The Dodge Challenger needed to really feel not noted. Its muscle automobile counterparts, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, have lengthy provided convertible variants, whereas the Challenger has had a hard and fast roof solely for its entire life (save for 2 brief years in 1970-1971). However the Challenger can lastly let go of its drop-top envy, as Dodge has partnered with Drop High Customs to lop off the roof and change it with a completely powered hydraulic mushy high so you’ll be able to hear that 700-plus horsepower Hellcat engine in its full glory.
How’s this going to work?
Challenger consumers will go to a dealership to order and configure their 2022-2023 Challenger, however as soon as it is constructed, Dodge ships it straight from its plant in Brampton, Canada, to the parents at Drop High Customs. As soon as the shearing course of is full, the automobile heads to the vendor for the client to choose it up. This expedited transportation course of is obtainable on all Challenger R/T, R/T Scat Pack and Challenger SRT variants (together with the Hellcats) however not the SXT or GT.
The mushy high is totally powered for straightforward operation, has a heated rear window, and contains structural reinforcements to assist cut back the physique flex that lopping the highest off a automobile can produce. Whereas Dodge hasn’t launched precise specs, from pictures it is clear that the added convertible tools shrinks the Challenger’s in any other case spacious trunk significantly.
What’s it value?
It is best to in all probability sit down for this half. Retail pricing for the conversion is $25,999, although Dodge cheekily notes that closing pricing is negotiated and confirmed on the dealership. There could also be some wiggle room concerned, besides, this can be a hefty price ticket. Ford fees a further $5,500 for its convertible Mustang fashions and Chevy tacks on $6,000 to lop the highest off the Camaro.
Although the prospect of listening to the Challenger Hellcat’s supercharger whine within the open air is intriguing, having to pay $26,000 for the privilege provides us pause.