If you had sat this teenage boy down in the mid 1980s and said: "Tell you what I'm going to do - I'll build you a custom car. How about we use a Mercedes chassis, a twin plug fuel injected Hemi - 400 lbs of torque work for you? How about a SIX speed manual, leather interior, 4 wheel disk brakes, dual exhaust - pretty much a dream car compared to that bombed out $500 Mustang you have now, or the awful K cars you could buy." "Oh, and let's really go crazy. I'll build a computer right into the dash, with a touchscreen. I'll make special brakes that don't lock up, and tires that run even if they go flat. We'll put an air compressor in the trunk, and we'll make the body look like an awesome early '70s musclecar. OK, and it won't get 9 miles to the gallon on the highway, more like 27 or so if you're good. How does that grab you?" I would have probably sacrificed at least a pinky to get that car, as described. Amazing, then, that I have bought that dream car. No, it is not nimble in the truest sense; the weightiness is all part of the appeal, though, as you look over the long hood and rotate the car (rather safely) with your right foot, listening to the distant NASCAR rumble and enjoying incredibly comfortable seats - front OR rear. Just try that in a Mustang these days. Life is short, people - enjoy what you're paying for. I know I am, thanks to this beautiful blue R/T Challenger.
I got this car as a high-mile vehicle to save on the price, but it was in phenomenal condition for a year old with 49k. It's of course stunning--the pics don't begin to do it justice. I have the bright Hemi orange R/T. Needless to say, it's insanely fast. I consider it a working man's muscle car, as it was "do able" for 26 as a base model. It's VERY comfortable a ride for a muscle/sports car. The driver/shotgun cabin is huge. Mind you, I'm a 5'7 slim-built female, and I find the Camaro waaaayyyy to cramped, and it sits like putting one's butt on a bag of rocks. The Mustang hits me in a similar manner. Sorry, devotees. Just how I feel personally. I started driving in a 1981 Cutlass Supreme 4-door, which had tail lights that look like the pattern on a waffle. So, I feel right in a big "see-dan." I also love a Caddy-esque "squishy" ride. The Mustang in comparison has always bothered me with too-tight suspension (which used to make it just itching to spin, even on dry pavement), and it's never felt comfy to me. If you're a bigger/taller person, you should feel at home in this car. My dad is about 6'2, and 270 pounds, and he didn't look at all uncomfortable in the car. The stereo is quite capable of transmitting bass frequencies, however, it's strangely sibilant (meaning when someone speaks or sings a letter "S" it sounds hissy) at the baseline on the EQ, meaning in the middle. I would have liked a bit more OOOMMPH power-wise. To be fair, I like funk, and classic rock music, all of which was on LP's (records), so the recordings themselves are MUCH quieter than they are now. At some point, I'd like to yank it out, and see if I can put in a BOSE or even better, Bang and Olufsen (see the movie "Copycat," the vertical CD player is the same era B and O I have---featured in the scene when she looks over crime-scene photos.) A small desktop one is $3,200 10 years ago, but it's VERY VERY nice. I have no idea if they even make car stereos. I got one at a GARAGE SALE!!! The owner's manual is about 300 pages long, and not as well set-up as I'd like in the glance I got to see thus far. This car gets EVERYONE'S attention. It's very difficult not to do a burnout (yes, on an automatic!) at every stop. It's also not easy to keep it below 80 MPH!!! It feels like the car is totally happy at 75mph, and would easily do 100 all day long. I've gotten looks from a man driving a late-model quad-whatever Maserati!! And a Lotus, too! Both very expensive cars; about 100k plus each! The good news is, smiling at those people is nice because you don't have to explain why the car is cool and well worth 30 grand. I think the Hemi orange only comes in R/T or STR 8, and I know it's the only one with dual exhaust pipes. The 60 horse larger STR8 is a huge difference in price, tho. OOOh, on the expressway going to Sunday breakfast, I saw a 70's muscle car maybe a mile and a half away. I stepped on it, and caught up to him in four seconds to find he was driving a 1970 Challenger in Plum Crazy Purple--a convertible now worth about 80 grand. I thought I'd be bothered by lack of leather seats, but I'm really not. I heard about a company that makes nice seat covers for that anyway. About a thousand dollars for all of the seats, but you get what you pay for. I also didn't know if I'd like the high-shine rims, but they actually work for this car. They wouldn't on say an Accord ot even a Lexus. The calipers rattle a bit over bumbs by nature, as I hear it, but it's not annoying. And I'm one who's REALLY bothered by annoying noises. Minor downside: the "sight lines" along the back quarter panel frankly are really not great. I've lost entire cars in the blind spot. I hope I don't one day miss a bike (motorcycle) or a ten-speeder. Parking into garages is...well, not fun. I put a board under the back tires, because as I said, you can't see NOTHING back there. This way, when you lightly bump against the board, you know you can't go back farther. This was never an issue in my daily driver, a 1997 Honda Acccord. Also, I'm used to stopping in about 145 feet in the Honda from a good 60 mph. The Honda weighs about 2,700 pounds as a four-door. The Hemi of course, is VERY heavy at 4,100 pounds. It's like stopping a loaded Caddy pulling a small bus. I've wished I had a