After a quarter century since the 2nd generation Dodge Challenger stopped production, the the classic muscle car is back again with a vengeance. The 3rd generation Challenger, the SRT8, is bigger, heavier, more luxury, meaner, and way, way more powerful than its predecessors.
2008 Dodge Challenger, the classic muscle car
This baby churns out 425 bhp with a massive 420 lbs/ft torque off the 6.1-liter HEMI V8. A 5 speed AutoStick automatic transmission is mated with this engine. A set of 20″ wheels complete the package. Although the car weighs a hefty 4140 lbs, it is still able to do 0-100km/h in less than 6 seconds and a 1/4 mile time below 14 seconds. We shall wait for the real world results before the end of this year.
Other than the in-your-face exterior that is both very effective and aesthetically pleasing, the race inspired interior is equally as good. The simple black and blue lume color scheme is a stark contrast with the loud orange exterior, but somehow jives very well.
luxurious and classy interior
Of course, for the US $40k you pay, the Challenger SRT8 does come with other bells and whistles like GPS, keyless entry and hands-free system. Then again, for a car this impractical with the current fuel price, who cares? All we want is to have some tire-burning fun. I’m sure there aren’t many people from the 6400 cars booked this year who’ll use it as a daily driver.
In late 2001 to 2003, I had the privilege of owning one of the finest Japanese sports cars produced in the nineties. The Dodge Stealth RT/TT is just a rebranded version of the more widely known Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4, or as it is called in some other countries, the GTO twin turbo version.
Some quick specs:
- Engine: 6G72 3.0 DOHC twin turbo
- Compression: 8.0 to 1
- Drive train: AWD with rear LSD
- Turbo Boost: 1.0 bar
- Power: 320 HP @ 6000 rpm
- Torque: 315 lb/ft @ 2500 rpm
- Transmission: 6 speed Getrag close ratio
- Tyres: 245/40 ZR 18
- 0-100 km/h: 5.5s
- 1/4 mile: 13.6s
The Stealth I had was basically completely stock, down to the original air filter and the quad-exhaust. I had intended to do a stage one upgrade to get a few extra horses, but due to unforseen circumstances, the plan went up the air and I decided to come back to Malaysia instead. An open pod K&N filter, after market exhaust, and a boost controller will easily push the power output to the 360+ level.
Many had thought that the Stealth/GTO/3000GT is a sports car, but Mitsubishi had designed a touring car instead. In fact, GTO stands for “Gran Tourismo Omologato”, which basically means Grand Touring class production vehicle. True to it’s spirit, the car is excellent at sustaining high speed travel. I have taken her through long journey, from Cincinnati to Chicago, and to Washington DC metro area. Each way was over 1200 km, and the vehicle takes it gracefully.
The interior of the car sports full leather seats for the driver and the shot gun, they are rather spacious and comfortable, while back seats are only fit for kids. The driver seat is also fully powered, you can adjust it’s height, tightness and firmness electronically.
The cockpit displays the speedo meter with 180 mph as the limit. I’ve personally only tested her to around 145 mph before my balls shrunk (don’t ask.) Rev limit stood at 7000 rpm with the ECU rev cut at 7,300 rpm. There’s also the standard water temperature, fuel gauge, oil temperature, batter meter, and boost indicator. Climate control and cruise control comes standard, and it includes a 6 speakers Infinity head unit with 6-CD changer too.
Speed when I needed it, comfort for long distance, with an aggresive look that is the pinnacle of the Japanese sports car era in the 90s. It was truely a sweet ride.
Stealth 316 – A site devoted to Stealth RT/TT and 3000 GT VR4
Team3s – Stealth and 3000GT mailing list
As a first post, let me introduce my current and previous rides.
My 1989 Honda Accord, never failed me. I had once took the old horse to an almost 5,000 KM road trip in a week’s time.
Bought the 1994 Ford Probe (with the 2.0 Mazda MX6 engine) after I banged the 89 Accord. It was in pretty bad condition and I sold it less than a year later after I got the Dodge Stealth RT/TT.
The 1996 Dodge Stealth RT/TT is still the best ride I had. It is actually a second generation Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 in disguise. Outside of US, the car is known as the Mitsubishi GTO. With 3.0 twin turbo engine (6G72) that churns out 320 horsepower, it was truely a joy ride while it lasted. I had to sell the car after losing my job in the Cincinnati.
The last car I drove in US before coming back to Malaysia was the 1993 Honda Accord that I bought for US $2000. I did some work on the car, changed spark plugs and the wires, and a thermostat. Sold the car for the exact amount of money I bought it for before coming back to Malaysia.
My current ride, a Toyota MR2 SW20 with 3S-GTE . Needs a paint job..