The evil-looking beast you are looking at is called the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Evolution. It is what a 1970s muscle car would be, if muscle cars were created today. The car was built by American tuning shop Speedkore especially for the SEMA auto show taking place in Las Vegas at the moment.

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Ground-up custom

Although the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Evolution takes the appearance of a legendary 1970 Dodge Charger, it is far from it. The chaps over at Speedkore built a unique steel ladder frame chassis with an aluminium floor pan. The chassis and floor pan are allied to an integral roll cage, which aids rigidity and provides a frame from which to hang the body.

As you can see from the images, the entire body is fashioned from lightweight carbon-fibre. From its roof to its quarter panels, fenders, doors, trunk and bonnet, it’s all carbon-fibre. Anything that isn’t carbon-fibre on the outside is billet aluminium, such as the door handles, fuel cap and the grille.

“We had a target weight of 3200-pounds (1 454 kg),” said company VP Dave Salvaggio. “We achieved this with our in-house carbon-fibre body panels, while the floor could be aluminium because our new steel frame and roll cage would give us the strength we needed.”

BEEG power

Under the bonnet is the engine from a modern-day Dodge Challenger Demon. The supercharged 6,2-litre V8 has been massaged to produce 720 kW at the rear wheels. The engine is mated with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox.

Slowing the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Evolution are Brembo brakes. Six-piston calipers are employed up front with four-piston calipers at the rear. For suspension Speedkore went to high-end specialists Penske for a set of adjustable coilovers. The final link in the equation is a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres wrapped around HRE forged wheels. The alloys are staggered 19-inch fronts and 20 inches at the rear.

You can see the car in action in the video below.