For 2009, the Dodge Challenger, the company's modern-day muscle car, introduces a base V6 and midlevel R/T, and manual transmission is now available on the R/T and SRT8. The base Challenger SE is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. The Challenger R/T is propelled by a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that is capable of 370 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic with a six-speed manual optional. The Challenger SRT8 packs a 6.1L HEMI V8 engine grinding out 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with the same transmission choices as the R/T. As Dodge Challenger standard features reveal, everything about this five-passenger two-door coupe says performance ? from its crisp instrumentation and body-hugging front bucket seats to an available six-speed manual transmission. Dodge tests show R/T can achieve zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. Fuel mileage estimates range from 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy for the SE to 13/18 mpg for the SRT8. Antilock disc brakes with brake assist and stability control are standard on the R/T and SRT8, but optional on the SE, while side curtain airbags are standard on all trims.
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