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Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Dodge
Model Challenger
Engine 3.5-litre V6; 5.7-litre V8; 6.1-litre V8
Power 186kW; 276kW; 317kW
Torque 339Nm; 540Nm; 569Nm
Transmission Six-speed manual/Five-speed auto (four-speed auto:
ABS Yes, with ESP
Chrysler has released details surrounding their iconic third generation Challenger muscle car.

Designed to encapsulate all the traditional HEMI-powered values of Chrysler's performance line of vehicles with contemporary design details, the Dodge Challenger line up will constitute three models, a SRT8, R/T and entry level SE.

Big V8s

Engines will range from a manic 317Kw 6.1-litre V8 in the SRT8 to the entry level S with an 186kW 3.5-litre V6. Wedged in between is the HEMI sourced 5.7-litre 276kW V8.

The two V8s will drive either through six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearboxes, whilst the 3.5-litre V6 features a rather old-school four-speed auto.

Styling calls on traditional American themes such as the raised performance hood and elongated bonnet profile. The recessed grille and simple, round headlamps echo unmistakeable Dodge Challenger DNA.

Must be orange

The SRT8 version will be available in silver or black, but if you want to be a Dodge traditionalist it has to be orange, and the factory HEMI orange lacquer is sure to constitute a high proportion of sales.

Chrysler's acclaimed MyGIG infotainment system will digitise the interior experience, whilst clever interior space utilisation renders best in class rear-passenger head- and leg-room.

Performance is the key though, and the dual rectangular exhaust outlets are indicative of the latent potential. Chrysler claims a sub five second 0-100km/h sprint time for the SRT8 version.

Very much unlike the original Challenger the third generation version will feature all the latest dynamic driver assist applications. With ABS, ESP and traction control keeping things tidy.

The Challenger will be the first five-passenger, two-door Coupe spun off the Chrysler platform already utilised by the 300 and Charger. Pricing is predicted to start in the $20 000 threshold, with the SRT8 set to retail at $37 995.


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