Chrysler green lights the Challenger
3 July 2006

Chrysler has listened to the reaction to its gorgeous Dodge Challenger concept and decided to put it into production; the car will be on sale in 2008.

The concept was shown at this year's Detroit show to a rapturous reception. The Michigan manufacturer says it has not experienced such a response to a concept since the Dodge Viper in 1989.

The Challenger's debut will come 39 years after the original Challenger. It is not the only model from the early '70s muscle car era to be revived; there will be quite a school reunion in the marketplace.

Ford's Mustang is selling strongly and Chevrolet was delighted with the Detroit show's reaction to its Camaro concept, which could be on sale by 2009. The Challenger is likely to feature Chrysler's Hemi V8 and sit on the same rear-wheel drive LX platform as the 300C. An even hotter SRT8 version seems probable.

The challenge for DaimlerChrysler's engineers is to keep the concept's punchy elegance amidst the constraints inherent in production cars. You can get a closer look at the Challenger concept in our wallpapers page by clicking here

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