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2008 Dodge Challenger Review
Plenty of power and throwback style.
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The 2008 Dodge Challenger pays homage to its early 1970s counterpart in terms of style and performance. Past Challenger owners will quickly notice the similar, yet updated, body style in addition to the modern technology under the hood. Its release to the market included one model known as the SRT8 that offers a powerful V-8 engine that reaches 425 horsepower. Inside the 2008 Dodge Challenger, you will find a variety of posh trim features destined to bring the muscle car back to the spot light. The price tag starts in the high $20,000s for a new model, but today you can expect to find a reasonable cost for gently used cars that will get you from point A to point B in style.
Engines: 6.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Challenger SRT8
The 2008 Dodge Challenger sports a 6.1-liter V-8 engine that packs a powerful punch. In addition to the impressive 425 horsepower, the SRT8 boasts stability control and side curtain airbags not found in its predecessors. The modern navigation system is also worth noticing due to the up-to-date features for 2008 including the MyGIG Multimedia system. This revolutionary system stores all your favorite songs and pictures on a 20-gigabytes hard drive. Consumers keen on the Challenger of the 1970s will also notice the new undivided grill treatment along with the shorter and leaner body style when compared to its earlier generations.
The 2008 Dodge Challenger exterior is designed to resemble the 1970s Challenger with a slight twist. The more rounded body style is accented with 20-inch alloy wheels surrounded by high performance tires and optional ultra-performance summer tires. Other noteworthy features include the rear spoiler, xenon headlights, and plethora of body colors such as the hard-to-miss Hemi Orange Pearlcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, or Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat. The classic stripe down the front hood center shouts ""Challenger"" at all passersby.
From the 2008 Dodge Challenger 13-speaker audio system with CD changer, to the plush sports seats, you will find plenty of reasons to take a long drive. This model also saw updates in technology, which put it on the same level of other cars in its class. While you are in the driver’s seat, you can comfortably access the audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity from the steering wheel. The interior cabin seats five passengers or you can easily access the folding back seats to expand the truck space.
Performance & Handling
If you feel the need for speed, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will not let you down. According to Dodge, the SRT8 performs a zero-to-60-mph time frame in around 5 seconds. Drivers will have to opt for the five-speed automatic transmission powered by Chrysler’s AutoStick mode since manual is not offered for that model year. This is rarely an issue for Challenger fans since the car has an output of 425 horsepower along with 420 lb-ft of torque.
The 2008 Dodge Challenger is equipped with safety features and several honorable mentions for a car in its class. The anti-lock disc brakes offer brake assist and the power to go from 60 to stop in around 100 yards. Airbags can be found in all the right places including the front seat and side curtain. Drivers will find comfort in the stability control and solid handling.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Throwback Exterior Style
- Solid Performance
- Powerful Hemi V-8 engine
You Won't Like
- Poor Full Economy
- Sole Transmission Style is automatic
- Minimal Interior Perks
Plenty of power and throwback style.
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