Plenty of Mopar maniacs were happy to plunk down hefty sums to own early examples of Dodge's revived muscle car, but customers shopping for a 2009 Challenger may be able to pick one up for around $20,000.
According to pricing released June 9th, buyers can get into a new Challenger for as little as $21,995 (including destination charge). Granted, that's for the entry-level Challenger SE, equipped with a 250-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic. Although it carries some decent equipment (like side-curtain airbags and remote keyless entry) as standard fare, it is nearly $1300 more than a base 2008 Ford Mustang V-6.
But if you hanker for a Hemi, your V-8 lust will cost you a bit more. The mid-grade Challenger R/T, priced at $29,995, includes the 370-hp 5.7-liter V-8 underhood. A five-speed automatic comes standard, but for an extra $995, the "Track Pak" package includes a Tremec six-speed manual, limited-slip differential, hill-start assist, and performance tuned steering.
If that's not enough power for you, you can opt for the SRT8, equipped with a 425-hp 6.1-liter V-8. Although it's a carry-over model from 2008, the 2009 Challenger SRT8 is also available with the Track-Pak, giving drivers the opportunity to row their own gears.
Dodge dealers are currently taking orders for all three 2009 Challengers; expect to see them in showrooms by this fall.