2012 Dodge Challenger | new car review

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 by

The current generation is a contemporary American that incorporates many design cues from the original 1970s version. Launched in 2008 the Challenger has been selling well in its home market but hasn’t been able to compete with rivals such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang in the Middle East, primarily due to its high price tag and ’s corporate woes.

Nevertheless, the Challenger remains a modern classic with many positive attributes including strong performance and immense road presence. Classic muscle car styling cues, like the long flat bonnet and lots of front and rear overhang, give the car its distinctive look even though it is actually based on the Dodge Charger’s chassis and shares many parts with its sibling too.

At more than five metres in length the Challenger can seat five in relative comfort with decent amounts of legroom at the front and rear. For a sporty the car has impressive boot space too.

In the Middle East the 2012 Challenger is available in two variants, the sporty SRT8, which features a 470bhp, 6.4-litre Hemi V8 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and the cheaper V6 version with 305bhp and a five-speed gearbox.

All variants get standard six-way power driver’s seat. Being a top end model the Challenger SRT8 comes loaded with bi-xenon headlights, leather sport seats, power driver’s seat, keyless entry, starter button, CD/MP3 audio system, climate control, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and Brembo brakes. Safety kit includes front and side airbags, ABS and stability control.

Specifications

Price

V6: AED 120,000 – AED 150,000
V8: AED 205,000

Engines

3.6-litre V6
Max power:
305bhp
Max torque: 363Nm

6.4-litre V8
Max power:
470bhp
Max torque: 637Nm

Transmission

5-speed automatic

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