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2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Creeps Up To $41,230

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2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

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Things just got a little more interesting in the musclecar world: Chrysler has bumped up the price of the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 to $41,230. That's an increase of $1010 over the 2009 model.

What this might mean for the Challenger isn't sure. On the one hand, the price jump makes the 2010 model about $8000 more expensive than the similarly performance-minded 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, which has a base price of $33,430. Moreover, the Challenger is about 400 pounds heavier than the Camaro, but that weight doesn't translate into additional power. (The Challenger boasts 425 hp, the Camaro clocks in at 426 hp.)

It's a little harder to compare the 2010 Challenger SRT8 with the 2010 Ford Mustang. Yes, Ford offers two Mustang variants that ring in above the $40,000 mark: the coupe and convertible Shelby GT 500s, which have MSRPs of $46,325 and $51,325, respectively. However, even those models come with only a 315 hp V8. [Not exactly: see correction in the comments below.] Ford does plan to bring a brawnier 5-liter V8 to the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0.

In sum: on paper the Challenger outperforms the Mustang, but it runs neck and neck with the Camaro, although the Challenger costs significantly more. This would seem to imply that performance enthusiasts might gravitate toward the Camaro -- and certainly some do. But in our experience, brand loyalty is a huge factor in the musclecar market, so even with the price jump, don't expect many Challenger fans to jump ship.

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Comments (3)
  1. Mr. Author-
    Please check your facts....
    QUOTE FROM Car Connection's Article entitiled, "1st DRIVE 2010 MUSTANG GT500"-
    ""With 540 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 510 lb-ft torque at 4,500 rpm, all is right again in the Mustang corral. The new Shelby gets its power from a supercharged 5.4-liter overhead cam V-8 with an iron block and aluminum heads. Ford claims the 2010 Shelby GT500 will run 0-60 mph in about 4.1 seconds, through the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds, and top out at an electronically-limited 155 mph. After spending the better part of two days behind the wheel, we can attest to this Mustang's ability to run at a very fast gallop. On a less than ideal day on the drag strip at Infineon Raceway in California, we ripped off high 12-second runs. Given ideal launch conditions and no headwind, perhaps 12.1 would be possible.""
    With 540 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 510 lb-ft torque at 4,500 rpm, all is right again in the Mustang corral. The new Shelby gets its power from a supercharged 5.4-liter overhead cam V-8 with an iron block and aluminum heads. Ford claims the 2010 Shelby GT500 will run 0-60 mph in about 4.1 seconds, through the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds, and top out at an electronically-limited 155 mph. After spending the better part of two days behind the wheel, we can attest to this Mustang's ability to run at a very fast gallop. On a less than ideal day on the drag strip at Infineon Raceway in California, we ripped off high 12-second runs. Given ideal launch conditions and no headwind, perhaps 12.1 would be possible.""
    Pricing for the 540 hp GT 500 is $51,325 / $46,255, again according to YOUR site.
    Perhaps you all would be looking for a proofreader? I do freelance work.
     
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  2. @Mike: thanks for being so generous in victory. My only excuse is probably that it was early and I glanced at the regular GT stats instead of the Shelby's. On the upside, I did get the MSRPs right.
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    Given the correction, it's obviously far easier to compare the Challenger SRT8 and the Shelby Mustang. At $46k and change, the Shelby runs $5k more than the Dodge, but then, the Mustang buyer gets 115 extra ponies under the hood. Some might say that's a toss-up, but I think it all comes back to brand loyalty. $5k likely isn't enough to make a Mustang fan slide into a Challenger -- especially when taking into account the great strides Ford has been making in quality in recent years. (As a former Mustang owner, I know that hasn't always been the case.)
     
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  3. My father bought a 70 Camaro for $300 in 1977, and thought it was a lot of money then! I suppose that price is one of the biggest changed factors in the new camaros, challengers and mustangs
     
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