haven't seen this kind of spontaneous, passionate response to a car
since we unveiled the Dodge Viper concept in 1989," said LaSorda. "But
it's easy to see what people like about the Dodge Challenger. It's bold,
powerful and capable. It's a modern take on one of the most iconic
muscle cars, and sets a new standard for pure â€˜pony car' performance."
"We drew on the rich heritage of the Dodge
Challenger, but with contemporary forms and technologies," said LaSorda.
"It's not just a re-creation; it's a reinterpretation."
The Dodge Challenger will feature the long hood, short deck, wide stance
and two-door coupe body style that distinguished the iconic Challengers
of the 1970s.
The Dodge Challenger made its debut in
the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. While it shared the "E-body" platform
with the Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger's wheelbase was two inches
longer, creating more interior space.
The Dodge Challenger was originally offered as either a two-door hardtop
or convertible. And, befitting the brand's performance heritage, the
Dodge Challenger also went racing in its first year, competing most
notably in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am series and
National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class.
Although it was produced only from 1970 to 1974, the Dodge Challenger
earned a reputation as one of the most desirable of the original "pony
cars," with meticulously restored or rare examples today selling for