The New York Auto Show is lucky enough to get the debuts of the full production versions of the 2009 Dodge Challenger.
A little over a month ago Dodge pulled the wraps off the Challenger SRT8 at the Chicago Auto Show, but with a limited production of 6400 there are likely to be a lot of unhappy punters queuing outside the dealerships. Fortunately the New York Auto Show sees the unveiling of the Dodge Challenger R/T & SE which will slot below the SRT8 although the only changes we see are under the hood.
The R/T model features the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the five-speed automatic has gained 30hp for 2009 bringing total output to 370hp and 398 lb.-ft.(540 Nm) of torque and for those of you who wish to go for the six-speed manual, output is pumped up to 375hp and 404 lb.-ft.(548 Nm) of torque. The entry level SE model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 250hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 Nm).
Production for the Challenger will commence in Ontario, Canada alongside the Chrysler 300c and Dodge Charger with first deliveries to arrive this fall.