• Nov 5, 2009
HPP Daytona - Click above image for high-res gallery

We've been hearing about this car for three days, but we just couldn't find it. Then, just before lunch, one of our intrepid reporters tracked the beast down within the tropical bowels of Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall. Behold: the HPP Daytona!

Yes, it's a new Dodge Challenger wearing a Charger Daytona costume, but updated for today's muscle car aficionados. Under the hood sits a standard 5.7-liter HEMI V8, further proving the point that when it comes to the Daytona/Superbird, it's what's on the outside that counts! Luckily for us, HPP did a pretty decent job on the outside.

The nose cone works, and works well. Here comes the hate mail, but this author thinks the nose actually looks better than the original 1969 Charger Daytona's does. Here's a pic for reference. To be fair, the HPP's schnoz is actually much more like a Plymouth Superbird's than the Dodge. The wheels are great, the fake vents on the door are bad, the stance is right... and then we get to the rear wing.

While we're positive that it's the same dimensions as the mondo-sized Daytona/Superbird wing, the new Challenger's trunk is about half the length of the Sixties/Seventies cars. Meaning it looks... not quite right. Also, this Mopar muscle car has grown so much since forty years ago that the car is just screaming for more wing. But we'll still happily take one, as the HPP Daytona was/is totally worth the hunt.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      i like how autoblog managed to link specific images in the chrysler power point news post but the gallery in this one still just leads to /#2 everytime. Really guys? really?

      also this comment im sure will be deleted because autoblog gallery has been broken for many months and they dont intend to ever fix it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels should be a factory option. Sexy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This whole package should be a factory option.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You pretty much echoed my thoughts word for word. Those are some pretty sweet wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK bring back the Plymouth name, and build this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like these guys tried to copy the looks of Michael Leonhards Superbird version and pasted it on a Challenger:

      http://www.worldcarfans.com/109100822310/plymouth-road-runner-superbird-concept

      Actually i prefer the Superbird Concept much more. It's more balanced and well thought

      Judging by the pics and build quality HPP Challenger looks like it was built in 2 days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a poor job on those hood scoops. Take a close look.
      http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/sema-2009-hpp-daytona-challenger/full/#9

      Otherwise, the color scheme is cool, interior and wheels are nice.
      I hate the extra large 345 CI on the hood. Hell, you have a Daytona. No need to shout the engine size. Not a big fan of the DAYTONA badging at the rear quarter. I would have done it in flat black. Again, no need to shout with this car. Dump the giant marble shift knob.

      OK. Enough of the cosmetic criticism. Let's see this puppy run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was ugly then and it's ugly now. As far as the Helvetica comments... after 30 years as a designer I'm pretty over Hell-vetica. It's like vanilla pudding to me, gak!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good! I do not like those side vents, they should have made an attempt on making them look real than just plastered on the car...overall I hope that Dodge sees this and does something special with the Challenger...a Daytona model?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is interesting. but the wings and things on the doors should go. otherwise aiteeee
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll accept this as an apology for what you said regarding the Lexus RX.
      GreenMonstah
      • 5 Years Ago
      nifty
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks cool, they need to start selling those rims.
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