How Dodge can Be The Porsche of Muscle Cars
I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out...
Dodge has been on a roll the last few years. The introduction of the Hellcat twins back in 2015, the introduction of the Durango SRT in 2017, the reveal of the Demon in 2018, and the Widebody Charger this year. Not to mention the 1320 Challenger of course. No matter how many times people say the cars are outdated and fat, it cannot be denied that Dodge has struck a winning formula with enthusiasts and customers. That last sentence really got me thinking because Porsche could be renamed “Winning Formula the Brand” and no one would know the difference. Porsche has done an astonishing job creating consistently good cars over their 88-year history, even with their financial woes in the '90s and early '00s.
Porsche's history aside, some of their more recent creations have really caught my eye. The 911R, the recent 935 Moby Dick, and the newest 911 Speedster. All of these cars have something in common (except for the Moby Dick), all of them are a combination of the best bits from other recent 911 models. This isn't something exclusive to Porsche either, Dodge has been doing the exact same thing with the Challenger. Think about it, everything started with the Demon. Some Challengers got the Line-Lock and other drag features (the 1320), whilst others benefited from the wider rubber, fenders, and engine (the Redeye). Actually, I'm wrong. It all started when Dodge introduced the facelifted Challenger back in 2015. Back then, they had just realized the Challenger and announced the Scat Pack model. It had the engine from the 392 SRT Challenger, but it didn't have the suspension or interior. In short, a cheaper way to get into a 392 SRT Chally.
The 392 Scat Pack in gray and the 345 Scat Pack in Green.
No matter when you start, it's pretty self-evident that Dodge has been pulling a Porsche and distributing the best bits onto other models. Assuming you look at anything post-2015 that is.
Now, you might've noticed that I've been speaking only about the Challenger thus far and not very much about the Charger. If you've been paying attention to Dodge in any capacity then you know why. If you don't, then let me explain.
Unlike the Challenger, which has a lot of goodies to pass along, the Charger isn't graced with such a plentiful parts bin. As such, there really isn't that much to “trickle-down” for the Charger lineup. The biggest thing that got trickled down in the Charger lineup was the 392 SRT engine got put in the Scat Pack Charger. Outside of that not much has happened. The '19 Charger Hellcat didn't even receive the (small) power-bump the '19 Challenger Hellcat did. Suffice to say, the Charger has been on its own for a little while now.
That is, until very recently. If you've been paying attention to the MoparInsiders website then you'll know that the highly anticipated Charger Widebody has finally been revealed. I won't go into the details here, but it received the Race Cooldown, Line Lock, and Launch Assist from the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. The Scat Pack even got three of those four things (no Race Cooldown for the Scat Pack). After all this time, the Charger is finally getting some of the goodies we've been seeing grace its coupe brethren.
Here is where we tie everything together. Dodge is basically making a “Best Hits of Dodge” album in exactly the same way Porsche is. Combining the best parts from one car and slapping them onto another. Sometimes for less, sometimes for more, sometimes for a limited run, but the idea is exactly the same. If Dodge/FCA can continue to improve on all their weak spots and produce more awesome features and machinery, Dodge should very quickly find itself as the go-to automaker for the Muscle Car enthusiast looking for a car made by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.
Or to put it another way... the Porsche of Muscle Cars.
This article was original posted on my website: Cody's Car Conundrum