Mopar muscle car enthusiasts fondly remember the handsome Challenger coupe that took on the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang in the late 1960s. Dodge released the top model in the lineup first, so the Challenger SRT8 shares the same powertrain as its Charger and 300C SRT8 siblings: a 425-bhp/420 lb.-ft. 6.1L V-8, coupled to a 5-speed automatic. The Challenger SRT8 doesn't have a direct competitor from Ford, as the roughly comparable Mustang Shelby GT500 is more powerful (500-bhp) and expensive. At 4,120 lbs, the Challenger SRT8 is no lightweight, but most customers probably won't mind. Weight distribution is a reasonable 55.6:44.4 front/rear. The SRT8 gets Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 245/45R20 tires (front) and P255/45R20 tires (rear) mounted on 20" x 9" 5-spoke alloy wheels. Alternatively, Goodyear Eagle RS-A all-season tires are available instead. Naturally, Brembo brakes are standard: 14.2" diameter (front) and 13.8" diameter (rear). Vented rotors and 4-piston calipers are part of the brake package. Traction control and Electronic Stability Control are standard.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||Original MSRP
|Challenger SRT8 ||6.1l V8 (425-bhp) ||A5 ||RWD ||$39,420|