[ NewAgeMuscleCars.com article ]
Dodge Supplier: Challenger A Go For 2008.5
By Moltke, H.
Published: May 11, 2006
- Employees from DamilerChrysler supplier, Collins & Aikman told NewAgeMuscleCars.com
today that they are working on engineering certain components for the upcoming production version of the Dodge Challenger. Even though Chrysler has said that the decision to build the Challenger will not be announed until later this year, Chrysler group's top marketing boss, Joe Eberhart said that they are "comfortable now that we have found a formula where we think we can sustain" a production run of more than one year.
According to sources at Collins & Aikman though, the green light has already been given for the Challenger and they are working as a supplier to bring the iconic nameplate back for the 2008.5 model year. Ironically, the Challenger's 2008.5 production target falls on the 40th anniversary of the 1968.5 Shelby GT500KR, which may itself return as a 2008.5 model.
The 2006 Dodge Challenger concept is powered by a 425 horepower 6.1L Hemi engine, which falls short of the 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500's whopping 500 horsepower. The 2007 Shelby GT500 concept's engine was rated at 475 horsepower.