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Rising to the Challenger: Detroit auto show debut for Dodge muscle coupe concept

BOB GRITZINGER
Posted Date: 11/20/05
To all those purists who still can’t forgive Dodge for building a four-door Charger, here’s your answer: the 2006 Dodge Challenger concept. The Dodge boys released a sketch of the car to the world, but we obtained these exclusive spy photos of the car, which will premiere at the North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit.
http://autoweek.com/files/weekart/2005/1121/challenger_rear.jpg

Challenger draws on the 1970 model as the icon of the series, says Tom Tremont of Chrysler’s Pacifica studio in California. But instead of merely recreating that car, designers tried to build the Challenger most people see in their mind’s eye, without imperfections like the tucked under wheels and long front overhang of the old car. At the same time, the concept incorporates distinctive Challenger cues like the rear fender kick, wide mouth front end, functional hood scoops and rectangular exhaust tips.
Built on a shortened Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger chassis (116-inch wheelbase vs. 120 inches), the Challenger gets a 6.1-liter Hemi hooked to a six-speed manual transmission with a pistol grip shifter.
All that’s left to ponder is “will they build it?” With all the hardware in place and a primed marketplace, we can’t see why Dodge wouldn’t rise to this challenge.
http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=103629
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The '70 Challenger is the car I lusted after most in high school. If they make this one and do it right I might be gone, boys.
 

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lawfive said:
The '70 Challenger is the car I lusted after most in high school. If they make this one and do it right I might be gone, boys.
I hear that. I had a 440 Cuda. The trans and rear were damn near indestructable! The motor however..........good while it lasted.
 

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My dad had a '68 Charger when I was a kid. He sold it when I turned 15 :banghead: (probabaly saved my life though :D )

If they made a 2 door charger, WITH the round '68 style tail lights. I'd have to seriously consider that also.

-Chris
 
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