clutch so I could use it to slow the car down, and downstift and slowly release the clutch as you would on an old motorcycle with ineffective brakes. The steering takes more effort than the Accord. It's almost not a "two fingers steering" car. It's a "ten and two" as they told you in driver's ed. However, it's inordinately FUN to drive. I don't even mind being stuck in traffic with this car so much, b/c you still get to look cool. Plus, everyone looks at you. What surprises me is how anyone could be oblivious to a bright orange Challenger. I hope Dodge decides to make a nice aftermarket engine cover. The one on there is a huge and UGLY bit of plastic that covers up all the cool parts. It's quite quiet at idle, which I plan to fix with custom exhaust eventually to get a nice, unoffensive Maserati sort of note from that. Revving the motor will never fail to make you smile, nor will just looking at this "great pumpkin." Someone unfairly reviewed this car here a bit negatively b/c they had three kids and the backseat is clearly made to be more decorative than day-to-day functional. If I had kids, I would sleep with the keys on my person, as the car is completely irresistable to me, I can only imagine being a teenager again. Wait until they have their own kids, and then buy this car. The seats are electric, so not made to move out of the way fast. I like the CD holder in the console. I like the chrome badge on the glovebox, and wish they'd have given us the nice chrome door runner piece stock, too. This one has the bigger tires, so I hear it grips better. Car and driver called the larger tires "not as much fun."
Because its a beast! Its got a ton of power, its fun, its the best looking new muscle car. Gas mileage sucks I get about 300 miles to my 18 gallon tank bah! but the new challengers go into 4 cylinders on the freeway so it makes it better. The back seat doesnt have much room but there is a ton up front.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger is part of the fourth generation of Challengers manufactured by Dodge in Detroit, Michigan. The first Challengers debuted back in 1958, with a hiatus in production between 1960 and 1969. Over the years, the Challenger has seen a significant transformation, yet it retains its sleek, sporty design. The 2009 Dodge Challenger is available in three different trim options.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger, as we know it today, was first displayed during the 2008 New York Auto Show, and production began in August that same year. The year 2009 is largely regarded as the first major release of the fourth generation of Challengers, as 2008 saw only the release of limited edition SRT8s through July. Prior to this fourth-generation release, the Challenger actually saw a rather long hiatus in production that began in 1983.
Compared to earlier releases, the 2009 Dodge Challenger saw numerous upgrades and new features, including:
Speed and adrenaline lovers will enjoy the 2009 Challenger's rapid acceleration, with the R/T trim engine capable of reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in less than six seconds. Furthermore, this model year was the first to feature the innovative electronic stability program, which allows for a more enjoyable ride and better overall handling in just about any road condition. In terms of maneuverability, drivers enjoy the curve-hugging capabilities of the Challenger.
Furthermore, whereas previous releases of the fourth-generation Challenger only came with automatic transmission, drivers enjoyed the option to select a six-speed manual or five-speed manual transmission to customize their road experience.
The V6 version of the 2009 Audi A4 had an MSRP of $35,850, while the four-cylinder version was priced just over $16,000 lower. That is a considerable difference, and the used value of the vehicles reflects that. Audis hold their value well, and a 2009 A4 can be purchased for around $25,000 for the V6 version, and around $13,000 for the four-cylinder option.
In terms of design, many fans have noted similarities in exterior appearance between the 2009 Challenger and the 1970 Challenger. With a sleek body, classic grille design, and retro accents, the 2009 Challenger does a great job of evoking those warm fuzzy feelings of days long past. And when it comes to overall performance, drivers have had good things to say about the Challenger's:
On the other hand, some drivers have noted that they experience a blind spot toward the back of the vehicle while driving (which is not uncommon in coupe sports cars). Furthermore, others have mentioned that the vehicle itself feels too large and boxy, so this may not be the car for you if you're looking for something small and sleek.
The standard engine on the 2009 Dodge Challenger is a 3.5L V6 with four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive type. However, depending on the trim level you choose, engine upgrades can vary. For example, the Dodge Challenger R/T features a more powerful 5.7L V8 engine with 372 horsepower, and the SRT8 boasts a 6.1L V8 at 425 horsepower. Its 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard, but upgraded 18-inch or even 20-inch (on the SRT8) wheels can take your driving experience to the next level.
Exterior features on the 2009 Dodge Challenger vary from one trim to the next, but a few notable options include:
The interior of the Challenger has really come a long way since the last generation's release. Depending on the trim option, drivers will find features such as:
An optional sunroof also brightens up an otherwise rather dark interior, and four people can sit pretty comfortably inside.