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Dodge Challenger (3rd Generation)

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The third generation Challenger appeared as a concept car in 2006 and began production as of model year 2008.

Magazine & newsletter covers include:
GTR Newsletter, February 2015 (orange with gray stripe scale plastic model)

A white Dodge Challenger appears on the cover of Irwin's Luck, a 2016 novel by Veeraj Lal.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Challenger page on 14 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Dodge Challenger Concept was unveiled at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show and was a preview for the 3rd generation Dodge Challenger that started its production in 2007. Many design cues of the Dodge Challenger Concept were adapted from the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

Initial release

On December 3, 2007, Chrysler started taking deposits for the third-generation Dodge Challenger which debuted on February 6, 2008, simultaneously at the Chicago Auto Show and Philadelphia International Auto Show. Listing at US$40,095, the new version was a 2-door coupe which shared common design elements with the first generation Challenger, despite being significantly longer and taller. As with Chevrolet's new Camaro, the Challenger concept car's pillarless hardtop body was replaced with a fixed "B" pillar, hidden behind the side glass to give an illusion of the hardtop. The LC chassis is a modified (shortened wheelbase) version of the LX platform that underpins the Dodge Charger (LX), Dodge Magnum, and the Chrysler 300. The LX was developed in America from the previous Chrysler LH platform, which had been designed to allow it to be easily upgraded to rear and all-wheel drive. Many Mercedes components were incorporated, or used for inspiration, including the Mercedes-Benz W220 S-class control arm front suspension, the Mercedes-Benz W211 E-Class 5-link rear suspension, the W5A580 5-speed automatic, the rear differential, and the ESP system. All (7119) 2008 models were SRT8s and equipped with the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi and a 5-speed AutoStick automatic transmission. The entire 2008 U.S. run of 6,400 cars were pre-sold (many of which for above MSRP), and production commenced on May 8, 2008;

Chrysler of Mexico offered only 100 SRT8s, with a 6.1 liter V8 and 425 brake horsepower (317 kW) (SAE). Chrysler auctioned off two 2008 SRT8s for charity with the first car going for $400,000 and a "B5" Blue No.43 car with a winning bid of $228,143.43.

The base model Challenger SE was initially powered by a 3.5 L (214 cu in) SOHC V6 producing 250 bhp (186 kW) (SAE) and 250 lbf·ft (339 N·m) torque which was coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission for the first half of 2009, and was then changed to have a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Several different exterior colors, with either cloth or leather interiors became available. Standard features included air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control, and 17-inch (430 mm) aluminum wheels. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a premium audio system are available as options, as are ABS, and stability and traction control. The Canadian market also sports the SXT trim, similar to the SE, but more generous in terms of standard features. Some of these features being ESP, an alarm system, and 18-inch (460 mm) wheels. Starting with the 2012 model year, the SE was replaced in the U.S. with the SXT model.

Previous to the 2012 model year, the SXT version of the Challenger was only sold in Canada and is a more well-equipped variation of the SE. It adds fog lamps, a rear spoiler, larger wheels, illuminated vanity mirrors, security alarm and a leather-wrapped shifter. In addition, the SXT has increased option packages available to it that aren't available on the SE, and are also available to the R/T. (Such as the high-end navigation-enabled entertainment system.)


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2006 Dodge Challenger Concept Car 2006 Concept
Photo by "Craigblock"
2006 North American International Auto Show
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2006 Dodge Challenger Concept Car 2006 Concept
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2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
August 20, 2006
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Air Force Supercar Dodge Challenger Air Force Supercar
Photo by John DeSantis
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Air Force Supercar Dodge Challenger Air Force Supercar
Photo by John DeSantis
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2008 Dodge Challenger Indianapolis 500 Pace Car 2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Built by Bob Deneen
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
C.A.R.S. in Miniature February 2011 Meeting
February 12, 2011
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2008 Dodge Challenger Indianapolis 500 Pace Car 2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Built by Bob Deneen
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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February 12, 2011
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2008 Dodge Challenger Indianapolis 500 Pace Car 2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Built by Bob Deneen
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C.A.R.S. in Miniature February 2011 Meeting
February 12, 2011
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New Bright Dodge Challenger Radio Control Car New Bright R/C Car
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
April 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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New Bright Dodge Challenger Radio Control Car New Bright R/C Car
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New Bright Dodge Challenger Radio Control Car New Bright R/C Car
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Modified 2009 Dodge Challenger Modified 2009
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 13, 2011
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Modified 2009 Dodge Challenger Modified 2009
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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Modified 2009 Dodge Challenger Modified 2009
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Dodge Challenger at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

