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Old 12-31-05, 04:29 PM
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2007 Dodge Challenger "concept"

Saw this in next month's Car and Driver. Itís officially a ďconceptĒ but everyone agrees that this will be in production in about 18 months in this form. It debuted at the 06 Detroit show:






Itís based on a shorter wheelbase version of the platform used in the 300C and Charger. The R/T version will come with a 425HP V8, the SRT will have a 500HP V8 (!). The R/T will probably start at 35K. Looks like a good competitor for the Mustang, this one with an independent rear suspension.

I like the look, very 70s but clean. Iím getting sick of short overhang designs, this one is nice and long. It would also look completely badass in black, IMO.

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I saw this in my AutoWeek and got a . Made me proud to own a Mopar (so I don't have a Challenger, but I got a 1970 Dart.) I'd like to see bigger rear wheel wells to throw some sick tires on the rears.
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At least Dodge is not going the route the GTO took. They are taking retro cues from Ford, seeing how well the public has responded to the Mustang. The Mustangs have great potential for for some HP gains.

I saw those pics posted about 1-1/2 months ago on the Mustang site I frequent. It will not be the competion for the Mustang GT for the price and HP. It would be competion for the Shelby GT500.
Some more Challenger Pics

There are also rumors that the Camaro and Chevelle are going to make comebacks in 2-4 years.

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Wow, might have to trade in my 300c for the srt8 one.
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Looks tight
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Looks like something I would feel I should pay about $2,500 for.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Looks like something I would feel I should pay about $2,500 for.

You'd overpay

I was thinking "General Lee" when I say that thing
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Yeah, but it's cherry. In fact, if the ad said, "Cherry" I may pay $2,750.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Looks like something I would feel I should pay about $2,500 for.
Hold on a minute, don't you drive an Element? Glass houses n'such.

I actually like the Element
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Looks like something I would get from lending $2,500 to a meth dealer.
Fixed.
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It just looks too much like and old car to me. That's all I'm saying.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave


It just looks too much like and old car to me. That's all I'm saying.
Agreed. I thought it was a joke at first with clips from a 70's TV show until the interior shot and the one before it.

Retro is in, and I think I like it.
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What motor are they using in the 500hp SRT version? The 425 is a bored out version of the 340hp HEMI with a fair amount of internal work done as well. I don't see how they are getting another 75hp out of it unless it's a different block all together.
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Originally Posted by asabase
What motor are they using in the 500hp SRT version? The 425 is a bored out version of the 340hp HEMI with a fair amount of internal work done as well. I don't see how they are getting another 75hp out of it unless it's a different block all together.
C+D is saying that they will use the 392 cubic-inch V8 that Chrysler recently showed at SEMA. Pictures here towards the bottom of the page.
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Man, I really like the looks of this car. Unfortunately, it is still a Dodge. I don't think I would be willing to spend any money on a Chrysler product in the near future after my last one.
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Is it just me or is anyone else tired of this lack of originality when it comes to automobile design lately? It seems like every US car maker is now relying on the "retro" look instead of actually coming up with anything new or creative.

"We need a new model for the Challenger/Mustang/whatever. I know, we'll recreate it based on some model from 35 years ago!"

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of old cars. My car turns 35 this year. But, I would like to see actual progress in automobile design instead of this copycat shit.
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Both the 300c and magnums that this is based off of were all new designs.
The recent 5 and 7 series BMWs are pretty different looking, but I don't like them.
The Eclipse is all new.

I'd say there is a lack of originality overall though; not because they are using retro design ideas, but because every Camry, Accord, and Infinity looks the same to me year after year.
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This should have been what the new Charger became. Atleast the new Mustangs resemble the Mustangs of yester-year, I think the new Chargers look fuckin stupid. Just taking the name of a kick-ass ride and slapping it on something new...LAME!

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Originally Posted by muggins
Don't get me wrong, I love the look of old cars. My car turns 35 this year. But, I would like to see actual progress in automobile design instead of this copycat shit.
Yeah. The PT cruiser was an example to me of "What the hell were they thinking?". I can't believe so many people bought those fugly cars.
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Originally Posted by muggins
Is it just me or is anyone else tired of this lack of originality when it comes to automobile design lately? It seems like every US car maker is now relying on the "retro" look instead of actually coming up with anything new or creative.

"We need a new model for the Challenger/Mustang/whatever. I know, we'll recreate it based on some model from 35 years ago!"

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of old cars. My car turns 35 this year. But, I would like to see actual progress in automobile design instead of this copycat shit.
Actually, I'm getting tired of the clones that come across as "modern" and "original". Audi, VW, BMW (notice their style changed and it looks like Honda), Honda, Subaru, and many others. Same style, different year. BMW changed for the worst. I think Mercedes is the only auto which has kept its design. But who knows how long that will last.

We already have most cars on the road which lack individuality. I'd rather see a retro-look than more spaceship-looking autos. To this day, I still can't tell when a VW Beetle is going forwards or reversing. Same with the Audi TT.

It's just as easy to "come up with a new super daddy cool" look as it is The Dukes Of Hazard look. In fact, it might be more difficult to keep the original look yet add modern equipment.

And yes, I think this would look amazing in black with chrome wheels.
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Originally Posted by MartinBlank
This should have been what the new Charger became.
There's a good reason why the Charger became a four-door: DaimlerChrysler wanted to sell the Charger as a police cruiser. And it appears they've succeeded: I've heard both the California Highway Patrol and the Michigan State Police will start taking deliveries of new Chargers powered by the 340 bhp Hemi engine some time in 2006.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
It's just as easy to "come up with a new super daddy cool" look as it is
Did someone say Daddy Cool?

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Is "Challenger" the best name for a transport vehicle?
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Looks cool but I'm sure the price-tag will be pretty steep.
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Looks badass, me wants one!

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