Just before the redesigned Challenger arrives in 2018, Dodge will launch a new range-topping version of this model. Namely, a wide-body, Challenger Hellcat ADR (American Drag Racer) is due to make its debut sometime in 2017. As evidenced by recent spy shots, Dodge is currently in the process of testing a prototype on Michigan roads. Although the test vehicle appeared almost identical to the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat, extra-wide tires revealed its true identity. In any case, expect the 2018 Dodge Challenger ADR to mark the end of the current iteration. As for the next-generation Challenger, it is due to adopt a new Giorgio platform in 2018.
2018 Challenger ADR Design and Features
Compared to a standard Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Challenger ADR will feature a wider body. Expect it to take after the Challenger AWD Concept that company showcased at the 2015 SEMA show. Now, the aforementioned test mule came fitted with tires much wider than the regular 275/40-size set. Although previous rumors hinted that the ADR could be wearing 315s, it now seem it could get an even larger set of tires. Currently, the widest rubber can be seen on the Dodge Viper ACR. While it uses 295 mm tires at the front, the rear wheels get massive 355 mm rubber. We expect the upcoming Challenger ADR to feature a similar tread design to the one found on the ACR. Apart from the wide-body kit, it will sport the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s recognizable aggressive sheet metal.
2018 Dodge Challenger ADR Engine Specs
The well-known 6.2-liter Hemi V8 will carry over unchanged to the 2018 Dodge Challenger ADR. However, recent reports suggest that its power output could even move beyond the current 707 horsepower. The supercharged V8 will send its immense power to the rear wheels only. Unfortunately, it’s still not known whether we should expect any changes when it comes to performance figures. More details on that matter will hopefully hit the web very soon.
The wide-body, rear-wheel drive Challenger will be a last hurrah before the completely redesigned model appears in 2018. We can’t wait to see what the final product will look like once it hits the showrooms. Anyway, expect the 2018 Dodge Challenger ADR to bring new excitement to the world of muscle cars.