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week and a half old news but i didn't see a thread...

http://www.dodge.com/en/challenger/index.html

http://www.fast-autos.net/news/72/

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jul 1, 2006 - Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda today announced that Dodge Challenger will return to production after a nearly 35-year hiatus. The all-new Dodge Challenger will debut as a 2008 model in calendar-year 2008.

The announcement was made shortly before the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Driving out with the Dodge Challenger was Chrysler Group Chief Operating Officer Eric Ridenour.

"We haven’t seen this kind of spontaneous, passionate response to a car since we unveiled the Dodge Viper concept in 1989,” said LaSorda. “But it’s easy to see what people like about the Dodge Challenger. It’s bold, powerful and capable. It’s a modern take on one of the most iconic muscle cars, and sets a new standard for pure ‘pony car’ performance.”

The Dodge Challenger will feature the long hood, short deck, wide stance and two-door coupe body style that distinguished the iconic Challengers of the 1970s.

“We drew on the rich heritage of the Dodge Challenger, but with contemporary forms and technologies,” said Ridenour. “It’s not just a re-creation; it’s a reinterpretation.”

Dodge’s “Pony Car” in the 1970s

The Dodge Challenger made its debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. While it shared the “E-body” platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger’s wheelbase was two inches longer, creating more interior space.

The Dodge Challenger was originally offered as either a two-door hardtop or convertible. And, befitting the brand’s performance heritage, the Dodge Challenger also went racing in its first year, competing most notably in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am series and National Hot Rod Association’s Pro Stock class.

Although it was produced only from 1970 to 1974, the Dodge Challenger earned a reputation as one of the most desirable of the original “pony cars,” with meticulously restored and rare examples today selling for six-figure prices.

In its first year, Dodge Challenger was offered in a limited-edition T/A model to meet homologation requirements for SCCA Trans-Am racing. In 1971, a Dodge Challenger paced the Indianapolis 500 race. New front-end styling in 1972 featured a larger, “egg-crate” grille. In April 1974, Challenger production ceased. Over a five-year span, approximately 188,600 Dodge Challengers were sold.

The Dodge Challenger is another chapter in Chrysler Group’s long history of bringing concepts quickly to production, including the Dodge Viper, Plymouth Prowler, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Jeep® Compass.

“Our product development system allows us to quickly turn concepts into high-quality production vehicles,” said Ridenour. “We’re justifiably proud of our speed to market, and Dodge Challenger is the latest example of our focus on getting gotta-have-it vehicles to our customers.”

I'll take mine Black on black please :yum:
 

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If it looks like that concept pic then I hope every Charger is recalled for the Challenger.
 

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!^3 said:
Except for the extra 2 doors that make it nothing more than a new generation Dodge Intrepid
a) I love the Charger SRT-8.

b) If there is anything but a Pontiac engine in your '68 Firebird, you are gay. :hay:
 

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FYRARMS said:
a) I love the Charger SRT-8.

b) If there is anything but a Pontiac engine in your '68 Firebird, you are gay. :hay:

a.) LOL, SRT-8 anything is awesome. But if I am buying an SRT-8 car, please make it the 300C, a car that looks like it was supposed to be 4 door. Challenger > Charger :)

b.) As for my Firebird, Pontiac offered one with a Chevrolet 350 back then instead of the Pontiac motor which the majority of buyers chose. Yes, it was not quite the same as the 400 or 455 cars but it was most certainly a factory option. Not sure what a personal attack has to do with this thread though :scratch:
 

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I'll take a one white with black interior please.... or should i wait for the cuda ?
 

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!^3 said:
As for my Firebird, Pontiac offered one with a Chevrolet 350 back then instead of the Pontiac motor which the majority of buyers chose. Yes, it was not quite the same as the 400 or 455 cars but it was most certainly a factory option.
BZZZTT! Incorrect. Pontiac never offered a Chevy engine in a Pontiac Firebird until the late 70's models were offered with a 305 Chevy in California. The 350 engine in your 1968 Firebird was a Pontiac 350. Someone has swapped engines on you if there is a Chevy under the hood. :eek:

Not sure what a personal attack has to do with this thread though
Not a personal attack. I am a HUGE fan of Pontiacs. I have owned many, and still own my 1970 GTO. I hate when people swap engines, that's all. ;)
 

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FYRARMS said:
BZZZTT! Incorrect. Pontiac never offered a Chevy engine in a Pontiac Firebird until the late 70's models were offered with a 305 Chevy in California. The 350 engine in your 1968 Firebird was a Pontiac 350. Someone has swapped engines on you if there is a Chevy under the hood. :eek:

Not a personal attack. I am a HUGE fan of Pontiacs. I have owned many, and still own my 1970 GTO. I hate when people swap engines, that's all. ;)
Yes the one in mine was not stock for sure, it is a higher compression built 350 put in by the original owner. Personally I'd rather have a 400 car but this makes more power than the D-port motor does :)

'70 GTO? Very nice, got pics?
 

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No pics. :sad: Car is a lonnnng term project at my friend's body shop. Shaved mouldings, shaved markers, shaved door handles, molded rear GT-37 (uber-rare) spoiler, full Hotchkis Suspension, Baer brakes, 18" wheels, etc. Doing the Pro-Touring/G-Machine thing to her.

Finishing a 462" EFI Pontiac engine for it, and we will probably run either a 4L80E or a TH200-4R trans...
 

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Id rather rollerblade around then drive a new charger.
 

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FYRARMS said:
No pics. :sad: Car is a lonnnng term project at my friend's body shop. Shaved mouldings, shaved markers, shaved door handles, molded rear GT-37 (uber-rare) spoiler, full Hotchkis Suspension, Baer brakes, 18" wheels, etc. Doing the Pro-Touring/G-Machine thing to her.

Finishing a 462" EFI Pontiac engine for it, and we will probably run either a 4L80E or a TH200-4R trans...
Wow, sounds very kickass, kind of like mine as you're trying to get it up to today's standards. I did a quick ratio steering box, disc brakes, 17's on low profile Pirelli's, etc. Unfortunately I am selling it to fund other things but it certainly won't be my last muscle car. Best of luck with the build, that 462 should be a monster!
 

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Challenger looks like old Challenger and concept Challenger. It has the correct number of doors and shape for a badass musclecar.

Charger DOESN'T look like the old Charger and NOTHING like the concept Charger. It has the INCORRECT number of doors and shape for a badass musclecar. IMO, they stole the 300's insides and dropped a shell on top... that should be a no no.:nono: :hahano: :rant: :rant2: :gtfo: :mad: :scratch:
 
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