- Built during the muscle car era of the late ’60s, the Dodge Coronet was a high-performance car available with powerful big-block V8 engines.
- Inspired by the 1970 Coronet R/T, the Coronet’s modern rendering combines a vintage look with a modern musclecar shape painted in neon green.
- The current Coronet concept could potentially have a number of engines similar to the current gas-powered Challenger, including Pentastar V6s, Hemi V8s, and a supercharged Hemi variant. Classic Coronet models are in high demand on the collectors’ market.
The Challenger and Charger weren’t the only high-performance cars on sale Dodge in the era of muscle cars of the late 60s. At that time, the brand also produced another amazing Mopar – the fifth generation Coronet. Based on the same Chrysler B-body platform as the Challenger, this mid-size car had plenty of performance.
The Coronet R/T and Coronet Super Bee were available with several powerful big-block V8 engines, such as the 390 hp 440 Six-pack engine. and Chyler’s impressive 425 hp 426 ci Hemi engine. Equipped with these engines, these two versions of the Coronet muscle car were among the fastest cars of that golden period.
Hotcars digital artist Timothy Edry Emmanuel revives the Dodge Coronet for the modern era with our exclusive rendering. It drew inspiration from the 1970 Coronet R/T, turning it into a modern muscle car. With the launch of the Challenger at the end of this model year, this digital concept fantasizes about a possible replacement.
The new Coronet rendering revives the Mopar legend of the 60s
Dodge introduced the fifth generation Coronet in 1965. All models, including the two-door coupe, four-door sedan and four-door station wagons, had a boxy exterior. Minor design updates came each year through 1967, but the entire Coronet lineup received a major facelift in 1968.
The overall styling was still similar to the 1965-1967 Coronets. But now the design had smoother lines, and two-door coupes switched to the iconic Coca-Cola bottle style. 1970, the final model year for the fifth-generation Coronet, saw another revision, with the front end receiving a major redesign that featured an angrier look.
Emmanuel takes the iconic exterior design of the 1970 Coronet R/T with its aggressive split front grille and combines it with the modern muscle car shape of the modern Challenger for this stunning digital rendering.
The neon green paint makes the car stand out, harkening back to the days when Dodge offered bright, bold colors on its Mopar muscle cars.
The front end looks mean with the split grille design. This modern Coronet received four headlights from the Challenger. But two of them have been replaced with intakes, hinting that this muscle car hides a huge performance under the hood.
This Coronet R/T is a modern muscle car with a vintage look
The grill itself has aggressive aerobatics to direct air more efficiently. The lower half of the bumper also features these ribs, along with a massive air intake flanked by striking LED fog lights. To further improve the aerodynamics of this muscle car is a low-slung splitter.
Like the 70-foot Coronet R/T, this modern version also features two giant hood scoops. However, they are more streamlined and do not stick out as much as on the original car.
The side profile gets a clean look. The quarter panels feature the classic muscle car hump at the top – a modern interpretation of the iconic 60s Coke bottle style. The wheel arches are extended thanks to the widebody kit on this Coronet. They conceal an excellent set of multi-spoke aluminum-coated wheels with low-profile rubber.
Unlike the original 1970 Coronet R/T, this rendering does not have any chrome trim. Emmanuel has blacked them all out and they contrast wonderfully with the neon green paint.
The back also has a clean look. Emmanuel perfectly interpreted the iconic shape of the Coronet taillights. They have the same design that tapers towards the center. But here they got modern LED lights with the Dodge logo between them. Underneath is a license plate that reads ‘NEC BRKR’, hinting at the true potential of this car.
The 1970 Coronet R/T came with a Hot 426 Hemi V8
Although Dodge sold the Coronet for seven generations between 1949 and 1976, the fifth-generation models built between 1968 and 1970 are considered its most iconic versions in terms of performance.
Between 1968 and 1970, the Coronet range was available with a host of engine options. The least powerful engine was a 145 hp 225 ci straight six. The V8 lineup began with a 318 ci small-block engine that produced 225 hp. Moving up the ladder, you can also get the 383 ci big block, available in two configurations — a 290 hp version. and 330 hp
Dodge also offered a performance-oriented version of the 383 ci big-block engine with a four-barrel carburetor. It had an increased output power of 335 hp. It was the base engine available for the Coronet Super Bee, a stripped-down high-performance iteration of the 1968-1970 Coronet.
The Coronet R/T, which came with more luxury than the Super Bee, a 440 ci big block engine was standard. Although it also had a four-barrel carburetor, the power output was much higher than the 383 available in the Super Bee. The 440 V8 in the Coronet R/T produced 375 hp.
In addition to the standard V8 engines, the Super Bee and Coronet R/T were available with two more engine options between 1968 and 1970. The first of these was the 440 Magnum Six Pack. It has three two-barrel carburetors that produce 390 hp. and 490 lb-ft of torque.
But the most powerful engine in the Coronet lineup was the 426 Hemi. Dodge equipped this engine with two four-barrel Carter carburetors. The motor produced 425 hp. and 490 lb-ft of torque. The 440 Magnum and 426 Hemi were only available on the Coronet R/T and Super Bee.
This modern Coronet received a powerful Mopar V8 line
Dodge is ditching V8-powered muscle cars as it moves to electrify its lineup. With the Challenger moving to an electric platform, there would be no gas-powered Mopar muscle car. A modern version of the Coronet could easily take that spot.
If Dodge introduces the Coronet for the 2024 model year, selling it alongside its upcoming electric muscle car, it could get the same engine lineup as the current gas-powered Challenger.
3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with a capacity of 303 hp. ideal for the basic configurations of the new Coronet. The V8-powered Coronet started with a 375-hp 5.7-liter Hemi. The standard Coronet R/T will get a 6.4-liter Hemi developing 485 hp. and 475 lb-ft of torque.
If Dodge wants to increase performance, it can offer a 717-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi. and its High-Output version with a capacity of 807 hp. for more aggressive models of the new Coronet.
The 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi is a collector’s favorite
Dodge is not going to release a new version of the Coronet anytime soon. To own this iconic Mopar muscle car, you’ll have to start checking out the current auction listings. According to Classic.com, fifth-generation Coronet models average $49,495 in today’s collector market.
The Coronet R/T sells for a slightly higher average price of $58,049. Coronet R/Ts with the 426 Hemi are in most demand, followed by convertibles. Hemi versions sold for $247,500. Meanwhile, a 1967 Coronet R/T convertible sold at auction for $230,000.
Source: Classic.com / Dodge / Mecum Auctions