2009 Dodge Challenger - Road Test Specs

2009 Dodge Challenger Coupe

(6.1L V8 5-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeDodge
ModelChallenger
StyleSRT8 2dr Coupe (6.1L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$40,220
Options on test vehicleQuick Order Package 21X ($695 -- includes six-speed manual transmission, 3.92 rear axle, hill start assist, bright pedals); High-Performance Summer Tires ($100).
As-tested MSRP$42,490
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,059cc (370 cu-in)
Block/head materialIron block, aluminum head
ValvetrainOverhead valve
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,250 indicated
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)425 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)420 @ 4,800
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st: 2.97, 2nd: 2.10, 3rd: 1.46, 4th: 1.00, 5th: 0.74, 6th: 0.50. Reverse: 2.90. Axle: 3.92
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 Supercar
Tire typeHigh-performance summer
Tire size, front245/45ZR20 99Y
Tire size, rear255/45ZR20 101Y
Wheel size20-by-9.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph (sec.)5.5
0-75 mph (sec.)7.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @103.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)119
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)Not tested
Sound level @ idle (dB)Not tested
@ Full throttle (dB)Not tested
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)Not tested
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsBecause the power delivery is so linear and the tires so grippy, it's easy to modulate the wheelspin with the throttle. Yet, this Challenger SRT8's 60-mph time and quarter-mile were both off our previously tested SRT8 with a five-speed automatic. This one didn't seem to have the pop or rush of the other. Perhaps a self-correcting check engine light observed the hour prior had something to do with it. (See note in Slalom comments for more detail.) Pistol-grip shifter feels robust but is easy to operate and accurate, even when rushed. Clutch is neither too heavy nor too light. Tachometer, however, is too slow to react to true engine speed, especially at wide-open throttle at the top of 1st and/or 2nd gear. As a result, it's easy to find the rev limiter prior to seeing the needle go past 6,250 rpm. Compared to 1st, a very quick 2nd and tallish 3rd gear, 4th feels very, very tall and the car lies down noticeably before crossing the finish line in 4th.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBrake pedal travel was unusually long from the get-go, but the system proved powerful and fade-free over six stops. In fact, the best stop occurred on the fourth attempt. Very little dive and no ABS hum or vibration.
Handling ratingVery good
Handling commentsIf disabled at a standstill, ESP appears to be fully off. Amazingly quick turn-in and yaw response from such a large car, but it's the kind of front-end bite that can be trusted. Good balance right up to the limit, where the Challenger SRT8 pushes on-throttle and oversteers with generous on-throttle application. Nicely done. Steering wheel still feels too light and too large. *Note: Near the end of slalom testing, we heard a "ding" and observed a blinking check-engine light, followed by a rough idle. Condition persisted for about 2 minutes and seemed to remedy itself.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)65
Temperature (F)73
Wind (mph, direction)2.0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 mpg city/22 mpg highway, 16 mpg combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.1 mpg
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,140
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)N/A
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)N/A
Length (in.)197.7
Width (in.)75.7
Height (in.)57.0
Wheelbase (in.)116.0
Track, front (in.)63.0
Track, rear (in.)63.1
Turning circle (ft.)38.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)32.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.2
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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