Dodge Challenger by Procharger

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2009

The 2008 SEMA Show has ended, but the aftermarket accessories keep coming in, and ProCharger's newest addition, a quartet of forced-induction systems and kits - pledges to generate 150 hp (112 kW) or more from the 6.1-liter HEMI V8, such as the one found in the 2008 or 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

Two versions of the ProCharger HO Intercooled system and two variants of the Stage II supercharger kit form the entire lineup, one of each is a 'system', and one of each is a 'kit'.

The systems are totally complete, ready to be fitted onto the vehicle. The kits will take some additional work; buyers will have to provide their own fuel system improvement and ECU tuning. 

The HO system consists of a self-sufficient ProCharger P-1SC-1 Supercharger, a large, 3-core air-to-air intercooler, uprated fuel system and all necessary tubing and brackets.

The principal difference between the ProCharger and Stage II systems is the utilization of shared drive for the ProCharger and dedicated drive for the Stage II model.

6 psi is the standard pressure for all of the superchargers, when merged with more fuel and a proper tune, that will increase output by 150hp. Since the SRT8's HEMI already generates 425 hp (317 kW), adding that excess 150 hp brings the total up to 575 hp (429 kW).

The design team for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger remained faithful to the design study unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Likewise, the team also took inspiration from the original Challenger. The combinations of these elements resulted to a new aggressively styled Challenger that marries nostalgia with modern Dodge styling.

Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President for Design at Chrysler LLC, remarked that their designers aimed to capture what people of today remember about the Dodge Challenger of 35 years ago. He added that designers were challenged to excite customer by capturing the classic emotion of the original Challenger, while delivering modern levels of comfort and performance.

A number of exterior elements in the 2009 iteration are derived from the original Dodge Challenger, just like its recessed grille flanked by round dual headlamps as well as the long, raised performance bonnet with scoops. Its muscle car’s profile is defined by the bold A-line, a character line running from stem to stern. Its rear end, meanwhile, is marked by retro dual rectangular exhaust outlets.

Just like on the exterior, the interior of the all-new Dodge Challenger borrows cues from the original model. These cues include door-panel cove, dark headliner, gauge cluster and slanted shifter console. The new 2009 Challenger offers a cabin that leads its class in terms of rear head room (at 37.4 inches) and leg room (at 32.6 inches). Its cargo room is the best in its class at 16.2 cu. ft., which is at par with the Dodge Charger.

Amazingly, the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is laden with a wide array of innovative technologies. These include Keyless Go that allows the new Challenger to be started a simple push of a button, as well as Remote Start that could start a secured vehicle through the key fob.

The all-new Challenger also features the MyGIG multimedia audio and entertainment system that boasts of built-in navigation. This is complemented by Sirius Digital Satellite Radio that offers a wide selection commercial-free radio programs and music. The all-new Challenger also comes with the UConnect Hands-free Communication System that allows for voice-activated communication with Bluetooth cellular phones.

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