Dodge’s wide-body Challenger is real! This Challenger ADR (American Drag Racer) prototype was spied recently with some much larger wheels and tires.
The prototypes are wearing standard body panels, but the larger tires are unmistakable. It’s clear the tires are much wider than the minuscule 275/40-size set fitted to the SRT Hellcat. This means that a stretched body will be in order for larger tires. It is rumored that there will be at least two wide-body options for the Challenger, though there could certainly be more.
Engine and Performance
The two body styles rumored is an all-wheel-drive car equipped with the entry-level 3.6-liter V-6, plus a high-performance car equipped with the Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and rear-wheel drive only. An All-Wheel-Drive variant of the Challenger would be aimed toward residents in the snow belt. V-8s are thought to have been ruled out due to tight and packaging and torque constraints of the all-wheel-drive system. Power output could be increased beyond the current 707-horsepower maximum rating.
The Challenger’s Future
The Challenger ADR is expected to be a final update for the current Challenger life-cycle before the redesigned model. The upcoming Challenger will be based on the lighter, more dynamic Giorgio platform used currently on the Alfa Romeo Giulia. No interior updates are expected on the new Challenger ADR.