Upgraded and equipped with a new 5-speed AutoStick automatic transmission, Chrysler claims the new 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye provides more “pony car handling” than the standard Challenger – neglecting to mention, of course, that a Chrysler Newport could probably provide more pony car handling than the standard Challenger…but we digress.
In addition, the Challenger SE Rallye also comes with six different paint color/stripe detail combinations, 18″ rallye wheels (w/ all-season performance tires), body-color rear spoiler spoiler, and Micro Carbon interior accents. Beneath the retro hood, the Challenger SE’s 3.5-liter V6 engine remains unchanged and the Rallye model and still delivers 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m).
While we’re willing to admit that Chrysler does at least appear to be trying to restore the Challenger to its former 1970’s glory, this isn’t Miss. Pickler’s first grade reading circle, and we don’t award points for trying. However, given that we have nothing other than Chrysler’s earnest claims of significant improvement by which to judge, we’re willing to reserve our scathing, snarky evaluation until we’re able to get our hands on a 2009 Dodge Challenger SE Rallye ourselves. Until then, we recommend keeping that $26,490 in your pocket.
Source: Chrysler Media