• Jun 29, 2007
Hot on the heels of Brenda Priddy & Co's new shot of the Challenger comes this great profile shot of a different mule taken by member "98Formula" at the LS1GTO.com forums. What's so encouraging here is just how faithful the overall shape of the car is to the concept. The retro profile is completely intact, and those sizeable wheels and tires look just right. According to the photographer, this car was snagged on 1-75 in Auburn Hills, MI. He said it sounded good, as its driver would give it throttle every so often, goosing the HEMI underhood. The cladding obscures everything aft of the doorline, so whether or not the production car keeps the show car's pillarless look remains a mystery. We sure hope it does, but the preproduction shells that made the web rounds back in April suggest that could possibly not be that case. That all said, this thing's looking pretty good so far. Expect plenty more sightings, as we now know there are at least two running around in the wild.

Great tip, Jim!

[Source: LS1GTO.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems odd to call an almost 4,000 lb car a "pony car." The new Challenger is more comparable to a 1970s Charger in size and weight. In today's terms, the new Challenger is more like a full-sized personal coupe, in a similar vein to the final five-seater T-Bird.

      Semantics aside, whether this car is successful could depend heavily upon gas prices. If they go back down, the Challenger could do okay. But if prices continue to go up -- and stay up -- then the car will invariably need a V6 to generate sufficient sales to be profitable over its life cycle.

      The irony of the original Challenger is that it was a good design that hit the market too late -- right when pony car sales starting going south. I hope history won't repeat itself for the new Challenger.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car will sell out. There is no question. When people consider how much the classic challengers selll for now, there is no doubt that collectors and car guys will scoop up these cars immediately. I don't believe there is even a V6 offered. Why? Because it's a challenger, and there should not be a V6 in it. Dodge's sales projections I think are less than 40k, which is waaaaay off what GM and Ford will sell. Not to mention that this car has such good looks, people who normally wouldn't buy a mustang will buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I can think of is that this thing is gonna be a weekend wrenchguy's dream come true. If they can manage to make it affordable like the mustang it'll be a great starting point for some of the coolest street machines!

      I love the mustang, but having the camaro and challenger in the game is really great.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it has been reported that the Challenger will be priced ABOVE the Stang...even if it has a V-6. And I believe GM is still having issues pricing the Camaro to directly compete with the Mustang....

        Anyways, looks cool. And that concept sounds like every Ram I have seen with an aftermarket exhaust.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like what I see so far.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The challanger is certainly coming of age. They continue to look better and better every year. I'm looking forward to this one.

      Tim
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        • 7 Years Ago
        URL is SPAM!
        PHOOEY!
      • 7 Years Ago
      BIG! Too BIG!

      I think they use the firewall and floorpan from the 300 which means it is going to be too BIG!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some of you are too young to remember when the original Challenger was sold as a new car in 1970.

      At that time, the Challenger was a late response to the Mustang and Camaro--a cute, but cramped car with little to distinguish it. Funny that people are making such a fuss about something that was never as good as it's remembered now.

      The upcoming, new Challenger is oversized, overpriced, and might sizzle for a short time, then fizzle.

      My suggestion: After introduction, if you must buy one of these things, wait a few months and it'll be heavily discounted. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be;-).
      • 7 Years Ago
      what phone was used?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is going to have a pillar. About a month ago someone posted pictures in challengertalk.com from inside the plant where it showed that at least the pre-production Challengers are not pillarless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cramped?What,Im 6'5 and am not cramped in my 74 challenger!!Yep it was late shoulda been built in 67 or so oh well,it was and is a good car,hope the new one rules like the old one did.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know if it's just me , but I wonder how the driver gets inside this prototype, I mean, looking at the picture. It looks like the driver's side door is taped down, so does he get into it, through the other side perhaps?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, classic lines...almost too directly copied from the original, but hey, if it ain't broke...I'll bet the b-pillar will be retained, even if it isn't visible on the outside...though who knows if it makes a difference in a flipover scenario...meanwhile, anyone hear anything about a convertible?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand why people keep thinking this is going to be a flop. The Mustang isn't a flop, it continues to sell plenty. The Challenger is no different, it's just Dodge's version. One thing they shouldn't do is make it an expensive limited addition car. I don't think it's fair to keep aiming this thing at the baby boomers. I mean the old muscle cars of the baby boomer period were like $3,000 brand new. For my Generation it will cost this car around $30,000+. That's not fair. How am I supposed to get one of these if it's out of my price range.
        • 7 Years Ago
        #31 I mean the old muscle cars of the baby boomer period were like $3,000 brand new.

        And when they did, how much do you think people earned???? In 1969 I worked in a shoe factory for $1.55 an hour!
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