Here’s the Wraith’s car today

Many years ago, when Charlie Sheen wasn’t the Quasimodo he considers today, an independent supernatural movie came out the Wraith, starring him, Randy Quaid and Sherilynn Fenn. In it, a mysterious figure dressed in black drives an equally mysterious car, the cleverness M4S Turbo Interceptor, which was a real prototype of a concept car and became popular because of the movie.

The car looked out of this world, which is why it fit perfectly into a supernatural movie where a girl’s boyfriend is killed, she is kidnapped and held by the bad guy, and then he comes back as a different person, manifesting himself in a car that kills the bad guys in fiery crashes. And then the car miraculously comes back to life. Far away, isn’t it?

But these were the ’80s, the time when the DeLorean DMC was a cool time machine. So why couldn’t the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor be a murderous one? supercaravenging his driver who was dead, but alive, both at once.

The car became the fantasy poster pin-up for every teenager out there. So here’s where the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor, the car comes from the Wraith is today. And why we are still in love with it…

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2022: We take another look at the nearly forgotten 1980s Dodge special that inspired a classic movie and still looks futuristic and dangerous today for all the right reasons; also how it foreshadows the kind of performance we could eventually achieve with small turbocharged engines after the turn of the century.

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The Dodge M4S / Turbo Interceptor PPG American Concept Car

Jay Leno & Charlie Sheen with the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor
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The M4S stood for “Mid-engine, 4-cylinder, Sport” and the nomenclature gave away every secret of the car, probably why they called it the Turbo Interceptor PPG. It carried ‘PPG’ in its name because it would be the pace car for the PPG IndyCar World series in the future.

It was recorded in Jay Leno’s Garageguest starred by Charlie Sheen, though this one was an unusable movie prop.

It was designed by Bob Ackerman (and admittedly, inspired by the Porsche 962 IMSA GTP class) and built in 1981, but it was never intended to be a production car, only one that could show off Dodge’s technological prowess. as a demonstration vehicle. It was also very different, almost radically, from any other Dodge, or even any car of the era. The idea behind the vehicle was to show that the slump era had ended and cars were ready to usher in a whole new world of coolness.

The engine was a turbocharged 2.2-litre Cosworth inline-four that came with twin Garrett turbochargers and could deliver 440 horsepower, bringing this highly aerodynamic, wind-tunnel-sculpted beauty from 0-0 in 4.1 seconds. Could fly 60 mph. Top speed was a cool circa-195 mph. For 1981, this was the fastest four-cylinder available, although it was not necessarily built by Chrysler.

The submarine-style body had a drag coefficient of just 0.23 and was made by 3-D Industries of Madison Heights, while Michigan’s Special Projects Inc assembled the body and interior. The semi-monocoque race car chassis came from the Californian Huffaker. Finally, assembly of the four prototypes was led by Michigan’s Specialized Vehicles Inc.

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Casting the Dodge M4S in the Wraith Movie

The Wraith Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor / Charlie Sheen
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The M4S was originally intended to be used as a pace car, and years later, when the 1986 film the Wraith came out, the car caused even more waves because it was suddenly a lot more visible.

In the movie, this is the hero’s car, driven by a dead teenager who has come back to life, in a different body of course, and literally merges with the car to avenge his murder, as well as the villain’s kidnapping and abuse of his girlfriend. The car is all black and eventually destroys the villain and his gang in fiery crashes, then regenerates itself without a blink of an eye or a headlight.

It’s an indestructible supercar in the movie, and it looks so good that once the movie came out, the car gained a cult following. To be fair, it deserves a lot more attention than it got, as it was quite ahead of the curve in terms of technology and looks, even if the movie flopped.

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Where the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptors are now

Dodge M4S (
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For starters, the car nearly killed the stunt driver who had no idea of ​​the speeds he was capable of and the kind of insane acceleration he had.

The original concept car is in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. But speaking of the toned-down cars in the film, the two drive-worthy movie props were sold as soon as production wrapped, one of which disappeared and has never been heard from again. The second went to its creator, Gene Winfield, who later sold it to Bob Butts at the Fantasy Car Ranch. Later, Butts sold it to John Watson, a kit car maker, who decided to turn it into a kit car, the Wraith II.

The dream remained a utopia and eventually the car made it to McPherson College in Kansas. A fan of the movie and the car, Lyle Suhr managed to buy it off and restore it with a supercharged Pontiac V6, and this car eventually went up for sale on Craigslist, for $150,000, in 2015. The car was sold, but since then, has also fallen into oblivion. So for now, two very lucky people in the world have created the coolest four-cylinder supercar ever.

Since its inclusion in Jay Leno’s a few years ago, the Dodge M4S has now only been actively featured on its Facebook page, where enthusiasts can relive the ’80s thrill of its design and intriguing history.

Interestingly, aside from its connection to the futuristic Dodge Laser and Jaguar XJ220-esque rear end, the car’s small-displacement, turbocharged size was the sign of things to come in today’s scaled-down world. In fact, the 21st century Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG would bring the kind of power that the Dodge M4S boasted of to an even smaller engine – just 2 liters, and matching The Wraith star’s 0-60 mph time.

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