When it comes to muscle cars, the conversations tend to be centered around the rivalry between the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The two pony cars have been duking it out since the late ’60s and are likely to maintain this relationship until they are discontinued. Even if they hogged the spotlight for decades, they fail to completely overshadow other outstanding muscle cars.
Though it took some time for dodges to release vehicles that would look appealing, things started getting serious when the ’70s kicked off. The Dodge Charger was given a much more aggressive look, and the Challenger was finally released. The Challenger, despite being discontinued in the ’80s, has consistently been a tremendous vehicle. The reasons why piston heads should buy a Challenger are numerous.
10 1970 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Initially released in 1970, the Challenger was Dodge’s more discreet muscle car. It was not as gigantic as the Charger, but it still was one powerful beast. Several gearheads would rather settle for other American performance cars, such as the Trans Am or the 442 W-30. With that said, there are obscure facts gearheads do not know about the Dodge Challenger that would really change the way they perceive Dodge’s smaller muscle car.
A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in fair condition goes for a whopping $27,700. It’s not the most affordable classic car on the market. However, it is possible to purchase a shell for less than half that price and build the meanest restomod out there. This sinister Challenger comes with a 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 that makes 707 hp. Needless to say, this blacked out Challenger is a true head-turner.
9 1970 Dodge Challenger Restomod
The first generation Dodge Challenger screams America. It is the sort of car one would expect to see in a Hollywood blockbuster that features some of the hottest actors and actresses of the moment. Understanding that the Challenger has a gorgeous physique, some tuners decided to modify it in ways that would not drastically transform the car.
To some piston heads out there, less is more. In order to come up with the cleanest restomod build possible, these tuners have decided to keep the original aura of the cars. Though this Challenger is far from being the loudest, it still packs a lot of aftermarket parts that any enthusiasts would rejoice over. When it comes to the power department, this challenger comes with the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 found in the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT-8.
8th 1971 Dodge Challenger Dick Landy
Drag racing is as American as apple pie. In 1951, the NHRA was created in order to organize what was previously perceived as a bunch of knuckleheads engaging in illegal activities. While things were becoming more official, legends like Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and Dick “Dandy Dick” Landy were zooming down the strip with little to no protection. In fact, Jenkins is known for smoking cigars while speeding down the quarter-mile.
The Challenger was meant to be turned into a drag-ready machine. When looking at the engines offered by Dodge in 1970, it was clear that the Challenger could be turned into something absolutely astonishing. Owned and restored by Dick Landy, the Challenger comes with a highly modified 426 cu in engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
7 1971 Dodge Challenger Restomod
Two things can be done to a classic muscle car. The car can either be entirely restored and look as if it had just rolled off the assembly line, or it can be transformed into a modernized machine that looks nothing like its original self. Thankfully, everything is not black or white in life. It is possible to get the best of both worlds and come up with a jaw-dropping build.
The 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T is a terrific muscle car. Fitted with a 340 cu in V8 that makes 275 hp, the R/T trim was far from being a let-down. However, this simply is not enough for today’s gearheads. In order to match looks and power, this Challenger was given a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 modified to produce 450 hp. The power is sent to the back wheels thanks to a Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual transmission.
6 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon
Back in the ’80s, the Challenger became a badge-engineered Mitsubishi. Following this disaster, the Challenger was eventually put out of its misery, only to be brought back in the late-2000s. Things were looking great when Dodge announced the R/T and SRT-8 trims. Following the success of the revived Challenger, Dodge decided to crank up the heat.
Dodge has come up with some serious monikers over the last couple of years. When it comes to the Demon, it is fair to say that Dodge picked the right name. Equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 that pumps out 808 hp and 717 lb-ft of torque. On race gas, the number of horses produced by the Demon configuration goes up to 840.
5 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon – Speedkore
The Dodge Challenger Demon is one of the most affordable cars fitted with an engine that produces well over 750 hp. Consequently, it became a huge hit among car aficionados with outstanding credit. At the same time, tuners were actively thinking about finding ways to extract more power from the unit without blowing up the engine. Speedkore found a way to make the Demon even more attractive.
The 2018 Dodge Demon all-carbon fiber by Speedkore was the ultimate challenger upon its release. With only five units ever made, this $170,000 Challenger is far from being your average Demon. Speedkore cranked up the power output to 1,400 hp while decreasing the Demon’s curb weight by 200 lbs. This demon should be renamed Lucifer.
4 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Convertible
The first generation Challenger included a variety of trim levels, including a convertible version. Though the convertible Challenger was a rare occurrence, it did exist. Today, one of the most valuable Challengers is the 1970 convertible edition fitted with the 426 Hemi engine. This convertible Hellcat should have been produced by Dodge in limited numbers to pay tribute to its predecessor.
A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible goes for almost $2 million these days. As only five were ever made with the 426 engine and the four-speed manual transmission, it is quite normal that its value shot up over the years. This Redeye was built by Convertible Builders LLC and is simply gorgeous. Dodge should take a good look at this beauty and learn from it.
3 2019 Dodge Challenger – Conversion
It is common to stumble across atrocious builds. Often made by amateur tuners, those builds include parts that simply do not belong together. As a result, these builds end up becoming the butt of the joke. There are times when tuners skillfully mix up parts that would logically not belong together. This particular “Challenger” is the prime example.
Most piston heads will scream that this is a highly modified Dodge Charger. While it is true that the body comes from a Charger, everything else comes from a Dodge Challenger. When it comes to performance, everything was left relatively stock. After all, the 707 hp produced by the Hellcat configuration is more than enough. This Challenger/ Charger is a great way to bring back the aura of the classic muscle cars.
2 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
Since the release of the third generation Challenger, Dodge has been hitting one home run after the other. In an effort to collect more victories, engineers at Stellantis have worked tremendously to turn the Challenger into a Lamborghini annihilator. While all this outrageous amount of power does not come cheap, it sure will attract the attention of nearby onlookers.
The Super Stock is one of the coolest special edition Mopar of the last two decades. With only 187 units ever produced, the Super Stock became an instant classic the day it was announced. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 makes 807 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. With an original MSRP of $144,053, the Super Stock is of course something that only wealthy muscle heads can get their hands on.
1 2021 Dodge Challenger Drag Pack
The Challenger might be one of the cheapest muscle cars currently on the market, but it remains a sports car that is made for the drag strip. As a result, Dodge released its Drag Pak several years in a row in order to please its fans. The Challenger Drag Pak competes directly with the Camaro COPO and the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400.
The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is among the coolest special edition Dodge cars ever made. Though not road-legal, the Drag Pak is worth owning. Made to destroy anything manufactured by Ford or GM, the Drag Pak comes with a Whipple supercharged 354 cu in V8 that makes 630 NHRA horsepower. Only 50 Drag Paks were made, thus making it an automatic collectible.
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