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#411 of 526 2008 Challenger
Apr 15, 2007 (11:31 am)
Just an opinion about the 2008 Challenger
I'd like to buy one.... however..... the experience would be much more enjoyable if the following was considered.
1.) It was communicated by Dodge that a special performance version like the 1970 Challenger RT was an option. All I've seen so far in the cars marketing is a parallel to the base Challenger - sorry but that is not going to get my money. Build an RT for the "too much is not enough crowd." Also, have a way to buy one special order - I know what I want, I should be able to order it, not explain to someone at the dealership what the car even is to begin with. I should be able to build it online.
2.) Call it what you will but three base motors to choose from just won't be enough. An SRT-8 or SRT-10 should fit under that long sexy hood with a shaker option as well. How about a 528 hemi?
3.) The gauges are all wrong as well as the stereo. This is a big oversight for two reasons: The RT version had an option for rally gauges instead of that droopy speedometer hanging down the left side of the steering column. The rally gauges would include a tach in the dash and would all be symmetrical. Maybe they will have the proper rally gauges as an option for the SRT8 or RT version... one can only hope.
4.) The stereo is all wrong in that the cheese of the "designer" dash cut out will be hell in the long run. I know, I've heard it all that the "new" stereo options are better and that you won't be tempted to upgrade - The simple fact remains that you will eventually wear out the deck or it will break in time (CD skips, volume nob gets scratchy, etc.) Then you have an ugly double din space to fill in the dash with only a cheezy aftermarket insert to make an attempt at closing it back up into something short of an open crater big enough to show all the under dash wiring harness... yuck!
Here is the car I'd sign up for:
2008 Challenger RT
528 Hemi engine (dreaming)
6-speed HD Pistol grip manual stick
Bullet proof rear end differential (3.91)
18" Rally wheels
Plum Crazy or Mood Indigo Paint
White leather interior
Rim Blow steering wheel
Then I'd go hunting for Z06 vetts, ZL1 camaros, Shelby with the B.S. 20k "market adjustments", and anything foreign.
#412 of 526 Production Capacity
Apr 17, 2007 (2:55 pm)
Anybody heard what planned production capacity will be? IF it's 10,000 - 15,000 per year like the Mustang GT500, they'll be selling for $10-15k over MSRP as well.
May 02, 2007 (6:08 am)
I hope they jettison that radio. I was looking for an old style dash, not a '50s retro diner look. But then, it might be so unpopular it will drive the price down.
#414 of 526 Re: 2008 Challenger [js23rfc7]
May 27, 2007 (5:20 am)
Take if from an ‘old-timer’ that once you actually purchase the car issues like gauge placement and stereo will become secondary. First and foremost are exterior styling and brute performance.
I purchased a new ’69-Hemi Roadrunner only to sell it because me wife was afraid to drive it, followed by a ’69 Charger RT which she actually liked. Both of the cars were awesome performers in stock factory configurations and very easy to modify if you were looking for that extra edge, and of course hind site being what it is, I certainly would like either or both of the cars back.
Your concerns of gauge placement and stereo are valid however the proof is in the 'pedal' and when you put it to the floor at 50 mph and grab 2nd gear you want to look in the mirror and see rubber on the road.
Word on the street is that the new ’08 will carry a price tag somewhere around 31k and there could be a performance super-stock 392-hemi (525 hp/510 pound-feet of torque) in the works priced somewhere around $???.
The new and the old, it is true somethings do get better….
Jun 07, 2007 (6:34 pm)
The current mustang is so hot, and the upcoming camaro looks awsome too, but I just dont see what all the hype is about this car. This dodge is soooooooo UGLY. Atleast the mustang and camaro are retro designs with a modern execution of style, but this thing is just a rehashed version of the past and is downright ugly. Now Im sure the performence will be spectacular, but unless they fix this design, I dont see why anyone would buy one over a mustang or camaro.
#416 of 526 Re: WHY? [eric8190]
Jun 07, 2007 (6:52 pm)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case at least, your opinion of the Challenger seems to be WAY in the minority.
#417 of 526 Put your glasses on
Jun 08, 2007 (6:27 am)
I would have to agree with shipo and think that eric8190 needs to put his glasses on. The Challenger is one of the most anticipated cars to come out in a long tme. It's been on the cover of numerous magazines. But, I guess that everyone is intitled to their own opinion, but if you read through the comments on this site, eric8190 is in the vast minority.
I've been counting down the days for the Challenger for a long time. I wish that we could get more information on it.
Jun 08, 2007 (7:39 pm)
I AGREE AGAIN WITH MOPAR RICK , PUT EM ON . I JUST SEEM TO THINK THAT YOUR EITHER ANTI DODGE PRO FORD OR CHEVY AND PUTTING OUT FALSE SLANDER ON A TRUE ,YEAH , THAAATS RIGHT, TRUE MUSCLE CAR THAT WILL BE THEE HEAD TURNER OF THIS DECADE. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU JUST PUT OUT HERE THAT SHOULD SIMPLY STAY WITH YOU. MUSTANG CAMARO OK NICE GOOD LOOKING CARS BUT YOU SHOULD DO SOME THINKING ABOUT THIS. OH BY THE WAY I'M NOT SHOUTING , I NEED TO LEARN MY KEY BOARD BETTER, ILL WORK ON IT. DON'T FORGET , YOU'D BE EATIN' SUSHI RIGHT NOW IF IT WASN'T FOR DODGE SO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY, OR I'LL GIVE YOU A HISTORY LESSON, YOU CAN GIVE ME A KEYBOARD LESSON. PEACE OUT BRO! THANK YOU , HEY MOPAR RICK, SHES COMING MAN , REAL SOON, LATER
Jul 11, 2007 (11:25 am)
2008 HXC Challenger / 1971 Hemi Cuda re-creation