2010 Chicago Auto Show
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Dodge Challenger at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
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2010 Chicago Auto Show
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Dodge Challenger convertible by NCE at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show Convertible by NCE
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

2010 Chicago Auto Show
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Mr. Norm's GSS HP1 Dodge Challenger Mr. Norm's GSS HP1
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
November 21, 2010
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November 21, 2010
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November 21, 2010
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Dodge Challenger Model Car SRT/8
Boyd Coddington Purple
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Dodge Challenger Model Car SRT/8
Boyd Coddington Purple
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Dodge Challenger Model Car SRT/8
Boyd Coddington Purple
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2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Custom 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Custom 2009 R/T
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Woodstock High School Car Show
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NSI Custom Dodge Challenger NSI Custom
NSI Audio & Video, Lakemoor, Illinois, USA
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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NSI Custom Dodge Challenger NSI Custom
NSI Audio & Video, Lakemoor, Illinois, USA
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NSI Custom Dodge Challenger NSI Custom
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NSI Custom Dodge Challenger NSI Custom
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Custom Dodge Challenger SRT Custom SRT
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Custom Dodge Challenger R/T "6SPD" R/T
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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket 2012 SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 February 2006Retro Rides, Part 3:  Dodge ChallengerBill Crittenden
7 December 2007Dodge Challenger Orders MountingAnthony Fontanelle
12 June 2008Pricing For All-New 2009 Dodge ChallengerAnthony Fontanelle
10 June 2010Dodge Motorsports Media ConferenceJoe Balash
Ralph Gilles
Joe Grace
Byron Kearney
Roger Penske
12 November 2010Dodge to take the 2011 Challenger, Charger on tour Patrick Rall
3 February 2012Dream Cars: Dodge Challenger NitroBill Crittenden
1 February 2013New Dodge Challenger R/T Redline Delivers Red-Hot Muscle Car Performance and Styling at the Ice-Cold 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chrysler Group LLC
4 February 2013Dodge Challenger RT Redline - For lucky Americans only Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
31 December 2013Used Challenger Engine Sale Announced for Dodge Engines Buyers by Got EnginesGotEngines.com
10 September 2014Dodge Challenger Hellcat Allocation Rules Help Buyers Save Money, Burn Dealers Patrick Rall
12 September 2014Dodge Dealers Make $5,400 on Every Challenger Hellcat Sold at MSRPPatrick Rall
2 January 2015Differentiating the V8-Powered 2015 Dodge Challenger Trimlines Patrick Rall
7 July 2015Scat Pack Challenger Available, but Very Limited for 2015Patrick Rall
5 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Corsa Performance Exhaust Systems for 2015 Dodge ChallengerSummit Racing Equipment
15 September 2016One More Dodge Special Edition Muscle Car Coming This Fall Patrick Rall, TorqueNews
25 May 2018Consumer Advisory: Owners of Certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Should Stop Using Cruise ControlNHTSA
10 July 2018Dodge Challenger Parts Now Available AmericanMuscle
3 August 2018“Revved Up Giveaway” — Enter Daily AmericanMuscle.com
4 April 2019Win $5000 in Upgrades for Your Challenger or Mustang AmericanMuscle.com
16 May 2019Top Five Mods for Your 2009-2014 Challenger | Hot Lap AmericanMuscle.com
27 August 2019The Definitive Guide to Challenger Wheels AmericanMuscle.com
5 November 2019RAXIOM $5,000 Parts GiveawayAmericanMuscle
28 January 2020Refund Your Build SweepstakesAmericanMuscle
25 February 2020$15,000 Giveaway Sponsored by RAXIOM AmericanMuscle.com
30 June 2020Modern Muscle Design $5K Sweepstakes AmericanMuscle


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6133-0917BDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, green, Instant Win
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6133-0917DDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, green
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6133-0917HDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, dark red
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6133-0917PDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, grey
Die Cast - Hot Wheels K6133-0918GDodge Challenger Concept2007 New Models, small scale, orange
Die Cast - Hot Wheels T9934-09A0EDodge Challenger Drift Car2011 New Models, small scale, blue & black Dodge-sponsored Samuel Hübinette


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
24 October 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2009 Dodge Challenger SE 2-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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2015 Specifications

SRT Hellcat colors
Billet Metallic Source: online color chart
Bright White Source: online color chart
BS Blue Source: online color chart
Granite Crystal Metallic Source: online color chart
Ivory Tri Coat Pearl Source: online color chart
Jazz Blue Pearl Source: online color chart
Phantom Black Tri Coat Pearl Source: online color chart
Pitch Black Source: online color chart
Redline Tri Coat Pearl Source: online color chart
Sublime Green Source: online color chart
Torred Source: online color chart


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