In its first year as a full-production model, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics — unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology — to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations. Three models will be offered in North America: Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8®.
The Dodge Challenger SE, powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic transmission, produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m).
The Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces 372 horsepower (277 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (544 N•m). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded to get, on average, a 4 percent improvement in fuel economy, an increase of more than 30 horsepower and up to 20 lb.-ft. improved torque over a greater range of engine speeds. The Dodge Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift, six-speed manual transmission — the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car — that produces 376 horsepower (280 kW) and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 N•m) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated with a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
Source: Dodge press