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Dodge Challenger SE Rallye debuts

by David Zatz on


The Challenger SE Rallye (pictured above, alongside a blue R/T model) provides the V6-powered Challenger SE with a five-speed automatic transmission and new exterior trim, starting at $26,490 (including $725 destination). The new model hits 25 mpg highway, using the same transmission as the Challenger R/T; it has 18 inch wheels, a spoiler, and chromed fuel door outside, and faux carbon fiber accents inside. It is the first V6 Challenger to have accented dual stripes, the first V6 Challenger to step up from a four-speed automatic, and the first Challenger to have deck lid stripes.

Combinations on the 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 aluminum block 3.5-liter V-6 engine is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, with 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 Challenger has been praised for its balance; the five-speed automatic, with an aggressive first gear ratio, should provide greater responsiveness.

Dodge Challenger Rallye

Rear seating has best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room, with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.)—equal to the Dodge Charger.

Production of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye, which can be ordered immediately, will start in April 2009 in Brampton, Ontario.

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