dodge challenger 22

dodge challenger 22

The era of the muscle car may be waning, but Dodge's Challenger is working to stay relevant with a broad range of engine and trim choices, including a relatively efficient V6 engine. One option that won't be available on the Challenger, however, is a convertible top.

Ranging in price from $21,195 in V6 SE trim to $37,995 in Hemi SRT8 trim, the Challenger spans a wide range of tastes in coupe format. Some enthusiasts had hoped Chrysler would see fit to include a drop-top version of the car for good-weather cruising, but new information reveals it didn't make sense in the car's development, reports Kicking Tires.

"We considered a convertible when we were developing Challenger, but the extra weight needed to beef up the car when the top was removed was too much of a penalty,” said Mike Accavitti, Dodge's director of brand marketing. “And that was with a manual soft-top. A power-retractable hardtop would add even more weight."

The Challenger is an already heavy car at about 4,100lb (1,860kg), being the first coupe built on the large LX platform shared by cars like the 300C and Charger. Adding to that total would only hamper performance further and drive down fuel economy. On top of that, Dodge didn't find much of a market for a convertible version in their research.

To see what a convertible Challenger might have looked like, check out our coverage of the 'Cuda' Concept.