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Hot new Dodge Challenger

2006-01-09 09:19

Dodge Challenger reborn...

Wilmer Muller

This hot-looking performance coupe using the Chrysler group's advanced rear-wheel drive LX platform and its fabled HEMI engine draws upon the initial 1970 model.

The new concept Challenger takes its styling cues from the 1970s version and according to the designers an actual 1970 Challenger was brought into the studio when they worked on the project.

The Challenger concept sits on a 2.95 m wheelbase, about 15 cm longer than the original. But it is almost 5cm wider, giving the concept car a squat, tougher, more purposeful persona.

Siode view

The signature side view accent line - designers call it the "thrust" line - is higher up on the body, running horizontal through the fender and door and kicking up just forward of the rear wheel.

In section the upper and lower body surfaces intersect and fall away along this line, which has just a whisper of the original car?s coved surfacing.

The five-spoke chrome wheels - 20-inch front; 21-inch rear - are set flush with the bodyside, giving the car an even more powerful muscular stance.

One of the key characteristics of the original car the designers wanted to retain was the exceptionally wide look of both the front and back ends.

To achieve this the designers increased both the front and rear tracks to 163 cm and 165 cm respectively, wider than the LX, wider even than the 1970 model.

The bonnet reprises the original Challenger "performance hood" and its twin diagonal scoops, now with functional butterfly-valve intakes.

Designed to showcase the modern techniques used in fabricating the car, what look like painted racing stripes are actually the exposed carbon fibre of the bonnet material.


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