• Aug 29th 2014 at 4:32PM
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This past June I spent an excellent day hanging out with Joey Ruiter, driving and discussing his Reboot Buggy project. Before heading home, I let him know that he was more than welcome to keep me abreast of whichever new automotive project he'd get into. You can never have too many car designers and one-off fabricators in your Rolodex, right?

Ruiter recently made good with the follow-up, emailing me with details on this Dodge Challenger A/T Untamed Concept that pushes a lot of hot buttons for the muscle car and off-roading enthusiasts.

This all-terrain Mopar is a lot more than a Challenger body dropped on a truck chassis, too. A materialized version of the A/T would included a completely new, long-travel suspension, skid plates, body armor and rock sliders, and obviously flared fenders to help accommodate a hellacious set of off-road-ready tires. The dramatically revised underpinnings would be topped with a slick graphics package and a killer lower light bar, all making the A/T look quite cohesive in its own, radical way. And the result would be a car no longer limited to mere road-driving.

I asked Ruiter if his concept was rocking a theoretical Hellcat V8 under the hood, and while he agreed that the supercharged engine would make the A/T "the most insane ride ever," he thinks a tuned V6 would make more sense from a weight standpoint. Ruiter also told me that he "wanted the passion given to the Hellcat to be pushed into more areas."

That's a sentiment a lot of you should be on board with, considering how many "Hellcat Grand Cherokee NOW!!!!" comments I read, every time we run a new HC piece.

Which is important to know, because, while the package isn't ready yet, Ruiter really would like to offer something like the Challenger A/T for real customers. He's working to develop a kit that could A/T-ize Challengers, Mustangs and Camaros. We're all for it.

Do you think the Challenger A/T Untamed should transition from concept to reality? Have your say below, in Comments.
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Combining our love of American muscle and off-roading.

When products work well in the worst extremes, it will work that much better in normal use. No curb, parking gate, city ramp, pot-hole, or incline will ever be an issue.


Meet the CONCEPT Dodge Challenger A/T with more muscle than ever. It's sleek enough for the city nightlife and rough enough for the off-road landscape.

New Products developed for the 2015 challenger:
• Front long travel arms
• Rear trailing arm with links
• Body armor with rock sliders
• Fender flares
• Front skid plate
• Integrated lower light bar
• A/T logo badge

Body Modifications:
• Wheel well trimming
• Inner fender wall construction
• Exhaust tuck and reposition
• Spare tire truck mount
• Graphic twin striping
• Off-road tool storage and details
• Safety equipment

We pushed the performance, power and capabilities of the iconic Challenger from the street to the dirt. From body armor to racing seats, this ride is customized from top to bottom and ready for some serious use.

No matter where you're going, this car will get you there. So pick your road, we've got the car.

We would love to build one for you.


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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 1 Year Ago

      Reminds me of the cars they used to race in Baja 500. Car guy and actor James Garner used to run an Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 there and there were several other MOPAR and GM sedans in competition. 

        J Derek Mitchell
        • 1 Year Ago

        Hey, someone who knows their History. LOVED the Baja cars from back in the day. Many of them weren't 4x4s. They just ran a similar Vintage race this Summer. Love the Coverage Hot Rod Mag did.

      Black Umbrella Media

      They just made the most bad ass car sicker. I say embrace it.  

      Ty Bishop
      • 1 Year Ago

      shut up and take my money

      Plan B
      • 1 Year Ago

      Dodge should offer this and call it the Mad Max edition.

      • 1 Year Ago

      Just the good ol' boys. Never doin no harm...

      Black Umbrella Media
      I will also add that I'm the furthest thing from a red neck and I'm drooling over this. 
      • 1 Year Ago

      Love it. Super cool! 

      • 1 Year Ago

      Reminds me of the Mustang on Cherry 2000!

      • 1 Year Ago

      So awesome! Love it. 

      123 Kid
      • 1 Year Ago

      AMC Eagle wannabe

      Lucy Dropbottom
      • 1 Year Ago

      This would make a great dune buggy,, with class!!

      • 1 Year Ago

      It's a travesty any way you put it because it doesn't offer any advantage (besides looking stupid) over a more appropriate design. This is for the folks who want to yell to the world "Hey! Look at my tall Challenger! It's tall! It's got big tires and everything!"

        • 1 Year Ago

        I'm offended...You sir have insulted my redneck hillbilly blood...this vehicle is totally awesome....!!!! 

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