Sharpened handling now matches the
Challenger’s evocative looks. (BELOW)
Alex Tagliani was left impressed by the
car’s handling limits being accessible to
all drivers, despite its 470hp output.
The muscle cars produced by the various brands of GM, Ford and Mopar four decades ago were massively desirable, so once Ford decided to recreate one of its icons
for the 21st century, it was little surprise that the other two
members of The Big Three followed suit. Yet, while the Mustang
and Camaro remain direct rivals more than 40 years on, Dodge’s
Challenger continues to o;er a slightly di;erent set of assets.
Back in 1970, it was the Plymouth Barracuda, with its
shorter wheelbase and slightly tighter handling, that was
Mopar’s truest take on the pony car theme. The Challenger,
meanwhile, was more of a GT, aiming at the Mercury Cougar
from Ford’s stable and the Bowtie brigade’s Chevelle.