Dodge Challenger is back in Chrysler's line-up as a modern muscle car with a new SRT8 model. A full line-up will follow in the 2009 model-year.

The all new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is maybe one of the most anticipated new cars for this year and production of it has finally started at Chrysler's Brampton Assembly Plant in Canada where the American car maker also builds the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300C. Almost 1,000 workers and Chrysler executive VP Frank Ewasyshyn attended the celebration.

"Even though the development time for this Dodge Challenger SRT8 is one of the shortest in Chrysler's history, the wait for this exciting car has been too long, and as of today, the wait is finally over!" said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing.

Only 7,000 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models will be build and all are already spoken for at a retail price of USD 37,995, including job #1 which sold for USD 400,000 and job number 43, a B5 Blue Challenger dedicated to racing legend Richard Petty, which raised USD 228,143 for charity causes. The 2008 Challenger SRT8 will be followed by a full Challenger range in 2009 consisting of the Challenger SE, R/T and SRT8.

Gallery: 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Production Started

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