Say hello to the HPP Superbird
Styling from the seventies, modern muscle underneath… this is the new Superbird
Posted: 07 Mar 2012
There are invisible improvements, too: a three-stage suspension overhaul, a Magnuson supercharger bolted to Dodge's 5.7-litre V8 Hemi, that bellowing cat-back exhaust. The visuals might be cartoonish, but the Superbird is a grown-up lump of performance.
Updating a classic is dangerous: witness the backlash when BMW revived the Mini. "People said I should have taken a modern Charger and removed the rear doors," shrugs Heidacker. "The old Road Runner was built on the same bigger platform as the original Charger; the Challenger was smaller. I tell them that the Charger and Challenger are now on the same platform, but people have their own ideas. You open yourself up to criticism, doing a car like this. But better to get noticed than not, right?"