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.

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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