Throwback Thursday: 1999 Dodge Charger Concept

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Anybody remember the Dodge Charger concept? It was pretty radical for the time.

Remember when the Dodge Charger was released (again) in 2006 on the LX platform as a four-door sedan, and everyone went nuts? I do. People cried out that you couldn’t have a four-door Charger.

Oh, how quickly we forget. In 1999, this Dodge Charger concept car prepared the world for a four-door that wears the same name as ┬áthe General Lee. The car was quite a departure from the last Charger, to say the least. It had four doors, but the rear ones were made to appear hidden (they didn’t really do that at all on the 2006+ car). The Dodge Charger concept was purported to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG, which was radical for the time – and still isn’t very common today.

The CNG fuel was the big draw for the Dodge Charger concept. It had a new tank design that, supposedly, allowed it to travel up to 300 miles on a single tank. Even with the storage tanks required for the CNG, the Charger concept weighed in at just 3,000 pounds – lighter than a contemporary Corvette (and even a new one, for that matter… a 2014 Stingray has a curb weight of 3,298 pounds).

Additionally, the Charger concept car was featured in the video game Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition for both Playstation 2 and Xbox consoles. That’s how I remember the car, personally. I was only nine years old when the original concept was unveiled.

So even though you’ll never be able to drive the real car, and you might never lay your eyes on it, you can still fondly remember (or scratch your head) at the 1999 Charger concept in the video below, or by heading to your closest thrift store or garage sale and picking up a vintage PS2 or Xbox system and popping in a video game.

Did I just call the PS2 vintage? My, time moves quickly! Check out the video of the Charger concept below. What other “forgotten” concept cars can you think of?

Ray Saez, Jr.

Ray is a lifelong auto enthusiast. His father worked on the dealership side of the industry for many years, and his passion for fast, fun, and unique cars has been passed on. Particularly fond of American cars and trucks, Ray is an avid General Motors fan. When not writing, he can be found with his dogs, or at a local car show.

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