Test Drive the 2023 Dodge Coronet Hemi

Final Call: The Coronet & Mopar Muscle Car

For the 2023 model year, Dodge has re-introduced the Super Bee nameplate as a ‘farewell’ edition of the Charger. This nameplate has roots stretching as far back as the late 1960s and it was based on the Coronet. It originally had the Hemi V8 with 425 horsepower, but at that time, this engine came with quite the price tag. As the Super Bee is intended to be a budget muscle car, its inclusion of the Hemi was likely somewhat incongruous.

What would the result be if Dodge decided to bring back the famous Coronet for a low-cost variant of the Charger or Challenger? Possibilities could include a reintroduction of the highly popular Coronet R/T alongside a great Hemi V8 in the front.

Timothy Adry Emmanuel, courtesy of HotCars, has offered a remarkable reimagining of the Coronet, which is beaming with its signature Sublime hue, R/T addition and a strong Mopar Hemi V8 engine.

Making use of the classic 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T, Timothy Adry Emmanuel created a render model. Fitted with a Hemi engine, just like the Super Bee, it was a two-door R/T. This means that the render is built from present-day Challenger rather than Charger construction.

It is nearly rendered into its original elective ‘Sublime Green’ hue, and regardless of being deprived of the customary ‘R/T’ badge, still flaunts the legendary features of the ’70s car such as the dual hood intakes and the rear wheel-mounted intakes which are now simulated inlets that have been painstakingly carved into the bodywork ahead of the back wheels.

Drawing influence from the 1970 Coronet, one of its most celebrated features is the bold front end presenting two lozenge-shaped apertures for the higher grille and headlights.

Back again, the rendering showcases further LED lights which recreate the rear lamp units of the 1970 Coronet. The visual design takes cues from the existing Dodge Challenger’s bulky muscle car body shape, which can be easily spotted from the side profile view and back above.

Significant differences from the vintage car’s visual design are most obvious at the front, with its lowered lip and splitter. Enormous wheels, a widened track and augmented wheel arches give this modern interpretation of the classic Mopar an unfriendly attitude. Though the tweaks may appear insignificant, it is easy to distinguish particular similarities between this 2020 Coronet and its 1970 predecessor.

Currently, the Hemi engine of preference is Dodge’s 6.4-Liter Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, by 2024 both the Challenger and Charger from Dodge will be discontinuing, making an irreplaceable void in their muscle car category.

According to Classic.com, a 1970 Dodge Coronet is estimated to have a value of only $68,000 when auctioned off. Extra sought-after variations such as the R/T and the far less plentiful R/T Hemi and Super Bee Hemi models can be really more expensive. Astonishingly, one particular instance of the 1970 Dodge Coronet Hemi R/T astounded bidders with a price tag of nearly a quarter-million dollars at an auction this year.

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