Dodge officially unveils Challenger R/T Classic


The new Challenger R/T Classic is expected to go on sale next month

The new Challenger R/T Classic is expected to go on sale next month

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No matter how you feel about car manufacturers recycling their icons of the past, there’s no denying that the interest shown in the Challenger has been phenomenal. While there has been a lot of information about the flagship SRT8 muscle car, at this week’s Detroit Auto Show Dodge unveiled a special edition model based on the mid-level R/T.

Today official details and photos of the new retro-mod were released. Evoking the spirit of the original 1970 Challenger, the Challenger R/T Classic will initially be offered the iconic Dodge Heritage colors of Hemi Orange and TorRed, plus standard colors including Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Stone White. A B5 Blue edition will be added down the track as well, and is pictured in the leaked brochures that have appeared on several internet forums.

“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic is more than a modern-day muscle machine, it pays homage to one of the most storied nameplates in automotive history,” said Dan Knott, vice president of car, minivan and SRT product team for Chrysler.

The car will be set apart from standard Challengers thanks to the original Challenger script labeled on the front fenders instead of on the grille, retro stripes, classic egg-crate grille, a body-color rear spoiler, chromed fuel-filler door, and throwback wheels. A new fully-functional hood scoop will also be installed. Modifications to the mechanicals are minimal, though it does get a performance-tuned dual exhaust, which bumps output slightly to 376hp (280kW) and 410lb-ft (556Nm) of torque.

Inside, the car gets a trapezoidal design scheme inspired by the original Challenger, including a 'four bomb' gauge cluster and premium leather seating surfaces. An advanced Uconnect infotainment system is also available in the car, in stark contrast to the otherwise retro roots.

Production of the Challenger R/T Classic is expected to begin in February at the company's Brampton, Ontario plant, with the car scheduled to go on sale later that month. Prices start at $34,005 including the $725 destination fee.

 
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