2018 Dodge Challenger ADR Review

2018 Dodge Challenger ADR Overview

Prototypes for a brand new vary-topping Challenger, one positioned above the SRT Hellcat, have been noticed testing on Michigan roads forward of a possible market launch in 2017. This could make it a 2018 mannequin. The prototypes are sporting customary physique panels however the protruding rubber is unmistakable. That is going to be one broad, attractive beast. Our photographer couldn’t zoom in as a result of poor climate but it surely’s clear the tires are a lot wider than the minuscule 275/forty-dimension set fitted to the SRT Hellcat. We’ve beforehand heard that 315s have been attainable although this determine could possibly be conservative judging by the spy pictures. (The automobile with the largest rubber within the enterprise is presently the Dodge Viper, which wears large 355/30-dimension tires on the rear.)

Dodge first hinted at a large-physique Challenger when it rolled out the Challenger GT AWD idea on the 2015 SEMA present. The idea featured the all-wheel-drive system from the Dodge Charger however beneath its hood was the lame duck 5.7-liter V-eight from Fiat Chrysler Vehicles’ arsenal.

Fortuitously, the prototypes are thought to vary from the idea. We hear there might be at the very least two broad-physique choices for the Challenger, although there might actually be extra. The 2 we’re listening to about is an all-wheel-drive automobile outfitted with the entry-degree three.6-liter V-6, plus a excessive-efficiency automotive geared up with the Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-eight and rear-wheel drive solely.

The all-wheel-drive automobile is geared toward these within the Snowbelt. V-8s are thought to have been dominated out attributable to tight and packaging and torque constraints of the all-wheel-drive system, although at the very least with the additional traction the automobile might be hand all yr ‘spherical.

As for the excessive-efficiency automotive, that is anticipated to be a brand new mannequin known as the Challenger ADR (American Drag Racer). It will likely be rear-wheel drive, with the additional rubber there to assist put down the Hellcat’s hellish energy. We’ve even heard that output might be bumped past the present 707-horsepower most score.

The Challenger ADR is anticipated to be a last hurrah for the present Challenger earlier than the redesigned mannequin, based mostly on the lighter, extra dynamic Giorgio platform debuting within the Alfa Romeo Giulia, makes its arrival. The subsequent-technology automotive might also have a convertible choice utilizing the Barracuda identify.