Chrysler has officially started 356 days countdown before the production version of its 2009 Dodge Challenger muscle car will be unveiled to the general public. Although it is still almost a full calendar year before the car will be shown on a motor show (and there will probably be three to four more months before first customers will receive their vehicles), it is clear that Chrysler is about to introduce a new icon on wheels.
Inspired by the 1968 Dodge Super Bee muscle car, the third-generation monster vehicle will be unveiled during the upcoming Chicago Auto Show in February next year.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger will probably be based on the current LX platform, shared by Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, but will be just a trifle shorter than the pair of four-door sedans.
It will be assembled in Canada at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant.
The company still stays mum on the Challenger’s technical characteristics and target price but expect rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox, two doors and a starting price of around $31,000.
As far as I understand, the vehicle’s sales will be limited to North America, although a great number of pistonheads from Europe and especially Russia would probably mortgage their homes just to get a brand new Challenger.
2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Silver
See also: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06