The Dodge Challenger is the name of three different generations of automobiles marketed by the Dodge division of Chrysler. The Dodge Silver Challenger was produced in 1959. From 1970 to 1974, the first-generation Dodge Challenger pony car was built using the Chrysler E platform, sharing major components with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation, from 1978 to 1983, was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The third, and current, generation was introduced in 2008 as a rival to the evolved fifth-generation Ford Mustang and the reintroduced fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, while still equipped with the 6.1L (370 cu in) Hemi V8, is virtually identical to its 2008 counterpart, with the main difference being the choice of either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Standard features include Brembo brakes, a sport suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, heated leather sport seats, keyless go, Sirius satellite radio, and 20-inch (510 mm) forged aluminum wheels in addition to most amenities offered on the R/T and SE models, such as air conditioning and cruise control. In addition, the 2009 has a true "limited slip" differential.
Chrysler developed a larger 392-cubic-inch (6.4L) Hemi in 2005, which output 525 horsepower (391 kW) and 510 lb·ft (691 N·m) torque. It is based on an iron 6.1 L engine block with aluminium alloy pistons. The production version of the 392 Hemi was launched in the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with variable camshaft timing as well as MDS in cars with automatic transmissions.
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