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Dodge Challenger (2008) outed

By Stephen Dobie

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18 January 2008 11:39

The production-ready Dodge Challenger is on the prowl, and CAR has caught it undisguised for the first time. The official launch is at next month’s Chicago Auto Show, and it’s almost a carbon copy of the concept we drove back in 2006.

In fact, it’s not far off the 1970’s original and is a much more faithful rendition of its iconic dad than the Mustang. The car in our pictures is the SRT-8 version, identifiable by the badge on the front grille and those lovely red brake callipers.

It’s the first one that isn’t bathed in the HEMI orange we are now well acquainted with from the concept . While losing some of the immediate impact, the silver looks sleeker and stealthier. It brings out details such as the ‘thrust’ line running the length of the car, with that kick-up at the rear window – just like the 38-year-old original. Incidentally, over half the orders Dodge have received so far are for orange cars.

Changes over the concept include the addition of a subtle black rear spoiler, tweaked five-spoke alloys, and some slightly more conventional rear lights and door handles. Other than that, it’s a pretty smooth transition from motor show to showroom.

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