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post #1 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 03:36 PM Thread Starter Founder / Former Camaro Disciple
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Challenger Convertible cancelled

While it may be a few years too late, the muscle car wars are once again upon us. Ford is planning to introduce a new Mustang in just a few weeks at the Los Angeles Auto Show and Chevrolet has already taken the wraps off its all-new Camaro. Dodge fans are also back in the game with the revived Challenger, but Mopar buffs will have a few less muscle car options than first thought.

While the Challenger will be offered in three flavors for 2009 – SE, R/T and SRT8 – an optional sun roof will be the closest sun-lovers will get to a drop top Challenger. Despite reports that Dodge would offer a convertible version of the Challenger, those plans have since been cancelled.

“We considered a convertible when we were developing Challenger, but the extra weight needed to beef up the car when the top was removed was too much of a penalty,” Mike Accavitti, director of Dodge brand marketing, told Kicking Tires. “And that was with a manual soft-top. A power-retractable hardtop would add even more weight.”

Accavitti also added that the convertible would have been aimed at a niche market, making it hard for Chrysler to recoup the development costs – especially at a time when the Michigan automaker is already strapped for cash.

Source: LeftLane News

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 03:44 PM
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hell ya that thing would need a chevy motor in it to get it going if it weighed any more than it already does

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Sorry to hear that. I'm sure there are several disappointed people. Hopefully those who want the full-sun option on the Camaro will not be let down either.
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I was just reading that article before you posted it. Too heavy is an would be close to 4500 lbs with the required bracing.

One good thing is that move by Chrysler will send a bunch of customers to their local Chevy dealerships looking for their convertible craving to be filled.

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I would of liked to see Chrysler put convertible Challengers on the road.

Too bad the weight was a deal breaker.
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Originally Posted by USA1Camaro View Post
I would of liked to see Chrysler put convertible Challengers on the road.

Too bad the weight was a deal breaker.
it's literally a elephant in mechanical form.

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