The immortal Dodge Challenger, classic ’69 Charger and iconic Daytona racer donate their faces to science
December 18, 2022 at 12:48 PM
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The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT was one of the most anticipated concept debuts of the year as it previews the electric future of the iconic muscle car with a production version due in 2024. swap” series, to see how it looks when equipped with the front of three of its most iconic ancestors.
The clean design of the concept car’s bodywork makes it both timeless and proprietary, providing the perfect basis for our exclusive renderings. While we could pair it with competing models including the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, we chose to keep it local for this face-swapping session, starting with the most obvious choice; his predecessor.
2008 Dodge Challenger
Our first option for the first view is the two-door muscle car from Dodge’s current lineup: the immortal Challenger (instead of the current four-door Charger). Despite being on sale since 2008 with minimal styling changes, the Challenger has proved extremely popular with buyers, often outselling its much newer rivals.
As can be expected, the Challenger’s face blends harmoniously with the exterior of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT and looks great when paired with the latter’s alloy wheels. The donor car for the face transplant is the limited edition 2019 Dodge Challenger T/A with its prominent splitter and vented hood finished in black satin. This looks better to us than a widebody variant like the Hellcat – do you agree?
1969 Dodge Charger
Next up is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever: the 1969 Dodge Charger. The most famous version of the nameplate is undoubtedly the second generation Charger (1968-1970). While there is a huge 53 year difference between the two models, the operation was deemed a success and the result looks like a sleek reverse restomod.
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We believe that if Dodge or a tuner makes something like this based on the next-generation platform, it will probably sell like hotcakes. The reason it works so well, of course, is that the design of the 2022 concept is heavily inspired by the 1969 Charger, with many references, including the dynamic lines on the profile and greenhouse. For our rendering, we used Ringbrothers’ 1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV, unveiled earlier this year with a modern Hellcat Mopar V8 crate engine.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Since the reverse restomod business is booming, our latest Dodge EV muscle car face transplant is also from the 1960s. The iconic 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR race car bequeathed its sharp nose with pop-up headlights to its grandchild, though an additional splitter was required to meet modern design and aerodynamics standards.
The face swap was done, but we couldn’t resist the urge to add the original’s signature rear wing. This would certainly reduce the range of the EV, but numbers don’t matter when you look this cool. For this conversion, a red tint was chosen with white for the tail and a contrasting black trim for the underside of the body. Again, the concept’s bi-tone alloy wheels looked so good we didn’t feel like changing them. This marriage proved Dodge was right about using the Daytona name for the new concept.
Which of the face-swapped Dodge Charger Daytona SRT digital concepts do you prefer? Dodge has promised production of the EV muscle car in 2024, so tuners are probably already preparing for similar conversions. Until then, enjoy the gallery below.
What other face swaps would you like to see from us? Tell us in the comments!