We’ve been teased by the hints of a monstrous 1,000 hp Hellcat swan song since last year’s FCA Dealer Presentation, and with new Fast and Furious 8 on the horizon, there’s something that caught our eye: Those Challengers look awfully close to the wide-body GT-AWD concept, with a few key changes.
First, what caught our attention to begin with? Fast and Furious is notorious for their custom cars, and we’ve even covered them from time to time. When you start looking at the details, things like DOT-required turn signals stand out. Many movie customs are built from off-the-shelf parts, but the best of our searching doesn’t find anything like these flares in the aftermarket, all though they’re identical to the GT-AWD concept flares. This isn’t your average set of bolt-on flares from the SEMA show – and the production-ready, V6-powered GT-AWD debuted without a flare in sight.
Plus, the flares split along the Challenger’s horizontal bumper lines, something that’s more of an OEM touch than it is aftermarket, and there’s still the issue of that hood that even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can’t ignore! Again, another part that the aftermarket has never seen, and one that Dodge currently does not offer on any Challenger, Drag Pack included.
To us, these movie cars look more like the big-tire ADR mules that have been caught around Detroit as of late. Could this be the ADR? Or could this just be a slapped-on, “movie magic” body kit over a fleet of V6 Challengers?
It could be either, we’ll just have to keep digging until we find the American Drag Racer hiding at a drag strip.
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