Opinions on the Dodge Challenger have always been divided. For some, the retro-themed coupe is a welcome addition to a resurgent affordable performance market, offering big cubic inches, aggressive styling and surprising day-to-day practicality. To others the Challenger has always been too big and bloated to accurately capture the spirit of the original 70s-era model. Motor Trend is reporting that those in the latter camp might soon have a Mopar muscle machine that better satisfies their criteria for what a modern sports car should have to offer.
It's no secret that there have are no official plans in place to produce a second generation edition of the current Dodge Challenger. Although the vehicle's platform has received numerous updates to coincide with those offered on the Dodge Charger / Chrysler 300 sedans with which it shares its bones, eventually the Challenger will be forced into obsolescence without a major refresh. With both the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro due for substantial upgrades of their own in the near future, Chrysler could be looking at a full replacement of the Challenger with an all-new model dubbed the Barracuda in order to remain competitive in the domestic performance segment.