Few posts ago we wrote about the ever rising prices for gasoline, but lets try forget that and take a look back at the era, when United States people where in the craze of buying good looking performance cars, which were reasonable by their price even for blue-collar workers. Does anyone remember or know how these cars were called? … Yes, you are right, we are talking about so-called “pony” muscle cars. Maybe someone can even name us the most sought-after classical muscle “pony” car today? … And again you are right that this car goes by the name of Dodge Challenger (especially those that were produced in 1970 and 1971).
1970 Dodge Challenger
Maybe this is because this fine looking muscle car created some “coolness” aura by starring in the following popular movies like Vanishing Point (1971), Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), Natural Born Killers (1994) or is it something else about this car?
Previously this year Dodge was teasing us by showcasing a Challenger Concept at North American International Motor Show (also known as Detroit Motor Show), which has featured design style, which has somewhat similarities to a sedan called Charger (especially the front part of the body) and its main competitor Ford Mustang. However, we find Challenger Concept much more sexy (than Charger of course).
This concept was built on a shortened LX platform and equipped with a 6.1 litre (370ci) Hemi V8 engine, which without any tweaking and tuning outputs 425hp. If this muscle pony car goes into production, then it will be built around Dodge LY platform, which should replace LX platform in the near future. LX platform is currently used as the base for Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum station wagon and Dodge Charger sedan. Also if this car goes into production, then it should feature the whole scale of engines with different displacement and power ratings ranging 230hp up to 425hp. However, it is rumoured that top Challenger version could feature a new 6.4 litre (392 ci) Hemi V8 spitting out 505hp, which was presented by this carmaker at the 2005 SEMA Auto Show.
The main competitors for this car could be future Chevrolet Camaro (if it leaves the concept status and goes into production), Pontiac GTO and last, but not least, Ford Mustang.
Guess what? Chrysler CEO made a short announcement this car development before the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway, which shortly meant that he is giving green light for this tremendous muscle car. Yeah this sounds pretty cool, but we cannot expect this car in production earlier than 2008-2009.