The Dodge Challenger concept shown at the 2006 Detroit
Auto Show was another retro concept which draws its styling
cues directly form the original 1970's car.
One of the most eagerly anticipated concepts of 2006,
especially for American muscle car fans, the Challenger
concept was powered by a 6.1 liter HEMI V8 mated to a
manual 6 speed transmission. This 425 horsepower unit
was capable of taking the Challenger Concept to 60 mph
in just 4.5 seconds, and on to an impressive top speed
of 174 mph.
The designers of the new Challenger have tried to follow
the design of the original car, while also bringing the
design thoroughly into the 21st century. The overall shape
is very similar to the original, but a proportionally
smaller glass house compared to the overall body follows
inline with recent Dodge products, while also increasing
the cars purposeful stance.
The interior also pays homage to the original Challenger.
seats use pleated style lines like the original but
also feature far greater lateral support for aggressive
driving. The 'pistol grip' shifter is also a direct link
to the old car, and the instrument cluster, inspired by
the view down an engine block, recalls the HEMI spirit.
Production versions of the Dodge Challenger concept began
rolling off the production line in 2008.
Similar and related vehicles:
Ford Mustang concept
Chevrolet Camaro concept
Dodge Charger Super Bee
Dodge Super8 HEMI
Dodge Magnum SRT8