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Challenger Uncovered

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    • Awesome! Dodge, build it!
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    • Pretty good retro, but it could be better
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    • How about a modern coupe?
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    • Ugh, no. Does it come with a mullet?
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Autoweek has pictures of the new Dodge Challenger. The retro car is completely uncovered, and looking very nice. What do you think?


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.

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.


Dodge Challenger at Autoweek
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Agreed. Overcompensating for the Charger.
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I agree, it is too retro. It's a bigger rehash than the Mustang is.
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This is the third-worst Chrysler concept of recent memory, right behing the Super 8 and Kahuna.
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Wow! I love it, even as retro as it is! I hope we're entering a second muscle car era...first the Mustang, now the Challenger...we just need a Camaro to round it off. The only thing I'd say is TOO retro is the front end, especially the quad round headlamps. If they were something a little more streamlined I think it would do wonders for it. But otherwise, I love everything else about it...the shape, the taillights, the wheels.
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This looks straight out of 1970. It would look better with a '73-style grille. Still wouldn't like it though. Edited by C.H.U.D.
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Ugh. I'll take a Mustang please. The Camaro won't have to worry about this stealing its show.
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Ugh. I bet it has the same crapola interior as the 300/Magnum/Charger/every other DCX car.
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I love it!.....but it's way too literal...almost carbon copy of the original.
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Oh for god sakes, everyone calm down. It's a CONCEPT car.

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..seems the only one bent out of shape is you.....so calm down.
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..seems the only one bent out of shape is you.....so calm down.

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No need for that.
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Let me know when you learn to read.

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That too.

C'mon, guys, everyone has their opinion. No need for attitudes.
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You know what Flybrian....just the final straw.....remove my registration from this site. I'm done.
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Ehh, that's a bit too retro.

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Agreed.
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Ehh, that's a bit too retro.

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Really. At least make it look like you tried to modernized it more than that.
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its a waste. more proof that dodge is the true redneck brand
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This is the third-worst Chrysler concept of recent memory, right behing the Super 8 and Kahuna.

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Super 8 and Kahuna were gross, but I LOVE this. (no surprise there)

I think it's about effin time GM makes a retro 1969 Camaro, don;t you?!?! Jesus, worse case if they don't I'll just buy one of these suckas and change about the tail light and headlights to make my OWN retro '69 Camaro.

Drop in an LS7/6spd. manual and VOILA! B)
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In contrast to the majority.. I LOVE this.. but then, the 70-71 Cuda is my all time favorite car...

One quote from the article that caught my eye...

the Challenger gets a 6.1-liter Hemi hooked to a six-speed manual transmission with a pistol grip shifter.

Edited by Decka
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Ugh. I don't even think that can be considered retro. It doesn't recall the 1970 Dodge Challenger. That is a 1970 Dodge Challenger. And it's gross. Keep it, Dodge.
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What the hell!? :o
Its a carbon copy of the original. :blink:
I didn't think it could be done but they did. Round, 70's style headlights and grille on a 2006 car?! :o
That sketch looks very hot. 100% Americana. Makes a bold statement: why try? you cant beat the classics!

And it looks like Doug Shramm was right with his rendering: http://www.creatingthelie.com/auto_gallery...enger_front.htm
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Kinda surprised at some of the reaction/comments. Up until the Banglecide, bmws were pretty much carbon copies of '70s bmws, and many posters here seem to love bmws. Had 4 round headlights over 20 years after rectangulars and over 10 years after molded were legalized. Frankly I find them stylistically archaic (and just downright unpleasant after Banglecide). The Challenger does appear to be an even closer update of the original than the Mustang, but obviously it's different. The basic body lines on the Challenger are so sweet but the front end starts looks pinched and too small for the body in that pic. Would like to see a whole-car shot before passing final judgement.
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The New Challenger if built just as the photos show is a big win! Puts everything else under 100 grand on the trailer. Great design. I'd buy one ...with the 425hp Hemi (with automatic though so the wifey could drive it)
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I like it, at first I was a bit iffy on the Avenger-concept-inspired grille (ugh), but then I realized, ah...yes that's how the front end was shaped on the 1970-74 originals. Dodge would be very smart to make all their passenger cars of this shape, and put some (more) bodyside curvature in there!
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