When the global recession hit in 2008. US car makers needed to pull some guaranteed winners out of the hat so they all started plundering their history like mad. Ford had already reintroduced us to the concept of a decent Mustang, Chevrolet (GM) had its Camaro, and this was Chrysler’s effort – a reborn Challenger with a 425bhp 6.1-litre Hemi V8. But although it was the best and most brutal thing to come from Chrysler in years (Viper excepted), the Americans kept it for themselves.
For 2009. Dodge widened the range with an array of trims and the introduction of a 250bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine. There was also a 370bhp 5.7-litre Hemi V8.
Dodge didn’t need to export the Challenger; it couldn’t keep up with US demand. Just 6400 Challengers were built in 2008, and they all sold before production even started.