Reports are rife that after 2018, the Dodge Challenger will
pass the button to the Giorgio system. Well before that
happens, Dodge is preparing another Challenger dubbed the 2018
Dodge Challenger ADR. The suffix lettering represents “American
Drag Racing”. A prototype of the model has already been
captured undergoing testing. According to reports, the
ADR is a Hellcat powered Dodge and it sports a wide body. The
model looks much like the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Read along to
find what Dodge has in store for its “Challenger” lovers:
2018 Dodge Challenger ADR Exterior
As noted above, the ADR looks like an SRT Hellcat. The
similarities start at the front where the ADR features an
identical hood scoop like that of the Hellcat. The front
fascia, in general, will be very aggressive with round-shaped
LED headlights. The front will also feature a huge bumper,
which is integrated with large air intakes. It is not clear
whether the automaker will add fog lights, as the prototype
does not reveal any.
Moving over to the sides, the ADR will feature gigantic dark
aluminum wheels wrapped in huge tires. These tires are similar
to those on the Dodge Viper ACR. The body will utilize lots of
carbon fiber and aluminum, which means it will be very light
thus more fuel economical as well as more dynamic to drive.
2018 Dodge Challenger ADR Interior
The cabin design of the 2018 Dodge Challenger is still a
mystery, as we have not managed to get spy shots of its
interior. The cabin will accommodate four passengers. Due to
its wider body, rear passengers will have sufficient legroom.
Most likely, the model’s seats will be mounted as close to the
ground as possible, which means in addition to all passengers
getting a closer feel of the ride, they will also have
sufficient headroom. I expect the ADR to feature bucket seats
wrapped in leather as standard. The model will also likely
feature a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The cabin will also have modern connectivity features such as
USB ports, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth as well as Smartphone
Safety will also be well taken care of with the addition of
various driver assist systems such as parking assist, blind
spot monitoring, front collision mitigation and lane change
warning among others. This is in addition to standard safety
features such as airbags, ABS and traction control.
Engine Specs and performance
There are a number of engines being considered for the
Challenger ADR. The base mill will be a 3.6 L, Pentastar V-6
that is rated at 305 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This engine
will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard with an
option for a 6-speed automatic transmission. Models with this
mill will be offered in all-wheel-drive. Another likely engine
is 6.4 L, V-8 good for 485 horses.
This engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic system with
an option for a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine channels
power to the front wheels but there will be an option for AWD.
For those looking for more in their Dodge Challenger ADR, the
automaker offers a supercharged 6.2 L, V-8.
This engine will be capable of producing over 707 horses.
Surprisingly all power on this model will be sent to the rear
wheels without an option for AWD. Performance and fuel
consumption figures are not yet out.
Price and release date
Since the model is still far from its official debut, there is
no information about its prices. The 2018 Dodge Challenger ADR
will likely hit dealerships in the second half of 2017. As for
the price, rumor has it that the base model with the
entry-level engine will have an MSRP of around $33,000 while
models equipped with the supercharged V-8 will attract in
excess of $60,000.