When Chrysler rolled out the all-new Challenger, Mopar fans snapped them up faster than the factory could build them. Then, when the SRT-8 version was announced, complete with a 6-speed manual transmission, collectors went crazy, paying tens of thousands over sticker just for the privilege of owning one of the first ones. Today, with only 1612 miles on it, wed argue that this 2009 SRT-8s status as a future collectable remains secure and the buy-in just got a lot more reasonable. How good does this Challenger SRT-8 look with the optional carbon-fiber-look stripes? Although some folks prefer the clean, simple look, one of the things we love most about these new Challengers is how great the entire package comes together when theyre dressed in the aggressive muscle car striping - a fitting tribute to the nostalgia these cars were originally known for. As a virtually new car, theres really nothing notable here, although its important to point out that this car has never seen anything but sunny, dry pavement in its brief life. When it did venture out of the garage, it was promptly wiped down and then tucked away again, and as a result it looks every bit as good as it did rolling off the transporter at the dealership. There are no signs of wear or road rash, even behind those massive rear tires which were surely fighting for traction at least once or twice (who could resist?), and the shine is every bit as good as youd expect thanks to frequent wax sessions. The suckers impressive, no question about it. Inside? More of the same, with unblemished surfaces and just about every option Chrysler could throw at it. Power seats with SRT graphics grip you like Velcro during aggressive driving, yet are comfortable for cross-country jaunts. The six-speed, borrowed from the Viper, slips through the gears, and the pedals are placed for easy heel-and-toe maneuvers. The fat steering wheel feels great in your hands and gives you a complete view of the white-faced gauges. Navigation, A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a powerful stereo are all included. The leather shows virtually zero wear, and its likely that nobodys posterior has ever creased the back seat area. Heck, it even smells new in there! Theres not a lot of trunk space given the size of the car, but thats not really the point now, is it? It is, however, in great shape without even so much as a stray hair on the factory mat. The real reason folks waited in line for months to get a Challenger SRT-8 is under the hood. The stock Hemi is OK, but if you knew you could have this 425-horsepower brute, you probably would have waited, too. Just barely broken in, it starts instantly and idles perfectly thanks to the wonders of fuel injection, and the underhood area shows no signs of wear or use, and not even a seeping gasket gives away the illusion of factory freshness. The chassis is equally nice and confirms that this car has never seen rain, because its spotless. Brakes, shocks, and all the other equipment is 100% OEM. Massive 20-inch alloys wear their original 245/45/20 Goodyears which, at this rate, will probably last for decades. If you wanted one, this might be your chance. Priced right and sure to be a fan favorite for decades, dont let this one get away. Call now! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.
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