Dodge updates the Challenger and adds the Rallye Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The old 4-speed automatic transmission is one of the weaknesses of the Dodge Challenger SE. At last Dodge has decided to provide the Challenger SE an extra gear by giving it the 5-speed automatic found in the V8 models. Dodge also announced its latest Rallye Edition for those who have a penchant for racing stripes.

The Challenger SE 3.5-liter V6 unit with the 5-speed auto transmission generates the same 17mpg city and 25mpg highway just like the previous transmission.

The new transmission comes with an aggressive first-gear ratio for remarkable acceleration, according to Dodge, but that remains to be seen. The Challenger SE Rallye is the first V6 Challenger model to come with accented dual stripes and the first to come with stripes on the deck lid.

The car will come with seven exterior paint color finishes and two stripe-color arrangements. It also has a throw-back engine cover, a fuel filler in chrome, interior accents of micro carbon and Rallye wheels at 18 inches. The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye is priced beginning at $36,490 and will be built at Chrysler's Canadian Brampton Assembly plant when production begins this coming April.

Mike Accavitti, Director for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Brands at Chrysler LLC, remarked that the new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye "earns its stripes" by featuring a responsive five-speed automatic transmission derived from HEMI-powered Challenger models and fuel efficiency estimated at 25 miles per gallon.

He added that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye exhibits its pony car DNA with its bold exterior enhancements like a body-color deck lid spoiler, 18-inch rallye wheels with black painted pockets and heritage-inspired chromed ‘FUEL' filler door.

Moreover, the Challenger SE Rallye features a throw-back hood and deck lid dual stripes with accent color outer stripes, all-season performance tires and Micro Carbon interior accents. It is powered by an aluminum block 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 engine that develops up to 250 hp (186 kW) of output and 250 lb.-ft. (339 Nm) of torque while returning 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

This engine is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick, which is more responsive than a four-speed transmission. This five-speed automatic transmission features an aggressive first-gear ratio, which allows it to deliver exceptional launch performance and smoothness at any speed.

Customers can specify the new Dodge Challenger SE Rallye with any of the seven exterior paint colors and two-color stripe combinations: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl (Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes); Bright Silver Metallic (Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes); Dark Titanium Metallic (Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes); Deep Water Blue Metallic (White dual stripes and Red accent stripes); Inferno Red Crystal Pearl (Black and Dark Gray accent stripes); Stone White (Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes); and TorRed (Black dual stripes and Dark Gray accent stripes).

On the other hand, the cabin of the new Dodge Challenger SE Rallye is inspired by the original Dodge Challenger, particularly trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, slanted shifter console and dark headliner.

It also comes with a "four bomb" gauge cluster featuring deep legible white faces. Moreover, the cabin of Dodge Challenger SE Rallye is equipped with a premium cloth bucket seats as well as luxuriously comfortable available heated leather seats finished with French-seamed stitching.

Also available for the Dodge Challenger SE Rallye are navigation with real-time traffic; Universal Customer Interface (UCI) for iPod connectivity; and advanced uconnect gps with voice recognition. The rear seat of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye features best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room as well as best-in-class cargo capacity (16.2 cu. ft.).

Press Release

New 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye Earns Its Stripes

The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the best of modern American muscle-car characteristics-unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye adds even more pony car excitement with a responsive five-speed automatic transmission and bold accented exterior enhancements. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye starts at $26,490 (including $725 destination) and is available for ordering now at Dodge dealerships nationwide.

"Featuring the transmission from our HEMI-powered Challenger models, the new Dodge Challenger SE Rallye earns its stripes with a five-speed automatic delivering an exhilarating driving experience and 25 miles per gallon fuel-efficiency," said Mike Accavitti, Director-Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Brands, Chrysler LLC. "And with eye-grabbing details including 18-inch wheels with black painted pockets, deck lid spoiler, and heritage-inspired chromed ‘FUEL' filler door-Dodge Challenger SE shows off its pony car bloodlines."

Dodge Challenger SE Rallye is a unique breed and offers more than head-turning good looks. With its throw-back hood and deck lid dual stripes with accent color outer stripes, chromed ‘FUEL' filler door, 18-inch rallye wheels with all-season performance tires, body-color deck lid spoiler and Micro Carbon interior accents-the new Challenger SE Rallye builds on the Dodge DNA.

The all-new Dodge Challenger SE Rallye is the first six-cylinder Challenger model to offer accented dual stripes, and the first Challenger model to offer deck lid stripes. With seven exterior paint colors and two-color stripe combinations, Dodge Challenger SE Rallye offers even more muscle-car excitement to the Challenger lineup.

Exterior paint colors and dual-stripe combinations on the Dodge Challenger SE Rallye include:
• Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl - with Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes
• Bright Silver Metallic - with Dark Gray dual stripes and Red accent stripes
• Deep Water Blue Metallic - with White dual stripes and Red accent stripes
• Inferno Red Crystal Pearl - with Black and Dark Gray accent stripes
• TorRed - with Black dual stripes and Dark Gray accent stripes
• Dark Titanium Metallic - with Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes
• Stone White - with Black dual stripes and Red accent stripes

The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye model features an aluminum block 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m), this 24-valve engine delivers efficiency and performance.

The all-new Dodge Challenger SE Rallye marks the introduction of the five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick for all Dodge Challenger SE models. With more responsiveness than the previous four-speed transmission, and an aggressive first-gear ratio, the five-speed automatic transmission provides outstanding launch performance and smoothness at any speed.

On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. Inspiration from the past continues with a "four bomb" gauge cluster with deep easy-to-read white faces. Premium cloth bucket seats are well bolstered. For a more comforting and luxurious feel, heated leather seats finished with French-seamed stitching are available. The advanced uconnect gps with voice recognition, navigation with real-time traffic and Universal Customer Interface (UCI) for iPod connectivity is available on the Dodge Challenger SE Rallye.

The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room compared with the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.)-equal to the Dodge Charger-the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye offers comfort and functionality.

2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye Production
Production of the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye will start in April of 2009 at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It will be built on the same assembly line as the award-winning and quality-proven Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics-unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology-to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations. The Dodge Challenger accommodates five passengers in a two-door coupe produced from the company's proven rear-wheel-drive platform. With three models of head-turning styling, two legendary HEMI® V-8 engines choices, more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities including uconnect gps with voice-activated navigation system and real-time traffic available-the 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the brand's "bold, powerful and capable" credo.

Dodge Brand
With a work-hard, play-hard attitude, the Dodge brand continues to offer a full line of cars, trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles and sales-leading, fifth-generation minivans in 2009. This year, Dodge will add to the award-winning Ram lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Chassis Cab.

Dodge introduced several new vehicles in 2008, including the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey, the 2009 Dodge Challenger and the 2009 Dodge Ram. Dodge also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the minivan during the 2009 model year. With more than 65 minivan-firsts introduced since 1983 and more than 12 million Dodge and Chrysler minivans sold, Chrysler LLC has solidified its leadership in the segment. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to set the mark in minivan value with more than 40 new or improved features from the previous generation, including unsurpassed 17 city / 25 highway mpg fuel economy. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is also the first minivan in the segment to feature the all-new Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path advance safety systems.

Also in 2008, the Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside North America in 2008.

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