2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Given Carbon Fibre ’69 Charger Remodel
I have always found it a shame that the iconic Dodge Charger from that late ’60s isn’t quite reflected in the modern model. I understand perfectly well that with the Challenger being the sole sports car of the brand, another two-door muscle car would saturate the company’s portfolio, but the new Charger hasn’t ever done it for me.
Thankfully, Six12 Auto Worx has thought the same thing, so have got to work on stripping down ten brand new Challenger SRT Hellcats and refitting them with their custom carbon fibre ’69 Charger body for this year. It bonds the reliability and performance of the new car, while letting us revel in our love for the classic shape.
Chassis No. 002, as you can see here, is now for sale at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee sale on January 11 and was a real challenge for the tuning company (excuse the pun). They had to stretch the shape of the Charger over the new Challenger chassis, so now the car sits wider to enable it to cover each wheel with quarter panel. The front and rear valance are also deeper, as well as the sides compared to the original Charger, and a number of subtle changes have allowed it to look as similar to the classic car as possible.
Finished in Plum Candy Purple Glassier, the carbon weave is left exposed to the eye, contrasting nicely to the black Forgeline wheels. The body sits at an estimated 136kg lighter than the standard Challenger Hellcat, too.
Inside things haven’t changed, with the car retaining all of its modern features and comforts such as its infotainment screen and sound/heat proofing. Even the blind-spot monitoring system still works thanks to some genius 3D printing. It’s the same under the bonnet, too, where the 707hp Hellcat engine sits proudly.
It doesn’t look identical, but this Charger remake is everything I wish the new Charger could be. Plus, it’s got the performance of a brand new Challenger Hellcat. Can we really say no to that?
I’ve been of the opinion that the Charger has needed a revamping where a high horsepower deluxe model is offered, with a twist – suicide doors. To take it up even another notch, suicide gull-wings.
But alas, the Dodge Charger has grown in might, but is still an ugly duck sedan.
Wow. That’s awesome. How much?
Pretty darn cool! Always love old Mopar Muscle. New muscle with retro look still isn’t quite the same though.