2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Dodge Challenger - Road Test Specs

2009 Dodge Challenger Coupe

(5.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleR/T 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$29,995
Options on test vehicleSirius Satellite Radio, Electronics Convenience Group, Sound Group II, Track Pak six-speed manual transmission, power sunroof, HID headlamps, R/T hood-to-fender stripes, navigation system, compact spare tire, 20-by-8.0-inch chrome clad wheels, 245/45VR20 all-season performance tires, antilock four-wheel-disc heavy-duty brakes
As-tested MSRP$39,055


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,654
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainOverhead valve
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)5,700 indicated
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)376 @ 5,150
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)410 @ 4,300
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.97, II = 2.10, III = 1.46, IV = 1.00, V = 0.74, VI = 0.50, FD = 3.91, R = 2.90


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 RS-A
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front245/45R20 99V
Tire size, rear245/45R20 99V
Wheel size20-by-8 inches
Wheel materialChrome alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 100.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.4
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 commentsWith slightly narrower and less grippy tires, the R/T is a little trickier to launch than the SRT8 with its monstrous and sticky tires. The engine can easily overpower the Eagle RS-A's notoriously short-lived grip. Only the first 2-3 launches are worth measuring. Still, a 3,200-rpm launch worked well enough to bag consistent sub-6-second 0-60 times. Pistol-grip shifter feels robust but is still easy to operate. The clutch uptake is easy to moderate without an unexpectedly steep spring rate. Muted but present exhaust note.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe first stop was the best at 126 feet, growing to 132 by the end. Pedal effort remained moderately firm throughout testing and only a little hot-brake odor was evident. Moderate dive but always straight with noticeable tire noise on full-ABS stops.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsDespite a button and light indicating to the contrary, the ESP is not all the way off. As we would expect, there's more grip, better turn-in and yaw response compared to the SE, but nowhere near the capability of an SRT8. A perfect middle ground between them, however, without the impact harshness of the SRT8 nor the low limits of the SE.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)65
Temperature (°F)74.2
Wind (mph, direction)8 mph (cross)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/23 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,041
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)NA
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)NA
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


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


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
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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