Old-School Dodge Ramcharger Gets Treated to New-School Virtual Restomod and Hellcat V8 

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Many of us are off on the latest summer road trip during the Fourth of July national holiday, but the parallel universes of vehicular CGI don't take any breaks from speeding down the imagination lane.
More precisely, even if they're enjoying time with friends and/or family, the imaginative realm of digital car content creators just can't help it – they want to give their ideas even on Independence Day. For example, Abimelec Arellano, a virtual artist better known as abimelecdesign on social media, has prepared the newest wishful thinking project - a bonkers Dodge SUV, right on time for the star-spangled celebration.

Nope, it's not something as obvious as red, white, and blue. Instead, the pixel master saw fit to continue the trend of off-road SUVs transformed into street brawlers. So, after he recently worked on the current-generation N280 Toyota 4Runner and spun it around into a lowered, widebody sports SUV packing a traditional turbo 2JZ engine swap, now he's doing something that screams Americana.

His target on this digital occasion is the Dodge Ramcharger, an SUV he's always liked a lot. The model was the full-size sport utility response to the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer K5 or International Scout. It was introduced in 1974 based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the Dodge D series/Ram pickup chassis and lived as a two-door SUV across three generations. Production for the United States market ended in 1993, but the model soldiered on in Mexico until 1996 and then was brought back to life for a short stint from 1999 to 2001, sharing the design of the contemporary Ram pickup truck.

This unofficial, hypothetical design project is easily identified as a first-generation Dodge Ramcharger (1974 to 1980) based on dual-stacked headlights and features a lot of vintage cues to hide its modernity. For example, the pixel master gives it a glorious crimson shade, with the lower parts treated in a matte appearance. The chrome trim pieces, hubcaps, and black stainless-steel-like alloy wheels provide the contrast.

This full-size SUV is clearly a restomod, and the CGI expert chose to go with the Pro-Touring stance to offset the massive wheels while under the hood resides "a good old slice of freedom" in the shape of a teal-painted supercharged Hemi V8 snatched from Dodge's Hellcat family. Hopefully, it was a Redeye, the hypothetical donor, so there's 797 hp under the hood. Of course, you could also choose a different Ramcharger route.

Recently, Stellantis chose to resurrect the beloved nameplate for a version of the refreshed 2025 Ram 1500 full-size light-duty pickup truck. It's completely different from the old Ramcharger, though, as it now has a novel powertrain consisting of a series-hybrid dual-motor setup with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gas engine acting as the range-extender power generator. Providing a combined output of 663 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque, the new Ramcharger also has a battery with plug-in capabilities to go all-electric for up to 145 miles on a charge.

After that, you can either plug it in and let it believe itself to be a fully-electric pickup truck like the Tesla Cybertruck or Ford F-150 Lightning or let the generator kick in and replenish the battery on the go, just like any other normal hybrid model would. So, what's your choice? A hypothetical Dodge Ramcharger Hellcat V8 restomod or a 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger?

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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