Why I Want The Dodge Challenger A/T Untamed Concept
Such is the way of the world that, more than ever, an automobile need not just be a means of getting from place to place; these days, you can find that statement car at an affordable price. Let’s face it, most cars do the job they are designed for pretty well, so finding what you need is no problem. The challenge is finding what you want. I can say, without hesitation, that I want the Dodge Challenger A/T Untamed Concept. Why? Because it is outlandishly, wildly and daringly different; it is something fresh, a new approach, a clean sheet of paper. OK, so it’s largely inspired by the awesome Hellcat, the 700bhp monster that truly confirmed the return of the muscle car. But the A/T Untamed Concept takes that cars intentions, throws them in the air, picks up the pieces and starts from scratch. Who couldn’t love a Challenger that has all the attributes of the original, but has the brawn and the beef to tackle off-road tracks? This is a car so cool it’s almost frozen, and it makes us wonder why it hasn’t been done before.
But let’s back-pedal a moment; 700bhp in an off-road machine? Well, no, that’s not what the designer, the trend-setting Joey Ruiter, envisages. A man who is to modern design what the iPad is to digital communications, Ruiter has his head in the clouds, but also firmly screwed on. He sees a V6 as the potential power plant – and Dodge has access to plenty of those – with 400bhp or so to the rear wheels. He sees, in other words, a hell of a lot of fun in a brilliantly conceived package. That the Challenger A/T Untamed Concept has already fanned the flames of internet speculation is no surprise. Have a look at any of the press photos and you see a car that is at once brutal, practical and fun; a drag strip racer turned dune buggy; a boulevard cruiser that has been working out. Using a tough truck chassis for added durability, Ruiter adds body armor and skid plates, beefed up arches and raised suspension, and the result is something vaguely menacing, yet ultimately enticing. That the Challenger body – little changed bar the bigger arches needed to incorporate the massive wheels – works in this configuration is a testament of the brilliance of its design. (more…)
Could this be the start of something big? Itâs true that the idea has been broached before, but not using such a familiar platform. This time Dodge has the potential to break
Could this be the start of something big? It’s true that the idea has been broached before, but not using such a familiar platform. This time Dodge has the potential to break new ground, to offer the public something that, as we said early, does what it needs, but also what it wants. Will it make production? Many concepts don’t go any further than the motor show stand, simply because they are impractical and designed primarily to show off new technology. The difference here is that the Challenger A/T Untamed Concept would be easy to replicate for the road, and that is exactly what the designer intended.
The idea of having a car that you could drift across the sand as well as use for the school run is one that is fun and frivolous, yet far from a pipe dream. Many may be disappointed that the concept stops short at offering the full Hellcat specification, but would you really need it all on sand? Furthermore, many buyers would be buying this car as a way of expressing their individuality, that statement we talked about earlier. No mention has been made yet of price, but the point of the Challenger is to offer affordable performance motoring in a neat and attractive package. The Concept does away with the neat and attractive, and replaces it with aggressive and enticing, and we really hope it comes to the market. Just be sure to get your name on that waiting list early.