Dreaming of a New Dodge at the New York International Auto Show
By Mike Mello
Available in three models, the Challenger SRT8, SE, and R/T were unveiled, in that order, after live actors situated behind a black screen described their own versions of a dream car. Whether it was the nostalgic muscle car guy, the young couple who wanted style, value, and contemporary communication technology, or the couple who realized they were both dreaming of their perfect blend of personalized performance, the introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger in New York worked off the idea of dreams becoming reality. As Press noted in his introductory speech: “If you can dream it, we can build it.”
The SE’s standard stereo has MP3 capability, but the optional list of entertainment equipment includes a six-disc CD changer, six speakers, navigation system with 5.8-inch display, hands-free communication system, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Basically, you can option out the SE with a great deal of convenience items that would make for a personalized, rather plush ride without opting for the HEMI that you may not need.
The R/T just might be the Challenger package that offers the most equipment choices, since later in 2009, a Challenger Classic R/T will become available. The Challenger Classic will come in a unique B5 blue color with black side stripes, much like the original Challenger. If that’s not enough, special script-style Challenger badging will also be included, topping off the vintage vibe.