Dodge Should Build This Challenger Hellcat 'El Camino' Now

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Can you imagine the tire carnage it would cause?

A little-known competitor to the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero was a Dodge with a much more aggressive-sounding name: Rampage. Unfortunately, the Dodge Rampage's sales are best described using any word but "rampage." It went out of production just two years after it went on sale in 1982 since Dodge only managed to sell a total of 37,371 units during its entire lifespan.

Dodge revisited the nameplate when it brought the Dodge Rampage Concept, a truck with a softer body style intended to appeal to potential truck buyers who didn't like the truck body style, to the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. It featured flared fenders, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and, weirdly, a front-wheel-drive layout.

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But that was then. In the here and now, we have access to easy horsepower and powerful rendering technology, which is why YouTuber The Sketch Monkey went ahead and created this rendering of a Dodge Rampage using a Dodge Challenger as the donor car. It looks better than previous attempts at a Dodge Rampage revival, to say the least.

In fact, the results are pretty fantastic. Mainly because The Sketch Monkey made it a Dodge Rampage Hellcat, which would bear the Challenger Hellcat's 717-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Yes, we also shuddered when we thought about the poor rear tires that would have to handle a Hellcat's output without a normal rear end weighing it down.

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Practicality aside, the Rampage is easy to fall in love with in part because the Challenger is so easy to turn into a truck, stylistically speaking. Since it has such a long and flat trunk, all The Sketch Monkey had to do was chop out the rear seats, move the C-Pillar towards the front of the car so it rests behind the front seats, and use the extra space as a bed.

In fact, the Challenger's body is so conducive to becoming a Ute that the length and wheelbase can remain the same. And like the Rampage Concept, this Rampage Hellcat gets to keep its flared fenders courtesy of the Hellcat's widebody package. Obviously, Dodge would never put something like this into production, but at least we can dream.


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