Don’t get me wrong, things have worked out perfectly with the third-gen Challenger, especially after the 2015 model year when they updated the styling to what you see today. But still, the original Challenger was never as good-looking as the second-gen Charger, and you can take that to the bank.
Luckily, there’s a solution to this “problem” in the shape of a bespoke creation from aftermarket specialists eXoMod Concepts of Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Meet the so-called C68 Carbon, a 1968 Dodge Charger lookalike based on a 2022 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It’s getting auctioned off to the highest bidder, and with just 2 days left in the auction, the highest bid has already reached $245,000, making this bespoke muscle car more expensive than a brand-new Lamborghini Huracan.
It’s obviously not a perfect replica of a 1968 Charger, seeing as how the dimensions aren’t the same, and neither is the sheet metal – there are still a few angles from which this looks a tiny bit awkward. Yet, the car is overall stunning, and a true testament to how good a modernized version of the second-gen Charger would look today.
Anyway, let’s run through some of the mods, starting with the Charger-style carbon fiber exoskeleton, which is wearing a nice cool shade of Electric Blue Pearl, to go with pearl-white tail stripes like on any self-respecting Charger R/T.
Other visual highlights include the black front grille, CNC-machined headlight doors, satin black tail panel, LED taillights, center-exit dual-exhaust outlets, exposed carbon fiber hood, bespoke badging, and a set of 20” Forgeline V-spoke wheels with Nitto NT555 G2 tires and Brembo brakes.
As for the engine, it’s your usual supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 in Redeye spec, meaning 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, with everything going to the rear wheels via a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic gearbox and a limited slip differential.
In terms of retromods, this Charger-like Challenger is about as cool as they get. However, I do believe that a heavily restomodded original second-gen Charger would have looked even better.