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2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 6-Speed Manual Test Drive

posted by Harvey Schwartz  
Filed under Automotive, Dodge, Featured, Test Drives

“A SIX-SPEED MANUAL MEANS MORE DRIVING FUN”

After a successful launch in 2008, Dodge comes back with more goodies that will further warm the heart of any Challenger enthusiast.

A new High Performance Red Clearcoat paint option is now available, and the classic B5 Blue paint option will be available later in the year.

On the inside a red accent stripe with accent stitching is now standard on the Viper styled seatbacks, dual cup-holders now have LED lighting ringing the top of the holders so you don’t spill your drinks while driving at night and a self dimming rearview mirror option gives you more convenience and safety. Bright aluminum faced foot pedals make the interior even more sporty looking and they feel better than the rubber foot pedals found in the Challenger SRT 8 with the five-speed automatic.

Real enthusiast fun can now be had with the new Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission with Hill Start Assist. This new Tremec features a dual clutch with dual OD ratios in 5th and 6th gears. 1st and 2nd gears have triple synchronizing cones, while 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears have double synchronizing cones. Changing gears has never been smoother. The Tremec 6060 six-speed auto comes with GAGS-Computer Assisted Gear Shifting to increase fuel mileage. When you give light or hard throttle, you go straight into 2nd gear, and when you give medium throttle (20-25mph), you go into 4th gear directly to keep rpm down and increase fuel mileage up to 10% in stop and go traffic.

A remote shifter connects the transmission to the classic ‘pistol grip’ shifter with carbon fiber weave and aluminum top. It fits perfectly in your right hand.

A new standard limited-slip differential has carbon clutch packs built into each side of the differential. When torque is transmitted through the differential, the clutch packs engage to prevent wheel slip. The greater the torque going to the wheels, the greater the ‘locking effect’ sending torque to the side that is needed. The limited-slip housing is a lightweight aluminum die-casting offering improved thermal and weight saving advantages. The final drive ratio is 3:92. A new 32-tooth rear hub and baring assembly is stronger than the 2008 Challenger SRT 8.

For even more fun and excitement you can shut down the ESP stability traction control program to more easily spin the rear wheels and let them slide out to shave the cornering during spirited driving times.

Finally, with the six-speed manual mpg specs are improved to 14mpg/city, 22mpg/highway, up from the 13mpg/city and 18mpg/highway specs for the five-speed automatic.

Way to go Dodge!

COPYRIGHT:2009:HARVEY SCHWARTZ

Price: MSRP $39,820
Type: Large Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Midsize Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 197.7 in.
Width: 75.7 in.
Height: 57 in.
Wheel Base: 116 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4140 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5300 lbs.
Interior
Front Head Room: 39.3 in.
Front Hip Room: 54.7 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 58.2 in.
Rear Head Room: 37.4 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 53.9 in.
Rear Hip Room: 51.4 in.
Front Leg Room: 42 in.
Rear Leg Room: 32.6 in.
Luggage Capacity: 16.2 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 5

Performance Data

Base Number of Cylinders: 8
Base Engine Size: 6.1 liters
Base Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 425 hp
Max Horsepower: 6000 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4800 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 38.9 ft.

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 14 mpg / 22 mpg / mpg
Automatic: 13 mpg / 19 mpg / mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 266 mi. / 418 mi. / mi. Automatic: 247 mi. / 361 mi. / mi.

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