The first Dodge Charger
since the miserable attempts to bring back the 60's muscle car
in the 80's, the Charger Concept is a "return to roots
" for DaimlerChrysler
. The Dodge Charger concept car
follows on the heels of the Pontiac GTO Concept
-- almost as the Charger's introduction
in 1966 came during the muscle car
craze started by the original GTO
First unveiled to the public at the 1999 Detroit International Auto Show, the Charger R/T (for "Road/Track", of course) is a sleek, aggressive rear-wheel drive sedan with a pleasant blend of exterior and interior styling reminiscent of new and old Dodges alike. The legendary 426 Hemi that made the Charger famous is unfortunately not found in the Charger concept: however, it does boast a moderately large (by today's standards) 4.7-liter V8 outputting 325 hp, thanks to the standard supercharger.
Interestingly enough, the Charger runs on CNG, compressed natural gas, instead of petrol. It produces extremely small amounts of smog -- so little, in fact, that it meets California's Ultra Low Emission Standards, along with hybrid vehicles such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. It is unclear whether the CNG system will make it to the production Charger -- if it makes it to the market at all.
If the Charger ever hits the streets, Corvette drivers take heed -- the Charger is back, and it just might have your number.