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More of a history of the Challenger and Cuda from the beginning, but there is this little part about the new Challenger...


Generations - Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda


Of all the classic muscle cars, none have become more collectible or more valuable than the Dodge Challengers and Plymouth Barracudas produced during the 1970 and 1971 model years. That's despite the fact that these twins were hardly innovative in their specification nor particularly popular in sales. But they were the quintessential muscle cars: handsome and brazen in their styling and overstuffed with iconic features and, yes, gimmicks. But most of all their reputation was part and parcel of the V8 engines under their hoods: 340, 340 Six-Pack, 383 Magnum, 440 Magnum, 440 Six-Pack and, most of all, the legendary 426 Hemi.

Both the Barracuda and Challenger were in production for more than those two years, but neither of them was around for very long. These were two stars that burned bright but quickly burned out.


The next Challenger

A huge hit at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the "next" Challenger, a concept car that echoes the shape and spirit of the original. With its four round headlights, kicked-up belt/character lines and horizontal taillight panel out back, the Challenger concept pays unabashed homage to the '70 and '71 versions of Dodge's muscular pony car.

It even has a production 6.1-liter V8 Hemi V8 under the hood. Yeah, the same 425-hp version found in a current Dodge Charger SRT8, backed by a six-speed manual transmission. Dodge's performance claims are zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a quarter-mile run in 13 seconds flat and a top speed of 174 mph. So no, it wouldn't be as fast as the old Challenger. It would be much faster.

As of this writing, strong rumors indicate that Dodge will build the Challenger and that it will debut in 2008. With the newest, retro-themed Ford Mustang hotter than jalapeños and the fact that the Challenger Concept is based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform found under the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300, production seems very likely.

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Re: New article on the Challenger (Edmunds)

13 seconds is good,but by today's standards not good enough to compete,...put the 6.4L 500 hp motor in the srt-8 version and they will hit it right on the mark!;) :cool:
 

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Re: New article on the Challenger (Edmunds)

Thanks for posting that. I just wish they'd go ahead and ANNOUNCE the darn car already and get on with it!
 

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Re: New article on the Challenger (Edmunds)

Considering a new Z06 that weighs 3136 lbs. is running low 12's, 13 flat from a car weighing probably 800 lbs. more for half the @#%&$$$$$$$ is fine by me. Just gimme about 8 retro colors to choose from please. Save the maroon and navy blue for the 300 C and Magnum.
 

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Re: New article on the Challenger (Edmunds)

Debut in 2008? I was hoping for a debut in 2007 for vehicle year 2008....nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!:mad: :mad: :confused: :confused: :eek: :eek:
 

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Re: New article on the Challenger (Edmunds)

300c SRT8 has went [email protected] stock. now take 600ish lbs off and a shorter chassis and a 6 spd..I bet a 13.0 is your time with a bad driver in there. The Chally is easily a mid to low 12 second ride with good tires and driver. But yes, we NEED the 6.4 in there
 
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