At a base price of $21,995 including destination, the base version of the 2009 Dodge Challenger won't significantly outprice Ford's Mustang. The base car comes with Dodge's 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. It won't turn in 12-second quarters, but it will get 18/25 mpg, Dodge says. Standard features include curtain airbags, power windows/locks/mirrors, a CD player, and a telescoping steering wheel.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T, shown here at its Chicago auto show debut, gets HEMI power and a sticker price of $29,995. Underneath its hood, the 370-horsepower HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, while a Track Pack offers a Tremec six-speed manual and a total of 375 horsepower to go with standard anti-lock brakes, stability control, and 18-inch wheels.
The Challenger SRT8 returns with a sticker of $39,995 and gets the manual-gearbox option too. The Challenger lineup includes marvy options like real-time traffic through Sirius Satellite Radio, Keyless Go pushbutton start, and Bluetooth.