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Yesterday and Today: The Challenger
When Jay first saw the Challenger R/T on the cover of Car and Driver when he was 20 years old, he knew he had to have one.
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Dodge's iconic muscle car hit the road for a second time in 2008, after a 35-year absence.
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After ripping up the rotting floor during restoration, Jay discovered the previous owner had patched it with a beer can.
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The interior of the new Challenger is positively luxurious when compared to its forebear, and offers amenities like keyless entry, GPS, info…
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Much as Jay loves this car, its build quality is somewhat dubious. It pulls about 5 mpg, and it handles like a herd of cats.
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The design of the new Challenger was inspired by its heritage, while delivering superior performance. How about 0-60 in 4.9 seconds?
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Back in the day, Dodge marketed the Challenger as a car that drove "close to the road like a snake."
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This was the very first 2008 HEMI Challenger to roll into California, so Jay hopped into his R/T and drove over to the dealership to pick it…
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In the early '70s, buyers had a choice of nine different engines. Fewer than 400 chose the mighty Hemi 426.
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This car was the fourth of 2008's production run of 6400 - all of which were pre-sold!
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The underrated Street Hemi 426 V8 cost an extra $779, and is now regarded as the most reliable, cool-sounding and valuable power plant of th…
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With 425 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, this 6.1-liter SRT HEMI SMPI V8 delivers a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds.
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After burning out his transmission with too many burnouts, Jay used Classic Motorsports Group's Tremec Overdrive Transmission Conversion Kit…
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For 2009, the Hemi was upgraded to get 5 percent higher gas mileage and more power, thanks to a host of upgrades.
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R/T stands for Road/Track and was the high performance model of the original Challenger line.
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So which Challenger do you prefer? Let us know, leave your comments below!
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