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I stumbled across the Drop Top Customs website and am intrigued by what they have done with the Challenger. Has anyone done this conversion ? I have to confess being a little nervous about a convertible Hellcat. Would make access easier for thieves.....plus I am picturing that cloth top getting ripped off at high speed (ha!). Maybe there is a good reason Dodge hasn't released one, but they sure are cool. Also check out those retro wheels!!!
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They have already done a Demon so there you go. Still wish Dodge would do it but at this point with the LC platform on borrowed time it ain't gonna happen. Still trying to decide if I want to get a Scat Pack and do this. Most of the models you see at dealers have been done on base models with cloth interiors and almost no options... no thank you.
 

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If you check out the movie Boss Level on Hulu, they supposedly did this to a Hellcat...

There's also this one..

 

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This exact car was on Cars.com when I ordered my Super Stock earlier this year. I actually considered it...for about 30 seconds.
 

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They look so good with the top down but with the top up, that's a whole different story. Probably why the add above has zero pictures with the top up...
 

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Most converts look like crap with the top up. That's not the point. It's a top down car. l like the white one above. Looks great.
 
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There is a structural engineer out there somewhere that spent a decade of his life on finite element analysis of the Challenger body structure and subsequent dynamic testing and years of compiling and analyzing real world data in the effort of making the ultimate HC we now own, looking at this then facing the wall and banging his head against it.
 

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There is a structural engineer out there somewhere that spent a decade of his life on finite element analysis of the Challenger body structure and subsequent dynamic testing and years of compiling and analyzing real world data in the effort of making the ultimate HC we now own, looking at this then facing the wall and banging his head against it.
Or they simply decided they wanted to be lazy and just not offer it.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they would sell a lot of convertibles if it was offered...even if it wasnt offered as a Hellcat...
 

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I saw another on done correctly on one of those customization shows a few years back. They added all of the chassis, body and frame supports needed to make it a really good quality build. But I cant get my head around someone cutting the top to try and steal it just because its a bit easier. Also if one of these bad boys flipped, it would be ugly without full roll bar in place on a drop top! But man it did look cool!
 

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There is a structural engineer out there somewhere that spent a decade of his life on finite element analysis of the Challenger body structure and subsequent dynamic testing and years of compiling and analyzing real world data in the effort of making the ultimate HC we now own, looking at this then facing the wall and banging his head against it.
Ha! You are probably right!
 

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Or they simply decided they wanted to be lazy and just not offer it.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they would sell a lot of convertibles if it was offered...even if it wasnt offered as a Hellcat...
You are the first person in history to call the hellcat engineers lazy lol
In my opinion, the hellcat platform is way too much power for a convertible. These things would be tearing the body like the foxbody mustang t-tops cars in the 80s/90s.
Not to mention decapitations in accidents.
 
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You are the first person in history to call the hellcat engineers lazy lol
In my opinion, the hellcat platform is way too much power for a convertible. These things would be tearing the body like the foxbody mustang t-tops cars in the 80s/90s.
Not to mention decapitations in accidents.
Considering the designers didn't have to worry about the Hellcat when the car was designed/engineered, yes, they were lazy. Additionally, plenty of high powered cars have been convertibles.... and no, the Hellcat would be just fine without destroying the body (if it was properly sorted). I've seen several 750+ ZL1 convertibles, both in 5th and 6th gen form.... and they are fun toys...
 

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Considering the designers didn't have to worry about the Hellcat when the car was designed/engineered, yes, they were lazy. Additionally, plenty of high powered cars have been convertibles.... and no, the Hellcat would be just fine without destroying the body (if it was properly sorted). I've seen several 750+ ZL1 convertibles, both in 5th and 6th gen form.... and they are fun toys...
I have a cage and subframe connectors in my car and have seen the entire bare floor in the car and structural points. The challenger is built very very well. To call this masterpiece 'lazy' is ridiculous. Everyone has an opinion. Mine is what i have seen.
Nothing off a production line from dodge was meant for 1,000hp. Once you get past 850, you start to understand what would happen to a convertible, especially if it had a sticky tire.
 
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No company is too lazy to make more money. If the economics were there, they would have done it.

Many of you may be too young to recall but convertible production ceased in the U.S. in 1976. Reasons cited were increased safety regulations and waning demand (510k in '65, 76k in '71). Though they came back in the 80's they only account for a small percentage of sales.
 

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I have a cage and subframe connectors in my car and have seen the entire bare floor in the car and structural points. The challenger is built very very well. To call this masterpiece 'lazy' is ridiculous.
And once again, you keep on with the Hellcat nonsense. My statement stands...DaimlerChrysler was lazy and didn't pursue a convertible Challenger. My statement has NOTHING to do with the Hellcat itself. I've known plenty of people who would have outright bought a convertible Challenger but since they couldn't went with a Camaro or a Mustang.

No company is too lazy to make more money. If the economics were there, they would have done it.

Many of you may be too young to recall but convertible production ceased in the U.S. in 1976. Reasons cited were increased safety regulations and waning demand (510k in '65, 76k in '71). Though they came back in the 80's they only account for a small percentage of sales.
FCA has sold about 40-42k total Hellcat powered Challengers.... and they've sold about 674k of the Challenger since it's came back in 2008. To think they couldn't have sold 50-60k of the car as a convertible is ridiculous. The reality is that Dodge missed on this....
 

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I would not pretend to know why Dodge/FCA chose not to do a convertible platform on the newer challengers. But for what its worth, I had a 2013 Shelby GT500 hardtop that pushed over 800 hp after the basic mods I chose were added. (663 hp from the dealer floor before mods). And it was far more stable a platform than a 2012 GT500 convertible that a friend of mine had and I drove often. It only had 550 hp from the factory , and remained unmodified. You know the 2012 500 was built/supported chassis wise more than a hardtop would be from the factory too. So...and this is my uneducated opinion, based ONLY on my basic muscle car knowledge, but maybe FCA/Dodge/Chrysler thought it would need a roll cage on the higher horsepower cars to go convertible for safety reasons alone, and the bean counters won the argument? This does not explain why they did not offer or build a base model, SXT/6 banger/ or naturally aspirated ragtop for the cool factor alone as Camaro and Ford offered. But again this is ONLY my uneducated opinion!
 
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