2009 Dodge Challenger | new car review

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 by

After the huge success of the Ford Mustang reissue, the other big two American automakers saw fit to reincarnate their brands of yesteryear; Chevrolet with its Camaro and now Chrysler welcomes the 2009 .

All of these cars are big, brash and fast (in V8 versions at least) and about as thirsty as a lost camel in the desert – perfect for the oil-rich Middle East, and at such good bang-per-buck value you can expect to see plenty of them on the Middle Eastern roads. All you have to do now is pick the muscle car look that you like the most, and for many that could be the new Challenger.

In keeping with the other muscle car reissues, Dodge designers were keen to evoke fond memories of the past, while thoroughly updating the new Challenger at the same time – no mean feat indeed.

2009 Dodge Challenger

So, the hooded headlights have been retained, as has the very very long bonnet, complete with sporty-looking air vents, as well as what the designer types call ‘the character line’ that runs from the front to the back of the car; a kind of single pencil stroke that evokes the unmistakable shape of the Challenger’s silhouette.

And what we’re left with is a massive and imposing car that looks like it could make mincemeat out of Porsches and Ferraris, as long as the supercars don’t make it passed the straights and into the bends, that is!

Inside it’s a pleasant surprise, especially for an American car. The interior space is well thought out and well laid out and comes across as being well fitted and finished. However, only time will tell exactly how well the Challenger’s interior space actually lasts, especially when the kids get their hands on it!

2009 Dodge Challenger

As you would expect from such a large car, there is plenty of space inside for five adults to travel in plenty of comfort, a massive trunk to swallow all but the most ridiculous amount of luggage. Like its exterior, the retro theme is carried through to the interior of the 2009 Dodge Challenger, and mixed-in with the view of that vast bonnet, your exciting time travel trip back to the 1970s is complete.

Driving wise, whilst this new Challenger is a huge improvement over the original, there is still a price to pay for that big, old school size, and that is cornering ability. The V8 car, and less so the V6, will sprint across the straights with a good turn of speed, but you will always have to slow down for corners much more in the Challenger than you would in pretty much anything else, save for a wallowy SUV.

2009 Dodge Challenger

Most muscle car drivers simply enjoy the soft and comfortable cruise-ability of these big and mighty cars, and for that the Dodge Challenger is perfect.

Specification

Body TypeEngine(litres)Power(bhp)Torque(Nm)Transmission
6.1 425 570 A

Price Range (AED) 199,999

 

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