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Models, Pricing & Equipment
For 2009, there are three Dodge Challenger models to choose from. Things start at the base level with the SE, with a price starting at $21,995 including the $675 destination charge. Powered by a 3.5-liter, 250-horsepower V-6 engine connected to a four-speed automatic transmission, the SE is no stripped down rental-fleet special. Air conditioning, an eight-way power driver's seat, four-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control with steering-column mounted controls are all standard equipment. Even when you start adding in options the price remains reasonable, and there are plenty of options to choose from, including Dodge's UConnect navigation and entertainment system. If you're more interested in the Challenger's show instead of its go, the 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway are likely to be icing on the cake.
The next step up is the R/T, which for its $29,995 base price boasts a 372 hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine under the hood. It comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission, but for 2009, you can get a six-speed manual and limited slip differential as part of the Track Pak option group (you also get 4 extra horses). Stick with the automatic and you get cylinder deactivation technology to help save on gas, netting you 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway; manuals only manage 15 city...ouch.
Nearly 30 large is a lot for a car, but the R/T comes well equipped traction control and anti-lock brakes, performance suspension and steering settings, fog lights, a body-color rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels and tires (20s are optional), and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.
Power-hungry Mopar fans already know about the $39,995 SRT8, since it lead the Challenger charge for the 2008 model year. For 2009 it returns with a few worthwhile optional upgrades. The engine under the Challenger SRT8 hood is the same 425 hp 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 we know and love, but this year it can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential thanks to the Track Pak; SRT8 buyers, get the Track Pak. Otherwise the SRT8 is mostly carryover, including its standard 20-inch wheels, flat-black trunk spoiler, performance suspension and wonderful SRT-specific driver seat.
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