"The original Dodge Challenger was best known for its straight-line prowess at the dragstrip," said Owen. "The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 not only lives up to that heritage, but was engineered to offer world-class ride and handling characteristics when on the street, at a dragstrip, or at a road course." Finishing off the suspension are SRT-exclusive, fully forged, 20-inch, Alcoa aluminum wheels with four-season Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires-standard for 2008. Three-season Goodyear F1 Supercar tires are available.

The Challenger SRT8's transmission is an electronically controlled five-speed automatic with a lockup torque converter and AutoStick. Three sets of planetary gears provide the individual transmission ratios, while six friction clutches and two overrunning clutches select them. An aggressive First gear ratio provides outstanding launch performance. AutoStick gives the driver the ability to select a higher or lower gear while the transmission controller calibration prevents fuel shutoff during power shifts.

According to Chrysler, a fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain feel responsive without harshness. Electronically controlled engine torque-management provides smooth full-throttle launches, quick wide-open-throttle up shifts, and quick two-step, kick-down shifts that are smoother. Extensive use of an electronically modulated converter clutch (EMCC) improves fuel economy while maintaining smooth operation.

You'll want to be able to stop this thing when you get it moving, so a specially designed system for the Challenger SRT8 will slow and stop the car quickly, safely, and predictably. All four wheels are equipped with Brembo calipers that feature four pistons for even clamping performance. Up front are 360x32mm vented rotors; 350x26mm vented rotors are in the rear. With estimated 60-0 mph stopping distance of approximately 110 feet, the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers customers benchmark braking.

So there you have it, the Challenger is back. It all started a couple of years ago when enthusiasts cried for rear-wheel-drive performance. When the Charger was released with four doors, the masses cried foul. This should satisfy everyone.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Specifications

Dimensions are in inches unless otherwise noted.
Body Style Coupe
Assembly Plant Brampton, Ontario, Canada
EPA Vehicle Class Intermediate car
Introduction Date April 2008
Displacement 370 ci
Bore x Stroke 4.06 inch x 3.58 inch
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves
Fuel Injection Sequential, multi-port, electronic, returnless
Construction Deep-skirt, cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Power (estimated SAE Net) 425 bhp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque (estimated SAE Net) 420 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,400 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded premium 91-octane (R+M)/2 recommended
Oil Capacity 7 qt.
Coolant Capacity 14 qt.
Max. Gross Trailer Weight Not recommended
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy
mpg (City/Hwy) 13/18