Dodge turns loose the menacing 2008 Challenger SRT8 to roam the streets.
The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Hits the Streets Running
With 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque, Dodge's 2008 Challenger SRT8 is a modern-day interpretation of the 1970s Challenger that once ruled the streets.
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Dodge did an amazing job of carrying the lines of the original Challenger into its modern-day muscle car. From every angle, the lines and nuances of the 1970s Challenger demand attention from your eye, especially in the rear haunches. The large 20-inch wheels and tires on the SRT8 really accent the aggressiveness of the Hemi-powered Challenger.
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Race Inspired Leather Seating
Well bolstered race-inspired leather seats hold you tight under hard acceleration and in tight turns while behind the wheel of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Dodge claims seating for five, but if you want to be comfortable on a long ride, you'd better be the first to call shotgun.
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We’re Talking Power Here
Under the hood of Dodge’s menacing '08 Challenger SRT8 lies a 425-horsepower 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 distributing 420 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear tires by way of a five-speed automatic with manual shift control. Later in production, the Challenger will get a six-speed manual with a pistol-grip shifter. Zero-60 claims are under five seconds with quarter-mile times in the low thirteens. Top speed is listed at 170 mph.
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Getting the Styling Right
Dodge carried the look of the original Challenger to front end as well, incorporating original grille and headlight treatments into the 2008 Dodge Challenger. The grille of the SRT8 model also sports the SRT badge as an icon to those eyeballing you in their rearview mirrors.
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Rolling on 20s
Filling the wheelwells of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 are 245/45ZR-20 tires up front and 255/45ZR-20s at the rear. Twenty-inch 5-spoke rims reveal glimpses of the 4-piston Brembo brakes that reside behind them.
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From the body width taillights to the matte-black plastic duck-tail spoiler, the 2008 Dodge Challenger brings retro looks to the future. There is no mistaking the 2008 Challenger SRT8 for any other car from behind, if the styling isn’t obvious, the badging is.
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Modernized Retro Interior
"Old school flair with a modern twist" best describes the interior of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Designers walked the fine line between yesteryear and today with the design of the dash and instruments. The speedo and tachometer get separate spaces in the cluster as do the temperature and fuel gauges.
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Taking Deep Breaths
Carried over from the original Challenger, the latest incarnation of the Dodge Challenger gets functional hood scoops. Deep breathing is a necessity of the muscle car's 6.1-liter Hemi V-8.
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2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Specifications
Test Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8
Base Price: $37,995 including a $675 destination charge
Engine Size and Type: 6.1-liter V-8
Engine Horsepower: 425 @ 6,200 rpm
Engine Torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic with manual shift control
Curb Weight, lbs.: 4,140
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 13/18 mpg
Observed Fuel Economy: 15.5 mpg
Length: 197.7 inches
Width: 75.7 inches
Wheelbase: 116.0 inches
Height: 57.0 inches
Leg room (front/rear): 42.0/32.6 inches
Head room (front/rear): 39.5/37.4 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: Five
Max. Cargo Volume: 16.2 cubic feet
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