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Hello everyone. I'm from the Z and I currently own a paid off 2008 DUB Edition Charger. After lots of thinking, I'm pretty sure I'm ready to trade over to a Challenger. Now, I have a few questions I hope you guys could help me with.

Well, the R/T wasn't available in 2008, only 09, correct?
Well, I was wondering what seems more valuable to you guys. I'm stuck between getting a newer (2011-2012) Challenger with a 3.6 in it, or getting a 2009 R/T. I want a HEMI terribly, but seeing you're getting 300+ HP with the new 3.6 that could substitute well, but I wouldn't know seeing my charger is a 3.5. Anyways, I'm stuck and need help! My pricing is big factor in making this decision, and I know getting a HEMI charger is cheaper in most cases, but I'm ready to take off 2 doors.
PS! I know you can supercharge a 3.5L H/O motor, but can you do that to the 3.6s? I'd love to get 370 out of that 3.6 if possible and if that's the route I choose!

Thanks guys!

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I have a 2013 3.6 .. Before my challenger I had a trans am and never thought I would go v6.. But with 305+Hp and great gas mileage I went with it. ..


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Hello everyone. I'm from the Z and I currently own a paid off 2008 DUB Edition Charger. After lots of thinking, I'm pretty sure I'm ready to trade over to a Challenger. Now, I have a few questions I hope you guys could help me with.

Well, the R/T wasn't available in 2008, only 09, correct?
Well, I was wondering what seems more valuable to you guys. I'm stuck between getting a newer (2011-2012) Challenger with a 3.6 in it, or getting a 2009 R/T. I want a HEMI terribly, but seeing you're getting 300+ HP with the new 3.6 that could substitute well, but I wouldn't know seeing my charger is a 3.5. Anyways, I'm stuck and need help! My pricing is big factor in making this decision, and I know getting a HEMI charger is cheaper in most cases, but I'm ready to take off 2 doors.
PS! I know you can supercharge a 3.5L H/O motor, but can you do that to the 3.6s? I'd love to get 370 out of that 3.6 if possible and if that's the route I choose!

Thanks guys!
The "Z"? That's a new one for me; where is that? I say go with the R/T. IMO, if you're getting a 2 door muscle car it better have an 8. If an 8 is what you really want, every time an R/T or SRT8 drives by you'll wish you had one.

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I have a 2013 3.6 .. Before my challenger I had a trans am and never thought I would go v6.. But with 305+Hp and great gas mileage I went with it. ..


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Yeah, that's how I feel about it in some ways.

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The "Z"? That's a new one for me; where is that? I say go with the R/T. IMO, if you're getting a 2 door muscle car it better have an 8. If an 8 is what you really want, every time an R/T or SRT8 drives by you'll wish you had one.
And I know exactly what you mean, my Charger is a 3.5, and every time I see a R/T or SRT8 pass me, I want it. And when I test drove the R/T and SRT8 in the same day, I NEEDED it.
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Hello everyone. I'm from the Z and I currently own a paid off 2008 DUB Edition Charger. After lots of thinking, I'm pretty sure I'm ready to trade over to a Challenger. Now, I have a few questions I hope you guys could help me with.

Well, the R/T wasn't available in 2008, only 09, correct?
Well, I was wondering what seems more valuable to you guys. I'm stuck between getting a newer (2011-2012) Challenger with a 3.6 in it, or getting a 2009 R/T. I want a HEMI terribly, but seeing you're getting 300+ HP with the new 3.6 that could substitute well, but I wouldn't know seeing my charger is a 3.5. Anyways, I'm stuck and need help! My pricing is big factor in making this decision, and I know getting a HEMI charger is cheaper in most cases, but I'm ready to take off 2 doors.
PS! I know you can supercharge a 3.5L H/O motor, but can you do that to the 3.6s? I'd love to get 370 out of that 3.6 if possible and if that's the route I choose!

Thanks guys!
an 09 RT does not have more 'value' (that can be subjective to owner/buyer), but there are far fewer due to the bailout situation that occurred at that time.

If you are thinking value in terms of potential worth over time, don't even bother no telling what will hold value to younger generations they burn through technology so quickly so cars...

Put in perspective I own a 09 R/T hemi 6speed, my buddie just bought a brand new 2013 SE and is modding his to his taste and style to get the look he wants... Power is not a concern for him because he can break the tires loose all day in that V6 the thing he does not agree with is that iconic "rumble" i get from my exhaust and header setup that he doesn't have from his stock... My buddie traded in his 5.7 ram 1500 with the v8 so he knows what he was giving up, but it is about style not about the nostalgic views of 2door muscle car needing a v8.... give you some honest perspectives here others may disagree..

Get whatever your financial situation is comfortable with.. Simple.. I wanted 3 pedals and that is only available for 5.7-6.1-392 if offered in the 3.6 i would have bought the 3.6.



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Ohh, I meant valuable to my time. Which would be better for me to do in the long run. ^
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I'd most definitely get the rt manual.
You won't regret it. Listen to your heart.
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I just traded off my 2009 RT for an SRT 392. I really liked my RT. It was a thing of beauty. Its the orange one in my Sig. I had a blast with it but like you ....I wanted more POWER

There are alot of satisfied V6 owners but I see it time and time again. Most, not all, people wished they had gone with the bigger motor.

Just reading your post theres already implied desire for the Hemi. Get the RT, you wont regret it. Just the fact that youre thinking about SCing the SXT already means your not going to be satisfied with the 305hp. Installing a SC is going to cost you an additional $7K-$10K that you for sure dont have laying around. Plus the headaches that are associated with that kind of major work. The RT is going to cost more initially but it will be like paying for a SC over time and with far fewer headaches/heartaches.......and you get to have/drive it right now.

One more thing......if you really like shifting, and drifting, and doing burn outs, get the M6.....BUT if you're into speed dont fool your self,....the A5 is faster. Equivalent Challengers at the track the A5 is about a 1/2 second faster.

Now if you really want a beast get a 392...............OOOOOOOOO YA........

BTW......not a big fan of the Z............




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I have a 2009 r/t auto bought brand new, and finally finished paying it off a few months ago. I absolutely love this car, i have never been so fanatical about a car in my life, so much so my wife named it "the mistress". All that being said I still want more power and crave a 392, unfortunately it is not in the cards for me at the moment. Imho you will regret the v6,(no offense se and sxt owners) if you can afford a lightly used r/t i would go that route, but only if its financially responsible. If you buy a new v6 and put a procharger on it you may end up voiding the warranty. You might as well get the power you want right from the beginning. Just my .02

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If you have your eye on the Hemi "horribly", don't think even for a second you can get by on a 305 hp Pentastar. It may seem like v8 power threshold, but in truth, they are still 2 different kinds of beasts. The v6 is going to feel like a v6, which is decidedly different than a v8, 300+ hp or otherwise. The Hemi is going to give you the sensation that you expect, so don't get astray.

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