Dodge Diamante Challenger
Dodge may have come late to the pony car segment. But they immediately showed they were there to stay. The Challenger was a great muscle car with iconic styling and a lineup of powerful engines. However, Dodge was looking for more. It wanted to see if the Challenger could be transformed into a sports car that could rival the Chevrolet Corvette (via Motor Trend). That’s why the Diamante concept car was born. The car received a new front and rear end, a two-seat interior, turbine-style wheels, and an attractive Targa top.
With the 426 Hemi under the hood, the Diamante was fast. With its custom side pipes exhaust, it sounded fantastic too. Dodge eventually abandoned the idea of a Corvette fighter, but the Diamante attracted lots of attention nonetheless. The main reason was that it looked like something Dodge could build with little investment in a short period the main ingredients were all there. We bet that a lot of Mopar fans were disappointed when they realized the Diamante wasn’t going to happen.