When the original Dodge Challenger came out in 1970, a convertible and coupe version were available. The same went for its sibling the Plymouth Barracuda. So the expectation was that a convertible of the current Challenger would happen. Both rivals Mustang and Camaro have convertible versions. We just figured Dodge had bigger fish to fry. But as a swan song of sorts, Dodge is offering a convertible version of the 2023 Challenger, and you can order one starting today.
Does Dodge do the convertible Challenger conversion?
But how it was done in the 1970s is different from how it works today. Dodge won’t actually make the convertible. It is, instead, a product of Drop Top Customs. Dodge has contracted with Drop Top to do the conversion from a hardtop Challenger.
What you’ll get is a power-operated convertible top including a heated rear window. You can order one through Dodge dealers. The conversion is available on any new R/T, R/T Scar Pack, and SRT Hellcat. The cost is $25,999. The factory sends it off to Drop Top after it builds your Challenger. Then, once the conversion is completed, it is on a truck to your dealer.
How much extra is the Challenger convertible?
The only wrinkle we see is in the small print. It says, “Final pricing is negotiated with the dealer.” Ah, virtually anything and everything component-related to a new car purchase has a price. Maybe this means there is some padding to that $25,999 price, and that you might be able to negotiate for a lesser number?
Whether the top is up or down, it takes on a very different character than the coupe version. In looking at Florida-based Drop Top’s past endeavors, it has been around for decades. With that experience, it knows all about cutting apart a unibody vehicle. Reinforcement placed in key areas under the car will do a lot to regain that lost rigidity.
You can order one now
Cowl shake and other maladies are common on lesser convertible conversions. From what we see it looks like Drop Top goes the extra mile to make it right and look factory-like. And it has to, since Dodge will warranty the entire car, including that drop-top. But in the midst of grappling with the electric zeitgeist, farming out the R&D to a coachbuilder means it will actually happen.