The first 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 delivered in the world to customer, a black 6.1L Limited Edition model, was presented to none other than Jay Leno at Big Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Van Nuys yesterday. The first batch of SRT8s only went into production last month and getting your hands on one will be tough considering the entire first year production run – about 7,000 cars – is already accounted for.

Leno drove up to the Van Nuys showroom in a vintage Challenger with a classic 426 Hemi underneath its hood. Leno then signed all the necessary papers and drove the car straight off the showroom floor. After a walk-around outside, some photo opportunities and time to talk with the guests at the dealership, Leno then took the car for a quick spin around the block.

Like all SRT8s, Leno’s car features a 6.1L HEMI V8 engine complete with 425hp and 420lb-ft of torque, forged aluminum 20in alloys and a unique numbered dash plaque.

This wasn’t the first SRT8, however. That car fetched more than $400,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction back in January and was sold to raise funds for charity.


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