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Front bucket seats have aggressive bolsters on both Challenger SE and Challenger R/T; the SRT8 model has more aggressive bolsters. Dark Slate Gray leather seats with SRT-exclusive trim are standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT8. Dark Slate Gray cloth seats are standard on the Dodge Challenger R/T and SE, with leather optional.
“We wanted to recapture the emotion evoked from our 1970s Dodge Challenger and our recent Challenger concept,” said Brian Nielander, Manager – Dodge Challenger Exterior and Interior Design.
The modern Dodge Challenger has exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, with best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room, as well as best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) — equal to the Dodge Charger. The front-passenger seat features the new “EZ” entry with high-mounted seat-back lever for easy, one-handed operation. Courtesy lights located behind the driver and passenger seats illuminate the second row when the door is open; the second row has seat belts for three passengers and a standard center armrest, with 60/40 fold-down capability. The front center console armrest moves forward to provide flexibility for comfort, easy cup-holder use and shifting ergonomics; it has a 231-cubic-inch storage bin, 12-volt power outlet, and coin holder.
New colors for the 2009 version of the Challenger SRT8 are classic B5 Blue (late availability) and TorRed — in addition to Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat and Bright Silver Metallic. New for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a classic “pistol-grip” shifter. Reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger shifter, the new “pistol-grip” shifter is the finishing touch for the modern interior in the Dodge Challenger SRT8.
All of Dodge Challenger’s radios have a 3.5-mm audio input jack for easy connection to any MP3 player. The standard audio system has four speakers, AM/FM stereo, and CD playback. Two premium Boston Acoustics® sound systems are available. A new iPod interface is available, which charge the iPod when the ignition is on, display music choices on the radio, and pause play when the UConnect system receives a phone call. The iPod may be controlled with radio controls or with remote-steering wheel switches if equipped. The system uses a connector in the center console.
Remote Start is available on Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8® models with an automatic transmission. With Remote Start, the customer may start the vehicle from up to 300 feet away by using the key fob. Also available is the Keyless Go function that allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button on the instrument panel as long as the vehicle key fob is within the vehicle passenger compartment.
All 2009 Challenger models have standard equipment including side-curtain airbags, CD stereo, air conditioning, cell phone storage, cruise control, floor console with sliding armrest, power mirrors, locks, and windows (1-touch down), rear window radio antenna, 3-place rear seatbelts, satin/chrome grilles, Sentry Key anti-theft system, adjustable lumbar support, folding mirrors, tire pressure monitor, and a tilt-telescoping steering wheel. None have a spare tire; a “service kit” is provided instead. The SE model has a tire pressure warning light, while others have a full display showing each tire’s pressure individually; it comes only with the V6 and four-speed automatic, with single round exhaust.
The R/T comes with the 5.7 liter Hemi, eighteen-inch aluminum wheels, dual rectangular-tipped tailpipes, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob (with automatic), and eight-way power driver's seat. Options include Remote Start, keyless push-button starter, body-colored rear spoiler, and heated leather seats. Manual-transmission buyers also get hill start assist, an anti-spin rear axle, bright pedal covers, performance steering, and ESP shutoff switch.
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