Dodge Challenger With Liberty Walk Kit And PUR Wheels Looks Out Of Its Element

This is a Challenger Hellcat unlike any other – but that’s not necessarily a praise.

For starters, it comes equipped with Liberty Walk fender flares – a styling trend born in Japan, inspired from Japanese racing culture and machines.

Needless to say, the “bolt on” exaggerated style cues look odd on American automobiles. Except maybe in some cases like the full-size SUVs, which use them for off-road purposes, but that’s another craze whatsoever.

Unlike bespoke, fat wide-body kits usually used by American customizers (which merge the widened fenders with the whole body), this particular built utilizes the flares just to house the broad, aggressive wheels and tire fitment – a quick fix for Japanese racing drivers in an attempt of making their 70s Hakosukas more stable, but an unnecessary way of posing in an American muscle car.

In fact, the fender flares are the only visual body mods on the car and they make the whole ensemble seem like an afterthought and hand-made. The Airrex air suspension isn’t helping either, as it slams the car on the ground making it look like a beached Hellcat.

Well, at least the 20-inch PUR LG01 wheels are top notch, even though SR Auto – the Canadian tuning house responsible for the car’s looks – installed them to “keep it classy”. Right…

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  • Thomas Maynard

    So, you’re featuring a car just to bash it? What’s the point of that? If you don’t like what’s been done to it then don’t put it on your site. No need to force your opinion down everyone’s throat.

    • Stephen Baxter

      The author’s writing style could be better. Asking for the “reader to decide in the comments below” or something to that effect would be better than letting us know how it is.( I personally can’t stand the slang use of ellipsis.)

      With that said, the logic of your comment is flawed. Suppose he is posting this, not only to convey his opinion on it(bashing?), but also so all the enthusiasts that come to this site to see cars like this can see it and form a opinion of their own. I am curious though, what made you feel the author was “cramming his opinion down everyone’s throat” Are you a victim of this oppressive car blog.
      Ohh if only we lived in a world where we could choose what we looked at and read on the internet, instead of the dystopian hellscape of having to read carscoop articles we disagree with. Man life is rough in 2015 🙂

      I also don’t like those wheels on that challenger

    • Hugh Jorgan

      omg…..you’re serious.

      • Thomas Maynard

        Ok, that actually made me laugh! I may or may not of overreacted. My inner rice couldn’t contain istelf.

  • Six_Tymes

    The reason the kit looks “looks out of its Element” is because the cars body is wide already.

    • Rick Alexander

      I disagree. I’ve seen similar kits on cars that are already wide (Porsche 911, Toyota Supra, 350Z etc.) and it works well. The problem is that the Challenger is a straight, flat sided shaped car, as opposed to curvier cars like the 911. Had the designers of the kit added elements that create flow, with the rest of the car, this kit would look better. As it is, the kit actually ruins the clean lines of the Challenger, giving it a tacked on look. An afterthought, as the writer correctly assessed. Hey if you like it, buy it. Personally, I’ll pass.

  • BrucieBruce

    I would agree that smaller cars can benefit from widening. Back in 1990s, the turbo Porsche 968 looked stylish with the flares. They were also more suttle…which IMO is a good thing

  • It looks good. Really good.

    • Rick Alexander

      You’re joking right?

      • Nope. You?

        • Rick Alexander

          To each his own I guess. If you like it, I ain’t mad at ya. But duuude…

  • fabri99

    That sucks.

  • Rick Alexander

    This (IMO) is a much better example of a Challenger with a widebody kit.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/8CX4gLfLsvg/maxresdefault.jpg

  • THAT’S JUST SAD.

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