The Dodge Challenger uses Chrysler's LX platform also found in the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300C sedans, but with a decidedly more sporty exterior design and dimensions which help disguise its ample overall size.
The engine is connected to a five speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
Power for the Dodge Challenger SRT8 comes from a front mounted 6.1 litre HEMI V8 engine which manages to produce 425 bhp @ 6200 rpm, and 420 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque @ 4800 rpm.
The exterior of the production Dodge Challenger has remained relatively faithful to the design of the original concept Dodge Challenger from 2006, with just a few minor tweaks and details altered including the addition of a black lip spoiler under the front bumper, the removal of the Dodge crosshair grille, repositioning of the side indicators, repositioned fuel filler, redesigned taillights and a small matt-black rear spoiler.
Dodge will offer the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in three colors: HEMI Orange, Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat. Each two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe will be produced with a numbered dash plaque and carbon fiberlike hood stripes.
Inside the 2008 Dodge Challenger many of the components are borrowed from the Charger and other Chrysler models, and the design has obviously been compromised in order to come in on budget.
Performance targets for the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 are impressive, and include a 0–60 mph time in the low 5-second range, 0–100–0 mph in less than 17 seconds, a ¼-mile elapsed time of less than 14 seconds, 60–0 mph braking distance of approximately 100 feet, and a skid pad performance of 0.88 g.