his ideas. That made the difference, and Creed agreed.”

    • Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      that is crazy but i would choose the dodge Challenger over the dodge charger what would you pick the dodge challenger or the dodge charger

  • Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    nice car wish i had one

  • Jim Shotwell
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    A Grandfather caught up in his “Dreams for a Grandson”.
    In Oct., I purchased a 2012 Black SRT8 w/twin silver center stripes. I am looking to give this Bad Boy to a grandchild of 5 when and if the child is able to present as reasonably mature – sometime between the ages of 18 & 21. I also would like to secure the Maximum Care “Life Time” Warranty from Chrysler. This will make it possible for my wife as “Original Owner” to maintain it in perfect condition until then. A fanciful final touch to this story would be if I were able, through Chrysler, to obtain and have installed a, rumored, for the 2013 model, Eaton Twin Screw (SC) Super Charger for this very special vehicle.
    As to this rumor, does anyone have an update for me.

  • lastminutewarrior
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Really hoping Dodge changes their minds and finally decides to produce a RHD version for the seriously deprived Australian market…

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