Dodge Fan Adds Glorious “The Thing” Paint Job On 2017 Dodge Charger R/T

May 29th, 2020 by

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In the muscle car scene, few vehicles hold a candle to the high-performance offered with the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. The Dodge brand remains committed to increasing its performance and keeping the design and style similar to its debut back in the late 2000s. (The Dodge Charger was revived in 2006 with the Challenger coming back in 2008). The exterior design has continued to be popular and iconic, but there are some owners who have made their own unique paint jobs to take away from the look of the vehicle. The Dodge fan base includes one member that dedicated a fantastic paint job to the Marvel character “The Thing”. The look of this 2017 Charger R/T Scat Pack has a magical appearance with a huge image of the “The Thing” across the entire hood and another image of him on each side of the vehicle. 

Back Story on “The Thing”

The 2017 Charger carries a massive 392 HEMI engine and the owner claims the vehicle has held up extremely well.  For readers who do not know what “The Thing” is, it’s a superhero and fictional cartoon comic book character that has been around even longer than the Dodge Charger. The first comic “The Thing” was depicted in was “The Fantastic Four #1” comic book, published in 1961. The first-ever Charger was first shown in 1964 and came out as a production vehicle in 1966 to great popularity. Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four” and “The Thing” were also popular fifty years ago. 

Dodge and Marvel Remain Popular

Just like in the 1960s, recent history has shown the popularity of both the Dodge muscle car and the comic book character. The Fantastic Four recently had a three movie run with films starring Chris Evans and Jessica Alba in 2004 and 2007 and most recently a reboot movie that premiered back in 2015. Just as “The Thing” is known for strength, so, too has the Charger in popular culture. The Dodge Charger has continued to be a strong, powerful, and instantly recognizable muscle car. This owner of his “Thing” based Charger has changed the image on his car multiple times, but one thing has stayed, its reliable performance and quick getup. This was reflected in a statement by Dodge concerning its muscle segment today.

“A half-century later, Dodge still leads the pack with the most powerful muscle car powertrains in the industry, ranging from the Pentastar V6 engine to the fastest, most powerful muscle car, the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.” -Dodge statement

News On 2021 Dodge Vehicles?

For those looking out for the upcoming 2021 Dodge muscle cars, we know there is an expected delay. We’re expecting Dodge to have the 2021 model year see its production debut about a couple of months later than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in mind, this wasn’t the only Fiat Chrysler brand to have delays. As we reported earlier this month, FCA has been putting safety first, and all vehicle production will follow guidelines to ensure the safety of workers. Among the vehicles delayed is the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was set to debut about the same time as the upcoming Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, another all-new speed driven SUV that is pushing the limits of high-performance in production vehicles. 

For those who are seeking a chance to get their hands on the current crop of 2020 Dodge vehicles, we can help out. More news on the 2021 model year Dodge vehicles are expected during the summer or beyond for a reveal date. The next big change to the Dodge muscle line-up will probably occur in time for the 2022 model year for the Charger, Challenger, Durango, and other Dodge vehicles. 

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