Rumor Has It: 50th Anniversary of The Challenger Could Mean Something Big Is In The Works

According to, Dodge is working on something big for the 50th anniversary of the beloved Challenger nameplate in 2020. Sources close to them claim that something is a road-race oriented trim that will wear the American Club Racer (ACR) badge.

Dodge doesn’t attach the ACR namesake haphazardly and this wouldn’t be the first time the Challenger has sported the badge. In 2011, they brought a Challenger ACR concept to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the premier show for the auto industry’s market in the U.S. The car featured upgraded materials like carbon fiber that helped reduce weight and improve handling but ultimately was too costly to produce for its time.


Fast forward almost 9 years later and here we are. Is the timing right for this upgraded beast to hit the market? In those almost 9 years, technology has only advanced and what’s possible now in regard to materials and how manufacturers are finding ways to implement them is far superior. MoparInsiders’ sources say that one of the changes we might see that differ from the concept in 2011 is more aggressive aerodynamics like we’ve seen on the newest Viper ACR (pictured below).

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

Whatever the outcome is, we’re looking forward to celebrating 50 years of the iconic Dodge Challenger and are anxious to see what they have in store for the upcoming year.

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